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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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XmasBoy

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  1. XmasBoy

    Holiday Floods

    Yes, that is exactly what I am looking for. Thanks! I'll have to check Home Depot this weekend.
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    Holiday Floods

    Thanks for the reply. I was actually inquiring the holders for the bulbs. I've seen the colored bulbs in the light bulb isle, but I've never seen temporary flood light holders like these other than in the Christmas section.
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    Holiday Floods

    For my Halloween Display, I have been looking for some flood lights for my graveyard scene. I have seen them before in the christmas section at Lowes, but I don't know where to find them now and Lowes is moving very slowly stocking their christmas display. The picture below shows what I am looking for: (photo from holdman.com) [ATTACH=CONFIG]37392[/ATTACH] Does anyone know where I can get these floods and about how much they cost? Thanks.
  4. Ok, I just saw where they were mounted in the picture and my mind immediately went to security. I understand it with your final plan though. Good Luck!
  5. I don't think they appreciated me looking around their christmas section either. No one approached me, but I got looks from employees. I don't get it, I understand that most people aren't shopping for christmas lights this early, but if they don't want people shopping for it, it shouldn't be for sale in September.
  6. Wow, the display is looking great! I can't wait to see what it looks like once it's all set-up and animated. I'm just curious, what was your reasoning behind the controller placement?
  7. I went to my Lowes today, Christmas was pretty sparse, but employees were hard at work getting everything stocked. I got some strange looks from them as I looked at what they had, and I considered buying a few cases of minis that I need, but decided I didn't need that lying around the house right now. I may have been one of the first looking at their christmas stuff. I'll probably do my large load mid-October. Just a quick thing that I noticed, their price for mini lights in $2.88 this year for 100 count. That's up.39 from last year. It just surprised me a little to see such a sharp increase.
  8. ^But those are 50 count. At Lowes during Christmas, I'm not sure about orange, but I know that they carried 100ct minis in purple last year for $2.50. You re paying the same amount for 1/2 the product. They had tons of boxes of purple after christmas last year on sale. Too bad I wasn't expecting to do a halloween display at the time.
  9. I checked my Lowes again today. They have restocked their Hallowee section and had more than they had last time I checked. (as in more of what they had, and new items I hadn't seen before). They had a few new inflatables, some skeletons, and a haunted house lighting kit. I didn't have much time, so I didn't get a good look at the box, but it had about 7 mini strobes, 2 large strobes, and some colored lighting. It appeared that it may have been battery-powered, but I'm not sure. It sold for $35. I checked the outdoors section where most of their christmas stuff usually is and it was almost all empty with just a few furniture displays still in the center. The shelves were all emoty and were being adjusted, so it looks like Christmas may be out in the next week or two. I haven't seen anything for christmas on top of shelves though.
  10. I went by my Wal-Mart earlier today and they were just starting to stock their halloween items. It's odd though, all the stuff I saw on top of shelves the other day is still there. They must have a lot of stuff. They had a fair amount pf yard decor. I got some cool light-up spider webs for $7. I may post pictures later.
  11. Wow, you guys start really early! I probably won't start until the 13th of November if I'm lucky, more than likely the 20th of November.
  12. Wow, these are actually for sale already? Not good. haha My room is already full with Halloween stuff preparing to get put up October 1st. I'm not sure if I can fit Christmas stuff right now!
  13. Ok, I can see where you're coming from. Here, a lot of people do rather large halloween displays (sometimes larger than their christmas display!) in my direct neighborhood, so having it up all of October just fits in with everyone else.
  14. If it's only going to be up for a few days before halloween , it may not be enough time for word of mouth to spread to trick-or-treaters. It sure would be a big surprise though for the neighbors! I'm just curious, why do you only have your halloween display for a week? I have always done mine all of October, and I plan to add the LOR animation for just the last week of 2 of October so I don't push the neighbors too far with music and blinky lights. If I'm going to go to all the trouble and expense of a halloween display, I want it to be up most of October. I'm not trying to change your mind, just curious why.
  15. I just checked my Wal Mart, and they still didn't have halloween stuff for sale, but I walked outside to the garden area (where they have their christmas stuff during christmas time) and saw a good chunk of boxes that said Halloween on the labels way at the very top. They were still clearancing Back to School, so I would guess another week and a half. I also saw lots of boxes at the top that I believe was christmas mini lights! I really hope Target isn't mostly online this year. I hope even more that they aren't mostly online for christmas. They had lots of christmas stuff on their website already, but it wasn't the stuff I usually buy (minis mainly). It was mostly LEDs and specialty lights for lights. My Target had a huge empty section where the seasonal stuff usually goes, so hopefully Halloween will come out soon.
  16. I had no idea that those machines use so much fog! I knew they wouldn't last all of October, but I was hoping to put them out at least the last week of October and not have to keep buying fog juice. I'm sure they would look cool, but they may have to wait a year. Thanks for the help everyone!
  17. ^That's kind of what happened to me at christmas last year. I did some shopping before thanksgiving and put about 1/2 of my display up, then I went on a vacation over the break. We came back and I went to do the rest of my shopping and all the stores by me were completely sold out of the clear minis and lots of other stuff. I ended up having to drive across town and I bought the rest of the clear minis they had. I guess that was a lesson learned last year, and if stores are so picked over from halloween already, that's a bad sign for this coming year.
  18. I went by Dollar Tree today and was surprised to find their halloween section very picked over! I only found 2 gravestones and they were the same. I bought one, and I may go back for the other and just put them far apart. I also got an "Enter if you Dare" sign similar to LOR-CF's Dead Zone sign. I also got some rope with skeleton heads to possibly use as a fence.
  19. Yeah, otherwise I would probably just be calling it a magic box. Did you solder or assemble the cords only?
  20. Congratulations! I built my first in March and my second a few weeks ago, and it's really cool looking at it knowing I built it.
  21. You're going to have quite the graveyard scene when you're finished! I guess I need to add Walgreens to the list of stores to check this week now.
  22. Wow, I really like that design! About how much do you think the cost was per tree? How many lights do you have on each tree?
  23. I am completely new to this area, and I saw a cheap fog machine at Lowes so I decided to look into one. Lowes had a 400w fog machine for $29.99. It seemed like a good deal to me, but I don't know the quality. How many watts should I look for in a good fog machine? How often do you usually have to replace the fog fluid? How much fog would a 400w machine produce? Thanks for the help!
  24. Just checked Lowes and Target. Lowes has a small end area with Halloween stuff out. Inflatables range from $40-$150. I saw some light-up skeleton bones for $15 that I think I'm going to go back for later. Lowes also had 25% off clearance on outdoor furniture, grills, etc. It looks like Christmas may be out in a few weeks. Target had tons of halloween candy, but not much else for halloween. They had their whole back to school section with empty shelfs and signs saying to check back soon. I'm going to check out Dollar Tree and Walgreens for tombstones later this weekend. Lowes had some for $7.50, but it sounds like I can find them other places cheaper. One thing that I don't get, why do stores charge so much for lights for holidays other than christmas? They had orange lights that are pretty much the same thing as orange christmas lights, but with a different package. Thay charges $4 for them! You can get the same thing at christmas time for $2.50
  25. Are those all they have now, or do they just not have all of their inventory in yet? I haven't been to Garden Ridge in a few years, but I remember when they used to have too many different inflatable displays to count!
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