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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.

Bill Jr.

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About Bill Jr.

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  • Birthday 05/28/1972

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    Monee, IL., ,
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    Married
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    Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    Operations Manager
  • About my display
    36,000 Lights, 128 LOR Channels

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  1. I built this house for animated figures or christmas village for my christmas display and I am selling it for best offer! Here are the specs on it: 51" x 51" - 70" high at the peak (3) plexiglass windows for viewing (1) door in rear with lock There are (4) outlets inside of house with a cord the plugs in to provide the outlets power There are mini lights in the ceiling to provide light The roof has actual asphalt shingles *If anyone is interested please PM me or email me at [email protected] This is a pickup only in Illinois! http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2075749&id=1399691133&l=510ecd35ad http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31262788&l=0f9c849d6d&id=139969113 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31262789&l=d7fea589c7&id=1399691133
  2. Here is the info - I finally figured it out with help from fellow members! I built this house for animated figures or christmas village for my christmas display and I am selling it for best offer! Here are the specs on it: 51" x 51" - 70" high at the peak (3) plexiglass windows for viewing (1) door in rear with lock There are (4) outlets inside of house with a cord the plugs in to provide the outlets power There are mini lights in the ceiling to provide light The roof has actual asphalt shingles *If anyone is interested please PM me or email me at [email protected] This is a pickup only in Illinois! http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2075749&id=1399691133&l=510ecd35ad http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31262788&l=0f9c849d6d&id=139969113 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31262789&l=d7fea589c7&id=1399691133
  3. I built this house for animated figures or christmas village for my christmas display and I am selling it for best offer! Here are the specs on it: 51" x 51" - 70" high at the peak (3) plexiglass windows for viewing (1) door in rear with lock There are (4) outlets inside of house with a cord the plugs in to provide the outlets power There are mini lights in the ceiling to provide light The roof has actual asphalt shingles *If anyone is interested please PM me or email me at [email protected] This is a pickup only in Illinois! http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2075749&id=1399691133&l=510ecd35ad http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31262788&l=0f9c849d6d&id=139969113 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31262789&l=d7fea589c7&id=1399691133
  4. Can someone explain to me how to upload a photo, I have something to sell and I took the photo but it won't upload. It says the file is too large? Thanks for the help, Bill
  5. sorry guys disregard post - i can't upload the photo - it wont allow me
  6. Here is a house that I built which houses animated figures or a small village and it is for sale - Best offer!
  7. Hey guys - I have a few questions regarding these LED's - Does anyone use them with Lightorama and will they fade with no problem. I have not purchased any LED's yet and think of buying blue and red for a mega tree and just reluctant - probably more afraid of change than anything. Is there a benefit for M5 or M6 - I'm thinking of getting the M6's Thanks for your input Jack
  8. Hey guys - I'm thinking of breaking into the LED light phase and slowly changing the incadescents over. My question is: If I buy LED's at Walmart or Home Depot, etc. - will they work with Lightorama or do I need to look for Full Wave? I never bought any so I'm not sure what to look for, thanks for your help Jack
  9. I have had (9) of them for about 5-6 years, they are flimsy but I secure them with (4) pieces of conduit and they work great. Also, the lights that come with them are terrible, so I string my own lights thru them - as long as they are secured properly they work great.
  10. Hey guys, I'm looking for 1 or 2 of these arches - if anyone knows where I could get them new or used would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jack
  11. I would be interested - you mentioned 100 & 70 counts - do you have lengths on the 100 & 70 counts? Also, price and colors would depend on quantity and dimming as well. Jack
  12. I'm probably miss quoting myself - when I stand up the pole its heavy - I typed top heavy not realizing it. The entire pole complete is much heavier than I thought but good idea with the perpendicular to the wind Thanks
  13. NY - I have outlined my roof sections with C9's for a long time, I have also thought of LED C9's to save on power but they just aren't bright enough. At one time I used 675 C9's (225 Red, 225 Green, 225 White) just on my gutters - they looked great but the idea of power conserving had to be addressed. I now use 4 channel C9 cord that I made and have a bulb every 12" as opposed to every 4" - I tell you all of that because C9's are very traditional and I personally enjoy the traditional look. Also, I cover my entire roof with mini's (Red & Green) besides the C9's, the boxed in border looks great - To hopefully answer your question, I don't think LED's are as bright and look as nice - also LED's are much more expensive initially but in the long run will save. I haven't converted because my personal preference is C9's & Mini's!
  14. I have read and researched about Bellagio Poles and decided to make them this year - I used 2" PVC, used red & white mini's and 8 channels per color. I made my first Bellagio pole a month ago and wanted to pick your brains about how to secure the now very heavy 10' Bellagio Pole. I know its personal preference but I was thinking a green fence post and maybe three guide wires - it is very top heavy! Any suggestions would be great - Thanks!
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