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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 SparkyGriswold

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation, Deck the Halls
  • Location
    United Kingdom
  • Biography
    22 Year Old Hairdresser and Xmas light fanatic. From the UK
  • Interests
    Art, anything that lights up, cars, ANYTHING XMAS RELATED
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  • About my display
    Consists mainly of inflatables, but I cover the house in warm white L.E.D lights, and have animated silhouettes on the roof and front garden.

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  1. I made a bracket L shaped and slid the horizontal bit under the shingles (about 4" in) and placed sandbags over them - touch wood its been good as of yet.
  2. ok brilliant, thanks - I really like them, I don't think they would work on UK current would they. Id like them as keepsakes though.
  3. on ebay lately im seeing a lot of old fashioned christmas theme bulbs appear. I do have a bit of an obsession with bulb/lighting besides my xmas display. I would like to know any history of them if possible. here's a few links; http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161151910711?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ANTIQUE-VINTAGE-XMAS-CHRISTMAS-LIGHT-BULB-FATHER-CHRISTMAS-MOULDED-GLASS-PAINTED-/131045462775?pt=UK_Health_Beauty_Make_Up_Cosmetics_Lip_Gloss_PP&hash=item1e82eb12f7
  4. Whenever I visit this forum I always wish I lived in America - especially so, when I read the nice things in this thread here
  5. a great display - off topic, how did you secure the spiders on the pitch of the roof? thanks.
  6. old microwave motors - small AC motor is what they typically use in Reindeers and other animated items. Can be picked up cheaply on eBay and cheap stores etc. normally the motors are exact same as what you find in xmas décor as what's in fans etc.
  7. Those CREE bulbs are the new sort of technology aren't they? had some in my car and they are seriously bright. Do they get upto temps in the cold?
  8. If you're happy to pay it, then smile all round. One thing ive noticed about xmas decorations is that prices will fluctuate and sometimes the same thing will sell for peanuts and then for serious money!!! ive bought things very cheaply and quickly turned it round into a tidy profit. As long as it puts a smile on someone's face it'll be worth it. Buy it
  9. Hi, no they've held up pretty well to be honest, I have (as others said) had problems with LED's not reaching temps.
  10. There has been a few threads over the years - one way is to use cable and run through the upper section of the mould (that way its bottom heavy) it if goes through the middle of the mould it will flip over. Could use strong fishing wire - will be better for aesthetical reasons, just don't trip over it.
  11. I changed some of my standard es27 halogen bulbs for some ebay LED bulbs - pretty good results. I also as a temporary measure replaced them with a set of 'cluster' LED bulbs in my blow mould soldier.
  12. really love the candles - will try and pick a few up, have a selection of wireframe candles but no moulds yet - but its on the list.
  13. I try and aim for the 1st of December for the big switch on - but I always make an evening of it.
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