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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.

KeithTarpley

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  1. Greetings,,, Physical, animation of any type. Characters on rails/tracks moving across the yard. Interplay between. Snowmen vs elves, scoring goals against each other. Imagination only hold back. .. Keith
  2. Greetings,,, Ever thought of making a set yourself? Keith
  3. Greetings,,, Christmas is coming? Better get working on putting up that string of lights then. Sequencing is always the last thing. Can at least add a few songs during the season. Too many things coming in at the last minute, but there's always next year. Keith
  4. Greetings,,, Welcome. Here's at least one reply. :-) Keith
  5. Greetings,,, Well, a lot of this depends on just how heavy duty vs light duty you want to make this. From the big and tough welded and/or bolted steel armature for the conveyor, to lighter wood, etc. There are several ways to do this, all depending on what you decide. You could still make the outer, next to onlookers, surface appear to be a conveyor belt, painted facade, etc. Then you could simply use large circles, wheels basically, vertically moving, and have the boxes float up one side and then come down in front of the elves, hidden as they passed down and around again. Or you could use a backdrop, with a small track that moves first up front with the elves, then goes around horizontally, through a train like tunnel, with perhaps some flaps, coming back around in the back of the backdrop. This could be done with a simple two pulley arrangement for each section, with a center groove to connect the package down to the rope/chain. Watching to see which way you choose. Keith
  6. Greetings,,, Since the belt is going to be inside a covered area, and if the toys are light weight hollow boxes, etc, then you could simply use something like light kitchen shelving liners, especially the rubberized material, that could be fitted and easily worked with. Then just a couple of vertical rollers on each end, as needed, to keep it centered. That would give you grip. Keith
  7. Greetings,,, What is the belt material? Can you screw small wood or rubber pieces to it, and then have small gear teeth or rods between both sides of the belt, along the axles, so that it meshes, thus preventing slippage? Keith
  8. Greetings,,, Thanks to everyone who worked on the mini. Hope to see you all again. Keith
  9. Greetings,,, You can add one more to the group. Thanks for putting this together. Keith
  10. Greetings,,, I will be attending also. Thanks to all working on this. Keith
  11. Greetings,,, Thanks to all who hosted and helped on the mini. Keith
  12. Greetings,,, Thanks for all the hard work on the mini. Great job. Keith
  13. Greetings,,, Goooooooood Morning... Keith
  14. Greetings,,, Turkey Dinner 0 Pot Luck 5 Cableing Network Power 1 Radios and antennas 3 Circuit boards LOR ETC 1 DIY REN and lynx 10 Bending wireframes 1 Welding 3 Coro 1 DMX 10 I have interests in the majority of items here, but since time and space are limited, let's go this way. Keith
  15. Greetings,,, We're not quiet. We're stealthy.... Keith
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