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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.
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Mystic

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About Mystic

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  • Birthday 12/10/1981

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A Christmas Story
  • Location
    State College, Pa
  • Biography
    Ask me
  • Interests
    Music, movies, etc.
  • Occupation
    Musician, Composer, Voice Over
  • About my display
    A work in progress
  1. Have any of you guys been there? They recently opened up their Christmas section and we took a browse through today. I love that they deal mostly in higher quality stuff. I remember last year one of the managers telling me that they sell out of quite a bit early in the year and many people put orders in as early as Jan/Feb. Peoples be cray-cray. hehe Was going to take some pictures but I didn't want to get a talking to by the store employees. Edit: Name is actually Unkel Joe's Woodshed
  2. Menards is really a one-of-a-kind place. There use to be a few local places around but nothing of that calibre.
  3. I think it comes down to how much you want to spend. Honestly, I wouldn't have the patience to build something like this myself. Chauvet now has a line of touring pixel wall that is... somewhat cheap, but I believe it too only works with its own media server, but I could be wrong about that. http://www.chauvetlighting.com/mvp-37-5.html They sell new for about $1000/panel, but you can get better deals through certain people.
  4. Another vote for Snowmasters. I used their stuff quite often. Great quality and build though expensive. Might actually be better to rent one from a local special effects rental house than to buy.
  5. Well the big concern for me is the parts. Electrical wiring and such from the 70's isn't what I would consider "safe" these days. I could probably get away with just changing out the whip, but if I'm going that far, it might be better to just swap it all.
  6. Oh, and is there any good way to touch up paint on these things or is it better to leave as-is?
  7. I have this old Santa blow mold from the 70's or 80's that I would love to convert to LED and was wondering how possible it would be to do and where I could pick up some good supplies to do it. Here are a couple pictures of it. I have yet to take the bottom off to see what exactly I'd be dealing with though. It's on my list of things to get done in the next couple weeks.
  8. I have to wonder if maybe putting a large train under the tree would distract him from going after the tree itself. Especially if I can teach him how to control it.
  9. Keeps you from knocking your head while climbing or from hitting yourself with one of the hooks
  10. Gonna talk to the wife about the options. Likely we'll see about getting shatterproof ornaments for this year which is a shame because I really like the others. Maybe have to get some sandbags for the tree base to anchor it down. The kid is really strong for his age and has a habit of making things move around that shouldn't be moved. Thought about a child gate but the livingroom is very awkward and the gate wouldn't fit. Thanks guys
  11. Sorry, the lighting I was talking about was stage lighting which is the same industry pyrotechnic devices are made for. There are a lot of Chinese companies that make the same type of lighting but they often fail and have issues. Sorry for the confusion.
  12. Okay parents, I need some advice. Come December, our little guy will be 16 months old. He's very mobile, very curious and even more devious. He's the type where if he saw a big tree in the livingroom (which is where he spends most of his time seeing that the wifes desk is in there where she works all day), he would take every chance he could to examine, deduce and eminently test the center of gravity and balance ratio of said tree. To make matters worse, the majority of our ornaments are hand blown glass. Not the type of thing you want landing on the ground where a kid will certainly be trying to see how many of the fun balls he can knock from the branches to play with. So what did you guys do? as a Christmas lover like the rest of everyone here, I'd really hate to not put a tree up in my house this year but I'm starting to wonder if it's the smartest move to make this early in his life considering he thinks the word "no" is something Pee Wee would have used as his word of the day (AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!) and seems to enjoy hearing it rather than accepting it as a negative response to his actions. Luckily, if it did come to us not putting up a tree, we would still be putting one up at my parents house who thankfully lives next door and whose house I decorate externally for Christmas because they otherwise couldn't be bothered doing it themselves, so we wouldn't be totally without tree... or I could just hang it from the ceiling... j/k
  13. That would be a question to ask your friend... purely in jest, of course. hehe
  14. Holy Moly! Tried looking the ones you have up online to see what they are going for if people are selling them?
  15. Just be very very careful. Even in lighting I have always warned people away from Chinese products because they use cheaper materials and cut corners. More than once I've seen Chinese lighting practically fall apart because of this. I wouldn't personally even attempt to use a Chinese import for pyro (unless it was fireworks themselves). I'd stick to reputable companies like Le Maitre. Cost is a bit higher but when you consider the safety of your family and everyone around you is at risk, it's very much worth it.
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