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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.

RichArsenault

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  • Birthday 01/31/1973

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  1. Thanks everyone! It was a good year for us to return and for the Jimmy Fund! Rich
  2. Keep in mind that any modifications to the lights voids the certification. If something is UL listed for external use it was designed and tested to handle different enviormentals. I has this discussion with the UL guys when I was at a test facility to get equipment certified. They say the best thing you can do with light stings is just make sure the water runs off. They specifically call out that you shouldn't try to make something "water tight". That just causes water to not be able to run off. I've gone with thier suggestion for many years and I've never had a problem. Rich
  3. Having probably gone through every type of wood and paint we decided about 5 years ago to move to 1/8" Luan Plywood. Unlike other plywoods it doesn't absorb water so you don't have to worry about spliting. We don't even bother to prime or paint the back. We probably have about 75 pieces made of Luan and it's time tested now. Plus it weighs almost nothing. Rich
  4. I saw these in person a couple weeks ago. They are awsome! Rich
  5. Guys, I have been pained of the last few days with the limited attendance. I had hoped that we had a much larger turnout. I'm still willing to host the event but I'd like to scale back the time a little. The new start will be at 1:00pm at my house in Northbridge, MA. Lunch will not be served but snacks and beverages will be provided.(Coke, Diet Coke, Water, Etc) I look forward to seeing everyone who can attend. Rich
  6. Guys, I have been pained of the last few days with the limited attendance. I had hoped that we had a much larger turnout. I'm still willing to host the event but I'd like to scale back the time a little. The new start will be at 1:00pm at my house in Northbridge, MA. Lunch will not be served but snacks and beverages will be provided.(Coke, Diet Coke, Water, Etc) I look forward to seeing everyone who can attend. Rich
  7. So I found a Beco Santa at a Antique Show and he didn't work so well. I took the bold step of taking him apart(easier than I thought). Turns out his main rod was bent and there were 5 bricks in him. The motor was full of junk so I spent an hour cleaning it up and now it moves nice and easy. The question is while I have him open what should I greese the motor and joints with? Also, since I really don't want to open him very often any suggestions for lightbulbs that work in the cold and won't need replacement, LEDS? I've attached a few pics. Don't be alarmed that his legs are seperated from his body... Thanks! Rich
  8. Great idea! I have every Walmart version covered but nothing else... Rich
  9. Sorry for the delay. I've been buried with work and travel. Here's the current details: When: October 3rd at 10:00am until everyone leaves. We usually go to a local restarant after if you're interested. Who: If you can decorate you are welcome! Where: Northbridge, MA - For Directions please PM me. Lunch: Will be provided. Don't expect anything great. Hamburges and hotdogs... Schedule: Very Flexible. Please send post if you are interested in doing a demo on something. I know there are a few you of who had some interest. Things I have ready to go: (2) PC's with projectors Items I'm willing to cover: Arches - How the heck do you do these...(Brian M is the expert so maybe he'll share his tips!) Demo - LightShowPro vs Aurora Coro - Things you can do and the tools you'l need Please post if you're coming. Can't wait to see everyone! Rich
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    Spt1

    I have a new source for SPT1 at .062/ft. They require 1000ft min but it's a pretty good deal. I know some of you use SPT2 but I started with SPT1 and can't really change after buying thousands of feed and hundreds of connectors. I called Skycraft and they are at about $.10/ft rght now. It's actually cheaper for SPT2 from them. PM me if you're interested in the contact. Rich
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    RePLUS

    Carrie Sansing is currently talking about Blowmolds. Great presentation... A few highlights: Carrie covered Blowmold repairs. Really nice stuff. Carrie keeps body parts in her garage. I think someone should investigate this. Chuck "Blowmold Hater" is actually listening intently. Don't let a blowmold near Carrie's lawnmower. Again, someone should investigate this. Great job Carrie! Rich
  12. Let me know if you got my pm..not sure it went through..

  13. That's right... It's time to get the New England Mini going again... I'll be hosting this years Mini on October 3rd, 2009 in Northbridge, MA. Please let me know if you're interested in attending. Rich
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