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Burbank Lighting Tech Has Huge Home Display

Burbank Lighting Tech Has Huge Home Display

An impressive 20,000 light home display by Alan Falkner is featured in the January 2010 issue of Projection, Lights, and...

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Holiday Wonder Locomotive

Holiday Wonder Locomotive

Overall Impression: Fantastic light and sound show from a beautiful table ornament! Nice: Vivid multicolored lights...

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Balsam Hill Proclaims Success in Clearance Sale

Balsam Hill Proclaims Success in Clearance Sale

Balsam Hill, the maker of the superb tree featured in our Project Tree ’09 review, has issued the following release...

Christmas Trees in China – Part 1

Adam Minter, an American writer living in Shanghai, has a blog he calls Shanghai Scrap. In late...

Christmas Trees in China – Part 1
posted on: Jan 31, 2010 | author: SC Team

Tip: Use Gift Wrap to Mark Storage Boxes

From the parenthacks.com website comes a suggestion to tape long strips of old wrapping paper...

Tip: Use Gift Wrap to Mark Storage Boxes
posted on: Jan 26, 2010 | author: SC Team

Classroom Ideas for “A Christmas Carol”

An educational website, readwritethink.org, has posted classroom activities about the Charles...

Classroom Ideas for “A Christmas Carol”
posted on: Jan 22, 2010 | author: SC Team

Advice on Poinsettias After Christmas

Ellen Nibali, writing for the Baltimore Sun, responds to a question about how to care for...

Advice on Poinsettias After Christmas
posted on: Jan 22, 2010 | author: SC Team
Video: Gingerbread House at White House

Video: Gingerbread House at White House

posted on: Jan 20, 2010 | author: SC Team

December 22, 2009 Footage of the impressive Gingerbread House at the White...

Christmas Train: CSX Locomotive

Christmas Train: CSX Locomotive

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

The holiday train consist is powered by a Bachmann model of a CSX EMD SD40-2 diesel locomotive.  This popular and powerful locomotive makes a good...

Christmas Train: Flatcar Five

Christmas Train: Flatcar Five

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

Some holiday trains provide “visits with Santa” and at least one we’ve seen had an “open air” flat car.  This Walthers Train Line Norfolk...

Christmas Train: Flatcar Four

Christmas Train: Flatcar Four

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

This Walthers TrainLine Burlington Northern 50 foot flat car carries four Christmas minis: a snowman, Santa, Christmas Tree, and Christmas-decorated...

Christmas Train: Passenger Car

Christmas Train: Passenger Car

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

Most holiday trains feature a passenger car.  This Bachmann Spectrum model is a Great Northern “heavyweight” Passenger Observation car...

Christmas Train: Santa Fe Locomotive

Christmas Train: Santa Fe Locomotive

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

This model, produced in Yugoslavia in the 1980s for AHM, depicts a Santa Fe ALCO RS diesel locomotive from the 1950s.  The model is a “dummy”...

Christmas Train: Flatcar Three

Christmas Train: Flatcar Three

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

Many fire departments decorate apparatus for Christmas parades and we’ve seen at least one carried on a flat car on a holiday train!  Thus, this...

Christmas Train: Flatcar Two

Christmas Train: Flatcar Two

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

This Bachmann Silver Series 60 foot flat car is a model of Western Maryland #2633.  Some holiday trains have bands on board a flat car or modified...

Christmas Train: Flatcar One

Christmas Train: Flatcar One

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

Many holiday trains contain flat cars with displays of Christmas and winter-themed decorations as well as backdrop artwork. We sought to represent...

Christmas Train: Caboose

Christmas Train: Caboose

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

This caboose is a “ready to run” model by Athearn of an Offset Cupola Caboose from the Santa Fe railroad.  The Santa Fe decorated this caboose...

Christmas Train: Boxcar

Christmas Train: Boxcar

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

This car “personalizes” the train by utilizing digital photographs of a display of Christmas inflatables downsized to fit the HO model. The...

Video: Holiday Wonder Locomotive

Video: Holiday Wonder Locomotive

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

January...

Photo Gallery: Table Decorations

Photo Gallery: Table Decorations

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

25 photographs of various decorations, including marching penguins, a carousel, gingerbread houses, Panda Land, a penguin waterslide, snowmen skating...

Photo Gallery: Plush Ziggy (Christmas)

Photo Gallery: Plush Ziggy (Christmas)

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

Five photographs of Ziggy dolls in colorful Christmas outfits. The lovable cartoon character was born in 1969, a creation of Tom Wilson. His son, Tom...

