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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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  1. On 10/18/2018 at 2:10 PM, Fodstar said:

    I've been using the same strings of LED C9s and C6s from this vendor for 5+ year without a single problem; I find them plenty bright, but they are more expensive than what you find at the big box stores:  https://www.christmaslightsetc.com/

    I get my C7 Bulbs and C9 bulbs from Christmaslightsetc. If your in Atlanta there warehouse and showroom is in north Atlanta. It’s cool place to check out. Also I have 60+ sets of LED C9 sets from sams club for last 8 years with LOR light controller. What I have done for years is buy one set in Nov.1and see if it holds up using LOR ( run program for 12 hours a day until Nov.20( in my basement). If they work well I go to store when they are marked down and buy a bunch. Normal it they fail it will happen with in 15days running them 12 hours a day.


  2. I am not sure wear you can get ears? Attached is a picture showing the ear.

    The way ears attaches looks like the same type used for cow ears and reindeer antlers. The good thing is that the ear is all black so you could use many different things to make ears. Good luck!

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  3. On 9/25/2018 at 9:48 AM, drkness said:

     I would almost find that a little annoying thats so bright. But on the other hand, no need for any security lights.

    what type of lights are they, lantern style or down light?  I’d almost complain/ ask if the could put a deflector on it if that were my house. 

    Its a lantern style (acorn dome). They did put a deflector in it that cut down the brightness. But it’s still very bright in my book. 


  4. On 9/27/2018 at 8:55 AM, Scott Rob said:

    Below are some pictures. This is for a new Walmart blow mold Lantern.

    The LED part is a 1/4turn to open it does have some glue holding it but, I could just move it a little and it broke loss. I used a unibit drill bit for the holes. I think they work better when drilling in plastic. I then use some zip plugs and spt-1 wire I use at Halloween and Christmas. Then I attached the socket part to spt-1 wire and ran it through the holes I had drilled in the LED base.  Added the male end onto the spt-1 wire and a new 120V LED light is created. This small project toke about 5-10minutes to do. Hope this helps!

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    The bell and snowman head are the same way. I really like the lantern and they are all under$10 bucks! I hope I can find more lanterns! I have look for all three on-line but have not been able to find them. I will look tonight for the receipt for lantern.

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  5. Hi Mel

    Thank you for the information I will check it out. I did get some extra bags at GF factory last October. They had some large bins of free plastic bags. I got some very large bags for life size camels and a few extra. I should have gotten more. I was so overwhelmed my volume/scope/deals that I missed out on a lot. I only wish I had planned that trip a lot better. It was the only trip I have ever had were I was going for a few items on my wish list and came back home towing a large enclosed U-Haul .:)   It was a 11-12 hour drive each way.


  6. On ‎9‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 4:54 PM, Mel Fischer said:

    Hi Scott,

    Please forgive the delay in replying to your questions, I just plain forgot to do it when you asked and I found your post again today.

    I do bag the blow molds to keep the dust and dirt off of them along with it helping some to keep from scratching paint off while moving them around in storage.  When we were doing a display we always cleaned the blow molds good when we took the display down after the holidays and then bagged them up for their protection.  As for you bagging them, that is for you to decide on what kind of condition you want to keep yours in.

    Today my wife and I are in our 70's and 80's and along with health conditions the big display got to be too much work for us to set up and as most who do a display know, taking it down and storing it until the next season is more work then the setting it up so we no longer do a display.  My real interest in the blow molds today is the research and history on what was made, by who and when they were made and sharing some of the information when I think it might be of interest to others.

    When we were doing a display we usually had around 100 blow molds in the display as we do not really care for the overcrowded look of many of the displays we have seen in the past.  We tried to set the display up somewhat in scenes.  We decorated the area to our tastes and what we liked to look at we did not concern ourselves as much with trying to put up a flashy display and try to attract large crowds to see it but we did hope that those who saw it would enjoy it also.  I do need to say though that we live in the country and are surrounded by big trees and it is difficult to see much of the display from the road.  We always loved the displays we did ourselves and almost every night if the weather permitted I would go out about 15 minutes before the lights went out and just walk around looking at the display and enjoying it.  We always tried to have the first lights on Thanksgiving night  and the last night for the lights on was New Years night.

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    Hi, Mel

    Thanks for information what types of bags do you use for your blow mold? Do you get them on-line or at a local store in your area? I think it is a good idea to have mold in bags. Down here in the south it seems to rain for most of November and December so if there is any dust it washes off. But I do clean every thing before I put it up for the year. But I think I will start trying to bag all of my molds. Most of the ones I don't have in bags never had a bag but I keep them in the original  box.

     It is always interesting to see a large display. I do understand having to put up and take down a large display. At my new house my yard is small so I can only put out a small selection of blow molds. Also since I live in a HOA area and inside city I have a lot of rules to follow. So I have to make it a size that can go up in a few days and take down is a few days. Where I live I am not allowed to put up any Christmas on the outside of my house until Nov.22 and Every thing must be put up by Jan.2. I plan on moving again (I hope in the next few years) and getting out of the city and HOA!!!!:). I would rather have a longer drive to work and have freedom to set up my display when and how I like to. I use to live out on a farm in north Georgia and had 1/2 mile of road frontage so I was used to having a large spread. But, I was getting burned out on it since it toke from Nov.1 -Nov.25 to get every thing out and due to snow/work toke from Jan.1-March 15 to put up and box up every thing and put it back in the barn.


  7. Below are some pictures. This is for a new Walmart blow mold Lantern.

    The LED part is a 1/4turn to open it does have some glue holding it but, I could just move it a little and it broke loss. I used a unibit drill bit for the holes. I think they work better when drilling in plastic. I then use some zip plugs and spt-1 wire I use at Halloween and Christmas. Then I attached the socket part to spt-1 wire and ran it through the holes I had drilled in the LED base.  Added the male end onto the spt-1 wire and a new 120V LED light is created. This small project toke about 5-10minutes to do. Hope this helps!

    PS. Sorry my pictures may not be in order.

     

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  8. The North Pole sign has a 40watt LED bulb. I have to put in brighter bulbs into my blow molds.This is due to the city last year changing my street light out from 150watt HPS to 1000watt eq. LED. So even at 11pm it’s like a giant spot light in my yard! I did not use a flash. It’s look brighter in person! All of my blow molds now have LED bulbs most are 60watt all C7 type get either 25W or 40W. 

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  9. I bought two of snowman and Santa that are unpainted. I also got other items so my shipping was free. I wanted some unpainted so I could paint a man and woman one. The ones I got are having the same issues as Cado white blow mold are we’re the plastic is a little thicker in some spots giving it a spotted cream color instead of white. I did have post office tell me how much it would be to ship a snowman in box. She said around 15dollars for shippping. For me I like painting them myself. Since my wife’s will be pink and purple 😁. I Would love to get unpainted choirboys and girls/ lollipops/ candles.....

    i do wish the unpainted blow mold were plastic wrapped and sent in USPS. I got ghost sitting on pumpkin the post office will only do it by weight if it plastic wrap and not in a box. The shipping was$8 if it was in a box $18-25 for shipping.

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  10. I bought a cado union North Pole sign this year. When I light it up it looks more cream/brown color than the general foam items look more white. Are the old union North Pole sign like the new one below or more white? Every thing I have gotten this year that is new looks more cream/ brown. I am not sure if Cado is using different type of plastic or if it’s thicker thus letting less light through?

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