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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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About dgiordano

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  • Birthday 07/19/1971

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  • Location
    Pinebluff, North Carolina, USA
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    Prop Building, Scuba Diving
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    Information Technology
  1. Well I would be happy to send some rain from NC! Cords are under about 3 inches of water, and because here in the Sandhills we have don't have real soil, everything is not only wet but covered in sand too. So no lights tonight. So Tim, I need yardsticks with umbrellas!
  2. I have some white minis, not sure how many but will check this evening.
  3. A great DIY resource is: http://www.halloweenmonsterlist.info/
  4. Joe Petrowski wrote: EAB (Rich) was going to do that for New Years, wonder how it went...
  5. Itap out the basic beat on one channel, then move on to the elements.My 64 channels are broken down into groups 1-16 trees and shrubs, 17-32 Mega tree, 33-56 are mini-trees, 57-64 icicle lights/spots. I usually work on a section at a time, most of the time channels 1-16 which are my trees and shrubs and I use that for the over all feel of the sequence and use the rest to highlight certain areas of the song. I find it easier to focus on 16 channels at a time instead of all of them.
  6. Thanks for all the comments. It's been a few years since I have built anything for the yard for Christmas. My original plan was to make Snoopy and Chuck out of 'Monster Mud' which is a chicken wire form wrapped in burlap that has been covered in a wallboard compound/paint mixture.It sounds like it would fall apart when it gets but holds up really well, and when dry is extremely hard. I have a couple of props that are six years old and are just now needing a little touch up. But because of time I ended up using the 2 inch foam board. There's two types of insulation board commonly found at Home Depot and Lowes: Extruded and Expanded the expanded is the kind typically used as packaging in boxes. It's white and made from little balls of Styrofoam, when broken it leaves little foam granules everywhere. The Extruded is the best foam to use if you can find it, usually blue or pink, the pink being a little harder than the blue. The extruded foam is really what you want to use because of its much smoother texture and its increased hardness. Around here a 4x8 sheet of 2 inch foam runs about $20. As far as cutting it, I use mainly all of my woodworking tools. I do have a wonder cutter from http://hotwirefoamfactory.com/home.phpfor the really fine cuts.The jigsaw works fine for cutting out the shapes, and you can use a small saw for the small cuts like the ones in Woodstock's head. I use the circular saw to cut the full-sized sheets down to more manageable sizes. The only drawback is that the foam particles stick to everything more than normal sawdust, and you need to where a dust mask since the foamdust is not good for you. If you do use a foam cutting tool do it in a well ventilated area since melting foam fumes are toxic. Painting foam is not too bad.I stay away from anything in a spray can. I know they have floral spay paintfor foam but it is pretty expensive here so I don't use it. I use exterior latex house paint for most of the large areas (Snoopy, the doghouse) and then the Acrylic craft paint from Wall Mart or Michaels for the rest of the areas. I may put on a clear finish I have some which helps protect it from scratches, if I don't have any they go out once the paint has dried for about 24 hours. So far I haven't had any problems, most scratches are so small nobody besides myself are going to notice them especially at night. I have tombstones that are 6 years old and just touched up some this year, mainly because stuff has fallen on them or I when I put them in storage I put something heavy on them. Of course we don't have snow in NC, just the cold air. I will actually get a some instructions together and posted. I have a few pictures here http://christmas.kreepyhollow.com/Pictures.htmI have more to add today.
  7. calliecollins wrote: They hold up really well in the wind. Charlie has 1/4" rebar stakes holding him in the ground. They run probably 10" in the ground and 7" or so in his legs. The dog house I used 2x2, well actually a 2x4 ripped in half so it is a little smaller than that, to frame the inside of it and give plenty of support for the foam. Snoopy has some dowels running into the roof frame to hold him on top. We use the foam for making tombstones for Halloween and haven't had any break from wind as of yet.
  8. jpcrew109 wrote: That is my security device to deter PC members from stealing lights. I figue they won't want to to cut those off.:laughing:
  9. Here is my Charlie Brown and Snoopy with Woodstock, they are made out of 2" insulation foam and Snoopy's doghouse is 1" insulation foam.
  10. With the release of LOR's 1.6.1 software it should be easier to fix the timing with the use of the wave form.
  11. It is on my list! I haven't started it yet, but I will have it done for this year.
  12. I'll say: 68sold total,Red over Bue
  13. I go a week from today and next month too! Was originally planning hitting 4 this year, but had to cut back...
  14. Here is my 'Jeff Foxworthy' Lighting Controller, cheaper than any commercial vendor! Just play some music and flip the switches to the music! :laughing: Well okay, it is how we trigger the props for our haunt. Each switch is wired to a receptacle feeding a 120v device(valve or motor) We like to trigger everything manually instead of using timers or sensors, that way people can't keep tripping the props automatically. (though many think they can) It allows us to time the scar e's to the most opportune moment. This will be replaced next year when we incorporate computer and PLC control. Of course this can be scaled down to just a duplex box, which we use when testing props, if you need to. Now to start tearing everything down and putting up Christmas, and post pictures, and finish sequencing, and.....
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