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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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1983ss454 last won the day on August 13 2018

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About 1983ss454

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  • Birthday 12/31/1982

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  • Location
    western mass
  • Biography
    Been doing lights since birth
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    aerospace Ndt
  • About my display
    25 years and counting

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    I wish him good luck, our son has responded well and seems to love his teacher Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Yes, my son goes to a private school right now on a scholarship they offer kids with IEP’s here in Florida. From he day he turned 3 to this year he was in a special needs preschool class. He was transitioned this year for kindergarten and started 2 weeks ago. It’s been an adjustment but he seems to love going everyday. No, I’m so busy with trying to get my display done for this year I really Couldn’t put a tutorial together. I’m really lucky with the size of my front yard. It’s 70-80 feet from the road to my house. Our train is so large it has to have a 60 foot turn radius which makes it so it wouldn’t fit in a lot of yards. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Here’s the engine, there’s a caboose too Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Working on the feet and arms for the ducks on the bike now Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Working on the motorized Donald Duck bike now. The train we’ve been working on since mid January Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Yes we use a jigsaw, they sell different blades. You want a fine cutting one. We prime the sides and then when we paint we also paint the sides with the matching color of the area on the front. The reason mine are off the ground is we live in Florida and the ground is always damp at night so I use bricks to hold them a couple inches off the ground. It allows the bottoms to dry off and not stay damp all season. I use 1/2” metal conduit pipes to install them in the ground, then I use conduit clamps to hold them to the pipe. You can see in this picture that I install 1x2” boards on the back for extra support and a place to screw the pipes to. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Welcome, my names Tony. I live in central Florida, mid 30’s, I have a son with autism who will be 6 in November. Our display is a big giant mix up of everything, we have AC controlled lights and pixels, incandescents and LED’s. We make lots of home made plywood props, my newest project this year is a huge wheel chair powered yard train. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I use plywood, anything from 3/8” to 3/4” depending on the piece. I’ve had good luck making lighted pieces out of Coro, but cutouts I’m not a fan. I use regular plywood from Home Depot, a good outdoor primer and latex paint samples from Home Depot that are for house exteriors. The paints hold up well, they are designed to hold up to weather 365 days a year on the outside of a house. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. House is C9 pixels, driveway is gece pixels. Pixels trees, mega tree and Ferris wheel are nodes Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Nice article, it mentions you moved from New England. This was just our 2nd year doing a display, we moved from Springfield Massachusetts Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I use sleeves on my arches without a problem, now with the fact that instead of using say all white your alternating colors, this will minimize the chances of gaps being noticable Even more because of the color change
  11. I'm on my fourth year now and I think back to year one at 32 channels and think what was I doing. Watch the videos and can't believe how far it has come in that time. I have watched all of johns tutorial videos at least twice and have picked up a ton of info. I actually started from scratch and am using his methods to build a sequence to a song I've wanted for years and Just couldn't make a sequence out of... The point of budgeting time is important thou, with work, house, wife and kids it's hard to find time to work on it. But I try to include them into the sequencing and projects
  12. At 6am on the 26th I was at Home Depot when they opened the doors, got first crack at the shelves and got a bunch of stuff, best part is that she I check the prices on a scanner they were 50% off and then when I went to the register the cashier said oh ya ok I need to take 50% off of these because the system isn't updated. Was thrilled to get 75% off the day after Christmas lol. I certainly wasn't going to correct her
  13. Do what makes you happy, that's all I can say
  14. Papagayo, search for it on light I rama forum
  15. I have pieces of wire off of the bottom of mine where I have conduit clamps to mount to poles in the yard. During storage I have lots of cutouts and hand some in 2 areas of the cellar and one area of the garage off of nails in the cellar rafters and hooks in the ceiling of the garage. Leave room to store other stuff underneath them and over the years we found that leaning them against the wall sometimes led to warping.
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