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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. 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.
  • 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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  1. 3 points
    Something kind of cool happened tonight. One of my local news channels contacted me and then came out interviewed me and filmed the show. I'm kind of excited to see how it turns out
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    No Donna, you are not wrong it would be a ripoff profit and I do know what I am talking about after owning and operating our own business for 25 years before we retired. Even a $50 profit on that tombstone would be a high profit when considering the wholesale cost of $16.70, we would have been in fat city if we could have bought items for $16.70 and made a $50 profit on it. A fair selling price for the tombstone would be approximately $40-50 in a retail store depending on how much the shipping cost them for the item, it would not necessarily be that much from an online business because they do not have as much overhead to pay as the average brick & mortar business. Mel
  3. 1 point
    Donna, Im not sure in this instance, but I have seen CSA used before as "Canadian Standards Association"
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    Thanks Richard, no doubt that one was originally done in pink. The 1994 is for the year that the gingerbread house was designed and the molds were made for producing the blow mold. Union Products introduced the gingerbread house as new in their 1995 price list as their catalog number 77100. Mel
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    Yes it does. Union used a number system for new color variations where they would add a number in the last digit of the existing number corresponding with the chronological order of that edition. For example, the Union patriotic santa is number 75185, whereas the normal ones I've rthe years are 75180. I don't know why but the numbers appear to start at 5 in most cases. And then there's the union snowmen that seem to have random catalog numbers. So I'm not quite sure. But to answer your question, yes it is something union did at one point.
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    Are you serious Clark...
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    Awesome! Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
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    Here ya go Mel Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Thanks Allen, those are bright, mine are not that bright. The bulbs are supposed to be here today, excited to get them in my reindeer, soldiers and nutcrackers for tonight!. they are just not bright enough now. Thanks so much for this info!! and the picture
  10. 1 point
    Thanks for the info Allen, it is very helpful! I have those same nutcrackers and they do need to be brighter.
  11. 1 point
    This makes me wonder what a decent profit would be. Seems to me that $100.00 profit per piece is pretty darn good. Am I wrong?
  12. 1 point
    I followed a tutorial on Tom Holdman's Christmas site at http://www.holdman.com/christmas/. Click the "tutorials" link on the left side of the page. If you can't find it let me know and I will get you more information. I used my Halloween window projector to project the image onto plywood. Just copy and paste the image onto a SD card or USB drive. Traced it, cut it out, drilled it, painted it and attached the lights. I used 175 LED C7 lights. It was simple but time consuming. I took it up onto the roof in sections and reassembled up there. I am VERY happy I decided to to do this. Good luck to you if you choose to make one. You won't be sorry. Merry Christmas! Good for you! Always good to see when the word gets out about a display. Best of luck to you as you go to the next level. Merry Christmas!
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    All painted and lights attached. Put it on the roof today and it looks very cool.
  14. 1 point
    I just took this daytime pic. of our new giant nativity 10'H X 10' wide life size figures. 590 LED's
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    Surubaby's website says "make your kids happy". LOL! Should say "make your kids happy, while we rip you off". That company must be owned by that famous Law Firm called "Dewey, Cheatem and Howe".
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    You can find C7 bulbs that are 15 watts. Go to "Google Images" and type "C7 bulbs 15 watts". I use these in my reindeers and toy soldiers. You can buy them in LED ($$$) or incandescent ($). By the way, these C7 15 watt LEDs have the same color light as the old incandescent bulbs. Here is the LED version: https://www.amazon.com/Wuhostam-Watts-Equivalent-2700K-Candle/dp/B071FZZF3C Here is the Incandescent version: https://www.amazon.com/Replacement-Chandeliers-Incandescent-E12-Candelabra/dp/B06XCB3K2Y/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_60_bs_img_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=XP033JN4ZJHRS11E7XPX
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    Way cool! Reminds me of the Little Debbie christmas tree snacks lolol:)
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