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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.

Lighting up Joliet


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    The polar express
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    Christmas, Halloween, computers
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  • About my display
    About 80 Channels of LOR and 25,000 lights along with blow molds and inflatables.

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  1. Lighting up Joliet


    Hey all, I was able to pick up 25 boxes of lights today from target for 70% off today and i am very happy about that. I also got 2 merry and bright signs from the home depot for 20 bucks each and they are VERY nice. I stopped by Walmart today and saw one of the reindeer crossing signs on the shelf. i think it was the display and had a sign on it that said "dspl 5.00" i figured that meant 5 dollars off but ended up meaning be 5.00 because it "dident have a cord". did it come with a cord in the first place? lol. i cant find a spot for the cord. i guess i cant complain it was only % bucks and im SO excited
  2. Hello everyone! I have just picked 2 new molds. they are there green elf gnome things that i have scene in other displays before but just never really heard to much about them. i got them from an estate sale for 5 bucks each. i was wondering if anyone could tell me anything about them? how much they would go for (not that i would sell them but its just fin to know) Thank you everybody!!
  3. i was in target yesterday getting some extra Christmas presents and i saw they had signs up for 20% off lights and 30% off trees already. I thought this didn't even start till next week or after Christmas. they must be starting early. the shelf's are pretty bare compared to what they normally are around this time. maybe it wont be such a good clearance haul this year?
  4. i was in target yesterday getting some extra Christmas presents and i saw they had signs up for 20% off lights and 30% off trees already. I thought this didn't even start till next week or after Christmas. they must be starting early. the shelf's are pretty bare compared to what they normally are around this time. maybe it wont be such a good clearance haul this year?
  5. sorry again, they are incandescent. do i need to just check out all the lights? Im trying to do a quick fix so that is why im thinking of just wrapping new lights on them if it comes to that.
  6. sorry i should have been more specific. its just the ones with the mini light bodys and heads. like the ones you can just buy at menards or home depot
  7. Hello again! I have almost completed the display this weekend with a lot of hard work and man am i happy! the only thing that is really wrong is my deer. I have 9 wire frame deer and a sled that i put on the side of my yard. it normally looks very nice and was a great feature. BUT....all of the deer have something wrong with them in term of the lights. i have like 4 that do not work at all and then the rest ether have some or all of the body lit or there head lit. I have no idea what to do. they are a big part of the display so i do not want to scrap them but i think if i just put new lights on them it wont look as nice. anyone have advice?
  8. hello everyone! Is after Halloween so now i'm full force Christmas lol. for the past couple years i have had a 12 food 'mega tree' that i had 1 solid color on. since it was only like 2000 lights i used pvc and it worked fine. Last year i added a tree to the light show display. This tree was 3 colors and also about 12 feet tall. BUT, stupid me still made it out of pvc. obviously this was to heavy for the pvc and the pole was very wobbly and halfway through the year it snapped. This year, i want to replace the pvc with metal pipe and use a pulley system to be able to get to 15 feet. my questions are, what type of pipe can i uses (because i am 15 years old and do not have a lot of help so this is moat likely to be a 2 person job) also, how the heck do you construct the pulley heads with the pvc reducer. I cant figure it out for the life of me! any info will be GREATLY appreciated! thanks!!
  9. so I have now realized that it is only like a month from putting my Christmas display up. AHHHHHHHHHHHH all the things I have to do still! I need to take done the Halloween display, make new acres, decorate like 10 Christmas trees, and somehow get snowflakes op on the roof. the problem with all this is I live in a suburb of Chicago so everything needs to be vey weather proof to it takes forever to put everything up. one question I have for you all is how should I put the snowflakes on the roof? they are the big snowflakes from target so if it snows they would be covered immediately. I was thinking about pvc frames but otherwise I have no idea what to do. what do yall think?
  10. This made me so sad now. I was hopeing to keep colecting alot of the molds that I like but that dosent look like it is going to happen. So does this mean stores like menardswont have GF this season? I hope another company buys them and makes them again but I REALLY dont want them to make them cheaper than they alredy are. Im gonna have to start babying my molds again. I thinking repairs and repaints are in my near future. I have the full size nativity that I got for free last year. It was a kinda old one but now That things price is gonna skyrocket! ( not that I would ever sell it!) Im only a teenager but I have grown up with the blowmolds and vintage decor my parents and grandparents had. I hope the other kids don't lose this tradition and see what we all see in it. Ive got to keep my stuff togeter to pass it on to my kids now lol.
  11. Hello! Last year I had contemplated on putting the 42 inch snowflakes from target on my roof. I live in the midwest so snow and rain can be bad some seasons. first off, do I need to put the snowflakes on some type of frame to keep them out of the snow so you can still see them if it does snow. And how should I cover the cords? I have thought about draping them to the back because I don't care what it looks like back their. I also think that making the little cord covers out of plastic containers might be a good idea too(pic below). Has anyone ever tried to make the cord covers like that? Thanks i advance! -Scott
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