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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. You are invited to one of the top Holiday Lighting symposiums in the Midwestern United States. Light Up Ohio 2019 is coming to beautiful Westerville, Ohio on May 10th & 11th. Don't miss this opportunity to meet up with Lighting Enthusiasts from all over the country. This event is filling up fast, and when our seating capacity is filled, this opportunity will be gone. Get your Registration in now for the time of your lives!!!! https://luo2019.ticketbud.com/2019
  3. Home Depot has the following on sale: Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid Score Wireless Speaker Set with SKAA Technology for $64.88 (marked down from $149, originally $199 in 2017) www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-18-Volt-ONE-Hybrid-Score-Wireless-Speaker-Set-with-SKAA-Technology-P765/301045697 Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid Score Secondary Wireless Speaker for $25.88 (originally $99) www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-18-Volt-ONE-Hybrid-Score-Secondary-Wireless-Speaker-P761/301045683 They are highly rated. I think they will be a good way to spread music around the yard...
  4. Our Pacific NW annual mini (C.L.A.P.) is 2 weeks away! This is still a free event for all, lunch included. We have a great agenda planned, great venue, great members, lots and lots of door prizes from vendors who continue to sponsor our event! Final details and RSVP will be going out via email this weekend. If your not on our mailing list, get with me.
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  6. Santa's Best had the Mrs. Claus made for them in Mexico up through 2002, General Foam made it for Santa's Best in 2003 and purchased the mold and made it under the GF name from 2004 up until it was discontinued. Mel
  7. Have you ever looked at a prop in somebody's Holiday Display, and just wondered to yourself “how did they do that”? Talking Faces is one of those props! Light Up Ohio is fortunate enough to have Joel Dearing at our event, to show you exactly how you can create this amazing effect, in your own personal display. I'm talking Singing Bulbs, Singing Trees, Singing Pumpkins, and even just a Face on the side of your house. Don't miss out on this one of a kind presentation. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!! https://luo2019.ticketbud.com/2019
  8. Scott Rob

    Huge score

    I attached the page from GFP catalog from 2015.
  9. RichardG

    Huge score

    Correct. GFP also made it too Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Crack is an easy fix. If the plastic will push back together you can use a glue good for plastics. I’ve used hot glue in the past and have used quick grip glue. Just have to make sure it will dry clear and not yellow. Also heard of others who used shoe glue and e6000. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I like the show because I like seeing mainly what other people are doing. I get a few ideas and use them, but I think sites like this is more useful!
  12. We have some of the old style C7 and C9 bulbs (non-SMD) on clearance. https://www.environmentalled.com/Clearance--c29/
  13. We not only bring together some of the best Decorators in the country, we also offer quality Education supplied by some of the best instructors in the country. Whether you are just beginning to learn about Holiday Lighting, or you are a Pro, we will have something for you at Light Up Ohio 2019. We kick off the Event on Friday May 10th with a “FREE” afternoon of learning some of Xlights New Features, hosted by Clyde Lindsey and Robert Vanorsdale. Then on Saturday, we will have a very busy and fun day. Starting with Tom Hammond showing us all how to set up and run our very own Projection Holiday Display. Next up will be Dan Blickensderfer giving us Tips and Tricks on making our own P10 panel sign, and show us how to take this to the next level. In the afternoon we will hear from David Jones and he will be showing us How to Use FM Transmitters in our displays, and then touch upon some 3D printing tips. After that Clyde Lindsey will be showing us some basics of Networking your display. If all of that isn't enough, Scot Meyers will be there with his “Hacked” Gemmy Dancing Santa, and has volunteered to show anybody interested how to do it. Tickets are selling fast, and we have a capacity limit, so when they are gone they are gone. Check us out at: https://luo2019.ticketbud.com/2019
  14. I know flood lights are just that, but I would like to use LOR’s 8 rgb flood plug and play package to light 8 white artificial trees in my yard. Anyone with experience in this? Would I need to modify the lights to be more of a spotlight?
  15. 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.
  16. I start on the display the 3rd.week in September and turn it on Thanksgiving night..
  17. How long did it take to display all that?
  18. Bring the singing angels. Looking forward to seeing you again. Also looking forward to the cupcakes. Andy
  19. Thank you Frank and Andy for putting this together. The last Mini at Franktronics was the best ever. I would like to bring my singing angels if that OK. Also I will bring my wife some cupcakes, brownies and potato salad. See everyone in May. Paul
  20. OMG, you have no idea how much I want that nixie tube Fluke meter.
  21. Glad you are going to be able to make it again this year. Looking forward to seeing you .
  22. I believe that should be made by Santa’s Best.
  23. The first list of approved classes has been posted and, WOW! what a list. We've had more classes submitted this year than ever before with new topics and many new instructors. There are currently close to 70 class sessions for holiday decorators from the best talent in the industry. But wait, there are still more being reviewed! Christmas Expo is the only holiday decorating event offering this many classes included in the cost of your conference pass. A pass includes access to all classes, vendor hall admission and any available events. View the preliminary list at https://www.christmasexpo.com/classes-seminars/. We look forward to seeing you in Daytona Beach!
  24. panther93

    Huge score

    That Ms. Santa blowmold. I have an antique store near by that has one just like it. I asked them was it made from Empire Plastics and they did not know. It is sitting on a high shelf.
  25. The 12th Annual Virginia Mini will be held on Saturday, May 11th. The location will be at the Frantronics computer store located at 3618 George Washington Memorial Highway in Hayes (Gloucester county), Virginia. If you need further directions or information, please feel free to contact Frank Farmer at (804) 642-5233, email Frank at [email protected] or you can leave a message here. We will have a meet and greet at 11, lunch at noon and then start the Mini at 1pm. The mini’s are an excellent opportunity to meet with other Christmas lighting enthusiast to share ideas, design plans, implementation, sequencing or just to meet others with the same goals in Christmas lighting displays. This mini is open to any and all Christmas lighting enthusiasts. Both ones doing it for the first time and those who have done it for years. Whether you have a large display or a small one. All are welcome. Anyone who would be willing to talk for a few minutes on a display element they have made, design tips, sequencing or anything else you would like to share with the group, please let me know. I would like to have competed agenda within a couple of weeks. Frank will have a couple of his own display elements up and running. Please let us know by phone, email, or this topic that you can attend and how many, so that I can have enough drinks and supplies here. We will provide drinks (water, coffee, iced tea and sodas). If everyone can bring along something for lunch/snacks, to share with the group, that would be great. There is no charge to attend the Mini, just bring some food to share. I look forward to seeing everyone. We will have computers and projectors available for use. Please like us on Face Book. Virginia Holiday Decorators Group Frank Farmer & Andy Anderson
  26. Update emails have been sent out. If I do not have your email address and are interested in wanting more info, or attending, PM me your email address.
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