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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 urthegman

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  • Birthday 04/28/1964

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    It's a Wonderful Life
  • Location
    Staten Island, New York
  • Biography
    Divorced,Retired Dad of a beautiful 10 year old daughter who is the apple of my eye.
  • Interests
    Christmas decorating, Bicycling, Weightlifting,Music
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  • About my display
    40,000 lights controlled with Animated Lighting controllers, Lightshow Pro and Wii Guitar and drums,42 inch outdoor TV,Rollercoaster,Ferris Wheel,Carousel,Carousel with Swings, Snoopy Plane,Two car garage diarama,25' lighted snowman,snowman ski-lift, 9 Reindeer on the roof with sled, 2-16 channel arches, Life size mechanical Nativity,Fm Transmitter, Christmas Village Window, 30 inch mechanical seven Dwarves and 4' snow white,Wireframes, Lighted Fencing,Too many animated figures of all kinds,Christmas sleigh,16 42" mini-trees, Apple store Santa and Elf.

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  1. urthegman

    C9 LED Bulbs


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    Up for sale I offer my dimmable C9 LED replacement Christmas Light bulbs to swap out with the high energy burning incandescent bulbs in your display. I have a total of 257 available in Red, 245 in White and 300 in Green. Price is 80 cents a bulb plus shipping. Merry Christmas and may the spirit of Christmas stay with all of you all throughout the year!!!!


    Staten Island, New York - US

  2. This classified ad is COMPLETED!

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    Up for sale I offer the motor that I used to make my Christmas ski-lift run. It was something that I had the idea that I wanted to do and wouldn't give up until I got it done, I only used it one year and would be more than happy to help you plan it out. You can get most of an idea how I did it from the pictures, but basically I used old bicycle rims attached to 3 platforms that I built, the first platform I had a 4x6 attached to support the weight of the motor, and on all three I attached the platform to black pipe with flat black pipe gaskets on the tops(if you cut the black pipe on an angle on the side that goes into the ground, it will go into the ground easier. It was necessary to add clothesline wheels to each side of the center platform so that I could tighten up the slack in the line because the lift was 50 feet in length. For the line I used approximately one half inch thick electrical wire from Home Depot and I attached the 12 snowmen with fishing line so they didn't affect the turning of the rims or clothesline wheels. Any further questions, feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to help out.



  3. urthegman

    6 Foot Snowflakes

    This classified ad is COMPLETED!

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    Up for Sale I have 20 of the MOST BEAUTIFUL Six Foot Snowflakes that you will ever see. The pictures and video will do them some justice, but if you see them in person you will be SOLD!!!! Reasonably priced at $100 each and located in Staten Island New York, they will make a wonderful addition to ANY display. In the video below, they are on my neighbors fence across the street. Each one has 684 LEDs and burn .42 amps.


    STATEN ISLAND, New York - US


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    I am taking offers for the complete apparatus and motor that is spinning the blue LED reindeer and sled on the roof in this video. Hard to put a price on it without it actually being seen. I will try and add pictures of the motor and arms tomorrow. If the price is right I may sell the reindeer and sled additionally. Here is the video:


    Staten Island, New York - US

  5. Thanks Darrid!!! You KNOW your Hamberger!!!! You too Sammy!!! Thanks for the text!!!
  6. Ok next question, I have a Hamberger leopard. Does anyone know what set that it's from?
  7. Does anyone have photos of Hamberger's Currier and Ives collection or know what was in them?
  8. Found this video of garage on this computer, not sure if the format it is in will work, but it is the snowman/polar bear option I spoke of above. Uploaded it to youtube, here it is:
  9. Hello All, As much as it pains me to let go of them, it is time to let someone else enjoy what I have collected over the past 10+ years. I am offering them here first because I know they will receive the Love and attention that they require. So, here goes: For sale approximately one hundred and forty Hamberger animations (most of which are shown in this video: All of the fences and props seen in video are all included as are the two pieces of plexiglass and 14 sheets of plywood I used to enclose the figures in my garage every year. Not seen in the video but part of the package is my eight piece Hamberger truly Life-sized Nativity with manger, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and 5 or 6? Peanuts Characters along with the six piece Hamberger Caroler set that I am not sure I put in my count or not. In addition to the Hamberger pieces, as part of the package I am including approximately 130 -150 Santa's Best and Telco pieces most of which are Disney pieces, Peanuts, Looney Tunes, Undercover kids, Polar bears, Bears, Angels etc., etc.. The quantity on the Santa's Best and Telco pieces is an estimate, in all honesty I think the total may be higher. I will try to post as many pictures as I can. Some are on another laptop that I just ordered a new fan for because it is overheating.Some pieces I have never used. As you will see in the pictures I post, I rotate them as a Christmas scene in my garage every year, one year Disney, one year all elves, one year all animals, and one year all snowmen and polar bears. First $40k takes them and I will not be splitting them up. I am offering them here first, then to the whole Planet Christmas community, if no takers, on eBay they go. I am willing to help drive them to your state as my guess is you will need at least two 26 footers to complete the move. Respectfully yours, George
  10. I've been attempting to get a tally on how many animations I actually have so I can put them up for sale. I still haven't had a chance to straighten out my garage from Christmas 2014!!!!
  11. Wow!!!! Just clicked on the link, it sold for $650!!!! With $125 shipping!!!!!
  12. The gnome with saw and the one painting the soldier is bid at $490.00 on ebay right now http://www.ebay.com/itm/Outdoor-Animated-Mechanical-Hamberger-Store-Display-Figure-Christmas-Elf-Gnome-/271617786214?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f3dae8166
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