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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 toozie21

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Just one?!?!?
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    Maryland, USA
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    General slacker
  • About my display
    Not as big as I would like it.

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  1. Don't know his location or house size, but that seems about right for architectural shingles in my area. Sadly... [emoji31] Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  2. Not sure if you are talking about my project, but some general comments about it for anyone interested. I appear to have made it California seismic rated for the MD area.... The base and walls can be made MUCH lighter. If you see in the videos at the end the linkage for the satellite dish, it is a little heavy. Because of that, I recommend keeping the roof sturdy. Lastly, doing a homemade dish on top is probably easiest, but hanging a static real dish off the side as well could have a cool look. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  3. I still use the one I posted earlier in the thread. The original intention was to use a dish someone gave me. But I abanded it when I realized the size and weight of it. I ended up with just a round wood dish, and it is working great, just not nearly as sexy... Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  4. I might be interested in it as well if Ralph is not. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  5. I too am one of those people who love's Mel's history lessons. I am not into blowmolds really, but I do have a G.F. nativity that light up in sequence with a large "book" I made. I have family in the Norfolk area, so I am sad to see them shutdown. I have moved on from PC for the most part, but the posts I do click on when I come here are ones that I think Mel is involved in. Thanks Mel! Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  6. Where do you get your corn bulbs from? Pretty neat. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  7. There are 2 DIY sites that I frequent that seemed to have pulled a lot of people that would have come here I think. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  8. That current draw is the key, make sure you don't add too many lights to your string.
  9. It probably isn't the one you are referring to, but here is the one I made:https://www.tooz.us/north-pole-command-center.html Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  10. Yep, that will work fine, do it all the time for my props. Just make sure to cover the end after cutting it so no one gets zapped! Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  11. Mine is packed up, so I can't get to it, but mine is less than a decade old. The company still sells them, so it could be fairly new. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  12. Weird. If your projector is like mine, there is probably not a lot of good info for her. But is there any info on aspect ratios, frame rates, sizes, anything? It is grasping, but I wouls think that a straight conversion would be easy peezy. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  13. Did you try any of the online converters? Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  14. Are these video files or some other format? Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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