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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. TED

    Lowes Home Improvement skimpy offering

    Stephen, I didn't know you used those. I certainly didn't intend to insult your display and/or decorations. Do the fabric covered items hold up to the weather? I've always thought they would deteriorate rapidly. I know I've seen some that were dirty and muddy. TED
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    I found one of the small ones but there was no sign of either of the big ones. TED
  3. Some of you may recall that last year I posted about Gen Foam pumpkin pails being sold at Whole Foods. I figured that they wouldn't have anything this year since Gen Foam closed but to my surprise they have the Union Products pumpkin pails. This is the first time I've seen them for sale around here so I had only seen pictures. They are about the same width as the Gen Foam pails and a bit shorter. The price was a little higher than the Gen Foam/Amloid pails at $2.49 but I got one anyway. TED
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    A few Halloween blow molds

    Oh my goodness...that was painful to read! Why didn't he give them to you!? It just never ceases to amaze me what people will throw away. I've seen people in the neighborhood rent dumpsters (which is very expensive) to throw away perfectly good things. I've seen furniture, guitars, an air compressor... The air compressor was in one of those "bagster" things. I tried to get it but it was too heavy for me to lift. When I came back the next day with someone to help me the bagster had been picked up. I can't understand paying hundreds of dollars to throw away perfectly good stuff. If it's too much trouble to pick up the phone and call one of the charities that will come pick it up (for free) why don't they just set it all out on the curb? It would be gone in a few days. TED
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    Walmart has a reindeer crossing blow mold

    I have one or 2 Union lamp posts that I don't have the tops for. I wonder if that would make a good replacement top? TED For those who collect money for charity it might be something they could use (depending on how secure they need it to be). TED
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    Bel Air Plastics blow mold candle

    That's a nice looking candle. The lettering almost has a Japanese look to it. TED
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    Wolfman. . . ?

    I'm pretty sure that there are no wolfman 'molds. I recall seeing someone turn the Victorian caroler man into a Jack the ripper type character. That's the closest thing I can think of. I've always thought that a wolfman 'mold would be a great thing for one of the companies to make but with Gen Foam out of the picture I don't think we'll see one any time soon. TED
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    Lowes Home Improvement skimpy offering

    I find Home Depot to be a big disappointment in the Christmas department. The only outdoor figures they've had in recent years are those awful fabric covered flimsy frames. TED
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    Finds at ACE Hardware

    Is that the old Union black cat? TED
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    Paint stripper on blow molds

    3M makes a paint stripper called "Safest Stripper" that is safe to use on blowmolds. You can leave it on a long time with no damage to the plastic. Sometimes you can find it at Ace Hardware (but not the ones here where I live). TED
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    Zombie flamingo article.

    I came across an article about zombie flamingos. It's not a particularly good article, however it is nice to see something written about blowmolds. The article includes a picture of zombie flamingos and also a picture of skelemingos but fails to explain or even mention the difference. Here's the link: https://www.townandcountrymag.com/style/home-decor/a23596190/zombie-flamingo-halloween-decor/ TED
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    Goofy needs his ear

    Both ears are the same. They are just put on at a different angle. So you can use the ear that you have for a model if you want to try to make one. I remember once somebody posted about making an ear out of wood. Since the ears don't light up it wouldn't be noticeable once it was painted. No, the cow ears poke into a hole in the head. The Goofy ears are held on with a screw. No. The ear is a completely separate piece that is attached with a screw. There are other ways to make one that don't require a 3D printer. You'd need a high dollar 3D printer to print something as long as a Goofy ear. No, they are long gone. Grand Venture went out of business in 2003. TED
  13. I was searching for another source for the "American Maid" brand pumpkin pails. I didn't find any but I didn't find some DIY projects with pumpkin pails that I thought I would share. Large Pumpkin arch: https://www.triedandtrueblog.com/make-halloween-pumpkin-archway/ Basic Pumpkin totem: https://www.craftymorning.com/tipsy-plastic-pumpkin-decoration/ I can't quite approve of this one. Pumpkin pail snowman: https://www.craftymorning.com/plastic-pumpkin-snowman-decoration/ TED
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    American Maid

    I wonder if these are being sold anywhere else since we don't have a Winco here. I tried searching online but came up empty. The closest Winco to me is in Oklahoma. I'll have to ask Slankard if he knows where it is. TED
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    A few Halloween blow molds

    Mel I'm sure you are right. I feel tired just thinking about it! I have thought about picking up a box of the smaller size "can liners" (clear trash bags) at Sam's to use for the smaller 'molds. I bought a box of the biggest size a few years ago. The 'molds I always have trouble with are the ones that are too big for the large size can liners. Usually they are just 3-4 inches too tall so that the bag can't be tied. My rate of acquisition has slowed down a lot although I have picked up a few here and there. TED