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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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    the great christmas light fight 9 ET Dec 9. a 3 part seiries.
  2. the projector that I use is a "artograph " by brand name, the model is called a "tracer" hope this helps
  3. I use a tracing projector. It came from Micheals [ a craft store ] .
  4. Paul , how many acres is your display??? Mike E
  5. neat idea with the chair and belt Mike E
  6. Thanks ,this is a great tutorial...
  7. On smaller pictures and such I use a tracing projector onto paper [ gift warping or postal paper ]. I have been lucky with placing formed metal and welding on the paper [watch out for fire ]. I beveld [spelling] the ends of wire to be welded [ better looking weld]. Mike E
  8. I have used cutout patterns also. Most any picture or drawing can be used also. Mike E
  9. internet coloring pages make good templates Mike E
  10. Elevator bolts also called "sex nuts" used on door closer mounting Mike E
  11. I run 1 15 amp breaker for my display, leds means a bigger display for me. I run mainly wire frames and using leds I was able to add one 12' and two 5' trees. Mike E
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    C9 Led Power

    Does the side or the end of a c9 led get the power [ hot line ]. I'm cutting up a c9 light string for the sockets and can tell which wire goes to what on it. I just need to know what part of the led gets the hot lead.
  13. No idea on caps, I round the ends off on a belt sander.
  14. 1/4" and 3/8" start bend on a metal fence post finish in a vice or with a large hammer [ or both ] this works for me. Be very careful with hammer. Mike E
  15. I use a tracing projector that came from Micheal. Set on the picture or drawing and adjust image to size. Mike E
  16. Paper training ?? Looks good Mike E
  17. If you're using 5m or 5mm leds call kellog plastics they right angle clips [ 90 degree ]. They do not show on they web site [ at lest the times I've been there ]. Mike E
  18. I have build 3 nativity sets. the hard part is the making of patterns. I look at nativities then draw and redraw on a 5' x 5' papper . Then use a trace projector onto brown warping papper to the size I want [ dollar tree ]. Lay out pattern on table or floor. Bend 1/4" rod [ metal supplier ] to match pattern. As Darlene Pino said bend around any thing. I have a ring roller [ HF ] and home made bender for sharp bends [ just makes it easier].. I weld on top of pattern. This is how I build wireframes ,This is one of many ways. Ask all questions you want Iwill do my best to answer. Mike E
  19. clips to the plastic body, at lest thats the way I do it. Mike E
  20. I think I would look at headlight Polishing/ cleaning on youtube. Mike E
  21. Just keep plugs off the ground, no problems in 5 years. Mike E
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