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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.



bbskip last won the day on December 13 2017

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    As I get older putting up decorations has become a chore and the thought occurs- does anybody care? One year as I was putting up the Christmas light an elderly woman passed by and told me how she always enjoys looking at my lights ( I have some sort of lights up all year long), they make her feel good. Since I didn't recognize her from the block I asked her where she lived and she told me, it was on the next block over. So I asked her how could she see my lights from a block away. She lived in on the top floor of an apartment house and could see them from there. I've had to cut back in recent years but I still put the lights out all year long.
  • Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Biography
    Retired. The wife has always liked Christmas so I decorate outside. From Christmas went to Halloween to all the other holidays to all year long.
  • Interests
    Like old cars and of course toy and model trains.
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  • About my display
    Used to run a lot of miniature string lights but gave up on them for two reasons. Bulbs blowing out, too much trouble to find the burnt out bulbs and then can never find replacements. Also as I get older small stuff is harder to see, the covers don't make an impression visually. Tried inflatables but they're too much trouble to set up and the motors burn out. I now use mostly blow molds and C7 or C9 LED light strings which make a nice colorful display.

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  1. bbskip

    Did Everybody Quit PC?

    Dear Mr. Scrooge, (Bob Crachit would never address you as just "Scrooge.") I'll start off by saying this is not an "argument" or "fight" here, just a friendly point of opinion. I read your post with interest. As I said in my previous reply to Mel I've been in several hobbies over the years and been on as least as many boards. Some of those boards did not have a "friendly" policy in fact some actually encouraged tension on the board. My experience with those boards were that they shrunk and kept new blood out, blood that could have contributed a lot. In one case the owner of the board apparently could dish it out but couldn't take it and actually abandoned the board. So I agree that the "friendly" way is the only way to go especially on a board like "Planet CHRISTMAS" (my emphasis on Christmas). I don't think I've read any of your posts so I can't comment on your comment style. I'm not one to walk away from a discussion even if it gets heated, I think discussion is good, if you can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen. But one thing I have learned over the years is that Internet board posting is different. Someone once taught me you can pretty much say anything to anyone if you do it with a smile on your face. But Emoticons be damned you cannot read another persons demeanor on the Internet, there is no way you can see that smile when someone posts on a board. I recently got into a fight with a friend because he kiddingly posted something about me on a board. The problem was that I WAS sensitive to the issue for reasons he did not know about or could have understood and that he was kidding me on a public forum where there were others who did not know us and who could have perceived the post as him insulting me and me backing down from it. Yes, we patched things up but not before they got out of hand on the board and that should have never had happened. The other members of the board probably were made uncomfortable about it, I know at least one member was and spoke to me about it. I don't know why the moderator didn't step in, maybe he should have. In any event we are all different personalities, some thick skinned, some thin skinned, and we all have different posting styles. The problem is that when posting on the Internet it is too easy for those personalities to not understand each other, misunderstand each other and to clash. For that reason I understand why moderators have to review, interpret and moderate posts as they deem necessary. I've had posts removed on other boards and after I thought about it I could see their thoughts why .
  2. bbskip

    Did Everybody Quit PC?

    Mel, I'm a newbie here. I don't post much because I have little to say. You learn by keeping your mouth shut and ears open. So I lurk. And I listen- to guys like you. I don't see the point of posting when you don't have anything to say. It's like posts where someone says- "Does anybody know . . .?" and you have to wade through a bunch of "No, I don't." replies. I have several hobbies and over the years been on many boards for those hobbies. I have found that every hobby has one guy who knows most everything (and I do not mean that sarcastically). They are the "gurus" of the hobby. But they are different personalities, often with quirks like being secretive, unfriendly, intolerant, impatient and somethings downright nasty. I'm a newbie but already I see you as the guru of this hobby, the go to guy, willing to teach and to share. Not all gurus are like that. When I posted my lantern question you told me all you knew (which to me was a lot) AND you posted pictures, pictures of things you must have put a lot of time and effort into finding. You shared and I really appreciated that! A lot of gurus I've met never share what they have, they hog and hoard citing the reason (notice I don't say excuse because their reason is valid) that what they post is taken by others and used without their permission. Having run a web site I understand the problem and their concerns. But I'm getting off course and beginning to "ramble." But you, Mel, you just keep "rambling". I don't see it as rambling I see it as sharing what you know, what you worked hard for years to amass, learn and teach to us newbies. Keep rambling, Mel, cause I'm all ears. Thanks for sharing. BTW- my web site (inactive for technical reasons) is www.POLICENY.com . And I'm posting a photo of my other hobby of which some of my friends consider me to be the "go to guy."
  3. bbskip

