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Unveiling the Charm of Christmas Blow Mold Characters

Christmas blow mold character

Christmas conjures up nostalgic memories, and as a child of the 70s, Christmas blow mold characters hold a special place in my heart.  These molded plastic-lighted Christmas figures appear in many of my childhood Christmas photos, standing in the background as photo-op props. Lighted candlesticks stood guard at my front door, a glowing Santa waving on our porch to people passing by.

 

The Role of Christmas Blow Mold Characters

Around town, glowing plastic nativity scenes adorned the lawns of churches.

My dad was the 1970s version of Clark Griswald; he loved Christmas with a fevered passion that spurred a frenzied decorating spree the first week of December in preparation for our neighborhood’s annual Christmas decoration contest.  Christmas blow mold characters were a mainstay in his holiday vignettes. 

A recent antique shopping trip brought back happy memories tied to these iconic Christmas decorations that are no longer in production. Their simplicity and innocence are treasured today in a world of digital and mechanized Christmas decorations

The Golden Era of Holiday Blow Molds

Holiday blow molds were a common lawn decoration, experiencing the height of popularity from the 1950s to the 70s. You could see all types of blow molds throughout your community.

The End of an Era: General Foam Plastics Shutdown

In 2017, the most recognized and largest U.S. maker of blow molds, General Foam Plastics, headquartered in Virginia Beach, shut down after 60 years of producing these beloved decorations. The company maintained the rights to produce its own copyrighted designs. 

The Resurgence of Christmas Blow Mold Characters

Today, these vintage holiday décorations are collectibles prized for the nostalgic memories they conjure up.  If you want to shop for an authentic Christmas blow mold character, check the bottom of the figure for an embossed date, a mark of older pieces. If you are in the market for some Christmas nostalgia, check out these authentic Christmas decoration blow mold finds on Amazon.

Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist (www.TheDesignTourist.com) that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: https://thedesigntourist.com/the-magazine/ Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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