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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.
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  • 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.

Erin_King

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About Erin_King

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  • Birthday 03/26/1973

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    Graham, Washington, USA
  • Biography
    I live in Graham, WA with my wife and our 3 great children. We just bought a house that is perfect for decorating.
  • Interests
    Woodworking, making toys.
  • Occupation
    Warehouse Foreman
  • About my display
    Added 64 channels and a FM transmitter for this year. We are really excited.

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  1. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. When nothing I threw at it worked. I went old school, and poured 5 gallons of boiling water down the pole to get it all to came loose. I am now removing all standing water from the base, and drying all the parts. I poured some roadrunner ice melt in the base so if it freezes again, I can at least get it out of the ground to bring it in to thaw. Ahhh what we go through to get our lights up. Merry Christmas everybody!
  2. Thanks for the quick replies. Guess I get to head off to HD for some heat tape. Maybe a quick stop in the Christmas section?
  3. Houston, we have a problem. I am finally putting up my mega tree. The sunsetter telescoping pole I use for it has been in the down position for a few days. In the mean time the weather has turned very cold. It seems my flagpole it completely frozen together. Has anyone had this happen? If so, what did you use to melt the ice? I have my heavy duty work light right next to it now, but it isn't helping much. Maybe some liquid de-icer? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Erin King
  4. I took 2 years off from decorating, so this is my first time hearing of Bill's passing. We had such a great time at his home for the Washington Mini's. He also gave me a ton of pointers on my welding for my wireframes. I will say, God is awfully lucky. Now he'll have the most kickin Christmas display in the universe. We will miss you bill.
  5. If you can get together some more people, I am interested. I know it's a little late for this year, but if we can get these early in the year they will be ready for next years build.
  6. Home Depot has their 100 pack of plug ends marked down to $53.99 for a 100 pack. Never too early to start saving on next years display. As much as I hate to shop away from AL, I just couldnt pass up this bargain. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100652709&N=6+530275+90044 Merry Christmas Erin and Family
  7. I finally got around to my belkin mod today. Works great in a straight line down the road in front of my house, but does horrible around the corner. I should tweak with the antenna length.
  8. They look great Lisa. Glad we got some snow as a backdrop for the picture of the snowman. Erin
  9. I think it looks great. I also like the multis on the spiral tree. Keep up the good work. Erin
  10. The hanging Santa can be purchased from the Lakeside Collection for $19.95. Here is the link to the item on their page. http://www.lakeside.com/details.asp?ITN=HSV6&CAT=1&KWD=hanging%20santa&ST= Erin
  11. Switching to minis on both frames will give you alot more definition. C-7 and C-9 bulbs, in my opinion should be used on frames only for accent. They are too bulky to give clear lines, and the whole thing ends up looking kinda jumbled. Just my 2 cents. Erin
  12. Carrie Sansing wrote: I thought I recognized alot of her frames from Lori's website. I thought maybe she was just making the same ones. Erin
  13. And now to get this thread back on topic. Joey, there are several alternatives to actually building a wireframe. The most obvious would be plywood cutouts. The big upside to these are that they have definite "day appeal". They can also be lit with minis, ropelight, or spots. This makes them flexible as well. Then we have coro (Corugated plastic). It's easy to cut, takes paint well. The downside to this, as I have read is that it breaks easily when drilling for lights. I am no expert on either of these methods, but I just thought I'd offer my 2 cents. Which is worth just that! :laughing: Good luck finding a method that works for you. I'm sure either way you go it will look great. I look forward to seeing the end result. Erin
  14. I use a planetary ring roller. You just cut the length of steel required for the size of circle you need, slide the rod into the roller and pass it several times until the ends meet. Here is a link to Harbor Freight's Roller http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=36790 Have fun with your frames. I have only been doing them for a couple of months, but I am having a blast. Erin
  15. Robin wrote: You say that only because you can't see the welds cloe-up. :laughing: Erin
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