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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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  3. The 2020 Pacific NW annual CLAP meeting is all set for May 1st & 2nd, in Olympia, WA. This event is all about education and sharing ideas with like minded decorators. We have a great group in the PNW, and we have grown a lot in the 16 years we have been meeting. We will be once again meeting at the Foley Firehouse! By far, one of the best venues for a mini in the country. The car/fire engine barn will again be on display for the attendees. Whether a newbie, or seasoned veteran, everyone will walk away with something. An idea, new friend, or something from one of our many sponsor vendors! We have a great class line up already defined, and will be publishing it in a week or so, once we lock down some details. Sponsor are being lined up for awesome door prizes, and discount codes!This year we will be asking for a $20 voluntary donation to help cover the costs of our event. More info will follow, and if you are not on our email list, and want updates, PM me your address. Its held in confidence, no spam we promise.
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  5. Interested in how you make out as I just ordered these plans and was wondering the same thing?
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    3 ea CTB16PCG3 Green Controller board kits with enclosure, power cord, plug cords, network dangle, tab connectors, 8amps channel, 30amps total, never used $150 ea + shipping 1ea CTB32LD-U7 Blue Controller Board in enclosure, used indoors for 2 seasons for house lights only $150 + shipping 1ea CTB080G3-U4 8 Channel Controller board with heat sink 8amp channel, 15amp total, power cord, 4 channels used indoors only $80 + shipping 1ea USB485B USB to Network Cable Converter $30 + shipping 1ea Whole House FM Transmitter 2.0, minimally used 1 season indoors $80 + shipping

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  7. I made the kissing Claus's, used the thin board, and while it is holding up, mine developed a curve in them. They still move well. I intend to reinforce the backside with a narrow angle to take at least some of the curve out. Good luck!!
  8. I just received my first Winfield plans for the kissing Santa and Mrs. Claus. Can anyone shed some light on how well they hold up in weather? They are calling for hard pack, (think clipboard) for a portion of it and I question how well it will hold up in rain and snow. Thank you.
  9. Hi Folks! I'm new here, and hoping that someone will have a few good ideas. I recently purchased a NOMA illuminated reverse-painted Santa, 31' tall, made in the 1950s. I'm assuming it was repainted at some point. Whoever did it had a good sense for his colours and the Santa looks like he has been well-cared for in all other ways. But there is some red overspray that shows through the areas of his white trim. I find it a bit distracting. I was wondering if I could touch up the areas of white, cover up the red, so it doesn't show through. But I have no idea what kind of paint was used. I have read that certain kinds of paint can't be mixed, like oil and acrylic, and I'm nervous that if I mess it up, I won't be able to fix him, & I'll be in a worse position than before. I'm wondering if anyone has encountered a similar issue before & how they fixed it, if they did. I'm assuming that Rustoleum paint for plastic would be safe, as long as it is applied thinly, sparingly, and given plenty of time to cure. But - I have also read that it can wrinkle, bubble, and I would hate to wreck him. I've included two photos, one of Santa unlit and one lit. You can see the 'red line' on the trim of his coat. Thoughts and feedback welcome. Thanks!
  10. Hi Folks! I'm new here, and hoping that someone will have a few good ideas. I recently purchased a NOMA illuminated reverse-painted Santa, 31' tall, made in the 1950s. I'm assuming it was repainted at some point. Whoever did it had a good sense for his colours and the Santa looks like he has been well-cared for in all other ways. But there is some red overspray that shows through the areas of his white trim. I find it a bit distracting. I was wondering if I could touch up the areas of white, cover up the red, so it doesn't show through. But I have no idea what kind of paint was used. I have read that certain kinds of paint can't be mixed, like oil and acrylic, and I'm nervous that if I mess it up, I won't be able to fix him, & I'll be in a worse position than before. I'm wondering if anyone has encountered a similar issue before & how they fixed it, if they did. I'm assuming that Rustoleum would be safe, as long as it is applied thinly, sparingly, and given plenty of time to cure. But - I have also read that it can wrinkle, bubble, and I would hate to wreck him. I've included two photos, one of Santa unlit and one lit. You can see the 'red line' on the trim of his coat. Thoughts and feedback welcome. Thanks!
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    Hi , I have for sale. 3 PVC trees appx 7ft tall, they come apart. Appx 1400 C5 LED on each. The topper is LED ,as pictured. They are very heavy!! Well made the lights are on wooden spools. Red ,Green and Blue as pictured. They can be disassembled I fit into a Taurus lol.. looking for 500 for the 3. Sorry, I wont seperate them... the lights alone are worth that lolol.. let me know an offer. Thanks J

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  12. Hi I would try buildalightshow.com very good quality
  13. I have singing tree quartet on coro , talking Santa and Rudy on coro, and all wired and framed ready to go 8- Gen3 LOR controllers with 2 Dangles each (to attach cat 5 cable) used only 2 seasons These were built by LOR and warranted by them Complete Mega Tree kit sold by Christmas Light Show Approx 200 C9 Strobes on C9 SPT strings and never used spares Red and White Candy Canes that could be used to attach in the ground or made into spinners Bethlehem Star W/ Lights 5 - 30" LED Snowflakes Incandescent....... 20 -100ct clear blinking lights (only a few blink intermittentently on each string very soft look) ............................................................................................................................................................................................. Sealed LED lights M5 Mini (Never used these were spares) Green _ 7-100ct ...6- 50ct..... 1-50ct ..........Red_1-50ct ....4-100ct.........Blue_ 1-50ct......3-100ct.............White_5-100ct ............................................................................................................................................................................................... Sealed LED lights C6 (Never used these were spares) Red_11-50ct...........White_10-50ct...........Green_10-50ct If interested please message me
  14. Thanks, I am familiar with this page.
  15. That’s to bad. I looked up H/I it has the pixies items in 1988 catalog but it does not appear in 1989 catalog. I have included a picture of H/I 1988
  16. Unfortunately there was no original cord. Thanks again!
  17. The only way I have seen to tell the age is the plug. If plug is non-polarized it POLORON. If the plug is polarized then it would be H/I. Since POLORON closed before 1980 then it would have non polarized plug. That my rule of thumb. The trick is to have original light cord set:)
  18. Hope this helps it looks like it is POLORON. I have POLORON Santa with back wards letter also.
  19. I just got this toy soldier. It has one of the strangest imprints on the back that I have ever seen. There is a "2" above the light hole. I have read past comments here and know that it's not unusual for a Poloron Pixie to have a "2" , however under the light hole is just plain weird. The "120 volts" is backwards and the "L" in the word volts is upside down. Any clues? I'm hoping that this guy is really made by Poloron. He is made of hard thick plastic and I think the candy cane is original because of the visible striping on the very bottom. Thanks for any information, Donna I made the pic black and white so you could see the lettering better.
  20. Got it put together and up on the wooden A-frame.
  21. I love the snow hats on your blow molds! I can't find anyone locally who sells them. It snowed a couple of inches in December a few years ago before I acquired any blow molds. The problem was desert trees are not designed to carry a heavy, wet snow load so I spent many hours cutting up and disposing of downed limbs About 1/3 each of two trees came tumbling down.
  22. Very nice of you to say. The problem was the time and money I invested verses what I could hope to sell it for here in Tulsa
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