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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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    It was told to me that these were used by the village of Downers Grove, IL at some point in the past. They need work. The frames are in perfect condition, but there are sections of lights out. The train is 5'x8' the bear in stocking is 3.5'x6', and the candles are 5'x5'. Asking $300 for all, total....these are priced pennies on the dollar...very good value. Must be picked up...no shipping.

    $300.00

    Naperville, Illinois - US

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  5. Luckily I disconnect the pool pump every season so it's no biggie. I know it can be done since those are also used for just low voltage landscape lighting just didnt know how "safe" using an extension cord would be in there Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  6. I used my downstairs and upstairs c/h/a In a similar manner for years, until I got tired of disconnecting them every fall for Christmas and the reconnecting the units every January.
  7. Not sure why I didnt think of it before but i have a pool. It has it's own 30AMP breaker that's not used in the winter. Anyone see any issue with using this timer and cutting off the male side of 3 pronged extension cord to plug into this like I would my pool pump? Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  8. This is the one I have now. No issues and the app is easy to use. Small downside is it's on 15AMP and not 20 but easy enough to work around FEIT Electric Outdoor Smart Wi-Fi Dual Outlet Wall Plug at Menards FEIT Electric Outdoor Smart Wi-Fi Dual Outlet Wall Plug at Menards https://www.menards.com/main/p-1560494221818.htm What's nice is we did a bunch of work at the house since I'm working from home right now so I've got a nice rebate for Menards to stock up these. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  9. I phased out the X10 plugs i used to use with all smart plugs as of last year. I have two different brands so I use two different apps to control them but they are very similar in programming and use. The apps also have a dusk/dawn feature that automatically adjusts to your location and time of year which is very handy. I've had only two plugs fail and both of those were my fault. The first one was overloaded and eventually quit working. The second one was used with a covered porch but got blowing rain on it and ruined it. I use regular smart plugs (indoor) for my indoor stuff and I only use outdoor ones for...uh...outdoors. In fact, I use the outdoor ones year round; in the summer they turn on my 12V landscape lights and my fountains and pond lights. I've had them for three years now and are used every night and no failures (knock on wood). these particular ones have two independent outlets each which is also a nice feature. Here's the indoor ones that I bought recently https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079MFTYMV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and this is the aforementioned outdoor plug https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078TW292H/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  10. Does anyone use smart wifi plugs? I just got one a while back to use on an outdoor light over my barn and so far so good its working well. I like the ease to set the exact time and if I want them on earlier or later I just adjust the schedule. I'm considering switching all my timers to them. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    Everything you see in picture, garage cover, two 16 channel LOR controllers plus tons of bins filled with mini lights, led lights, iscicles, extension cords, candy canes, 4 deer props, surfing penguin, snow man, ten spot lights with red and green bulbs, too much to list.

    $800.00

    Rancho Cucamonga , California - US

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    Hello Blowmolds and beautiful Christmas decorations. In very good condition. $150 for all. Thanks for looking at my ad! Bethlehem Pennsylvania . One hour north of Philadelphia and one and one half hour south west of NYC.

    $150.00

  13. I found that I could tie mine up to trees I have to keep them upright. The thing that seemed to happen to mine is they would leak too much air too fast. I got some tent sealer to use for the coming fall and winter on the air blowns. The other thing that seems to happen for me (other than light bulbs burning out) is the transformers die on many of the ones which plug in... well.... that and I had a dog that would chew them up, I do try to place my air blowns in sheltered areas too. I have mine on timers too (one set near the road on a mechanical timer coupled to a phototimer that lets them come on in the morning and night... the phototimer made sure they went off when it got light so they could be up longer... usually I have Halloween followed by Thanksgiving followed by Christmas.) Of course I also have blow molds and lighted trees up that way too. Right now the timer is turning on a big LED American Flag.) One thing I am finding is so few cars come down to see my lights down on the house so I find I like simpler stuff near the house and would put stuff up the driveway near the road mainly for the kids on the school buses or folks driving by to enjoy. And he blow molds with brighter LEDs now really lights my way. But yeah, when it rains which it seems to do here more than snow... I find it best to walk up and turn off the lights for the night, If they dry out the next day I turn them back on. Hey, I get my exercise too., And some airblowns come up needing straightening as the windiest months are winter and spring here.
  14. THIS AD HAS EXPIRED!

