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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 mattford1

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Back in the 70's I was infatuated with commercial pole mount decorations. There was one strip mall near me that always had a huge display of (and I had no idea who made them back then) of Crystal Valley decorations. One of the items they had was a 15' full round spiral Santa. One day they decided to get rid of it (they had it sitting outside in the alley for a while), so I ended up taking it home. I
  • Location
    Los Angeles CA
  • Biography
    Emmy winning lighting designer for variety television shows. Huge fan or retro commercial Christmas decorations. I own several that I purchased from Crystal Valley Decorating Company including 3 spiral trees, 12' santa and a custom vintage pole mount snowman
  • Interests
    Christmas, Machining, Flight Simulation
  • Occupation
    Lighting Designer for Television
  • About my display
    We do a huge Halloween show so our display is not huge. We have several decorations from Crystal Valley Decorating Company in our yard

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  1. Very cool balloon up for auction on Ebay. I've never seen one before. Looks very similar to the 12' Santa I bought from them: https://www.ebay.com/itm/282832681466?ul_noapp=true
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    Old Crystal Valley Catalogs

    Thanks guys for the excellent posts!
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    Old Crystal Valley Catalogs

    Thanks Blow Mold Expert!
  4. Hi There- Does anyone have a scanned copy of an old Crystal Valley catalog from the 70's? If so would appreciate it being posted :-)... Matt
  5. Hi There! Does anyone have any old Crystal Valley Decorating catalogs from back in the day that could be posted! Thanks in advance! Matt
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    Where to get municipal molds

    I have been interested as well, especially the Valley stuff. I'm almost wondering if you'd have to just make them from scratch based on old photos.
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    Old Pole Mounts I picked up.

    I just sent you a PM
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    Old Pole Mounts I picked up.

    Are there any more for sale?
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    Old Pole Mounts I picked up.

    Are those Crystal Valley decorations?
  10. That is so cool. Were all of those GP products in the pics? I miss the blow mold candles.
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