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  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.



WLND-DAVID last won the day on December 22 2016

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  • Birthday 08/29/1955

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Putting up the Santa Land display in my hometown.
  • Location
    Westland Michigan
  • Biography
  • Interests
    Christmas Decorations / History / Gardening
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Fairly small, try to change things up every few years.

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  1. Empire 1974 Christmas Catalog

    Mel, You're right on the energy crisis year. I remember it quite well. That happened to be the year the local Chamber of Commerce asked me and a friend to put together the Santa Display. We were using the lobby area of the recently vacated recreation center (a new complex was built on the other side of town) which was right downtown. The City had put up all the street pole decorations, but none of them were plugged in. When I realized the pole out front of the building just happened to have the large round santa face decoration I decided that wouldn't do. I went inside, got an extension ladder, had my friend hold the ladder still while I climbed up and plugged in Santa. It was the ONLY street decoration lighted in the entire city that year! It is the one in the upper left corner of this 1962 catalog page from General Plastics.

    So Glad to hear the Good News !!
  3. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    I actually like the new look. I even chose the dark background as it seems easier on my eyes. When I come on I go to the menu bar = HOME -FORUMS-ACTIVITY-CLUBS-VIDEOS-GALLERY-MORE i mouse over Activity get the drop down menu for "All Activity" and it get me to every posting in chronological order, with the newest postings on top.
  4. GFP Closing

    The auctioneers have now listed the lots for the auction. The molds are Lots 639 - 691. Most are grouped together and not sold as individual molds. Several are listed as "UNKNOWN" so, sorry Mel, that won't help with any identifications. Most are just listed as "SantaS" or "SnowmEn" in a lot of 12 molds. For instance - Lot #654: 1 (LOT) ASSORTED CANDLE MOLDS or #662 which is really bad it is simply: 10 ALUMINUM BLOW MOLDS ON RACK: UNKNOWN . The listing is PDF, here is the link: https://secure-s3.serverdata.com/www.cia-auction.com/files/auction_catalogs/Genera Foam Day 1 Lot List NEW1.pdf I sure hope they do not end up as scrap. They could even be used as a base for a glass top table, definitely would be a great conversation piece.
  5. GFP Closing

    Way cool to see just how much equipment is there. I wonder how long it will take to get the "Lot" listing complete. Now that they are showing what is available, it will be interesting to see how it breaks down into auction lots.
  6. First year with LOR

    Tom, My thoughts exactly !! Scott - it almost looks like a spider left over from Halloween..... LOL David
  7. Roof Frame

    What about planting a utility pole opposite the tree to string the team from ? You might even get an old one removed from service you can cut down a bit ( you don't really need it 40' tall ) Just because it will no longer support power / phone / cable lines, doesn't mean it won't support Santa

    Here is a couple videos that show how wonderful it is when the whole Downtown gets into decorating ............ I think I even spotted a Double Decker Merry-Go-Round Enjoy, David
  9. GFP Closing

    Donna, As an example, here is a link to Orbitbid: https://www.orbitbid.com/ They are just one of I'm sure several auction houses with websites. I have bid a couple times with them, even won a few things. The point is they have the website to get as many bidders as possible, that creates more bids, which generates more money for the seller (and commission for them). You will notice they show all the lots on the website and encourage bidders to come for inspections of the assets. In their case, bidding is ONLY done via on-line bidding & payment must be made before pick-ups (no payments can be made at the auction site) What is nice in this case is that you cannot be sniped like on e-Bay. They call it Dynamic Bidding. The auction extends for 10 minutes after each bid past the original deadline, allowing active bidding to continue. If it goes for 10 minutes without a bid, the high bid wins. David
  10. GFP Closing

    Just found this from Jan 9, 2018: The company did find a buyer for its Christmas tree and kiddie pool line of products produced in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and most employees there were rehired https://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/article_b7a7b044-aef9-5bfb-8fe8-15cb85ea8590.html
  11. GFP Closing

    Does anyone live close enough to go to the auction? They usually have at least one "preview day" for potential buyers to look at what is up for auction. Someone could inventory them, or snap a LOT of photos to share here on PC. I have been to a couple of auctions and just about anything is ok. Opening boxes, cleaning off to find part numbers, taking pics - in many cases it is the only way a buyer can be sure of exactly what he is bidding on. Anyone heard of who the auctioneers are ? They may have a website too, listing the items. It gives them a better pool of buyers that way.
  12. How do you flatten out roads?

    I was told to use a hair dryer to heat the rubber up and it will lay flat - I found that a heat gun works too. Be careful not to burn / melt the mat. I also used some heavy books after I got it nice and soft to help it stay flat as it cooled.
  13. New LED's vs. Incandescent

    Very Nice Jeff ! So helpful to see the difference in colors under controlled tests. Any chance you can also follow up with Mileon Bulbs and the newer SMD ceramic versions. I know that hotrod1965 sells them, maybe he can get you some sample ones for the test.
  14. GF Bell

    I remember this being covered in another thread (maybe a couple years ago) and apparently the purple and blue ornaments were too dark of a color to allow light to pass through. For the Bell, what I did was cut out the 'clapper' and just a bit more so my hand could fit inside. I used the existing 'vent' hole in the top to mount a socket (similar to the one pictured) that was left from something I salvaged it from. Then drilled a small hole just large enough for the cord to fit through, near the top.. Since the socket I had was a standard bulb size, I put a RED colored CFL in.
  15. What goes down must go up!

    Kinda the same here in SE Michigan. Forecasts for the next two weeks says we don't expect to be out of the 20's, with several days in the single digits. But even with decorations frozen into the 6"-8" of snow we have left here, I feel for the folks in Eire. Hard to fathom 5 feet of snow on top of displays there. I'll go dark next weekend, takedown..... we'll just have to wait and see.