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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.

westislipxmas

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About westislipxmas

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  • Birthday 11/23/1989

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  • Location
    West Islip
  • Biography
    My father has been collecting blow molds and decorating my house since 1986. Since I was a little kid my father and I would always decorate the house the week of thanksgiving. The lights would always turn on the day after Thanksgiving. Now that I am getting older I do most of the decorating on the house however my father still helps out. Its a tradition that I will continue for the rest of my life and then one day pass on to my son.
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    Fishing
  • Occupation
    College Student
  • About my display
    My father and I have about 250 blow molds and other decorations.

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  1. This is how the tan faded from sun. I purchased these brand new in tan. Now they are pink
  2. Anyone have any hamberger pieces for sale?
  3. Ffmedic. I'm glad you found my pictures/explanation helpful. Symphony I've been doing this technique for many years. Never once had an issue. (Knock on wood) As long as your hardware is secure you will have no issues. If you have any questions let me know. Like ffmedic said he used this idea but tweaked it. I really like the parallel idea and will probably do it like that in a few years. Thanks again. And yes 1983ss it's a 70 ss chevelle. Good eye
  4. Excellent job this year fp. Looked even better in person
  5. Think this is one I saw on ebay earlier this morning for $1000. Not positive. Congrats on the find
  6. Sorry to hear that. Besides having security cameras a cheaper way could be sensors. Security cameras are nice however you will never catch the person in the midst of the act. Last year we caught 3 people attempting to steal from our display. The sensors work great. I have several sensors that cover my property and once you step foot on ita an alarm goes of on a monitor within my house. The person doesn't even know the alarm is going off and within seconds we run outside and catch them. Definitely look into it. It's ashame we have to go through this trouble but it happens. Sorry again
  7. You can order replacement wings through general foam
  8. Thank you all for the comments. We were very happy with the new layout.
  9. Will post some daytime pictures later in the week!
  10. Hey all- Finally was able to get some nighttime pictures of our 2013 display. This year we did a half circle pathway and made our nativity set the focal point of the display. We are always trying to switch it up; however, its hard when you have very little room to work with. I also try to keep my blow molds in scenes. Gingerbread, snowman villlage, reindeer, elves, choir, penguins, disney, etc. This year we used just about 300 molds and still have roughly 100+ that are in storage. We hope you enjoy the display this year and would love to hear your feedback/suggestions. Enjoy and have a great Christmas! Please click the link below or copy and paste it in your browser. http://s1196.photobucket.com/user/westislipxmas/library/Christmas%202013
  11. Hey all. I have received many messages and seen many topics on how to suspend your santa and reindeer set. Therefore, I thought I would just start a topic and show how I do mine. Basically I drill holes through the reindeers neck and tail and through the sled (as seen in photos) and run a cable through the entire set. I know many people are worried that the set will tip over and go upside down; however that will never happen. After I run the cable through I make a loop using cable hardware which is how I attach it to the house and telephone pole. I first attach the highest end and then on the lower end (telephone pole) I tie a rope to the end and pull it around the pole until the loop reaches the hook on the telephone pool. In addition, I put two wire clamps on the first reindeer and the santa sleigh which prevents the set from sliding on the cable. This was actually harder than I thought to explain so I hope this was helpful. Please see my pictures below. I have never had a problem doing it like this and I think it looks great. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.
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