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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
    I guess old people don't like music, blowup's ,or blinking lights, but really dig measle lights.... I hope when I am that age, I can still put up my Silver bells, be seen and call other people's blowup's cheesy. I was always told and raised, if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it all all...
  2. 2 points
    We don't have all the craziness of flashing and loud music often not even Xmas music, and no cheesy blow up's at my house, but we do have a beautiful huge display around all 4 sides of our home which can be see from other streets and we do have a string of vintage silver bells that play 8 different carols strung along the rope at the street and we have had couples dancing in the street, folks taking pics./video's and last evening we had a man on his bike, don't know if he was on his phone or what but we heard him say, Hello deer, Ho,ho,ho. And last year we saw a woman get out of her car and drop something in our mailbox, it was a dollar on which she wrote Thank You for giving us the spirit of Christmas, it's beautiful! Here's our display, see for yourself! P.S. We do have a laser light on our Cul de Sac which is done for the kiddies mostly. And all of this is done by us old folks... 73 & 80 years old
  3. 2 points
    I won't now. I got the glitter off and they look just fine the way they are! I think it's the glitter that made me want to paint them... The glitter is now gone! I put goo gone on a paper towel and wiped it over the glitter. Then I dried it with another paper towel. Then I scratched it off with my fingernail. All finished! I'm pretty happy with them! $40.00 well spent!
  4. 2 points
    I was working on final touches, the lights were on the first night, 12/1, cars are slowing down as they pass by the house getting a good look. waved to one and said come on in, as we allow folks to walk through the display, They left on the spot. Another car stops right in front of the house, I hear, "look at that, did you see that" my wife says to come in, this couple pull in they and the kids get out, and have a great time looking around. That's the reason I do it. the kids faces were spectacular.
  5. 1 point
    I would like to hear if you have any funny comments from those who have watched your display. I’ll start; yesterday evening I went out to the road to pick up trash from the previous night’s viewers (a story in itself). A man stopped and asked me “why is this radio station so fuzzy at my house"? I asked where he lived; “in town” (that means at least 2 miles) I replied; I don’t think you can hear it at all there. He said; it’s just not right. I said; it would be illegal. Second; a lady came to the door and in the middle of the day asked me to turn on the display as she had driven so far. I politely let her know she would not be able to see anything anyway as the sun was out in full force. She went back out to the road and sat there for 20 minutes.
  6. 1 point
    These items aren't blowmolds but the first one is plastic at least. I saw them while browsing and thought some of you might enjoy seeing them. This is a Nativity schene which I believe is coro: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008QXU7I8 This is a nice looking elf that is made for outdoor use. (It should be for the price!) I'm not sure what it's made of. http://www.truevalue.com/product/pc/2101/c/2117/sc/2146/68405.uts TED
  7. 1 point
    There is no set value on that one, it does show up occasionally but there is not enough information available on the selling history of it to set a value. At this time it is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. The picture on blow-molded.com is of the one in our collection we got both the Santa with Teddy and Giant Santa with Gift many years ago. Mel
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    yeah, I'm not sure why Aputernut felt it was necessary to insult other people's tastes.
  10. 1 point
    Always go oversize on wire,you wont regret it. Sure ,it's more expensive (a tad) ,but wouldn't you be mad if the voltage drop,causes a burn out of light sets,due to not enough capacity...all our power drops are 12 and 10 guage cords. The longest is 48ft and we use a yellow jacket, 10ga extension cord for the 6 way power tap. Yea, it's custom,can't buy it this way. The outlet measures 124.8 volts and at the power drop (6 way) measures 124.7...so this being said, go oversize on ALL cords!! You won't regret it.
  11. 1 point
    I like the graphics of the Nativity. They seem to be simple and pleasing to the eye. I would never buy it at that price and I would be surprised if it lasted through a NY winter.
  12. 1 point
    Sad news. I used to drive by John's house. I was not able to get to it last year, but was headed to that area this Sunday. Christmas in heaven must be a little brighter.
