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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.

Derek Durkac

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About Derek Durkac

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
  • Location
    Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • Biography
    I have been doing Christmas Lights display for the past 10 years and every year it gets bigger and better. I sesrch the internet for new ideas for my Christmas display.
  • Interests
    sports, ukrainian dancing and christmas lights
  • Occupation
    Anode Casting Operator (Copper)
  • About my display
    This year I have 9000 christmas lights. I do alot hands on workmanship on my display...I build my own Gingerbread House and Christmas Light Balls.

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  1. Every year when I go and plug my arches in. To see if the lights work...... Only 2 sections out of 8 work. I do not understand why..... Are they too tight.... Am i using the wrong lights. I have been using.led lights. Does anyone have any pointers of how to store arches after use or some tips of why the lights dont work the next year.
  2. I started setting up my Christmad Display right after Halloween. It takes me 2 weeks to set up. This year was hard because we got hit with 5 cm of snow on Halloween. I live in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. With regards to putting the lights on ...... I wait until the cities Santa Clause parade is finished. So we turned our lights on November 21. Also WE never turn our christmas lights on before Rememberance Day. Its usually around November 20 week. I give respect too all that have and are still serving in the military around the world. Many people get upset when I start setting up November 1. But due to weather and my shift work schedule.... I have too.
  3. Every year I try to add to my Christmas display. For 2019 I built a "Star Wars" Christmas Theme for my display. Darth Vader riding his sleigh with 2 Taun Tauns, BB8, Yoda, and a snowspeeder wrapping christmas lights around a AT-AT's legs.
  4. Yes that's a great idea but the lights will get covered with 1-2 feet of snow. Is there any way of raising the lights above the roofline.
  5. This year I want to add c9 lights to the ridges of my roofline but I cannot determine how to put them onto my roofline without damaging my shingles ........... Also I get about 1 -2 feet of snow on my roof during the winter. Can anyone give me some advice.......pictures would help out a lot .
  6. Have you started on your santas workshop........... What is it going to look like, do you have a picture of what you have done yet.
  7. Great job on your pond " beloved". Love the Charlie Brown skaters.
  8. I get a lot of snow where I live so my display is a little more work........ But well worth it. Can you post some pics.
  9. Does anyone have any problems with the snow falling and covering the pond and lights. I live up in Canada , Sudbury , Ontario and we get lots of snow from December through to march. I want to build a pond as we'll, and my idea is to use 2 sheete of 4x8 sheets of ply wood and raise it off the grass with bricks. You then trace out the pattern of the pond on the plywood and then cut it out. Then cut holes all over the plywood ,so you can stick lights through them from underneath the plywood and staple them to the underside of the plywood using a mixture of white and blue led lights. Before adding the lights paint the entire plywood pond with white paint (3 coats) and add some blue painted details to resemble streaks in the water. Then add your sculptures and then the lights. You will have a great effect and when snow does come it will give it a great effect. After adding the sculptures you can add clear plastic to protect the lights and will still give a great effect. Also you can add small pieces of 2x2's around the perimeter of your pond and add a set of white lights around the pond. Hope this gives some ideas because next year I will be making this project. Can you post some pictures I would love to see what your pond looks like. Thanks Derek Durkac.
  10. ]The frame of the Gingerbread house as shown in the pictures is made out of pallets that is 5feet x 5 feet. As seen in the pictures I used scrap 2x4's and 2x2's to build the walls and roof. The Sides of the house are made from left over panelling which is brown already. The icicles and trim were then painted white - 3 coats of white paint with a weather protected spray paint (clear). We get lots of snow up here.I used left over blue patterned plexi glass for the windows. All the wood is fastened with screws and some nails. If you want some plans for this Gingerbread House I went on the web site and found information on dog houses. I used a dog house blueprint but made my own measurements for the Gingerbread House. I hope this gives you an idea on how I built the Gingerbread house. Any other questions I will be happy to answer them.
  11. I used poodle noodles from the dollar store to resemble candies. They were $1.00 each and I cut them to the size of candies. The longer coloured candies on the roof and chimney were also bought at the dollar store. The total cost of this project is approximately $50.00 and about 300 hours of hard labour. All the lights are led lights and were purchased at the end of christmas season at 75 percent off.
  12. I wanted to do something new and very creative with my 2012-20123 Christmas display. In January of 2012 I broke my ankle and was out of commission for 6 months. This gave me plenty of time to create and design my Gingerbread House for my 20112-2013 display. This display is made from scrap wood, pallets, and panelling.The size se is 5ftx5ft. The frame is made out of 2x2's and the roof as well. I decided to use brown panelling for the sides and roof of the house. I also made a chimmney. Made 2 windows and a door with a real handle. I cut out the icicles out of scrap wood and painted it white.. I then added candy canes to the sides of the Gingerbread house. There are about 650 lights to the house.
  13. Try using a Christmas tree stand that makes the tree turn around....you can use that for your characters!!!
  14. Thanks for the pics and information......this is definately a must do project for 2013.
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