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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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David W Prins

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About David W Prins

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I've been outdoor decorating since 1988. What began with two strings of lights has grown into a 16 piece outdoor Nativity Scene.

    A homemade stable and star complete the setup.
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    Zeeland, Michigan
  1. should just be a basic table lamp type socket but without a switch (the industry term is "keyless".), And an inline rotary switch on the cord, At least that's how the one I inherited from my grandparents is set up.
  2. Wondering who makes half life size camels besides TPI and Empire? I have an Empire camel with a green blanket and a TPI with a blue blanket. I've been on the lookout for several years to find a camel of similar size that has its own look so I have three camels to go with the Three Kings. (my tallest King is 37 inches to the top of his crown). I realize through mergers and such that the companies making them now may not be the same companies whose names are stamped on them (the Empire camel I've had at least 10 years, the TPI one at least five)
  3. I like the colors but not the price
  4. Here are two photo showing the above board bolted into place and staked into the ground.
  5. Dewey, what city are you in? I'm in Zeeland on the west side of the state (between Holland and Grand Rapids)
  6. Welcome fellow Michigander.
  7. It looks like Menards will be boxing up Christmas beginning Dec 28. The 50% off signs say through Dec 28 and in my years of working there we have never gone past 50% off
  8. For me synchronized displays are a no go. I'm on a semi busy street with a 3 shift factory just up the street. It would create too much of a traffic hazard. My Nativity Scene is simple and draws comments from the nursing home next door even in daylight-some of the residents are allowed to walk outside and off the property.
  9. Curious what some of the churches fellow PCers attend look like decorated for Christmas. Below is the sanctuary of First Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan. I took this photo before our candlelight Christmas Eve service started. The three trees on the left have gold ball ornaments. Each ornament represents a family unit among our membership. The tree on the right is a "Crismond Tree". Each ornament has a Biblical reference. Members decorate on Black Friday each year. It take 15 people about 5 hours. There are also decorations in the lobby including a floor to ceiling tree made from wreaths and garland. It hangs from a hook in the ceiling. It collapses into itself and takes up minimal storage space. And for the musically inclined, yes those are organ pipes above the choir loft in the first photo-about 2000 of them
  10. Here is a picture of my display from 2007. Out of frame to the right was where the shepherd and his flock of two sheep were located. This was how the setup was 2000-2009. Changes besides location since this photo was taken; -A homemade stable is now used. I have photos somewhere documenting its construction. -The 36 inch wireframe star in this photo is not currently in service. (a 12 inch wooden star which my dad made many years ago is being used). -The angel was damaged during my post-divorce move to where it was not salvageable. It has not yet been replaced. Of everything in this picture, only the angel was not purchase from the store.
  11. Gotta say that someone who has worked for Menard, Inc. (dba Menards) 1995-2001 and 2003-present, these are a trip down memory lane. Some things were still around (or back) this year. Others I don't recall seeing for longer than one or two seasons. The lamp posts and candles reappeared last year. The Nativity Scene has not had halos since at least 2007 (the 1996 version did not either as that is when I bought mine) . The 34" angel has not been since since 1997 (though I remember kicking myself when I saw it in store as I had paid much more than that at Bronners a few months prior)
  12. I"ve had this problem for years. Sand filled two liter pop bottles were tried as was using toilet flanges upside down with short lengths of PVC pipe. These did not provide a snug fit which was not a big deal in previous locations (shrubs provided a windbreak from the west winds off Lake Michigan). But I moved last year and now have a front yard facing west and thus no shelter which meant almost daily uprighting of figures-especially the 36" wiseman. What I did this year was cut 1x4 cedar into 24" sections. Four 1/4" holes were drilled into each board. The two holes on each end were spaced to accomodate the two legs of a landscape staple (normally used for holding edging in place). Below is a photo of one end of a board and a landscape staple Two pieces are bolted to each human figurine using 5/16 bolts, washers and hex nuts (I used the 4 inch blowhole in the base as an access point.). Two holes per board. Then the figures were anchored into place with the landscape staples. My TPI camel has one board on his base. The two inch blowhole was used as an access point. The Empire Camel has had a different setup for about ten years. The boards are not bolted to the figure due to the small size of the hole for the light bulb. Rather 12 screw eyes and some electric fence wire were used. Four screweyes per board (on the corners) and four on the camel (at ground level on the sides near the front and back). A short piece of electric fence wire was then looped through each of the four camel screw eyes and secured in the two board screweyes of the respective corner. Earlier this week this area was hit with 50 MPH winds. One TV meteorologist said to bring in the Nativity Scenes. I tempted fate and was thrilled with the results. Every piece with the above mounting system was still standing! All but 1 or 2 without had tipped.
  13. Only had a a few figures tip over here in Zeeland, MI. No permanent damage.
  14. put the nativity display back out this year. Took last year off due to just not being in the mood (having your wife leave you after 11 years doesn't put one in the Christmas spirit). New location this year is at my girlfriend's house which is next door to a nursing home-the residents that are allowed off facility grounds love it. No other changes from 2009. Hoping to build a new star for 2012. I have he lights and LOR controller. Just need to build the frame.
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