  13. 1 point
    Very interesting, Ted. I've never seen these before. By the way, I started laughing when I saw the price for those cheap prints on corrugated plastic. They look like those throw away political campaign signs in peoples yards. $52.95 for that?! Looks like something out of the Harriet Carter or Lillian Vernon Catalogs.
  14. 1 point
    Thanks for the info. I'll try the cleaning. My Mom likes to work on my decorations and get them working. She's got several of my decorations working again. If that doesn't work, I'll try the lights you recommend. Sent from my Moto G (4) using Tapatalk
  15. 1 point
    I have the santa projection going on in my upstairs window. A little girl was outside crying in front of my display with her mom trying to comfort her. I came up and asked if she was ok. The mom said "She is upset because she wants to know why Santa stays in your house and not hers"! A candy cane and hot chocolate made it all better.
  16. 1 point
    I do a lot of PVC Pole Trees. A lot (55 this year). At least once a year, someone comes up during setup and thinks I am actually setting up a tree lot of fake frees for decoration, and asks how much they are!
  17. 1 point
    Just because the cord is old doesn't mean that it needs to be replaced. Check to see if there is any bare wire showing and if the cord is brittle. If the cord is still flexible and there are no bare wires showing then I would not replace it. (Of course it is up to you to decide what is safe for your display.) I hope you are on the lookout for a better job. It is not worth shortening your life with that kind of stress. There are many things you could try. It just depends on what kind of glue was used and how stubborn it is. Since the candles are red plastic and not painted you don't have to worry about messing up the paint. You just need to make sure you don't melt the plastic. You could try rubbing alcohol. It won't hurt anything and will take off weaker adhesives. There is a paint stripper that is safe for plastic. It is made by 3M and is called "Safest Stripper". TED
  18. 1 point
    I think they should change that slogan to, "Make our kids happy--support their college fund!" I totally missed the 33" mistake. When I went back and looked at it again I see that it's listed as 33 inch in the title, then in the description it's described as 28 inch, and finally the specifications at the bottom say it is 33 inch. It appears that they can't keep their story strait! TED
  19. 1 point
    Not on the roof but this is how I mounted my sleigh and reindeer. Steel wire from Menards ran between two trees with screw eye to loop it thru. Then hang the figurines with floral wire from the stainless steel wire
  20. 1 point
    We stand outside and pass out candy canes, and people are always asking my wife if this is our display. She tells them, "No, we're just strangers who really have the holiday spirit!"
  21. 1 point
    Friday night, from a facebook message, "You should serve cookies and hot chocolate during your show. Well, if not cookies, just hot chocolate," (I just spent three weeks putting up the lights!! Not even a thanks for the light show. Cookies my...!
  22. 1 point
    I've had people ask; "how do you get the radio station to play the songs you want?"
  23. 1 point
    I had a news interviewer think that the display was synchronized on the spot to a real station. They also said in their press-release that I designed my software. (LOR) He was mightily confused. Ohh... silly people.
  24. 1 point
    This is kind of along the same lines as this topic. On Friday night I ran the light show for the first time, but I forgot to plug in the inflatable teddy bear. I had stole the cord to charge my drill battery that day. I was out shopping when I decided to peek in on my security cameras to make sure everything was lit up. I noticed a guy walk into my yard, then mess with the teddy bear. I was freaking out for a second thinking he was about to steal it. Turns out that he was trying to plug it in for his kids. He gave up after a minute. Dude has some nerve to walk into someone's yard like that. I''m glad he didn't trip over anything, considering there are lights covering much of the ground.
  25. 1 point
    Nice family was outside looking at the lights, I told them they needed to have a radio to hear the music. The husband says "I can't believe I can't get the station streaming over the internet". I tried to explain it was just a little transmitter connected to my computer, it didn't register.
  26. 0 points
    I see this thread is from 2014. We've lost one of the 'molders in this thread since then. For those of you who didn't know, John Venturi passed away back in 2016. TED
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