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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. 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.
  3. 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.
  5. 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.
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    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.
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    New member our scene for 2017

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

    50 ft Merry Christmas Sign

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

    Pics of anyone's display progress

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

    displaying my Union elves

    Very Nice, I like the train Idea, mind if I borrow it for next year?
  11. 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.
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    Pawn Shop Find

    I found these at a local pawn shop. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and a pair of drummer boys. great price.
  14. Digger61

    Plywood Cutouts

    Very nice. great job.
  15. Digger61

    Who's ready to light up?

    I go Live 12/1 every year, So some years I am right after T-day or a week after like this year, helps me with time to get it all set up. I start tomorrow putting everything out.
  16. Digger61

    A find I wasn't expecting.

    Thanks for the great information Mel. The flame tops don't have the ring where the tabs would lock it on, they are flat, so they may be replacements. Someone put small screws in to hold them on. I just found a small crack in the bottom of the base on each one, but it doesn't show or hamper the use of them.
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    A find I wasn't expecting.

    I went to the local consignment shop just to see what was there. Most of the booths were the usual with some small indoor Christmas items. turned the corner and what to my wondering eyes did appear, these two Empire red candles with the pointsetta design. The price was in my budget so I brought them home. They have 1969 molded into them near the logo, not sure if its the year or part number.
  18. Digger61

    powering my carousel motor - help

    Thanks Qberg, I think there may be wood chips in the lazy susan, need to pull it apart and see if that is the issue. Upon the advice of my brother, I put my meter in series with the power supply and motor, when it is running fine, it pulls about 5.25 to 6 amps. When it glitches, it is pulling over 10 amps, so the question is what is causing that. If this doesn't fix it I may have to go non motorized for this year and work out the kinks for next year. Very disappointing for me, but I need it in the display next week.
  19. I am in the final phases of the build on my carousel, it will have a hexagonal deck with the widest point being 5 feet 3 inches on the flat edges and six feet on longest diagonal. made of 1/2 inch plywood, using a go go scooter motor for powering it, the motor is a 24V DC motor. We welded the short axle to the bull gear to have constant drive, due to the slippage in the transaxle setup. I am currently using a a small computer charging style power supply rated at 12v DC at 10 Amps. The motor runs well, then when an idler pulley was added, causing a bit more pull for the motor, it runs for a short period then hesitates a few times, runs for a bit (10 -15 seconds) hesitates a few times. At first I thought it was the lazy susan ring with some dust or junk in it. I sprayed it with white lithium to make the bearings run smoother, it ran fine again for a few minutes then started again. I am thinking that the power supply is underrated for what I am trying to move. I don't have the controller for the motor from the scooter only the motor. I am thinking I need a 24V, 25 amp supply any ideas?
  20. Digger61

    New Find.

    I don't know about anywhere else, but these are not easy to find here in New England, but this year I found 2 lampposts, 2 40 inch candy canes, and these 5 soldiers. So it's been a good year for finding blow molds for me. The wife approves of all of them, so that's a bonus. LOL
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    New Find.

    Found these soldiers this weekend, they were just put in the store window and I bought them within 2 days. Four out of five have the Empire logo on the base, the fifth I can't find a logo but do see the same number on.
  22. MonsterGuts.com, also sells them for animating Halloween decorations, they state they are for the reindeer.
  23. Digger61

    "Candy Cane" power cord

    In the Electrical section check out Big J's custom cord,
  24. Digger61

    New Find.

    Thanks for the information Mel. You are a wealth of knowledge on blow molds.
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