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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.

Rush0212

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About Rush0212

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  • Birthday 03/16/1964

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The First One!
  • Location
    CT
  • Biography
    Later
  • Interests
    Rush,guns,fishing,Christmas
  • Occupation
    Noyb
  • About my display
    Just like everyone else, it keeps growing, and growing!!

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  1. doing bigger displays just take more time, especially the older you get, or the more operations you've had! it takes me a full 2 months, well this year 9 weeks. Ive always like slankard said, start with trees, and the house, roof, icicles,things that don't scream Christmas, arch etc. The real things like blow molds etc dont even come out for a while. Except for Halloween, I do maybe 20 or so blow molds, and lights, but not too much as it gets in the way. And funny thing I have 2 really big maple trees the UI will be cutting down soon, now I don't have to spend a week hanging Christmas lights, and ornaments, but I also cant hang the ton of %90 off Halloween lights I bought last year!!!
  2. WOW where did this topic go!!?!?!?!? Ive only read part of it, but WOW Big J!!! I'm really staring to like you more!!!
  3. No problem at all with the motivation, and Ive lost weight before set up season, during set up I usually lose at least 15- 20 lbs. Just a matter of getting everything done in the next 10 days!!! But this is the earliest year for me.
  4. Thats great!!!! My guess the talk with the wife went something like this: You did what? You go, and apologize , and make peace now, or no piece later tonight!!!
  5. Rush0212

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    OK so no offense , Why are they closing? Spot on post, I couldnt agree more
  6. WOW aren't some people just unbelievable? Ops new neighbor sounds like a real piece of work, or something! But I can beat it! Ive had neighbors living next door for about 16+ years. They have 2 daughters [spawn of mentally ill, white trash] For as long as I could remember the kids would come and play in my display [by play I mean run around and break stuff. I NEVER wanted it, but my mom would say you have to let them, so I did. They would come literally every other night run around, and have fum breaking stuff. Then the older ones birthday was in January, so scumbag mom would ask, you don't mind if scumbag jr brings a couple of her friends over do you? Well a couple of friends was 15 -20 screaming kids running around breaking things, and just annoying the hell out of me, every year! At any rate, had a fallout with the scumbag dad, after he threatened me one day, and haven't talked a word since, which is REALLY good... Fast forward to the year it all happen, when I would be outside at night enjoying display, and saying hi to people. Both scumbag mom, and scumbag older daughter who now drives would leave their driveway, and if they saw me lay on the horn from the moment the hit the street till they got to the stop sign beeeeeepppppppppppp no stop,prolly an 1/8 mile. Now let me ask is the term scumbag low life fitting? On top of that I know where scumbag low life mom works, and have friends that work with her, she tells all her coworkers what a problem I'm becoming, till one of them put her in her low life place, saying wait a minute didn't you and your daughter go over there ALL the time!?!?!?
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    OMG This is sad, sad news, I'm in shock!! I mean come on now, its all about the blow molds!!! But i can honestly say I have almost all I want at this point now, well, am about to order my 4th and last life size nativity camel right now, before their gone...
  8. Doh, sorry about that!
  9. here you go: http://www.christmas-leds.com/category_v3.aspx?categoryID=442
  10. I got the cords today...what a nice thing to do.  Merry Christmas to you!! and thank you again.

  11. Everyone's different!! I'm the opposite, once one of my molds start to go, I think gee another cool summer project to add to the list!, or I'm going to make it better than when I bought it, or even in some cases like the GF snowman with blue or red scarf, that you can buy a bunch of at the after sales, gee I'm going totally custom, and making my own 4 or 5 color scheme, and make the pipe have a cheery glow in the bowl like it should!!! BTW OMG nice milk jug fix!! Outstanding!!!!!
  12. WOW jlknox11 Great job those really look good!!! Which way did you paint them?
  13. also major thing , is to make sure the blow mold is warm, iut makes the paint stick better
  14. BTW, Home Depot has al the same blow molds with free shipping!!
  15. are the retro fit c9 multi ,5 colors, or 6 with purple?
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