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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 william.rcook

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  1. Previously I was using 3/4" Plywood and using 1/2" wood screws to attach the emt pipe to the cutouts using pipe clamps. This year for cost reasons I am switching to 1/2" plywood and as I understand this is more common anyways. Obviously if I use the 1/2" wood screws they will go all the way through my cutouts. How is everyone attaching their cutouts so as not to damage the painted side of my art?
  2. Yes. I have a few more things I want to add for next year.. I also want to do a cut-out of Snoopy on his house and this year I realized I had no Charlie Brown or Linus out there so they will be next. We attach the cutouts to 1/2" metal conduit using the conduit clips.
  3. Love your Frosty characters!! Nice cut-outs!!
  4. Yep.. that's what we did was use the projector. When I made it it was not my intention to hang it up there, but when I was trying to figure out where to place it I got the idea and it seemed like a natural fit! It's my favorite piece..
  5. Thanks! We used plywood for all of these and painted with acyrilc paints. I am hoping to get something with Charlie Brown out there before the end of the season!
  6. The Wreath on My Roof The Wreath [ATTACH=CONFIG]40229[/ATTACH]
  8. Went to Lowes and Home Depot yesterday to purchase a few colors in the sample size cans to try it. One problem I found... Neither store carried exterior samples... All interior.. For now back to the artist acrylic and I will be coating this year with the Minwax..
  9. Tried the outdoor Acrylics made by Patio Paints. Tried it on a small area with the red and green. I am not happy with the results. The paint just seems to lack some luster and the brush strokes show through pretty bad. I think I am going to try the exterior latex but havent deceided on the finish yet. I really like the shine that was created by the clear coat and I never noticed any glare with it. I might go with the semi-gloss... just my personal preference. If it gets dirty. how well does the Satin clean up?
  10. Can you be more specific on the Minwax You reccomend? There is the Water-based and oil based... Polyurethane or Polycrylic? Spray or roll/paint on? Thanks!!!
  11. These are awesome. And i like the idea of using outdoor paint and not sealing them. I had a problem with mine turning yellow last year. but i am not too sure about using the exterior latex! I looked up the patio paints online and they have 63 colors. Which one do you use for the flesh tone on the peanuts and which one gives you that bright red??
  12. So if I buy exterior latex, I assume water based? and what finish? Flat/ satin/ semi-gloss. And how long will the paint stay good? I am going to try the Minwax on the ones from last year. I think. I will be lightling sanding them this weeking and recoating. Thanks
  13. Started doing the wood cutouts for my yard last year. Most of them yellowed. Looking for some advice on what to use... I first start out with several coats Kiltz 2 Latex Inerior/ Exterior water base white. Then painted with various acrylic pains. Some of them Apple Barrel/Folk/Americana.. the whites are the only colors changing on me.. Then I coated with Krylon Acrylic Crystal Clear Gloss Indoor/Outdoor, Non yellowing Finish Spray. Like I said, Most of them yellowed, but one stayed very white. I am thinking I did not use the acrylic white over the Kiltz. Any suggestions on what I am doing wrong???
  14. I have a problem with my wooden cutouts turning yellow... ;( What kind of paint / sealer do you use?
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