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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.



Digger61 last won the day on November 2 2017

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About Digger61

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The year I received a Vertibird Helicopter as a child.
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  • Biography
    Light enthusiast beginning to build more for my display
  • Interests
    Outdoor Christmas decorating,woodworking, chess,
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    It has grown every year from basic lights, to archways, the biggest yet this year, if I get everything made in time

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  1. Digger61

    Finds at ACE Hardware

    I ordered and picked up 6 gingerbread men. they had an online 15% off sale making them 27 each. They are the old Union mold being produced by CADO. The box label had CADO on it. So it could be new stock from CADO. They are producing just a few of the molds.
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    Union Products Cado Toy Soldier

    I bought a case of toy soldiers just before Christmas last year, as GF was closing, paid half that for each one. I'm feeling pretty good about that now.
  3. Digger61

    looking for ideas

    I'm getting ambitious here, I theme my display each year, and this year will be toyland / candyland. I am building a four foot cube to be an oversized Jack in the Box. It is currently going to be stationary, but I was thinking how great it would be to have the item (jack) be able to go in and out of the box while the handle rotates. I need ideas on how to accomplish this engineering feat. I think the Jack may be my Tigger snowman inflatable. This would be mounted on platform that could be raised and lowered via a motor. The lid would also be lifted and lowered with the platform. Ideas please. thanks.
  4. Digger61

    Vintage Crystal Valley Decoration

    OK, that's cool, as we theme each year and do differnt themes, yes I'm a bit crazy to change it up so much each year. This just might make this years toyland theme be just over the top.
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    What goes down must go up!

    we just added 10 inches of snow in CT, so the cords are there until the first thaw. I took down my inflatables, everything else is staked or buried, so with negative wind chills it will stay outside until it gets warmer.
  6. Digger61

    What goes down must go up!

    WLND-David, I grew up in Erie, have family there. they are used to snow, but not this much all at once. I'm just glad I don't live there any more. 5+ feet of snow on the ground and climbing. It will take a while to melt off. My mother just doesn't go anywhere at this point, she's in her 80's.
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    What goes down must go up!

    Here in CT its just above zero, with an inch or two of snow on the ground. all my cords are covered in the snow. may have to wait until spring thaw to get to some of them. LOL.
  8. Digger61

    Info request on Union Products candy canes.

    Mel, thank you once again for your wealth of knowledge. I just wish I could find the light string and Garland to go with them. Do you have a picture you could post? Maybe I can make the light string and add some garland.
  9. I'm looking for any information on these candy canes. They were made by Union. The box shows that they were sold by Sears, and the shipping mark show they shipped to Minneapolis/ St. Paul area. They are 17 inches tall with small steel bars for mounting. The bars slide into the bottom. Each one has the clip on the back as if they might hold a C9.
  10. Digger61

    New member our scene for 2017

    wow, quite the chorale of blow molds. looks great.
  11. Digger61

    50 ft Merry Christmas Sign

    Looks Great. The idea is a good one.
  12. Digger61

    Pics of anyone's display progress

    Finally getting a chance to post. Here's my display.
  13. Digger61

    displaying my Union elves

    Very Nice, I like the train Idea, mind if I borrow it for next year?
  14. Digger61

    My Score but need advice

    I have made a 4 x 4 post frame and I cover it with the white/ grey painters canvas. I have a 4 X 8 platform using floor flanges and Black pipe to hold the molds in place. We cover the deck with straw or hay to add hopefully a more realistic look. My pictures are too large to upload, I'll have to get one with my phone.
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    Pawn Shop Find

    The only issue with them is someone in the past used what looks to be sheet rock screws to secure them. So several holes in the back of each where screws penetrated. As long as the forward facade is good, I'm happy.