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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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About MattCook

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Looking at crazy light displays and the annual Christmas eve gathering.
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  • Biography
    I have loved Christmas and Halloween since I was a kid.
  • Interests
    Christmas, Halloween decorating
  • Occupation
    Web development
  • About my display
    We have an extensive blow mold collection and am working on integrating a LOR system.

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  1. I use conduit and metal stakes. The conduit is cheap and can be bought in ten ft sections and cut to length. I usually tie the blow mold to it using zip ties or slide the mold over the top of the pole. Then I use the 5" nails to secure it to the ground .
  2. MattCook

    Menards Led Lights

    I use them in the rain, cold, wind and snow and am on my second season with only two strings half out. Compared to my Home Depot Black Friday Sylvania micro LEDs I got a few years ago, they are holding up great!!!
  3. Thank you for the info! Luckily, I was able to get it going with some white greas and some WD40. Looks like its OK so far...
  4. I have been learning more and more about the Poloron mechanical blow molds. My mechanical Smownan motor seized up today so I brought it in and took it apart and gave it a good cleaning and greasing. I noticed my motor is a Bevel model S. I thought all were built with a model J motor. Does anyone know if this is an original?
  5. Go early or be prepared to wait in a very long line at the Elburn display.
  6. We're in Elgin... working hard to get our display up and running for Friday. PM me and I'll give you directions (or anyone else in the area that would like to check it out).
  7. Very nice! Whats the history behind the gold version of the Poloron Snowman with shovel? Is that original or a repaint?
  8. Ironically, I was lucky enough to pick one up this past weekend. The motor is in great working condition, paint is faded, but the main problem was the front and back of the snowmans bottom piece was pretty banged up. There is a golf ball size hole with many cracks on the front . I still couldn't pass it up, even if cracked. I patched it the best I could using a combination of epoxys but you will never be able to hide it . Still , it's going to be a great addition to our collection . Who knows if I will ever run across one again and quite honestly, the price was right !
  9. Shane, I dont have a mechanical santa or the Poloron carolers so I cant really compare. lol Is it the same backplate used on the other 46" snowman with shovel made of metal?
  10. Does anyone have any photos of the back of their Poloron Mechanical Snowman? I'm looking for photos of the backplate. Is it a standard Poloron metal backplate, similar to what they used on their other snowmen?
  11. The only problem with CFLs is for those who have a animated light show (LOR, etc). They dont take well to being turned on and off at a rapid rate. I learned the hard way lol.
  12. Sparky- do you use LOR? If so, did the ebay china e27 bulbs dim?
  13. I tried using the C7 LED bulbs but found just one was not bright enough (the ones I used had only 3 LED's inside). I experimented using T-5 LED bulbs from Action Lighting and they worked great. Each bulb has 5 LED's in it and are bright enough to directly replace a c7 incan bulb without having to have multiples inside the mold. I used warm white in more of the traditional blow molds (soldiers, etc) and the bright white in my candy canes, lolly pops, and small snowmen for a neat look. Below is a link to the product: http://www.actionlighting.com/t5-smd-led-frosted-e12-bulbs-midway-brand-pack-25-bulbs-227t5lede12/ For the larger blow molds that use a e27 base bulb, I am experimenting with some bulbs purchased off ebay directly from China. Cost is $3.50 per bulb.
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