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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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  1. My first real attempt at building. carousel will be about 6' tall. have rotation worked out with a two large wooden gears, but really would like to be able to have poser on the carousel. Help?
  2. been working on our Saint Patrick's Day display, here is the newest member
  3. print the spreadsheet and it becomes this
  4. got tired o fusing grid system and projectors to blow up line art and images. for me Microsoft Excel works great. just drop you image into a new cell in a new workbook, stretch it to the size you want, ( page marks will be on screen, I always set page size to letter size) then print. it wil print on multiple pages, get your tape and scissors out, tape it together and you have a full size pattern, a little carbon paper and you are done.
  5. good luck, sure there is a way to do it. looks like you are on the right path
  6. am sure you can put snow in it, but doubt it will blow around. I have almost quit buying any inflatable that has a AC DC adaptor. they just do not hold up and last very long. let us know how it goes
  7. Thanks, I do buy from him too, but usually just wait until clearance or buy Walmart's $14.95 ones and use the blower and or adaptor, trash the fabric
  8. thanks, don't know about the bigger, thou, only one traffic light, its over on the 4 lane road by the speed trap.
  9. normally 2-3 weeks, just now put up the last of Christmas, (almost 300) will be setting up Valentine Day soon, then Saint Patrick, then Easter again
  10. we actually blew a transformer fuse a few years ago. power company upsized transformer, it serves about 6 houses, load is split over 6 timers with staggered on times
  11. a good friend of (Donavan) drove quite a ways to see our display and made this video. thanks much hope everyone enjoys it.
  12. xenon

    We Won!

    Yep, in my eyes we won the biggest contest of all. A family stopped by, their son wanted to give us a trophy. "Best lights Ever"
  13. yep started 12-12, Lowes ALL Christmas 50% off!
  14. I recently bought a pallet of "green laser lights" to resale, they have the same 'transformer" with them that goes with the small inflatables. I paid $2.50 each for the lights, thinking about trashing the lase and selling the transformer, but then I know the failure rate would be high, but its going to be high with the lights too. wish there was a good alternative.
  15. yes hate is strong, but I really do hate the small blowers and AC DC transformers Gemmy uses, come on you can buy the same blower at your local computer shop for $2, and they would think you were crazy if you told them you were going to put it outside. I really do not understand Gemmy, that do so good on so many things, I noticed one of our 2012 Globes had a 3 year warranty from Gemmy. needless to say I do not buy many of them especially for full price But $1.00 eases he pain so I can tell if the transformer is bad or not. this little DC test lamp is the best, just stick a probe in each hole of the transformer (with it plugged up of course) light its good, no light its bad simple. I did solder a small drill bit on the clip, just a little smaller than the hole. any way here are a couple of pics
  16. of course Home Depot is out, but plenty here and real good prices https://www.noveltylights.com/christmas-light-power-accessories
  17. love our mega tree, utility company abomined a 40' pole in our front yard, works great. has anyone thought of or done, a tree in a tree in a tree, maybe dropping down a few feet each time and moving in some. just wondered how that would look, obviously for next year
  18. xenon

    LED bulbs

    now there's a idea, mixing LED and incandescent? may be a interesting look thanks for help
  19. xenon

    LED bulbs

    a close out store near me is selling a box of 50 C9 screw in bulbs for $15. and they had a 100' length of C9 fixtures, and a spool of 500' $10 for the 100' are these good prices, and would the C9s work in a older string designed for incandescent thanks.
  20. awesome, a lesson learned for this old dog, glad you got it solved
  21. threw a pic of panel and timers in, pulls right at 165 amps, down by 15 amps since mostly LED lights, center timer is for all light circuits, pulls only like 4 amps. the other two timers are 7 day timers, each running 6 20 amp circuits each, 200 amp main with it own meter.
  22. I love inflatables cause we store everything in the loft of the pole barn. added a observation deck this year, plus a detachable slide to get stuff up to the loft, and down too.
  23. finally got most everything up, still working on lights, etc
  24. Dollar Tree has these for $1.00. rated at 16 amps. yes, a few places they wont work, but a lot of places they will
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