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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.

lokicat

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About lokicat

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  • Birthday 03/09/1969

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  • Location
    Adairsville, Georgia, USA
  • Biography
    Born in MD
    Grew up in VA.
    Now live in GA.
  • Interests
    Movies, Technology, Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    Videographer/Editor
  • About my display
    2010 Display:
    12,000 Mini lights
    60 Blow Molds
    Numerous wireframes
  1. Thanks Carrie.... (as I pop a few Tums)
  2. I guess I can take consolation in the fact I really didn't have the money to buy anything anyway. I apparently also missed out on one that a friend at work told me about this morning, although I wasn't looking this weekend. He said there was a 5-6 foot snowman that appeared to be motorized and holding a snow shovel. It was for sale for $15. He said it was in nice condition, and when asked why he didn't buy it for me, he told me it wouldn't fit in his car. Dude, that what a cell phone is for.
  3. Today, a coworker gave me an ad for a local yard sale from the newspaper I hadn't seen. In bold letters the ad started with: Outdoor Christmas Decorations. That's all I needed to see. A quick check on a map, and I was off to the sale (luckily I was at a place in the day I could take an early lunch). When I pulled up, I saw a LARGE selections of blowmolds, all of them old. As I began to puruse the selection (and wiping drool from my mouth) the man selling them, informed me that not 30 minutes ago, a lady had come by and purchased ALL, EVERYTHING, THE WHOLE ENCHILADA!!! Now I have to spend the rest of the day contemplating what might have been.
  4. lokicat

    Indian for Sale

    I bought this guy last year, but decided this year not to do a Thanksgiving display. He has a few little scratches but is in good shape. I also have a Pooh on a blue log for sale. The Pooh is slightly faded, but is also in good shape. Both with cords. Need to sell these guys fast. PM me if interested. I work in the Cartersville area. [ATTACH=CONFIG]36952[/ATTACH]
  5. I bought this guy last year but have decided not to do a Thanksgiving display. I also have an extra Winnie the Pooh on a blue log for sale. The Indian has some scratches on the front, but very minor. The Pooh is a little faded. I can take a pic of him tomorrow if anyone is interested. I hope to sell these quick. PM me if interested. I work in the Cartersville Ga area. [ATTACH=CONFIG]36951[/ATTACH]
  6. I use bricks in the bottom of molds that have a large hole in the bottom. For ones with small holes in the bottom (or no holes) I pour real cheap cat litter into gallon sized ziplock bags. That way, at the end of the year, if the cat litter is dry it will stay fine. If its wet, I remove the litter and put in fresh next year. Your molds wont get cat litter (or sand) all over them this way. Just be sure NOT to use the clumping kind. I get a bag of the cheap stuff (enough to do a few molds) for about a buck.
  7. Wouldn't that be P.E.T.B.
  8. Here is a picture from the "Bright Christmas" episode. This looks really cool. I'd love to see it in motion. http://www.tvworthwatching.com/werts/Home%20Improvement%20christmas%20tv.jpg
  9. In Northwest Georgia, there is a 90 mile long yard sale the first weekend in June. Out an about this morning, this is our haul so far. And we only drove about 20 miles of it. All for about $20.
  10. I use Newtek's SpeedEdit both at work and at home. At work, the system is a quad core machine, 4 Gigs of RAM, running XP 64 bit, with a 4 Terabyte Raid. Of course, it runs quick, smooth, and crash free. At home, I run SpeedEdit on a dual core, 2 Gigs of RAM, Vista laptop. It doesn't run quite as fast, but it hasn't crashed. SpeedEdit can handle just about any format video, and can output in just about any format, including Youtube ready Flash video.
  11. http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/northfulton/stories/2009/04/28/roswell_holiday_lights_budget.html This isn't far from where I live. I know many other members are closer.
  12. I've had the most successful two weeks of my life finding molds. The Snoopy, Mickey, Minnie, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh came from my "professional" junking friend who hooks me up when he finds things. I found the small Santa and snowman driving by a yard sale on the way to church. I was searching craigslist and found the sleigh and reindeer about a minute after it was listed. LOL. I hope this trend continues!
  13. Congrats Brad, on the nice haul. Here is a picture of the blowmold market here in Georgia.
  14. Growing up in Virginia, the only blowmolds I remember were the "awful" plastic candles my buddy's dad put up every year. The same candles I now search craigslist everyday for... Ah, the irony!
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