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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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Need Help Witha Flying Santa

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I want to get my santa and reindeer blow molds to fly, just having a little trouble with the design. For Halloween I have axworthy ghost flying around the yard but they are much lighter than the santa blowmolds. Any brilliant ideas would be helpful, here in Alabama we have a wide array of weather it just depends on which day it is as to what kind of weather I have to contend with.

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Guest Scot Meyers

have you seen the how to on bazillion lights .com? this is the way 2 go

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I am almost done with my design and starting to put it on the roof. I put the motor on top middle of the house and it will have 30' diameter spin. I build a chimney to cover the mechanical and on top of chimey will be a Santa tracker dish that spin half a circle. All this using one single motor @ 5 rpm. I am thinking to attach the Santa bicycle on one side and a train from the opposite side. I will post a picture when I test it in Thansgiving. I also bought a slipping 2" ID so that it could go thru a 2" oD pipe. The motor attached to a sprocket with chain.

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I have a similar set up built in my attic from last year FrankLo designed it with my assistance and we installed it last year. I will try to get up there and take a picture of the motor and slip ring set up.

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