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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.
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  • 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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  1. I posted a video showing how to animate a Coroplast character by using a motor. Posted the link in the "cutout" section and thought I'd share it in the "motorized contraptions" section as well. Hope this helps someone out that is looking into animating a cutout character. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc5xkpqaCRU&t=266s
  2. I just posted a new video that shows how to animate a cutout using a windshield wiper motor. I used Coroplast in making my cutout... but the same principles can be applied to animating a cutout made out of a wood based product. I hope you find this video helpful! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc5xkpqaCRU
  3. Well... I've finally finished my new characters for this year's display. I decided to go with the characters from Frozen and this is what I came up with. My 11 year old daughter painted Anna all by herself (other than the shading). She's told me that she wants to have her own Christmas display when she grows up... so I'm teaching her the process. AAaaahhh... it does an old man's heart good to pass along the traditions just as my father passed them along to me! ... and one more to give you an idea of the size of the characters. (FYI... the tree is 7' 9" tall)
  4. I discovered this sight this weekend after checking out the neighborhood decorations. I must say that the cut outs always drew my attention the most. I've done some homework here and am starting to think that I may be able to pull of doing my own cut outs for next year. Basically I am thinking of doing a Christmas scene with various classic cartoon characters, generally being 3-4' tall (which should work nicely on a 4x8 sheet of coroplast) and placed in front of floodlights. No doubt all of my questions have been asked and answered here somewhere, so please feel free to send me the appropriate links to the following questions, though all input is welcome: Will I need to back brace them? How do you stake them? Anyone have experience with 20-40 mph winds & coro? What gauge should I use? Any chance multiple thinner (perhaps varied colors) layers would be cheaper and/or sturdier (i.e., all white background with red/black "stacking/cut outs" for this costume)? What is the best storage technique? How do you recommend cutting coro (ulitlity knife, rotor, saw, etc.?). Any other tips?
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