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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.

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About salamber

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    My favorite Christmas story is every year when i write a new one with my kids.
  • Location
    Virginia Beach
  • Biography
    City Planner, Outdoors lover, father
  • Interests
    Football, my family, hunting
  • Occupation
    City Planner
  • About my display
    I love blow molds. I have always been drawn to them. I just got the Santa Clause and Sleigh. I found out I live really close to one of the biggest makers, General Foam, which is great.

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  1. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    @Mel Fischer there are still many of us that care more about all of that than the crap that they post on BMN. I for one, purely enjoy the history of these things because a company Like General Foam is not only part of Christmas history but it is also a local American Made company in my area. I am proud and honored to own pieces that were made just miles from me. I was stoked the other day because I received a plaque from one of the employees that i will put in my garage as memorabilia. Sadly, the "facebook generation" would rather care about buying things cheap, not care about history and have a pissing contest about things. But to me, the history of this stuff is huge. Especially when the makers are getting slimmer and slimmer. To think my kids might one day not be able to buy Blow Molds would be sad.
  2. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    NO. We are still here. But Blow Mold Nation on Facebook has stolen people away. But I prefer here anyway because the people here have more history knowledge and are more respectful to each other unlike people on facebook.
  3. GFP Black Friday

    I agree. I am on BMN Because you can filter out the noise. Most the time. Plus more things are posted on there than here. I wish this Forum was used more. Sadly, I didn't even know about BMN until a bulk buyer showed up at GFP buying a truck and trailer of stuff to sell told me about it. I joke around with a lot of people. Especially this week since everyone is crazy. People got angry because my buddy had three trains on a cart (One for him, one for me, and one for our other buddy). and while they were grabbing a cart, a few people tried to take their trains.
  4. GFP Black Friday

    My biggest beef with BMN is there were people (won't say names) who stir the pot, hype up the people, and just made it not as fun as it should of been. I love BMN. But I also can't stand certain people taunting others like they are going to buy everything or act like they know more than others. After hearing the dominos of blow molds falling, these certain peoples being pretty vicious with their grabbing, I left right after. I felt bad for the lady at GFP. I was also dissapointed I didn't stay to meet some other people like @Tyler and @richardG.
  5. GFP Black Friday

    Today was a sad day for me. As most know, GFP re-opened their doors after prepping for the auction. Why is it a sad day for me? not because they are closing. I have had many chances to go working nearby. What saddened me was how people have acted over the past few weeks there and on the Blow Mold Nation Facebook group. I sometimes wish Facebook would disappear because even though this site is used less, the BMN Facebook group is overrun by people who are disrespectful, care more about making a buck, and less about the Christmas spirit. Which is sad to me. I am only 37 but the day I found out about GFP, it was like the coolest thing in the world (and for people who have never been able to go check out the warehouse pre-2017, you missed out). If I could take the knowledge and respect of others on here over at BMN, it would be great. I never thought I would meet rude people at GFP but sadly I have over the past few weeks. I will miss GFP. I will miss going every November. I will miss taking my wife and kids. But at least the day ended on a good night, I got the last piece I really wanted. I got a GFP train with Santa.
  6. Roof Frame

    Glad I'm getting good information on my roof question. Lol.
  7. Roof Frame

    The cable goes through the reindeer and sleigh. So they are in the air flying to the roof.
  8. Roof Frame

    I use steel cable from tree to house.
  9. Roof Frame

    Next year I am planning to make pvc frames in sections for my roof to make it easier for set-up and take down and also because I don't like the roof clips. But I plan to fill my roof with as amny lights as possible on PVC frames in sections about 6 ft wide. Has anyone else every done this? if so, do you have pictures? if not, do you have another set-up? Thank you.
  10. ISO GF reindeer antlers

    Look for just the antlers.
  11. My Christmas Lights

    Since everyone was talking about how quiet it has been. I decided to share my displays (minus a few new additions from GFP) and hopefully others will follow.
  12. My Christmas Lights

    Since everyone was talking about how quiet it has been. I decided to share my displays (minus a few new additions from GFP) and hopefully others will follow.
  13. Silent site?

    Exactly.
  14. State-wide Display Map

    Stephen, Sam has a pretty comprehensive list. https://samsansalone.com/real-estate-blog/hamptonroadschristmaslights/ It's Google Maps used.
  15. Silent site?

    I totally agree. I was really excited to find out about Blow Mold Nation. But it's Facebook. Here's my thoughts on what I like here and there. Facebook BMN group: I love the easier way to socialize, talk, post, etc. I don't like the selfish, rude and disrespectful people who are more worried about profit of selling than Christmas and holidays itself. I got burned several times telling buyers what GF had in stock and next thing you know, they go and buy $1000s of blow molds. Or you have the buyer being rude about GF and how they won't respond to them so they can plan their 5 hour trip to make a profit. Some of these people forget that GF is actually closing. People are losing their jobs. And lastly, GF didn't have to open their warehouse for customers. They could of forced every customer to buy from a store just like every thing else. Instead, people are more interested in making a buck instead of the love of Christmas and collecting. I also wish their was more history, positive conversations, etc on facebook. Which I go mostly for here. Planet Christmas: I think that the idea of a forum is great but not many people go to them anymore. That's partly because of social networks. I can get a BM answer faster on facebook than here. I also think because of social media, people don't participate in as much on this site because people have become lazy. I love reading the magazine. I love finding different stores on this site. The other problem it takes time and people to update this website versus Facebook is basically auto. But I truly appreciate this site. I would be sad if it died.
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