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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.

robcat

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  • Birthday 04/10/1966

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  • Location
    Spotsylvania, Virginia
  • Biography
    married, 6 kids, 9 grandkids
  • Interests
    vintage baseball cards
  • Occupation
    Management
  • About my display
    lots of blowmolds, currently downsizing display

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  1. It may have been your scene that gave me the idea. Anytime I saw a interesting blowmold display, I saved the picture. However, the file got lost when we got a new computer. I don't have any more pictures and all the molds are packed up. The sitting bears were just white bears with a coke bottle cap decal applied. My tree is a folding tree my wife got at a QVC outlet store with some coke can ornaments I found. I would like to see a picture of your tree.
  2. Thanks. The cones are actually banks that I drilled holes in for lights (one for the cone, one for the ice cream). Don't get chocolate - the light won't shine through http://www.ebay.com/itm/28-Giant-Ice-Cream-Cone-Bank-Novelty-Piggy-Bank-Chocolate-Strawberry-Vanilla-/200790543425?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ec00c8c41
  3. I believe he wants the 54" tall, not the common 34" ones. The plastic sign part is held on by three little tabs that fit into three holes in the face of the blowmold. I managed to find some faces (Merry Christmas and Reindeer Parking) that seemed to have been made for separate sales. They did not have the tabs, and they still had the original tags on them. I had a couple of the molds with damaged signs, so I replaced them - just used small screws to attach the signs. I don't see any problem painting them, just use the "back" (no mounting holes) facing front. The signs pop off pretty easily.
  4. Here's some pictures of my nativity. I moved my nativity and choir display to my parents' front yard next door. Mom said I couldn't do anything too "tacky", but I did add in a few non-traditional animals. A close up shot. Check out the duck in front of the angel on the right and the orange cat just in front of Mary. The sign with Luke 2:11. The sheep and shepherds (the flock is well guarded!) The camels (my kings needed some extra camels for the long journey), even more shepherds, and the deer family.
  5. Actually, I've got enough molds (I had some left over, and I found a box in my storage shed with another bunch of candles), BUT I'm getting close to my limit on power - the last few molds I plugged in one by one with my fingers crossed. I never got around to adding any more circuits this year. The bad part is that I already have an external 60 amp box feeding my pool deck that has an unused breaker slot that I could have used. There's always next year.
  6. Finally got some pictures of my parents' yard. I was trying for 400 this year, but only got to about 370 in the two yards.
  7. Well, almost lit up. I've got my yard completely set up and lit. I set up my choir and nativity in my parents' front yard, but I haven't got it wired up yet (ran out of time this weekend).
  8. I do my yard in scenes, too. BUT, I have about 15 Santas scattered about.
  9. If the picture showed a little more to the right, you might even see a Goofy .
  10. I don't know where the arch came from originally. The lady I purchased it from had a lot of really nice, large decorations (8' tall Santa, 6' tall nutcracker, Santa beside a 7' tall lightpost, etc.). She was moving into a smaller house and downsizing her collection. We only got the arch, a 3' tall sitting Santa reading a list, and three 3' tall elves. The arch is the only outdoor decoration we got; my wife will use the others when she decorates the inside. For lighting the soldiers, I recently purchased 200 inline vampire candelbra sockets with metal clips. I am planning to make two long runs of bulbs. I'll have to remove them when I take down the display, but I like it better than having individual lights plugged into a long cord with many vampire plugs.
  11. I found these sockets at National Artcraft. The sockets are metal lined and rated for up to 40 watts. They also had the 25 watt tube bulb. They work really well in a large mold. I am using them in my large bells; the original sockets were too old and unsafe to use. Like any other candlebra socket, just drill a 1 inch hole and insert bulb.
  12. Started setting up the blowmolds for this year's display. Took a little road trip Saturday and got a really nice arch for the front door (not a blowmold, but it fits in really well!). Got my soldier/penguin wall up on Saturday. No pics yet, but I got all the molds across the front of the house on Sunday. Total this weekend - 111 set up, 250+ more to go. Hope to get the rest set up this week and the wiring done next week.
  13. Easiest way - http://www.ebay.com/itm/General-Multi-Purpose-Memorex-Adaptor-AC-DC-Adapter-4-5V-450mA-4-5-Volts-/290969787923?pt=Multipurpose_AC_to_DC_Adapters&hash=item43bf269e13
  14. Glue on a piece of cardboard, etc., with a 1 inch hole in it. Then use a c-7 socket with wings that's used in blowmolds and Dep't 56 style houses. Easy to replace.
  15. Nice job - done correctly. Always be safe around electricity. My parents live next door, and they originally had a fuse panel. The panel shorted out and started a small fire. It was lucky I was home. I ran over and pulled the meter base and put out the fire with almost no damage. They now have a nice, new breaker panel.
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