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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.

Nil8r

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About Nil8r

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  • Location
    Chicago suburbs
  • Biography
    I've always enjoyed decorating for Chistmas and Halloween. I'd really like to have a computerized display some day. Right now, the budget won't allow it
  • Interests
    My family, woodworking, electronics, computers, guitar. Too many to get REALLY good at any one thing. :)
  • Occupation
    Machinist - CNC Wire EDM specialist
  • About my display
    My display grows a little every year. As my childer get older, they like helping even more each year. We would really like to have our Garden train set up for Christmas some year. I just worry that it would "grow legs".
  1. We've used both powdered sugar (after cooled/prior to serving) and cinnamon/sugar.
  2. Yep, My wife and I make Rosettes and Krumkake every year for Christmas. The peanut oil definately is the way to go for Rosettes. And now that more people are deep frying their turkeys (also uses peanut oil), it's much easier to find than a few years ago.
  3. That's one of my favorites too. Google search "snoopy wreath". You can use a projector to enlarge to any size you'd like.
  4. This may be a bit of a reach, but what about a motion sensor? It would take a small amount of time to shut it down (30 sec or so). But it should work.
  5. I live in the Chicago suburbs. My wife, kids, and I have always loved decorating for Halloween and Christmas. I've seen and heard so many things about people using the coro-plastic for everything from small cutouts to R/C airplanes. But recently, I've started reading posts here at the PC Forum where people are cutting designs from 4x8 ft sheets of coro. I really like the idea of using coro for its resistance to moisture and lightweight storage. So I was wondering... What are some of the sources being used to purchase large sheets (or any) coro product for cutout projects? Also, how is it normally priced (sq ft?)? Thanks in advance for any info. Merry Christmas!
  6. A star should be easy enough to do by hand with a router. Just use a straight edge to guide the router. A simple straight board clamped to your main board should work fine. Another option would be to cut straight MDF strips and attach them to a base forming the star shape between strips.
  7. Thanks for sharing these pictures. My wife and I are HUGE Snoopy/Peanuts fans. I had to show her the your wreath when I seen your picture. The bow on our large wreath was torn pretty badly in last years wind. Your picture has inspired us to replace the damaged bow with a Snoopy cutout (probably for next year). Very nice work. Thank you! Merry Christmas!
  8. Looking for more along the lines of the "dancing santa" or the "reindeer". My plan is to have a "Classic Christmas Cartoons" theme next year. I think this would work great for that theme. Can you make motor recommendations based on what you've used? Are the motors "low voltage" or standard "house voltage"?
  9. Nice work! Can I ask what you use to animate these? Are you using wiper motors or something different? A few photos or a video showing the working mechanical portions would be great.
  10. I seen these doors in a catalog a while back and thought they would be a fun project. I just had too many others that came up and I never got around to doing this. Have you ever worked with extruded foam before (the pink or blue stuff at home centers used for insulating)? It works great and you can carve/sculpt just about anything you like. Best of all, it stores easily because it's light weight. I'm building a fireplace mantle with some now. I plan on using some DIY PVC candles with flicker lights to sit on top. Hope this gives you a few starting ideas to work with.
  11. Thanks everyone! My wife always complains that the spacing between sockets seem to get shorter on each years purchase of lights. Last year, I "balled" the lights up from our indoor tree. It worked great. Not one tangle and all lights worked right out of the box. But I like the plastic bag idea too. I work in the metalworking industry (manufacturing tooling). We always have these spools from wire that we use. We've been throwing them away (recycling)! I may have to start collecting a few for winding up lights and give that a try.
  12. That won't work for me. Although I plan on residing my house someday, I can't see putting all those holes in my aluminum siding. The problem with siding is it leaves a small gap where air (wind) can get behind it. The winds here in the Chicago suburbs can be fairly nasty this time of year and would probably split the foam sections (or cause them to squeak so loudly they would drive every dog in the neighborhood crazy). I may have to pick a different theme. It's just that I really like working with the foam stuff. It's so easy to work with and lightweight for storage. I've been using it for years for Halloween.
  13. I like the idea! I thought of doing the same thing with a large gingerbread house for my lawn. I planned on building the gingerbread house last year. But, as usual, I got too busy to complete all my projects and never completed the gingerbread house. Hopefully this year. And now that I've seen your train, I know just about how it will look. Thanks.
  14. Wow! That's a great job. Thanks for sharing. I bet it helps keep the house warmer too. Thanks for sharing. This is exactly what I thought of doing with the front of my house. I like how you converted your cript from halloween too. I love using foam for Halloween. I think I could use it much more for Christmas decorations as well. Can I ask how you secured the foam panels to the side of the house?
  15. Well... I pulled out the John Denver CD (with the muppets) this weekend. Nice version, but I was mistaken. It is not a solo with just guitar. Sorry.
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