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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.
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  • 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.
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  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
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  • 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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Here are a couple of frames I finished. HGTV was here taping yesterday and we barely got these projects completed. Each "leaf on the balloon is lined with 3 colors of rope lights. It is all controlled by 20 channels of LOR. I'll post a video as soon as I have time to film it!

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It is supposed to air on Dec. 9th , a show called "What's with that house". I have to thank everyone on PC especially Chuck and all the contributors for their help and suggestion these past few years. It is really a great resource.

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Glad to see your going to be on it. They wanted my display on it too, and were going to come tape it. But the October full display thing just wasn't going to work out. They said they might be taping later in the season for another show, but I haven't heard anymore about it yet.

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We were really rushed to get everything done and up on time for the taping. We just decided to go for it as a one time thing. The neighbors all pitched in and helped put the stuff up with us. It was really great to have our neighbors involved and they had a good time helping out. I don't think I want to do another October Christmas though!:laughing:

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Bryce wrote:

That radio tower is fantastic! Looking forward to seeing the HGTV special!

Bryce

I agree!!..

Bryce, you took the words right out of my mouth.. :laughing:

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Justin,

We will be taking some of it down until Thanksgiving to save on wear and tear. We lit it for Halloween by popular demand. I don't think we could afford to keep it lit through November. I also built the letters for K-S-N-O and W-S-N-O. People kept telling me I spelled WSNO wrong. They didn't get the "W" call sign. ;)

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Awesome Awesome Awesome... That is all I can say. Although my 3 yo says it is Cooooool.

Great display! I will be watching for sure!

Jeff

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I love the way you made your mounts for the Rooffor the ballon. I'm doinf something similar - Flying angels - do you mind if i use your idea?

Glenn

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That's the beuty of PC ...the free sharing of ideas. Feel free. If you need any help, let me know.

Thanks,

Marshall

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Wow, I just saw this post today, but I remember when you guys where in the paper (sun-times?) and I was thinking, I wonder if they are PC members?.:laughing:

Great job.

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Marshall,

Thank You - I just may be contacting you about the mounts (I love the - so does my wife)- I will be getting started here in a couple of weeks - I'll be doing flying Angels with mine. Right now I am in the middle of building a Tiki Bar and seems the project will never end so I can get on to my Christmas stuff. :(

Thanks Again and once again your display GREAT!

Glenn

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marshall

I finall got my Mounts like yours made - They are going to workout fantastic - I still need to paint one of them and then pickup the blocks and paint them.

My wife wonders why I didn't make one for the huge Cross we put on the Peek of the house also - so guess what? That will be done next year! Kind of running out of time this year. But thanks again for the great Idea - I'll send pictures when they are completed and on the roof.

:happytree::happytree::happytree::happytree:

Glenn

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Big Success! Had a great party and veryon LOVED thr Tiki Bar. Thanks again Marshall for the picture on the mounts- I can not wait to see them on the roof.

See ya,

Glenn

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