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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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About turnemd

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  • Birthday 03/17/1965

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Going to look at the lights with my grandparents every yr. Picking up the habit and passing it onto my child. We have been doing a display of some kind for well over 18 yrs now and it just keeps getting bigger!
  • Location
    Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • Biography
    Love Christmas
  • Interests
    Working on Display all yr long
  • Occupation
    IT Manager
  • About my display
    We do about 10,000 lights and keep adding new stuff each yr

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  1. The first picture is a welded part using MIG weld wire and the second weld is a Flux Core.
  2. Thanks everyone. If you think it, you can do it....lol These you types of things can be welded with the inexpensive 110 flux core welders because you are just doing small welds and not long beads. If you can hit the trigger and make spot welds, you can do these. Only draw back to flux core is the clean up after. It does leave a film on the work and some splatter. But a good wire brush will clean them right up! I keep a drawing app on my phone so when something pops into my head, I have a way to put it into something I can make into a project. I even just draw stuff up into paint on my PC....lol I do have a CAD program if I want to make a measure-able drawing, but most times, it is just a doodle I can't get out of my head....
  3. You can adjust the height to fit your display, I did put a a cross piece at ground level to stabilize the upright.
  4. These are the candy cane holders I made for my display this year. They are made from 1/2" round rod. The pictures show how they are put together.
  5. turnemd

    Cowboy Tree

    This is my idea for a "Cowboy tree". It is made from a "T-post", The base ring is welded to a piece of pipe, the top is also made from a piece of pipe with a half ring welded into it to hold the light strings as they pass over the top of the post.
  6. This is my idea for putting items on the roof. It uses angle iron and is bolted together. the center folds over the peak of the roof. You put a cinder block on each side to hold it down without having to put screws or nails into your roof. You can add uprights to the center bolts to mount items to or weld the uprights in place. It is just an idea, you take it and make it your own!
  7. Here is my idea. It is made from angle iron, bolted in the center, held down with cinder block. You can weld an upright to the frame or use the center bolts to hold an upright.
  8. This is my idea for putting items on the roof. It uses angle iron and is bolted together. the center folds over the peak of the roof. You put a cinder block on each side to hold it down without having to put screws or nails into your roof. You can add uprights to the center bolts to mount items to or weld the uprights in place. It is just an idea, you take it and make it your own!
  9. This is the site I used http://www.department56.com/products/StoreLocator.aspx
  10. Christmas Store PO Box 157 108 Main St Smithfield , VA 23430-1323 757-357-7891 Cotton Gin, The 6957 Caratoke Hwy Jarvisburg , NC 27947-9727 252-491-2387 Bassett's Christmas Shop 207 Bypass Rd Williamsburg , VA 23185-2920 757-229-7648 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation - VISIT SITE 201 Fifth Avenue Williamsburg , VA 23185 757-220-7664 Cookes Christmas 1820 Jamestown Rd Williamsburg , VA 23185-2327 757-220-0099 Yankee Candle Co YCC-Williamsburg VA #0990 2200 Richmond Rd Williamsburg , VA 23185-2755 Christmas Shop, The Williamsburg Merchants 5590A Mooretown Rd Williamsburg , VA 23188-2110 757-229-2514 Papeterie of Urbanna 18 N. Main Street Kilmarnock , VA 22482 804-435-1125 Old World Accents LLC 3419 W Cary St Richmond , VA 23221-2726 804-355-0373 Westbury Pharmacy 8903 Three Chopt Rd Richmond , VA 23229-4614 804-285-3428 Plant Peddler's Corner Store 1101 Crowder Dr Midlothian , VA 23113-4250 804-794-6972 Jan's Hallmark #1 714 Greenville Blvd SE Greenville , NC 27858-5141 252-756-9430 Touch (located In Great Mills, Md) 20853 Indian Bridge Rd California , MD 20619-2310 301-994-9622 Fine Print 2839 Daisy Lane Wilson , NC 27896 252-206-0619 Thompson's Florist, Inc - VISIT SITE 2089 Jefferson Davis Hwy Fredericksburg , VA 22401-5295 540-373-4591
  11. Jan's Interiors 5300 Crossfield Rd Virginia Beach , VA 23464-2415 757-424-5821 Southside Harley-Davidson 385 N Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach , VA 23462-1934 757-499-8964 Shore Gallery & Designs 737 First Colonial Rd Ste 216 Virginia Beach , VA 23451-6133 757-422-1285 These were the ones I could find in Va hope these help
  12. I use both Flux Core and MIG with my welder(Lincoln 185/220VAC) and yes the cleanup with Flux Core is much greater, but as long as you don't do long welds(run full trigger for a long time) that welder should do everything that you want to do. If you do long welds, it will do a shut-down from over temp....down fall of the 115VAC welders. If you added another $100 or so to that, you could have a MIg/Flux Core combo and go up to the 220VAC welder and I think you will be much happier with it then the 115VAC. But if money is tight and you don't do much welding, it would be fine.
  13. These are what I made for mine. I made them out of 1/2" round stock. I use a controller to make them chase each other. Picture #10 Picture #12 Picture #16
  14. Stuff I have been making to go into our display this year, from ground stakes, tree toppers, Candy cane holders, Base ring holders for our 20 ft tree. Ran out of MIG wire, so having to use Fluxcore, Does the job, but hate the cleanup!
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