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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.



Everything posted by donna123

  1. donna123

    DIY projects with pumpkin pails

    Fun, Thanks for posting
  2. This 3 string set is currently on ebay and the bidding is high. I am not familiar with this string as to who made it and if the pieces have been hand embelished. Does anyone know if this is original or not? The brows on the pumpkin don't look right to me.
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    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    LOL!!!!!!......My state is the extreme opposite, it happens and the gov doesn't go!!!..;)))))
  4. donna123

    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    I'm in NY and our Walmart does not have any Christmas items yet.
  5. donna123

    eBay find at a reasonable price

    Rich, very nice candle!
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    Fred Meyers

    You got that right.....big time rip offs this year. I did not get any blow molds this summer and the way things are going I probably won't get any. I actually got a response back from a seller who had "make an offer" and was told they declined my offer, which was extremely generous. The reason was purely that they were holding out because "their checkbook wanted big bucks." I know that my wish list contains a few of the more desirable blow molds, but I just can't get myself to spend $75.00 to $100.00 or more for a table top size blow mold.
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    American Maid

    I would love to see how they paint them so perfectly.
  8. donna123

    Any pet lovers here?

    Big J, OMG! Here's a pic of our little guy, a working cocker spaniel. He looks so sweet sleeping in front of the fire on a cold day, especially when the room is decorated for Christmas. We also have a cat. She is 16 years old and they get along great. We have to use a Gentle Leader on the dog because even at only 27 lbs he can still knock me off balance when he takes off after a chipmunk or whatever. The Gentle Leader was a life saver for us. He stopped pulling immediately.
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    American Maid

    Nice pails....Is that black paint? The lines are perfectly straight, especially the nose. It doesn't look like it was sprayed.
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    A few Halloween blow molds

    Mel, Thanks for the inside views. It's impressive!
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    A few Halloween blow molds

    Mel, do you have a limit as to how many of the exact same blow molds you are willing to keep in storage? I just realized that you received 70 last month and I don't have 70 in my entire collection......WOW! I showed your pics to my husband and he was amazed.
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    A few Halloween blow molds

    They look to be in fine shape....very nice! I'm still loving that green witch the most.
  13. In my opinion, I think there's a difference between someone who collects many different kinds of items (hoarder) and someone who is a collector of a specific genre. It makes you a Christmas decorator/collector. I certainly wouldn't let the fools at Netflix sway how you feel about Christmas decorating.
  14. What an awesome item that I've never seen before. Unfortunately $500.00 is not in my budget!
  15. donna123

    Finally got a blue beco

    Very nice. How many colors were there for this ornament?
  16. donna123

    What are these?

    There's a couple that look like this on ebay. They are listed as Vintage Union Electrified Yule Log and 3 Candles. I can't say absolutely that this one is Union, but they do have the original box to go with it and they look very similar.
  17. donna123

    An awesome Mercari find!

  18. donna123

    Menard's Halloween 2018

    OMG.....You got the Skull Candle, I am so jealous right now!!!!
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    Menard's Halloween 2018

    Mel, That is terrible. I can't even imagine what that must be like. Hopefully the rain will come soon. Eventually when you see what Charlie left for you maybe you can post some goodies for us to see.
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    Menard's Halloween 2018

    I picked up a vintage lighted happy halloween sign and merry christmas sign. They go into a window or on a mantle. I haven't seen any of the blow molds that are on my wish list. I still check ebay and etsy almost every day. That being said it does give me a good laugh seeing some of the prices. Did you add to your display?
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    Menard's Halloween 2018

    It's been too darn hot and very rainy......thank goodness for air conditioning! How has your summer been?
  22. donna123

    Menard's Halloween 2018

    I haven't seen anything yet. The stores are still pushing "back to school" stuff. It's so nice to see some activity here in the forums!
  23. donna123

    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    I think certain ones will always be in demand depending on their age and what shape they are in. The question about theft is something I think about. I guess it depends on your neighborhood, but I always secure mine and have them close to the house. I just told my sister the same thing because she has a Santa's Best Mickey Mouse that she puts outside every year. Recently the amounts that people are paying for Santa's Best Mickey, Minnie and Goofy are crazy high. I recommended she keep it away from the street and closer to the house.
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    3-D Printed Decorations

    There is a 3D printed Halloween Linus piece that General Foam made. It is the only one that I have ever heard about. There is a PC member, Jordan Mills, who was lucky enough to purchase it. If you search back to 10/31/17, under the topic of Halloween, you can see his posted pics of all the goodies he got before General Foam closed. He says that the Linus is very heavy, about 20lbs. The plastic was not the usual blow mold material, so he did not think that it could be lighted because the plastic is very thick. I'm not sure of the actual height, but he displayed it on his front porch so it was not so small.
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    GFC BAT H1074

    Yes, I remember when another member posted about buying samples from them when they were closing and on the back was info about the color mixture. That's a nice keepsake.