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 as Ted left it in October, 2012.
For more information, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

- "Papa Ted's Place"
Archive Contact Page

Contact Us With Questions, Corrections, etc.

Many months before October 29, 2012, when "Papa" Ted Althof succumbed to illness, he asked Paul Race to keep an archive of his site so his life's work would not be lost with him. Ted was delighted to see the archive in place, and he interacted enthusiastically on the forums of, which hosts this archive.

During his lifetime, Ted put his personal e-mail on several pages of the site, even though he might take a while to get through the spam to answer real questions. To be honest we don't have Ted's expertise, but we wanted to maintain communications with fellow hobbyists. So we've established this page for folks' questions.

We want to hear from you.  We want to answer your questions.  Please use the following form to get in touch with us if you have any questions about our site or if you wish to join our forums or receive any newsletters or mailings.

Unfortunately we get hundreds of fake contacts a week from scammers, spammers, and would-be trolls, and we have found ourselves wasting time on people who are more interested in finding a “back door” to our site than they are with getting answers to questions about putz houses and related topics.  So the form below asks for real information.  Also, knowing what country you live in is important, since many products people ask us about aren’t available everywhere, or were different, say, in Europe than the “same” product in the U.S.

In addition we get a lot of unrelated questions through this form, so we have posted a brief "Frequently Asked Questions" list to address the most common questions we get every holiday season.

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    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 family.

To return to the Papa Ted's Place Archive Home Page, click here.

This archive was set up at Ted's request in early 2012, and, except for critical updates and
announcements, will remain as Ted left it in October, 2012.
The archive is kept online with the help of volunteers from the following affiliated sites and resources:
- Christmas Memories and Collectibles -
Visit the FamilyChristmasOnline site. Visit our collection of resources for collecting, restoring, and making your own cardboard Christmas houses. Return to the OldChristmasTreeLights Welcome page Visit Howard Lamey's glitterhouse gallery, with free project plans, graphics, and instructions. Visit Papa Ted Althof's extensive history and collection of putz houses, the largest and most complete such resource on the Internet. Craft and collectibles blog with local news of Croton NY.
- Family Activities and Crafts -
Click to see reviews of our favorite family-friendly Christmas movies. Free, Family-Friendly Christmas Stories Decorate your tree the old-fashioned way with these kid-friendly projects. Free plans and instructions for starting a hobby building vintage-style cardboard Christmas houses. Free building projects for your vintage railroad or Christmas village. Click to find free, family-friendly Christmas poems and - in some cases - their stories.
- Trains and Hobbies -
Visit the Internet's largest resource on choosing and displaying Christmas trains. Visit Lionel Trains. Click to see Thomas Kinkaded-inspired Holiday Trains and Villages.
Learn about backyard railroading with Family Garden Trains
Click to see HO scale trains with your favorite team's colors.
Resources for O gauge and On30 model railroading
- Music -
Carols of many countries, including music, lyrics, and the story behind the songs Wax recordings from the early 1900s, mostly collected by George Nelson.  Download them all for a 'period' album.
Best-loved railroad songs and the stories behind them.
Heartland-inspired music, history, and acoustic instrument tips. Own a guitar, banjo, or mandolin?  Want to play an instrument?  Tips to save you money and time, and keep your instrument playable.
The struggles and influences of early Jesus Musicians and others who laid the groundwork for the Christian music and worship that is part of our lives today.