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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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About slankard

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  • Birthday 08/27/1960

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Has got to be bringing my son home in a stocking Christmas Eve of 1997 (he was born Dec. 22).
  • Location
    Broken Arrow, Ok.
  • Biography
    I've been putting up Christmas Lights since I was a teenager. This year I'll be at 100,000 lights, about 129 blowmolds, 43 yard art displays, 42 of the wire mesh figures, and I'm currently displaying 32 telco motionettes . Yes, I have a Christmas problem...but it's fun!!!!
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    house painter/retired teacher
  • About my display
    Well, I've mentioned the basic facts. I have a little over an acre to display and I'm located on a major highway in town. I have around 45 animated figures (motionettes) and I've build trains, castles, skating rings, Victorian Houses, and a few other outdoor structures to display them.

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  1. slankard

    Painting a blow mold without a spray can

    Yeah, I had it on when I was painting yesterday, and I could tell after just a couple of swirls it wasn't going to turn out well.
  2. slankard

    Painting a blow mold without a spray can

    I had been taping several drummer boys, candles, and a snowman indoors, and then spraying them in my garage. But since I thought I was hand painting this lollipop, which I figured to take an hour or so, I didn't want to sit in that garage oven. I had a tarp down, but for some dumb reason I had sat the cup off to the side while I ran to the kitchen. When I came back and lifted it up...surprise, surprise, surprise (think Gomer Pyle).
  3. slankard

    Painting a blow mold without a spray can

    Mikeymatic, I'm going to try that! I love Planet Christmas!!!!!
  4. slankard

    Painting a blow mold without a spray can

    Yea! It did work and I'm still alive. I'm married to a very forgiving woman, as long as there's something new for the house at the end! What little I did just didn't look that good, so I see why everyone spray paints. When I tape off raised surfaces I can tell where to cut away the painter's tape. But, with the lollipops the stripes are flat and I just stink at trying to run the tape along the curves.
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    Painting a blow mold without a spray can

    I think the first words out of my mouth will be, "Honey, I have good news. We're getting new carpet in the den"!
  6. slankard

    Painting a blow mold without a spray can

    Well, I just found out spray paint eats through red solo cups...I found out in the middle of the den floor...on HER carpet. I'm a dead man walking. I have one hour left in this mortal coil. It's been nice knowing all of you.
  7. slankard

    Painting a blow mold without a spray can

    I've wondered about doing that same thing: spraying into a cup and using a brush. Did your paint dry quickly in the cup, or did it stay usable for a while?
  8. I always use spray cans to tackle blow mold repaints, but these lollipop blow molds with the curved lines are more than I can figure out. I'm tempted to just try painting the lines with a small brush (I do paint houses for a living, so I think I'm competent). What type of paint, or more specifically, what brand would you all suggest? I've read about using foam brushes to try this, but the ends of the lollipop lines are pretty thin and narrow and obviously end in a point. The paint has really faded on the green ones, so I would at least like to try experimenting on one of the rougher looking blow molds.
  9. slankard

    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Mel, were you selling the blow molds back then or collecting? 1000 is a lot of blow mold!
  10. slankard

    Question about Dapol Santa

    Thanks Mel. The odd part is that there are no screw holes in the larger bottom hole of the Santa, so I don't know how they ever secured the light to begin with.
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    Don't know if it's poloron, but it's very nice. Congratulations!
  12. slankard

    Question about Dapol Santa

    It has a big hole in the bottom, but not the metal plate, which I think tended to be more of a 1960's thing. It also has an inch round hole on the back side, just a couple of inches from the bottom. The light with the old cord wasn't attached to anything; it was just threaded through the hole in the back.
  13. slankard

    Question about Dapol Santa

    That's what's bugging me. All I have is the blow mold, and I can't find any markings. Did any other company use this blow mold in later years? Is there a specific place I should be looking on the blow mold to find the Dapol logo? I know the cord that came with him is non-polarized (I think that's what it's called), which would lead me to believe it's from the '70's.
  14. slankard

    Question about Dapol Santa

    Okay, finally got my son to download of a picture of the Santa I bought. Would you say he is a Dapol Santa? I couldn't find any mark of identification on him.
  15. slankard

    Question about Dapol Santa

    no, it's one of the one's towards the end of the page. The paint is flaking quite a bit, but the plastic itself just doesn't seem as old as one from the 70's. I'll try to get the kid to post it for me.