    Can anyone tell me about this lantern?

    Thanks, Mel. So it is quite old, I'm not surprised based on the lamp cord that came with it. I couldn't find any markings on it.
  4. Can anyone tell me anything about this blow mold lantern? Based on the wire that came with it it looks pretty old.
  5. bbskip

    This early snow on my blow molds

    Thank you, all, for the nice comments. You can't see the nativity set anymore. We were supposed to get 3-6" inches of snow here but somehow I wound up with 14" in front of my house. It's almost time to take the Christmas decorations down but I may have to let some of them thaw out first. It's been below freezing for over a week now but next week it's supposed to be in the high 30's and low 40's so hopefully I can get to things. I remember one year I couldn't remove some items until early March.
  6. bbskip

    This early snow on my blow molds

    I saw one of those lanterns online during the summer and said I have to find one. Was looking for months, finally got one last month.
  7. bbskip

    This early snow on my blow molds

    Hard to say, it's still coming down with another 2 hours to go. First they said 2-4 then 3-5 but from what I see it's going to be between 2 and 3 inches. Thank you. I wouldn't mind the snow so much if it didn't turn to ice. I have to keep the sidewalk clean so people don't slip and fall and that's a lot of work.
  8. We are getting some early snow here in NYC. I took a few shots of my blow molds in the snow. Nothing fancy, I'm a poor photographer, just a few photos taken with my flipphone.
  9. bbskip

    Silent site?

    I'm new here so I really have nothing to offer or add to the site. I am mainly interested in blow molds. I wasn't aware of the FACEBOOK pages mentioned but I checked them out briefly. Nice but like someone else said I'm not into FACEBOOK. Too much for me to keep up with. What I've seen here so far looks good. Considering the time of year I thought there would be more activity in the forums but I like what I've seen so far so I will be checking in from time to time.
  10. bbskip

    2017 Display

    Very nice, looks great.
  11. bbskip

    My Rather Modest 2017 Display

    Very nice, picture perfect. Everything looks great- the sled, the MERRY CHRISTMAS lights, elevated nativity, everything including the leaves on the ground.
  12. bbskip

    Some places to shop for blow molds

    Yes, that's right. Sorry, I forgot to mention that. Plus there's 6% PA sales tax.
  13. bbskip

    Some places to shop for blow molds

    In addition to the light socket in the flame there are additional sockets along the cord as it passes through the body of the candle. I saw the sample lit up it the store, with the white candle body it looked nice.
  14. I did a little shopping for blow molds. These are two places I was at recently. There is a place in Canarsie in Brooklyn, NY called the Brooklyn Terminal Market. They sell Christmas and Halloween decorations there. Over the years I bought most of my blow molds there new. But in recent years the number of stores there that sell holiday decorations has declined. Still I was there last week and one store in the back row did have a nice selection of blow molds- Santas, soldiers, candles and the like. If you are in or near Brooklyn might be worth a look. Then the other day I was at Seiter and Son in Paradise, PA. Lots of nice new blow molds there and reasonable prices. They have a web site but it is not up to date. Also they will not do mail order during the Christmas season. But if you are in the area I highly recommend checking it out. This is what I bought- 2 green Christmas trees, a pair of candles that light up inside the body of the candle, a blue and yellow scarf penguin (to match my red and green scarf one), and a blue and white scarecrow and a green scarecrow (to match my purple and white scarecrow and light blue and tan scarecrow). Do call before you go to make sure they will be open when you go.