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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • 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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  2. Give a Holiday Decorator enough money and he could possibly win The Great American Light Fight, but give a Holiday Decorator enough DIY knowledge, and he/she will go on to share that knowledge and bring JOY to people for the rest of his/her life. That's what we try to do at Light Up Ohio. We share priceless DIY knowledge to our attendees and put them in touch with some of the “Top Vendors” in the world. We bring in some of the top Holiday Decorators in the country to show you how to take your Holiday Display to the next level. On Friday May 10th we will be having a unique 4-5 hour “Free” symposium, where you can spend one-on-one time with two of the top Holiday decorators in the country, Clyde Lindsey and Robert Vanorsdale. On Saturday May 11th you can spend the day having fun and learning from talented Holiday Decorators such as David Jones, Dan Blickensderfer, Tom Hammond, and Clyde Lindsey. Hope to see you there!!!!! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! https://luo2019.ticketbud.com/2019
  3. Still working on restoring the magazines link. Please stand by.
  4. Hi,Chuck Where is Link/tab for planet Christmas magazine?
  5. Rotatorman

    Santa Train wanted

    Time Left: 26 days and 15 hours

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    • Used

    Looking for either an Empire or General Foam Santa Train. Will pay reasonable amount for a train in good condition. The tender car does not have to be included, but ok if available. Thnx.

    NO VALUE SPECIFIED

    Sarasota - US

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  7. Sometimes you can use plastic and melt it in the crack and fix it, kinda like welding it back together. I use a soldering gun. You can also use a halogen work light and get the plastic hot and get it back to where it should be and just leave the crack alone.
  8. I found the 5ft General Foam Santa with the red bag yesterday for $50. I have been wanting this one for awhile and seeing what people were selling them for, I jumped on it and did not have to go far to pick it up. Actually found it decently local on facebook marketplace. I do have a question. It has a small crack as seen in the closeup, is it wise to get something to fill that in or will it be ok if I left it alone? And if needed filled in, what product is best to use. Thanks!
  9. Light Up Ohio 2019 is right around the corner! On May 10-11, in beautiful Westerville, Ohio, you will have the opportunity to attend one of the most popular events of the year. Join us for the fun, and to learn tips and tricks on how to take your Holiday display to that next level of excitement. We are dedicated to helping beginners, as well as professionals, the skills you need to “Make Memories” for others. There will be lots of sharing ideas, education, fun, food, door prizes and priceless one on one knowledge that can't be found at larger events. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!! https://luo2019.ticketbud.com/2019
  10. Tried again this morning. Disappointing. The site sends you to Ebay, and there is only one page of Xmas-related items not interesting to me.. Does anyone know if they are still in business?
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  12. We ordered a very beautiful canvas https://texelprintstore.com/collections/world-maps-wall-art/1-panel with a new year theme. We think to give it or leave it to ourself, and order a sister similar. Looks very cool! We ordered a very beautiful canvas https://texelprintstore.com/collections/world-maps-wall-art/1-panel with a new year theme. We think to give it or leave it to ourself, and order a sister similar. Looks very cool! We ordered a very beautiful canvas https://texelprintstore.com/collections/world-maps-wall-art/1-panel with a new year theme. We think to give it or leave it to ourself, and order a sister similar. Looks very cool! We ordered a very beautiful canvas https://texelprintstore.com/collections/world-maps-wall-art/1-panel with a new year theme. We think to give it or leave it to ourself, and order a sister similar. Looks very cool!
  13. The 2019 Pacific NW annual CLAP meeting is all set for May 3rd & 4th, in Olympia, WA. This event is all about education and sharing ideas with like minded decorators. We have a great group in the PNW, and we have grown a lot in the 14 years we have been meeting. We will be once again meeting at the Foley Firehouse! By far, one of the best venues for a mini in the world. The car/fire engine barn alone would be worth paying admission for, but this still a FREE event to attend! Whether a newbie, or seasoned veteran, everyone will walk away with something. An idea, new friend, or something from one of our many sponsor vendors! We are working on a great class line up, and the sponsoring vendors are already sending goodies, discount codes! More info will follow, and if you are not on our email list, and want updates, PM me your address. Its held in confidence, no spam we promise. We will be seeking RSVPs soon.
  14. Thanks, I had already registered to take this class with my nephew when I saw the post and started thinking about it.
  15. @Shawn M. & @Stephen Blue- we are still finalizing some class topics and information; however, I believe you will both find your topics well covered. As far as the pre-show workshops, Drew takes everyone's needs in to account and the vote " before" class happens well before Expo even occurs. And LOR developers will also be teaching during Expo itself so you will have options. However, give me a few more days and we'll have more information that should help you a bit more with decisions. Janice
  16. Green - Orange. I can change LED colors through the app on my smartphone. No more stepping up on the ladder to change bulbs every holiday.
  17. It seem they are still active on eBay: http://www.ebaystores.com/Seasons-LA The website (seasonsla.com) is very old. They have not updated their pages since Nov 2011.
  18. I think they went under a few years ago. I tried two years ago to order and got the same thing. I also tried calling them but no answer. Hope you have better luck. Let me know what you find.
  19. Rotatorman

    SeasonsLA

    Does anyone know when SeasonsLA takes orders? When you try to order Easter or Halloween items, a page comes up and says Safari can’t open that page. You’re supposed to be able to order Halloween items between January and April. Christmas items in April.
  20. See, I'm the exact opposite, our concern is identical while opposite. I'm integrating pixels in 2019, and want to learn this new software and how to mesh my AC elements with pixels in the sequencer. Frankly, I've been on 2.9.4 forever and am just finding myself overwhelmed by s5, and was considering Florida to get the crash course. But if there's no guarantee S5 is going to be taught, why chance a week vacation + travel cost on it?
  21. Didn't think that through enough, sure hope it's not S5. Not a big fan of it. S5 seemed geared mostly to pixel folks, when I tried it out.
  22. That would be one REALLY fun house to drive by. Nice job Shane!
  23. "Attendees will vote prior to class whether to work with S4 or S5" - the entire point of me going would be to crash course on the latest software. Not going to roll the dice that I *might* be able to learn on the latest software....
  24. We where out Saturday, at a Meijer store... seen these... WOW!! All 3 for $15..such a deal lolol..
  25. THIS AD HAS EXPIRED!

    • For Sale
    • Used

    I have five Light-O-Rama - 16 channel light controllers for sale. I used them one year for my Christmas display. They all worked great, but I decided that I wanted to go back to doing my display of cutouts rather than have sequenced lights. These controllers were never subject to the weather. I had them encased in a closed large tub for the one season I had them in use (container shown in picture without the lid attached). These were used each night for a total of about 45 nights before I "retired" them and went back to my static Christmas display the next year. These sell for $259.95 each online (CTB16PC) at Light-O-Rama's website. I'm letting them go at half the price ($130 each). So my loss is your gain. I think I might even have some CAT5 cable I'd throw in (if I can locate it). You will also need to pay actual shipping charge unless you want to pick them up in Georgetown, KY.

    $130.00

    Georgetown, Kentucky - US

  26. Scott Rob

    C7 LED Retrofits

    I got some C9 SMD fro HLE and made a little set up.
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