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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.

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  2. Chuck thanks for getting the magazine link back. “Other-magazine “
  3. Chuck

    Vendor listing

    The vendor listing page is back! Look at the top menu bar. Other -> Vendors
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  5. I went to Sapulpa (about 20 miles from my home in Broken Arrow) and for the first time visited their downtown antique shops, which got me to wondering...what small towns have great antique shops for finding Christmas decorations of any kind. So, I'd love for everyone to mention what small towns they've had success with. I'm looking for towns with lots of shops, although if there's one town (such as Blackwell, Ok) that has a honey hole you love to hit around October or November, that would be great too! Don't leave me hanging.
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  7. I found it helpful. But there were several blow mold listings that are out of date. Just love Planet Christmas. No problems with the site.
  8. Chuck

    Vendor listing

    Wellll... it had become quite out of date. Do you think it should be brought back to life?
  9. Where did the vendor listings go to with the new update?
  10. That's a great sign. I've been looking for one. I don't know if you're interested - but if you're in the market to sell it you can email me... [email protected]
  11. These would be WAY too long on a Christmas tree it’s hard to come up with ideas Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I bought a used Christmas tree and decorated it with the other kind of waterfall lights plus a bunch of old Christmas balls and stuck it out in the front yard. My desert trees don't adapt well to much more than stringing lights on them. It doesn't rain often in the desert in winter. On those few days when it does rain I don't light this particular tree because it has metal arms and I don't want to potentially trip the GFI. Most of the trees that end up at my local Goodwill store this time of year sell for $2 to $5. That included a 7 foot tree that I bought right after the new year. It originally sold at Kmart with a $159 sticker still on the box. If it only lasts a year, that's OK. It's a bear to find room to store the box though.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. Did you refinish the pumpkins too? I came across a pair of rather faded GFP pumpkins (078 - 12002U) at a garage sale while out cycling my neighborhood. I picked one up to look for the mold marks when the seller offered it for a dollar. I declined because it was so faded but had second thoughts when I realized I have several amber chip-on-board LED lights left over from doing an auto conversion. So I went back and bought one of the two pumpkins. It's a 25 inch tall mold. I can install up to 800 lumens of amber light so a coat of paint shouldn't inhibit the illumination. My question is what paint works well on these molds? I have a small spray gun so I can use any paint that can be thinned.
  16. Back was never painted. And to me paint looks good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  18. Now I wish I hadn’t sold those lights last year 😫. Thanks, Vegas Rich, for your insight.
  19. Yes it will. One of the online reports about the way the new tax on consumers would affect us specifically mentioned Christmas lights. Nearly all of them come from China. However it doesn't apply to goods already in transit so if retailers purchased the products way ahead and shipped by last Friday it will not matter this Christmas. Look out for next year.
  20. I hope not, but I am sure it will:(
  21. Hoping the new Chinese tariffs don’t increase the cost of our Christmas lights and display items....
  22. With my busy work schedule I need some lights I can put up before Halloween and take down after Christmas. I'm looking for dumb rgb lights, and not the LED strips, and that can be controlled with a simple controller. The problem is I need the equivalent of about 14 mini light 100ct strands on the largest run, the bushes only need about 600 lights each, and each window only a couple hundred each. I have not found a controller setup that can control this many as a stand alone, and don't really want to hook everything up to a computer as I already am running LOR, and want to keep things as simple as possible since I just want them static on. Any help is appreciated!
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. Yeah I'm wanting a box of sorts that has 10 to 15 outlets in it that I can mount on the side of my house and hardwire it in.. Sent from my SM-G960U1 using Tapatalk
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