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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. Got this book the other day and looked through it... WOW pricey!!! Anyone else receive this?? Cool stuff, way to rich for this guy lol
  3. Seeking drawings/sketches for making the original "JUMP Pole Pin Puller". I know It's made out of 3/4 " aluminum tubing and a 3/16 rod but I need the details. Searched Walter's site and here to no avail.
  4. The wall lantern is below. Also went to Disney store outlet and bought Mickey pumpkin.
  5. Hey Rich ,any pics from Wally world? The big bulbs are 6.97 by us
  6. I checked this morning at the nearest Walmart stupidcenter. The entire garden section was devoted to Christmas items. There were only 5 blow molds in the entire inventory, two 37" Santas, one 36" snowman, and two of the new 36" bears. They had some new ~15" lanterns that have the flickering flame light and some larger faux wood lanterns that were not lighted. I think the Lowe's Home Improvement store right next door had a better selection than this store.
  7. Last week
  8. Our Walmart here barely had anything out, I am going to look this Friday or Saturday, I hope to get the green solders.
  9. I've got a grinch just like that as well, the extra arm puts a nice touch on it. I might think about adding that in if I get some extra time this year
  10. Hi Eric, all I use is a good outdoor paint. I also make sure I paint my edges. I live in Canada and my cutouts have been holding up just fine.
  11. I'm desperately looking for 5mm string of white strobes that will ship to Canada !
  12. Give him a little time. He is in North Dakota and buried in snow. I heard from him and he apologized for the slow response.
  13. Any update on these?? Thanks. I'm also interested in 2 Gen 3 controllers, please email me at [email protected] Thanks.
  14. Definitely interested in 2 Gen 3 boxes. Email me @ [email protected]
  15. I am interested in a controller. Must be a gen 3 controller. You can also contact me at [email protected]
  16. I am interested in a controller. Must be a gen 3 controller. You can also contact me at [email protected]
  17. I am interested in a controller. Must be a gen 3 controller. You can also contact me at [email protected]
  18. Earlier
  19. Visited my Wal-mart yesterday and saw a large variety of battery-operated mini lights. So ck out your Wal-mart.

  20. I’m having a hard time finding a good string of 100 count warm white battery operated lights on a timer. I would prefer the timer to be 8 hours on 16 hours off and run on C batteries so they last for a while. I found a strand at Home Depot last year but they were so dim! I’m using them to decorate an indoor Christmas tree in my office that isn’t near an outlet. The lights are always on in my office so I need the string lights to be visible with room lights on as well. Can anyone help??
  21. Sadly the lanterns from last year are not back. The snowman head is and they have a penguin head that is new for this year.
  22. Neat. Thanks. Did you ever get that Santa Conic to complete your conic set?
  23. It’s a bell, an old municipal decoration, thought it was cool with the different color cutouts in it. Not sure who made it.
  24. Lamp in base of pumpkin Remove the three screws that hold the lamp holder. Remove the incandescent light and cord. If using circular G4 lamp (see picture), glue lamp to top of old base. Attach the G4 socket and cord. Requires a 12V DC source. You can use any old 12V DC converter as long as the output is 500 mA or more. If using the 5W 12V corn bulb, take the old lamp socket and remove the wore and base. This will allow you to slide the G4 base into the old lamp holder. Insert it in the base as shown below. Lamp located in back of pumpkin Remove bulb and wire. Glue circular lamp to the old holder. Insert in pumpkin and you are done. For this one I prefer to solder the wire directly to the new circular lamp. The two G4 pins on the lamp will fall away when you solder the wires to the lamp. The hole in the back of the pumpkins is slightly larger than the 9 LED version of this lamp. It is also available with 10 LEDs but that one will not fit through the hole. Be sure to buy 9 LED lamps. You could also use the corn bulb here. Current prices for the parts – top two are from China and the third one from California. '10x G4 Bulb LED Light 5050 9SMD Daytime White Replace 10W Halogen Lamp $6 postpaid https://www.ebay.com/itm/10x-G4-Bulb-LED-Light-5050-12SMD-Warm-Daytime-White-Repalce-10W-15W-Halogen-Lamp/264391377801?hash=item3d8ef44389:m:mGdz3DnGjQq1_vBhYHbSzPg '10pcs G4 Base Holder Wire Adapter Halogen Socket Connector f. Bulb Lamp LED $1.49 postpaid https://www.ebay.com/itm/10x-G4-Bulb-LED-Light-5050-12SMD-Warm-Daytime-White-Repalce-10W-15W-Halogen-Lamp/264391377801?hash=item3d8ef44389:m:mGdz3DnGjQq1_vBhYHbSzPg I spotted a US seller on eBay who is selling ten of the 48 LED corn bulbs for $4.46 postpaid. That's cheaper than ordering them from China. Available in 12V AC or DC or 110V AC. https://www.ebay.com/itm/10X-G4-LED-Corn-Bulbs-Capsule-3W-20W-Halogen-Lamp-Replace-110V-Energy-Warm-White/323891446491?var=512921852639&hash=item4b696f42db:g:IXcAAOSwV-BdXsfv
  25. Shane... what is that lantern on the right hand side of your picture? I'm not sure I've ever seen one of those.
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