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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 PhilaGriswold

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The year my dad got me the Santa and Sleigh blowmold for Christmas. It was the one I wanted for years.
  • Location
  • Biography
    Collecting Blowmolds since I was 16.
  • Interests
    Collecting Blowmolds and Boating
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    My display is slowly growing since I started working full time. I hunt for the older Blowmolds, and I fix them up as needed. I'm limited on how many Blowmolds I have because I still live at home. My dad doesn't mind them because it makes outside decorating easier on him.

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  1. PhilaGriswold

    Finds at ACE Hardware

    Looked like a lot of old stock. They had a whole pallet full of faded pumpkins, I was surprised they were still trying to sell them for decent prices. The Christmas ones may have been leftover from last year.
  2. PhilaGriswold

    Finds at ACE Hardware

    They gave me 20% off the halloween ones and the Christmas ones were half price compared to their website.
  3. PhilaGriswold

    Finds at ACE Hardware

    Excited to find these at the ACE Hardware not far from my house.
  4. PhilaGriswold

    Menard's Christmas 2018

    I have some new additions this year blow mold wise. Was thinking mega tree, I think that has to wait until next year. Right now I’m trying to find a place to find lights, usually I’d buy them when they go on sale, but with the new house gotta go big the first year here
  5. PhilaGriswold

    Menard's Christmas 2018

    Thanks Big J, how have you been? I haven’t been on in awhile. Have some additions for my display and moved to a house with a ton of ground. This years display is going to be good.
  6. PhilaGriswold

    Menard's Christmas 2018

    Too bad there aren’t any Menards on the East Coast. People are way overpricing that big Santa on eBay. Any idea how much it was in the store?
  7. PhilaGriswold

    GFP Closing

    From what I've seen, some of the sellers on eBay have lowered the price of the item but increased the price of shipping. Seems like the shipping prices have become unreasonable, like the seller is trying to make money on shipping.
  8. One lantern went for $170, another lantern went for $230, and the ornaments went for over $300
  9. When I found them last night they only had a few hours left. Looks like they ended.
  10. I noticed all of them are on eBay
  11. PhilaGriswold

    Electric Trains

    We have Lionel, O27, and K-Line in my house. All together, we have 5 sets that we switch up every year for under the tree. My dad wanted my siblings and I to each have a set. Everything runs on the Lionel fast track which is nice.
  12. PhilaGriswold

    All my favorites and the new Disney ones I got

    Out of all the Santas Best Disney Characters/Looney Tunes ones I need the Tweety and Taz. Currently have Snoopy, Pooh, Tigger, Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy. My friend gave them to me for free. As for Taz and Tweety I have seen them on eBay lately but for outrageous prices. Been on the lookout for them almost 3 years now.
  13. PhilaGriswold

    Red C7 Light

    Got a yellow one today at Walmart for $2.00
  14. PhilaGriswold

    General Foam Rediculously Large "C7" Bulbs At Walmart

    I got one from my Walmart for $5 last week. I rewired it to take a light bulb and plug. I think it looks better than the LEDs.
  15. PhilaGriswold

    Red C7 Light

    I really think it looks a lot better with a regular light in it. I wonder why General Foam tried LEDs with batteries. I also got 6 boxes of 25ct LED C9 lights for $1.84 each. And replacement C7 light bulbs 4 for $0.24.