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    It was told to me that these were used by the village of Downers Grove, IL at some point in the past. They need work. The frames are in perfect condition, but there are sections of lights out. The train is 5'x8' the bear in stocking is 3.5'x6', and the candles are 5'x5'. Asking $300 for train, and $200 each for the stocming and candles. Prices negotiable...discount for buying all 3.

    NO VALUE SPECIFIED

    Naperville, Illinois - US

  15. I finally found pictures!!!!!!! WoooHooo!!!!!! This is the bird/crow I was looking for, also shows the post was tan and Union Products was imprinted on the back. My scarecrow doesn't have the imprint.....that's curious.
  16. I dont think all of their molds are like that. I posted a pic a while ago of a soldier I got at Lowes when they first came out. The paint was so bad I didnt even display it, they seem better now.
  17. Did you strip it first then repaint it or just touched it up? I definitely agree with the paint, chips easily
  18. Anyone have pics of the gemmy/Lowe’s molds being repainted ?
  19. Thank you so much for responding! The Scarecrow that I posted was from the Union Lawn and Garden line. The blow mold was made with a tan plastic, came with a crow and doesn't light. There is a small hole on one of the arms where you would stick in the crow. On the arms is imprinted directions to attach the "bird". This Garden version is not in the Halloween catalogs. I was hoping that someone here might have the box with a picture or some other picture of it. From what I was told this guy was made in 1987. Thanks, Donna
  20. Hi everyone, I’m looking for two or three of the stained glass style municipal lanterns, like in the pic below. I have $600 to spend on these 2-3 lanterns. Looking for any other designs close to these style lanterns too if anyone would be willing to sell. Thanks! Joe
  21. I have attached some picture but I did not think they where sold together?
  22. Great exactly what l was after Cheers😀
  23. Does anyone have a picture of the crow that came with this scarecrow? I think it was just a plain black crow but not sure.
  24. Here's an idea of a DIY telephone intercom set that might be right up your alley. There are a bunch of YouTube videos on exactly what you want to do.
  25. Has anyone done a direct line from outside display to inside your house so that kids can talk to Santa (Hubby) I was thinking walking talkies is one option but there would be a chance the walkie talkie might go missing. I have two olden style phones that l would like to wire up maybe but it's an idea that l have no idea if it will work or how to go about it. Anyone out there done something similar and they would like to share the how to? Cheers Tina from Australia
  26. This classified ad is COMPLETED!

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    Two LOR 16 channel controllers, garage cover, two props seen, 4 reindeers, icicle strands, red and green spot lights, tons of stuff new in boxes including 15 bins of lights, 20 new boxes of leds, too much to list. Picture is only half of the stuff hooked up. Plus stuff i never put up. I wish i had the video of it going off.

    $750.00

    Rancho Cucamonga

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    I have 128 channel sequences for sale. Fixtures include a mega tree, spiral tree, 4 singing Christmas tree faces, leaping arches, 21 channel piano, and misc. Email or message me for details and song list.

    NO VALUE SPECIFIED

    Wichita, Kansas - US

  28. In north Alabama, we don't get heavy snow very often but we do get wind. My display is mostly blow molds but I do have a couple of Disney inflatables on my deck. I only run my fans when the display is on and the biggest PITA for me was the inflatable not getting upright correctly when the fan switched on or getting tangled and having to go out and straighten the thing up. What I did for a fix was I mounted a vertical 2x2 behind each inflatable and I used extra ropes and set it up such that when the fan cuts off, the 2x2 keeps the deflated inflatable fairly upright. Then when the fan comes on the next time, it easily inflates into place. The extra ropes also keep it upright during wind and rain. Since the attach points for the rope clips are usually around the figures mid section and I need attach points near the neck/head for this, I take large safety pins and attach the new ropes to them and then use the safety pins to attach to the inflatable. If you pin at a seam it holds and I've never had a pin fail or a rip because of this. I know this won't be possible for everyone, but I also don't rely on ground stakes for stability. Instead I build a simple rectangular platform out of OSB that lies on the ground and then I can use screws instead of stakes to attach the ropes. The platform can then be staked to the ground with some cheap garden wood stakes. This gives the inflatable something heavy and stable to attach to; I originally started doing this because my yard is sharply sloped and I had to create something flat and level to attach to (a practice I had to adopt for molds as well).
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