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  • 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.
  • 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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About Rotatorman

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The year we woke up and found the entire living room piled high with presents (there were 8 kids in my family)
  • Location
    Cleveland suburb ohio
  • Biography
    Happily married with 3 adult children
  • Interests
    Reading, raising pups, collecting vintage road signs and traffic lights.
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    I make sure it is different every year. I have enough décor to do this.

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  1. Merging of new P.C.

    Did I miss something? Was a decision made to merge with social media? Just read Big J's post. I don't use any social media, so how does this impact this forum?
  2. Plywood Santa

    Agree with both Rynelson and qberg: take pics and over the next few months, take your time and re-paint Santa. I would also get rid of those cheesy lights around the Santa outline. As another suggestion: you can always leave the Santa as is: patina is cool nowadays. If you choose not to paint, display the Santa with a soft, maybe red-dish spotlight next Christmas. I wish people would give me stuff like that
  3. What goes down must go up!

    Lisa48317: have you tried trapping the squirrel? Call the city, or purchase a trap, bait it with peanut butter, and set it loose in nearby woods. Once trapped, be careful not to get too close, those squirrels can bite nastily.
  4. Did anyone mention this: when you click on a topic, it should take you to the latest entry. That way, you don't have to scoot all the way past other entries, which in some cases, can be pages.
  5. Santa Might be in Trouble

    Sign of the times.
  6. What goes down must go up!

    Yeah, most of my blow molds popped right up, but had grass stuck to the bottom of them under 6" of snow. I secured most of my blow molds with wooden garden stakes and if you wobble them, they will come right out.
  7. What goes down must go up!

    If you trickle water from your garden hose on that ramp, you can use it as a sliding board when it freezes. Cold here in CLE also: my rotator motor is stuck frozen solid to the ground - - will have to use my Bernz-o-matic to thaw it loose.
  8. Big J: you must be reading my mind! Just thinking the same about `having to crop` your pix. Wondered if some people who may have wanted to advertise gave up because it is so cumbersome. Also agree with mwalz above about making the forum easier to navigate. Lastly, forums like this need to evolve/refresh since not everybody uses Twitter or FB, including me.
  9. New member our scene for 2017

    Very nice display. Can I ask where you got those coal cars with the Santa train? When I bought my Santa train at Wal-Mart, probably 20 years ago, it came with only one coal car. Ever since, I've been looking for add'l ones. I even advertised for one on this forum about 5-6 weeks ago.
  10. How to light a moving ferris wheel

    Frank_Lo gave you good advice. For what a slip-ring looks like and how it works, I suggest you look up DynaPac Rotators on your computers. You will see pics of the slip-rings. I have such a rotator I use during Christmas for my display. Good luck!
  11. See my posting in the `Lights', `Lights, Lights, Lights` section dated Dec 5th 2017. You don't need to make a big hole, just get a step-bit. Cheaper if you live near a Harbor Freight.
  12. Definitely interested, since I will try to use my rotator motor. Was wondering if we will be able to modify the size of the ferris wheel (smaller)?
  13. Reindeer spinning contraption

    DO NOT go up on the roof for the sake of pics. When you take it down after Christmas is fine; I can wait. Was curious is all. scott0516@hotmail.com
  14. I watched your video and find your display to be very creative and beautiful. Looks like you put a lot of thinking and work into it.
  15. Reindeer spinning contraption

    You said you may post more details about the reindeer contraption. Would really like to see the details; that is one cool set-up. As part of my Christmas display, I have one of those very-heavy electric rotator motors that Shell Oil and Sunoco used to spin their signs back in the day. I have built horse-themed carousels, penguins riding on a sled, and this year, I have a snowman with ice skates spinning on a platform. How on earth did you get that up on your roof????