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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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    1. I think you came up with a great solution. Your next challenge will be to animate them
    2. Yea I definitely see it taking a lot of patience and just trial and error. I'll definitely start a little build journal once I start moving forward and keep you updated on the progress. Were you able to control the speed of the motors at all? I was thinking of using a 5v-5amp power supply to slow them down a bit.
    3. and where did you get those metal straps from?
    4. wow, thats exactly what i was looking for, thank you! I'm going the monster guts route too. Here's a preview of what I have planned for next year. As you can see I took your idea of the elves putting the hat on the snowman.
    5. Thank you. No plans for this year as we just moved to a new house and haven't had time to do anything. But next year we'll be back in it. I'm looking forward to a year off. You wouldn't happen to have any pictures of your cutouts from the back? I'm trying to get an idea of how I'm going to animate some of these. I've seen your videos on YouTube, they help a ton.
    6. Thanks. They are 1" conduit hangers. I'm pretty sure I got them from Menards, really effective and inexpensive. I hope you aren't giving up on your display. I've been inspired to start animating my display with wiper motors. So thank you! Here are some pics from years past: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.531576355303.2033847.74200109&type=1&l=0670f06bcf https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.568816296163.2042384.74200109&type=1&l=96fde68663
    7. not sure if this helps but this is how we support our stuff. A lot of our stuff is over 6ft tall with Chicago winds, no issues yet.
    8. wow, sorry to see that. and i thought the wind here in Chicago was bad. May I suggest using rebar and bury it lower into the ground?
    9. I've used 1/4" in the past and it warped bad after 1 season. I've also had bad experiences buying from Home Depot. Their wood is always warped from the start. I'm switching to 1/2" exterior grade from a lumber yard.
    10. wow, awesome job! how thick is that wood?
    11. Very unique and creative. What are you adding this year?
    12. noob question but how do you plug these motors in? And do you think 15rpm would be too fast for a hand waving?
    13. I'm also interested in why type of wood you are using? How are they holding up to the elements?
    14. I'm not sure what color paint best matches the gingerbread men or the skin tone of the toy soldiers? Ideas?
    15. is the white bear still available?
    16. Their prices seem a bit steep! $55 for a sheep?
    17. I'm having a hard time finding these guys for a decent price.
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