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  • 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.
  • 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.



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About donna123

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Scrooge with Albert Finney
  • Location
    Upstate NY
  • Biography
    Happily married mom of 3 and grandma of 3
  • Interests
    Christmas and Halloween blow molds
  • Occupation
    Retired from accounting/tax prep, now I babysit for my grandsons
  • About my display
    I have about 50 to 60 blow molds for Christmas and Halloween.

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  1. donna123

    Just got these today and friday

    Try searching Stadium Horns, maybe you could use one of these......
  2. donna123

    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Don, where did you read this? I would love to read something about the auction results.
  3. donna123

    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to post this. I went through each page of molds and appreciated each picture. There really was a lot to see. Your camera is really good because I was able to zoom in and read most of the labels.
  4. donna123

    GFP Closing

    I can only guess about the many people who would want these. I hope the rest of us get a chance see them at some point. Can anyone tell us what shapes they are or if they are Christmas, Halloween, Easter or whatever? Update- I just saw the previous entry, thanks for the pic!
  5. donna123

    GFP Closing

    I am confused because weren't there many molds marked as unknown? How did these 2 stand out from all the others? Thanks for the info, it's really amazing!
  6. donna123

    GFP Closing

    Thanks Don, so the mold to make 1 tire is 11,000 lbs?? Wow! This gives me an idea on how heavy the molds can be.
  7. donna123

    Eary Carolina Enterprises

    Was this in Tarboro?
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    These are currently on ebay
  9. donna123


    Mel, It is so confusing to follow the chain of ownership with these companies. I always thought that Empire was the major company and Carolina and Judith were just off shoots of Empire. The questionable ads don't surprise me either. Can you imagine what $12 million in 1968 would be today? *Just for giggles I used an online calculator and it would have cost $87,265,132.00 in 2018
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    These have been a part of our lives for so long. It's amazing to think about how many of these are still around today. This is a great vintage ad! Thanks Mel Mel, is that candle the one with the criss-cross pattern? I can't tell for sure from the pic, but it looks like it has that pattern. I remember, last March, when Slankard posted about this candle and he found one that looked like it was a mustard yellow color. His had a very early Empire logo on it.
  11. donna123

    Craigs List and Ebay

    Here is another awesome, rarely seen set on ebay. I have this set and it is one of my favorites.
  12. donna123

    Craigs List and Ebay

    The winning bid was $2200.00
  13. donna123

    GFP Closing

    I did a quick look up on MagicCom but didn't see description of the company. I wonder if they designed the mold itself or maybe the LED timer that was in the blow mold. I just found some info....One of the things that MagicCom does is take a product and make it more user friendly and more appealing.
  14. donna123

    Craigs List and Ebay

    Here's a Mold Craft collection for sale. You don't see this very often.
  15. donna123


    So happy for your family!!