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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.
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  • 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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I hope everybody had a great Christmas with their families and displays!!! We are always busy Christmas Eve night, but this year was crazy almost 5,000 people walked through never thought that would happen. Three rows of traffic and nobody got out of hand just to cool. I did have a little anxiety with so many people coming buy. Are charity double from last year and it put a tear in my eye just so many people donated I wish I could have thanked them all. One person came to the door and asked if they could pay our electric bill and I said if its OK can we buy toys for those in need he was pumped and made a big donation! 

  Our Christmas displays bring out the joy and happiness in so many people this time of year and all my friends here on PC deserve a big thank you for everything you do may 2014 bring you the best for the New Year!!! 

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I hope everybody had a great Christmas with their families and displays!!! We are always busy Christmas Eve night, but this year was crazy almost 5,000 people walked through never thought that would happen. Three rows of traffic and nobody got out of hand just to cool. I did have a little anxiety with so many people coming buy. Are charity double from last year and it put a tear in my eye just so many people donated I wish I could have thanked them all. One person came to the door and asked if they could pay our electric bill and I said if its OK can we buy toys for those in need he was pumped and made a big donation! 

  Our Christmas displays bring out the joy and happiness in so many people this time of year and all my friends here on PC deserve a big thank you for everything you do may 2014 bring you the best for the New Year!!! 

That's wonderful! So good to hear. Your display is absolutely amazing! I'm sure your neighbors and all the people where you live really appreciate what you do.

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I love how that one pic from further back makes it look like a big top circus with the lights coming off to the arches it looks like, cool effect .

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Very nice job on your display went by and looked great

Did you get all done before the 20 + below we got?

We still need to hook up for a cup of coffee or pop. ;)

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Very nice job on your display went by and looked great

Did you get all done before the 20 + below we got?

We still need to hook up for a cup of coffee or pop. ;)

 

Sounds good to me Dennis!

 

Lol.. not even close yes its cold and some of the things I had to take a torch 2 :wacko::) I am hoping to have everything put up by the end of the month.

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I used stucco red tape it bends better than duck tape seems to last longer as well.

Cool thanks I know its hard to paint but i did find this stuff its dye for plastic people say it works great and it comes in a bunch of colors on ebay..1 ounce goes a long way i am told you just need to be very careful with it it will stain concrete etc.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-Dye-for-PVC-STAIN-1-oz-concentrate-lqd-/250756357364?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a623e5cf4

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FP now that is funny! LOL     How have you been sleeping in that dog house?? LOL

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Cool thanks I know its hard to paint but i did find this stuff its dye for plastic people say it works great and it comes in a bunch of colors on ebay..1 ounce goes a long way i am told you just need to be very careful with it it will stain concrete etc.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Red-Dye-for-PVC-STAIN-1-oz-concentrate-lqd-/250756357364?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a623e5cf4

 

Sounds like a great idea if you try it let us know. I may have to try it with my Christmas tree PVC pipes and in different colors thanks John. 

 

 

Simply amazing, Great job

 

if my house looked like that, my wife would make me sleep in the dog house outside

 

Lol we don't have a dog house , but sometimes a get the garage  :unsure:  :)

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And the fun continues just getting started packing up everything takes about a month to get everything put away. 

Just starting to store the blowmolds after cleaning them I have to do the same when they come out lol. 

Before the Christmas houses get stored away I have to fix some and some will get a makeover. I try putting different figures in them so 

they are not always the same for the next Christmas season. 

Christmas Eve I will hit up the stores in the morning checking out whats in stalk for the day after Christmas then I make my run. 

 

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After seeing these houses in the last picture.. i had to go back and look at your display again..  wow... do you store these like this or break them down partially... also, did you build all these yourself.. or most of them? maybe I missed this in the thread? 

 

Also, I know where to get my dome LED's from next year lol... 

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After seeing these houses in the last picture.. i had to go back and look at your display again..  wow... do you store these like this or break them down partially... also, did you build all these yourself.. or most of them? maybe I missed this in the thread? 

 

Also, I know where to get my dome LED's from next year lol... 

 

Yes I make the house's from scratch I want to have over 20 so far I have 8. They do not breakdown and I have a shed just for the houses I wheel them in and out each year sometimes I have to put ski's on them when it snows lol....

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