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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.

Night Tripper

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About Night Tripper

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  • Birthday 10/24/1965

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  • Location
    Tuscaloosa, USA
  • Biography
    43 year old married guy with three Rat Terriers and six cats.
  • Interests
    I collect GI Joe (60's & 70's), Johnny West. I enjoy a little backyard astronomy and rocketry.
  • Occupation
    Service technician for a major cable company
  • About my display
    I've been collecting blow mold Santas for a few years. I generally add a new one every christmas. This year I plan to erect an outdoor display...complete with Santa, sleigh and reindeer.

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  1. Thanks for all your valuable input. I ended up up utilizing the vinyl seams & trim covering the soffit and fascia. And actually, the clips that came with each light socket worked out remarkably well. In years past, I had always used those plastic clips on the shingles. And I was kinda married to that idea...until today. Thanks again. ~Jonathan
  2. Thanks, Kevin. I'm going back out now and experiment with it.
  3. I spent a bunch on C-9 lights for the outside of my house. I've waited all thanksgiving weekend for the weather to clear so I can get out and hang them. Now, it's a beautiful day and I'm up the ladder...only to discover that the plastic type clips that I've used in years past won't hold on a metal roof (it was intalled last spring. I had an asphalt shingle roof prior to that.) What can I do? Is there a way to utilize the clips I have now? Is there a special clip that is used with metal roofs? I've been excited about hanging these lights along the eaves and peaks of my roof for a while. I hate to think that it was all for nothing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  4. In a previous thread, I mentioned acquiring a General Foam Santa Sleigh & Reindeer. I plan on displaying this on the ridge of my roof. Anyone got any advice or tips on building a sturdy mount for this display? I live in an older home that was built in 1880. In years past, I shyed away from roof displays for fear of damaging the old shingled roof. However, I had a metal roof installed last spring. Now I feel totally comfortable about pursuing the dream of an awesome Santa Sleigh rooftop display. I plan on mounting the display on the roof ridge (left to right) that's facing the street, above my front porch. Here's a photo. Maybe it'll give some an idea of what I'm confronting. Thanks!
  5. I've recently acquired the GF Santa Sleigh & Reindeer on eBay. I'd like to get a couple (maybe three) more reindeer before I display the sleigh. Are any of the GF reindeer still available at any of the brick & morter department or hardware stores? I'd rather not have to order more over the internet right now. I'm impatient and was hoping to get all put on the roof by the close of the weekend. Thanks everybody!
  6. I recently bought a few sets of Bubble Lights from Hobby Lobby. They have a candelabra base. The description on the box says it is a C7 1/2. I haven't heard of this size bulb. Will it fit in a C7 socket? Thanks.
  7. My name is Jonathan. I'm new here. I've been adding a blowmold Santa to my collection, every christmas, for the past several years. As an adult, I found my first one at a thrift store and I've been hooked ever since. When I was a kid back in the late 60's/ early 70's, plastic Santa's and such were a big part of the holiday. In fact, my parents still have their Sears bought, blowmold nativity scene from back then. Anyway, I just wanted to say hello. I'm looking forward to exchanging memories, ideas and news with you all. ~Jonathan Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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