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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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  1. 2 points
    QVC host David announced that they are planning on selling blow molds for the 2020 season! He couldn't say which ones or how many, but he did mention Noel candles as an example of a blow mold for those who don't know what it is. Christmas starts in July on QVC. I'll be watching for sure and keep you updated. I guess the blow mold tree they sold this year was a big success. :)
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    Here is my house, had it done back in the end of September. Not all blowmolds, but I like how it turned out Here are the back sections, closer to the house more close up 🙂
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    Menards SKU 2961616. $30. 30" it says
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    Per the press release from ABC, The Great Christmas Light Fight has been renewed for the next two years! Here is a sneak peek of this year's season. Any PlanetChristmas folks on it this year?
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    I agree totally it’s a hobby. I do it for the joy of seeing kids faces and the happiness my family gets from it. If I think it cost to much I pass on it.
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    For that price it would be cheaper to go online and buy an authentic 60s Union or Empire soldier. And that's even with Ebay's scam prices.
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    My wife love these hallmark Christmas movies we watched a new one Saturday and it had a lot of blow mold in back ground. The movie is called two turtle doves. Union gingerbread ( inside bakery), penguins, nutcracker, GFP huge C7 bulbs and candy canes. I think about half Christmas hallmark movie have blow molds in background.
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    One of our local secondary on-air channels cycles through the many years of Home Improvement . Nearly every time one of the Christmas programs airs you can see a variety of blow molds on the roof and at the front door. I would never have noticed that until I came to this site!
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    HI Everyone, I'm sure most of us do our over the top displays and light shows because we enjoy seeing them and our family members do too but you never know who will stop by out front of your house to see your lights. My wife and I, unfortunately, recently were at our bosses mothers funeral. Her husband hired us over 20 years ago and he passed away in 2013. He was a great guy. The lovely lady that recently passed was one of the sweetest and kindest persons I have ever known. Anyway, while at the visitation before the service we were talking to our bosses wife, we have been friends with the family for many years. In passing she said they took her out to see our lights this past season. We weren't home otherwise they would have stopped in. She then thought about it for a second and told us she's pretty sure that was the last thing they did together as a family before she got sick (again). She battled cancer extremely bravely for about 8 years. She's with Jesus now because we learned she accepted him as her Lord and Savior more than 10 years ago! If really hit me latter that our Christmas light show was there so this family can have that as one of the last fond memories of her. True I love making the lights blink but I absolutely love knowing that people are enjoying our show. If Chuck Smith hasn't told you or you haven't read it in his magazine articles let me tell you this. What we do matters! Yes, have fun but it's also a bit serious. Remember you are making life long memories for the people and especially the kids watching your show. Know that 10, 15 even 20 years from now some person will ask their mother or father "Hey, remember that house you took us to back when we were kids?" "We loved doing that!" I don't mean to bring anyone down just wanted to share something that touched my heart and really made me feel good. Hope everyone has a blessed night/day. Al
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    It's that time ,time to get off my butt, and think of what to do ..Hopefully add another mega tree this year, will have over 110 molds out. What is everyone else doing?
  11. 1 point
    What do you guys think of my candy cane light poles? It was my first attempt at making something. I made a total of 5 poles and they are BRIGHT! I think I’ll be doing some more projects as I had a lot of fun with this.
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    I officially started today. I have about 5% up and will turn on Thanksgiving night. As nasty as Halloween week was Friday-Sunday have been perfect for Halloween tear down getting xmas up. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk 12ft tree went up Friday night. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    Listen here. In my 60’s and have loved Christmas decorating since I saw the animated figures in downtown Cleveland (Higbee’s) when I was just a kid. Presently, we are about to move, just 5 miles, but a bank owns that house, and they are taking their sweet time closing the deal. This puts a move date sometime during December. There will be little or no time to decorate. So I want you to develop a plan for decorating your house, using the lights and displays you own. Develop this plan tonight before you go to sleep. Do it for me, ‘cause I won’t be able to. Take a pic and post it here once it’s set up. Cool.
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    What? been working on Christmas 3 weeks😀😀
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    Looking GREAT!!! We arent into halloween,but thourghly enjoy everyone elses:)
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    Followup to original question - these are parallel circuits so if one LED goes out the rest stay lit. If you sever a circuit, all lights after the break will not work bu the ones before will continue to light. I had a seller send me a 5V set when I ordered 12V but the set used a 12V connector, not the usual USB. When I applied power for a short time about half of the LEDs fried instantly. When I switched to 5V ti check the string, the remaining LEDs lit. The seller replaced the damaged string when I complained.
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    They are often sold as "fairly lights" online. This is just one use where the manufacturer used them in a different way. They look fragile but are remarkably strong. Yes, they are non-replaceable but since they are LED, not incandescent should last a long time. I bought a few battery operated 20 LEDs for a friend to use as lights in a bottle for less than a dollar each. I have a few sets of 12V lights. They are so flexible that I was able to string them on one of those old circular trees that lie flat when stored and mount on a tent pole in the center. You can buy them in USB 5V DC, 12V DC , or operated from a battery pack. I just looked up current prices and I can find them in 10m 100 light sets for under $2 and 200 light sets for around $5 from China
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    Hey @Chuck I am on quite a few other forums and one thing that I love about them is the way the front page is. Is there any way you could toss the idea up about having a page that lists the most recent thread that has been used? Half the time I get on PC, I don't have a specific reason, I just want to learn. If it was listed on chronological order, I could just see the most recently active posts and go into those specific threads. I have attached an image of an example.
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    Hello everyone! I’ve written a book! It’s the story of a decorator who moves from Florida to Maine and, unfortunately, buys a house across the street from an unhappy elderly woman. As he begins to put up his display she goes ballistic and starts a campaign to shut it down. How the people in the neighborhood, who prior to this really didn’t know one another, come together over the conflict is the heart of the story. I believe this is the first Christmas book inspired by and written for Christmas decorators and, of course, it’s called “The House on Christmas Street.” If you’d like to know more about it, please click on this link. You may also pre-order your autographed copy there as well. Books will be shipped to you at the end of October. http://judypancoast.com/tune_room_store.htm Thanks for reading this! Judy Pancoast
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    I been using vampire plugs and SPT-1W wire for many years I had good luck with them. The wire is good up to 7amps I try to keep any one cord less than 5 amps = 600W. Below pictures are some of the cords I have made up and the parts needed to make more cords up. I would recommend trying it out. I use Action lighting for my plugs and holiday lights express for SPT-1W wire. If you want to try it out on small scale/cost go to action lighting order 100ft of wire and some in-line plugs. And see if you like the results. The choir stand uses one wire 40’ long with 24 in-line plugs.
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