Note: This is an archive of "Papa" Ted Althof's online tribute to cardboard Christmas "putz" houses and their history. At Ted's request, this archive was established in early 2012. Except for critical updates and announcements, it will remain exactly as Ted left it in October, 2012.
For more information, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Santa and sleigh
Under the tree at:

- "Papa Ted's Place!"
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Last Updated: - - - - October, 2012
Christmas village houses display
An In-Depth History of
The Old Dimestore Christmas Village Houses


- AN ONLINE MUSEUM -
-the Full History-
-and more!


Announcement, October 30, 2012

After years of acting, performing music, and collecting and writing about his favorite Christmas traditions, "Papa" Ted Althof has succumbed to illness, on October 29, 2012. A Celebration of his life and work is planned, although we have no details yet.

When he realized his was ill, Ted worked with CardboardChristmas.com to establish this archive of his "Putz house" site, which will, hopefully, continue to inform, encourage, and bless other lovers of Christmas tradition for years to come. In the coming weeks, we will be making necessary adjustments (such as changing the contact information), but our primary goal is to keep the information on this site as useful and available as Ted always intended it to be.

In the meantime we appreciate Ted's diligence, his generousity, and his love of Christmas traditions. We also pray for those close to him who showed so much support in his last months.

If you need to contact us before we get everything switched over, please use the Cardboard Christmas contact page.

To paraphrase Dickens, Ted was a man who:

    honored Christmas in his heart, and tried to keep it all the year.

I don't think there is a more fitting tribute than to follow his example.

Paul Race, Howard Lamey, Maria Cudequest, Nan Corby, Jack Ahearn, Linda Starek, Tom Hull, Antoinette Stockenberg, Lynn Disley, Lissa Leto, and the rest of the CardboardChristmas.com family.

This website is dedicated to my Inner Child, and is -
Rated: G Rated:
Wholesome for kids and adults alike.

Click on the GREEN BOXES to go anywhere on the site!

*TABLE of CONTENTS*

****THE MAGIC WINDOW****

*THE NEW CHAT FORUM!
Register and Join the Gang!*

CATEGORIES/HISTORY

___REALLY GREAT___
_____RELATED______
______LINKS!________

-A PHOTO JOURNAL-
HOUSE of the MONTH
"PUTZES:"(DISPLAYS)

- and -
Previously the WORLD'S ONLY SOURCE for REPLACEMENT DOORS and WINDOWS!
Sadly, I have had to suspend the sale of doors and windows
- Both paper and CELLOPHANES!
-Just Click -
___REPLACEMENT___
_DOORS & WINDOWS
For a look at what we once had. !

REPAIR - RESTORATION

Santa Claus NEW STUFF: - for 2012 -

*UPDATE: PAPA TED'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE*

T.T.O.S. "The Side Track
- Papated's Place Feature
- Thanks to Jack Ahearn.


ANTOINETTE'S NEW MANTEL
- - -And Townsfolk Stories
Best ever! Don't miss this one!.


*LETTERS FROM FOLKS*

LAST REGULAR HOUSE of the MONTH
- - - - - December, 2010 - - - -

*NEW BACK-UP HOST for PAPA TED"S PLACE*
Paul Race hosts duplicate of site for safety






holly

Christmas Star Little World:
Between Thanksgiving and the Big Day, I would run directly to the five-and-tens after school and look at all the sparkly stuff, would see the bright and intricate cardboard houses, the bottlebrush trees, the celluloids and fences , the lights and ornaments and tinsel arrayed brilliantly before me. I had the intense feeling that someone had dismantled an entire little world and there it lay in pieces! It was up to me, personally, to put it all back together and if I did - it would somehow come to life again: A Lost Christmas Atlantis, if you will.

I still feel that way ...

candle
holly
For information about this site, please contact us at:
http://cardboardchristmas.com/papateds/contact.htm

Copyright 2000-2012 Theodore H. Althof,Jr.Except where noted, the contents of this website and all it's pages and submissions therein contained are the intellectual property of Theodore H.Althof,Jr. All rights are reserved. (Background musical selections are,of course, excepted.)



Note: This archive was set up at Ted's request in early 2012, and, except for critical updates and
announcements, will remain exactly as Ted left it in October, 2012.
The archive is kept online with the help of volunteers from:

Visit the FamilyChristmasOnline site for Christmas music, stories, craft resources and much more.
Visit the OldChristmasTreeLights site for the history of Christmas tree lighting, including Bubble Lights and more.
Visit our collection of resources for collecting, restoring, and making your own cardboard Christmas houses.
Visit Howard Lamey's glitterhouse gallery, with free project plans, graphics, and instructions.
Check out  a very active, quality craft and collectibles blog (with local news of Croton NY).
Resources for making seasonal villages and model railroads for O, S, and On30 model railroading

As of, December, 2012, "Papa" Ted's family and friends plan for Ted's original site - PapaTedsPlace.com - to be maintained by Ted's longtime friend and webmeister Rob Whitfield with help from Ted's nephew, Graphic artist Chris Althof.