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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 Zman

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The one I help to create every December
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    Woodinville, Washington, USA
  • Biography
    Jack of All Trades - Master of None
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    Golf, Sports, Wood working, and of course Christmas!
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    Staff Applications Engineer
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    Growing all the time.

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  1. Our Pacific NW annual mini (C.L.A.P.) is 2 weeks away! This is still a free event for all, lunch included. We have a great agenda planned, great venue, great members, lots and lots of door prizes from vendors who continue to sponsor our event! Final details and RSVP will be going out via email this weekend. If your not on our mailing list, get with me.
  2. Update emails have been sent out. If I do not have your email address and are interested in wanting more info, or attending, PM me your email address.
  3. The 2019 Pacific NW annual CLAP meeting is all set for May 3rd & 4th, in Olympia, WA. This event is all about education and sharing ideas with like minded decorators. We have a great group in the PNW, and we have grown a lot in the 14 years we have been meeting. We will be once again meeting at the Foley Firehouse! By far, one of the best venues for a mini in the world. The car/fire engine barn alone would be worth paying admission for, but this still a FREE event to attend! Whether a newbie, or seasoned veteran, everyone will walk away with something. An idea, new friend, or something from one of our many sponsor vendors! We are working on a great class line up, and the sponsoring vendors are already sending goodies, discount codes! More info will follow, and if you are not on our email list, and want updates, PM me your address. Its held in confidence, no spam we promise. We will be seeking RSVPs soon.
  4. Nick, I had not come across the Hamberger, nor the RKI info before. Those are very cool, and I think it is great that there are folks like you who still want to incorporate those types of elements into a display. There are still some out there, Greg Young, Charles Enos are the 2 I know personally. I am part of the Christmas Expo effort for the training syllabus, we attempt to include these types of classes about historic elements, animatronics etc.... Its important to keep those methods and ideas alive. Gemmy, and some other vendors in the past have made animatronic characters for the general public. Not sure if the above items were for general sale at any time, but no one today, that I am aware of, sells anything like this. It is all DIY for those that want to take on that endeavor and get familiar with the mechanisms for animatronics. There have been PC members over the years who have posted about this. So I am not much help here, except to say that one such famous member, and good friend. Mike Ziemkowski, has his Seasons Greeters company and has Elf presents and Snow people characters he makes commercially and sells through Holiday Technologies. I had his original Present Gang in my display as well as the first of his animated Snowmen.. As far as the resin items. You probably are aware that Costco has seasonal and different items every year in this category. Problem is, you have to wait till October to see what they have. Frontgate is another company that carries a lot of these. I have buddies of mine who ordered from therm, plus, I have my eye on this vignette, but will have to wait to pull the trigger: https://www.frontgate.com/fiber-optic-led-sleigh/holiday-decor/outdoor-displays/927181?listIndex=9 Winterland is another company that I have used for stuff like this. - http://www.winterlandinc.com/commercial-decorating/life-statues-and-figurines Toscano - https://www.designtoscano.com/category/holiday+and+gifts/christmas.do Hayneedle - more seasonal So there is a fair amount of options for the resin based items... Hope that helps
  5. I like the streamlined/combined version of PC. However, where did the Vendors section go to? I realize that may have been a difficult item to keep current.... but I used it, and have historic presentation material that had links to it.... Also, it was mentioned in another thread, the links to the Planet Christmas Magazines need to come back.... My dos centavos....
  6. I'm from Seattle and going! Does that count? You should go, it would be a lot of fun....
  7. Nick, welcome to PC, and the insanity of doing a display. Can you be a bit more specific when you say animated figures. Are you asking about multi-channel wireframes, coroplast characters, animatronic figures? Give us a bit more info....
  8. Slankard, if at all possible, you should go. I guarantee you will have a great time. While the classes et al are fabulous, its all about meeting decorators, and vendors face to face. The lobby apre hours is more fun than opening a UPS box of lights!
  9. The link you supplied above, leads me right back to this thread?
  10. Hi Randi, THIS is a timely response.... How did this effort go? We have our local gang that I can post info to as well. I have not been hanging out in the forums much lately, no time. I hope all is well. Why you selling?
  11. Wow, just learnt something right there.... Thanks.
  12. Not sure what you will need to manipulate once the string gets created. I use 2 types of SS, LED 50 or 100Ct M5s for 4 color tress, and then 150ct LED icicles for what I call my Icicle Tree. Not a great picture below, but there is more on my website. The zip ties holding those together are tight, they don't get manipulated once bundled. If for some reason (and I do this all the time) a string needs to come out, I just clip the ties, and yes, the strings get wrapped around each other, but it is not hard to pull a string out. All this is done on the ground. I am not sure what you would be manipulating on your roof.
  13. 2nd this one. I only use 3-4 depending on the length to make it easier if you have to do anything to the string.
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