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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.

Scott Rob

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When my granddad help me make wood cut outs for our naivety when I was young.
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    Metro Atlanta
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    I love putting up Christmas light and seeing the smiles on people face that come by
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    Christmas Displays, blow molds, gardening, LOR
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    Electrically Engineer
  • About my display
    Most years my display is LOR and other years it is blow molds and old school looking

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  1. Chuck thanks for getting the magazine link back. “Other-magazine “
  2. Also, blowmolded.com has a really good write up on the restoration link. I included the being below. Also I went on Ace site the pictures are also below.
  3. The pumpkins in picture were not faded but had most of the black paint on mouth and eyes were missing. So I did repaint them. I have touched up some yard sale faded pumpkin a few years ago. What worked for me was very lite coats of spray paint until you get the desired orange color. I did mine over many days and would lite them at night to see if they needed more coats. Also, I like using spray paint for plastic in picture attached make sure to get the ones that are without +primer. I only use the one with primer on black parts so no light will get though. The spray cans I get came from ACE hardware and true value. Lowe’s has some but most are with +primer. I also use clear UV (clear gloss) its one with clear top in the spray can picture. I normally wait until the next weekend after I paint to spray it on. Because it is very sunny in Georgia in October. Also some people use airbrush to paint and use the UV spray paint to lock in airbrush paint job. Good luck!
  4. I bought a scarecrow with some paint issues. It was missing the light. When I added it in I realized it had a bad factory paint job. Also to me the back needed to be painted to. Has anyone ever painted the back or repainted the whole scarecrow? I did use a commercial sharpe to define the lettering on the bag. Thanks
  5. Attached are some types I have used. Large one coil 120V light switch and pull in 4 pole contacts good for 30A each. I have also made small ones that are in outlet boxes. There 120VAC coil with 20amp contact from Dayton.
  6. How’s is it going getting the magazine link back? Thanks Scott
  7. Scott Rob

    Huge score

    I attached the page from GFP catalog from 2015.
  8. Scott Rob

    C7 LED Retrofits

    Thanks I like the Nixie tube fluke meter. I pick this up 19 years in college. They we’re throwing out old equipment in the EE building and this was the only one that fully worked. I wish I had grab up the other 7-8 that did not work fully.
  9. Scott Rob

    C7 LED Retrofits

    The brand most of mine are Minleon type from holiday light express. I did a set up with the lights at different voltage and my lab meter is to right of the light display. One of the pictures I add incandescent C9 and C7 bulbs at the bottom. They dim pretty good the C9 go out at 35V and C7 go out around 24V.
  10. Hi,Chuck Where is Link/tab for planet Christmas magazine?
  11. 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.
  12. Scott Rob

    C7 LED Retrofits

    I got some C9 SMD fro HLE and made a little set up.
  13. I found these today. I have seen them in Cado plastic flyer but this is first time I seen them for sale. Also I attached the cado plastic flyer.
  14. Down the road from my house they were filming a Christmas movie two weeks ago and had fake snow. Which was flammable one of our friends saw the side walk/ snow bank on fire when a guy drop a cigarette in a fake snow bank! The fire department had to put it out. They did put up some Christmas stocking that looked like yours. They had SPT-1 wire with C9 bulbs. Down this way the high is 45-70 and raining. I attached a picture from news paper.
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