Photo Gallery: Plush Birds and Animals

Photo Gallery: Plush Birds and Animals

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

Here you’ll find a dog, pig, frog, lizard, cactus, moose, reindeer, and lots of penguins! Thirty-one photographs. [View with...

Photo Gallery: Plush Assorted

Photo Gallery: Plush Assorted

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

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Photo Gallery: Plush Bears

Photo Gallery: Plush Bears

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

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Photo Gallery: Plush Garfield (Christmas)

Photo Gallery: Plush Garfield (Christmas)

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

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Photo Gallery: Plush Rudolph and Friends

Photo Gallery: Plush Rudolph and Friends

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

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Photo Gallery: Plush Santa Claus

Photo Gallery: Plush Santa Claus

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

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Photo Gallery: Plush Snoopy (Christmas)

Photo Gallery: Plush Snoopy (Christmas)

posted on: Jan 15, 2010 | author: SC Team

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Bronner’s Deer with Trees Ball

Bronner’s Deer with Trees Ball

posted on: Jan 14, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Another basic but pretty bonus ornament with a dark blue background and silver/white paint and glitter. Nice: For orders over...

Bronner’s Merry Christmas Ball

Bronner’s Merry Christmas Ball

posted on: Jan 14, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Rich dark blue color, crisp silver lettering, and glitter make for a first-class ornament. Nice: For orders over $100,...

Holiday Lane (Macy’s) Small Holly Balls

Holiday Lane (Macy’s) Small Holly Balls

posted on: Jan 14, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Gold background balls with glitter accents, green leaves, and red berries. Nice: Excellent color and paint...

Kmart Blue-themed Fabric Snowman

Kmart Blue-themed Fabric Snowman

posted on: Jan 14, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Another charming small snowman plush with a muted blue color theme. Nice: Subdued blue colors and cheerful design. Naughty:...

Kmart Candy Cane Fabric Snowman

Kmart Candy Cane Fabric Snowman

posted on: Jan 13, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Charming snowman with wooden candy cane. Nice: Rich colors and cheerful design. Naughty: Faulty adhesive failed to attach...

Kmart Santa’s Helper Snowman

Kmart Santa’s Helper Snowman

posted on: Jan 13, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Cute but plain snowman has unusual human-styled winter clothes. Nice: Good construction and color. Naughty: Nothing. ...

OTC Fleece Camouflage Snowman

OTC Fleece Camouflage Snowman

posted on: Jan 13, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Battle-ready snowmen in camo army fatigues are prepared to fight the enemy – global warming, perhaps? Nice: Good...

OTC 2009 Fleece Snowman Ornaments

OTC 2009 Fleece Snowman Ornaments

posted on: Jan 13, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Fleece snowmen mark the year 2009 in colorful garb. Nice: Four joyful snowpersons hold different signs for the year. Naughty:...

OTC Resin Snowmen Ornaments (12)

OTC Resin Snowmen Ornaments (12)

posted on: Jan 13, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Quaint blue-themed and green-themed snowmen make good tree ornaments. Nice: Six different, imaginative designs in each set are...

Holiday Lane (Macy’s) Hot Air Balloon

Holiday Lane (Macy’s) Hot Air Balloon

posted on: Jan 13, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Large, colorful glass balloon carries Santa. Nice: Bright colors and great artistry make for a nice ornament. Naughty:...

Holiday Lane (Macy’s) Train Glass Ornament

Holiday Lane (Macy’s) Train Glass Ornament

posted on: Jan 13, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Stunning glass steam locomotive has Santa and his sack of toys. Nice: Glorious colors highlight this delightful...

Martha Stewart (Kmart) Shatterproof Balls

Martha Stewart (Kmart) Shatterproof Balls

posted on: Jan 13, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Vividly colored shatterproof plastic balls are a great value. Nice: Deep, rich color with generous glitter; very...

Holiday Lane (Macy’s) Shatterproof Balls

Holiday Lane (Macy’s) Shatterproof Balls

posted on: Jan 13, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Well-made solid color shatterproof balls with gold trim. Nice: Good paint and glitter; good value. Naughty: Nothing. ...

Holiday Lane (Macy’s) Poinsettia Balls (5)

Holiday Lane (Macy’s) Poinsettia Balls (5)

posted on: Jan 13, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Very nice poinsettia balls with vibrant color. Nice: Good paint and glitter. Naughty: Nothing. BUILD QUALITY EASE OF...

Kurt S. Adler Poinsettia Drops Set of 9

Kurt S. Adler Poinsettia Drops Set of 9

posted on: Jan 13, 2010 | author: SC Team

Overall Impression: Colorful drop-shaped balls with poinsettia. Nice: Good paint and glitter. Naughty: Nothing. BUILD QUALITY EASE OF USE ...

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