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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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I'v got this far on this house.  I was trying for elegant.  It is OK, but not magnificent.  I should mention that photographing it made it look messier, to the eye it is neater, perhaps because the icicle light twinkle doesn't all fit in one frame.  The snowflake is steady.  What should I add?

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How about a wreath on each window. Outlined windows in white. Maybe the handrails. Can't go wrong with anything at all really. Sometimes just a little touch here and there really make a display.

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Right I was just thinking that-  Big J. House has a nice vintage look-   This house might be the perfect fit for the projector version of old school carolers from atmos. Would look so vintage. Throw up some blow mold candles on the all the steps.  Would be cost effective and look good.,

I would do the windows for sure.. 2 upstairs and all the downstairs.

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+1 on the wreaths!  I added the WOWindow posters this year with a LED spot inside to back light em.

+1 on the projection carolers too!  rear projection in the 1st floor windows would look great.  I have had the virtual Santa running in my dining room for 5+ years and it is always a hit.

With the symmetry of the house....a gingerbread theme would be fun one too.  But that strays from the classical look you are shooting for.

 

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On 12/15/2018 at 12:17 PM, Big J Illinois said:

Did sparkle post anymore pics?

I've been waiting to see what people suggest, haven't changed anything yet.  The "outline the windows" seems like a winner now that people suggest it.  I'm mulling twinkle Vs. steady for that.  I have nothing against blowmolds but don't know how  to make them elegant.  The "wreathes in windows" idea is intriguing but I'm not sure how that would work or look. 

I was planning to gather the ideas now and do the work after winter ends, but we are having this crazy break in the weather now, it's almost Christmas but people are walking around in tee shirts, I could go up in this weather... There is an unused outlet available over by the right end of the horizontal string of lights.  I can hear it calling me...  MUA Hua ha...

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Give it time. You will be trying to figure out where you can pull more power from and unused outlets will not exist in your vocabulary. I am already trying to find an electrician "friend" to pull me a few more outlets around the yard on open spots in my breaker box.

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