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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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Everything posted by JeffCarter

  1. Did you have any luck restoring the bells? Do you need any help rewiring them?
  2. The ones on the bottom look like Fiberglas. Here's what I've found to clean clean them nicely:
  3. Well, bring the good old days back. It's easy to make these and other plywood projects and there is a whole generation that needs to see this kind of display. You'll really stand out in a neighborhood of inflatables and laser shows. ?
  4. I posted this video of a U-Bild Plywood Santa project I just completed.
  5. I show you the basic steps to make a plywood Santa for your Christmas display using U-Bild Santa Project # 189. https://www.u-bild.com/projects-holid... For more retro Christmas display and lighting ideas, check out www.ChristmasCraftsman.com.
  6. Here's a comparison I did... https://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/forums/topic/60836-new-leds-vs-incandescent/&_fromLogin=1#replyForm
  7. Do you use it over the painted cutouts or to seal the plywood prior to painting?
  8. What's the best sealer for painted plywood cutouts?
  9. The Macy's in Minneapolis is selling their old figurines that were part of their Christmas display. https://grafeauction.proxibid.com/asp/Catalog.asp…
  10. The Macy's in Minneapolis is selling their old figurines that were part of their Christmas display. https://grafeauction.proxibid.com/asp/Catalog.asp…
  11. Here's most of the Popular Mechanics display patterns: http://www.christmascraftsman.com/vintage-popular-mechanics-christmas-ideas.html
  12. Along those lines, here's another experiment I did...
  13. The ability to edit your post and comments for the life of the post.
  14. I did do a test with GE C9 Ceramics and smooth, translucent OptiCore lamps. The GE lamps are on the left and the Opticore are on the right for each color.
  15. I did a little experiment with some new LED's that came out this year.
  16. Nothing completes your vintage outdoor Christmas lighting quite like snow. Christmas snows are rare for Georgia - especially an 8" snow. I created a flickr album of some pictures and videos I took. Click on the picture below and enjoy. Merry Christmas!
  17. It's all stuff I made or collected. This year I got my hands on a stash of C9 twinkle lamps so I decided to add a little sparkle to the tree. I made a C9 string with 50 sockets at three foot spacing and loaded it up with the clear twinkle lamps. I put them on first and then added the rest of the lights on after. Under the second photo in my post you'll see " linus_2017.MOV " Click it on to see a video of the display. Here's how I made the stars with blinking bells: https://youtu.be/JGjCYvxDmKE
  18. Phase One complete. Don't forget to add your display to www.ChristmasLightFinder.com. linus_2017.MOV
  19. In less than two weeks you will have just about every kid in your neighborhood knocking on your door trick or treating. What a great time to market your Christmas display. Will Santa be visiting your display this year? Well here's a great time to let the kids know. Along with the candy I give out, I give each kid a small flyer telling them when my lights begin and when Santa will show up. There are a lot of kids in my neighborhood who can't afford a Santa portrait at the mall and this gives their parents an opportunity to snap a photo of their kids on Santa's lap. Even if you don't have a Santa visit, it's a good way to let the kiddies know where the Christmas Lights will be. I print these four to an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. This is this year's flyer and a template if you would like to use it for your display. If you don't have access to graphics program, shoot me a message with what you want and I'll make up one for you as time permits. Template... .
  20. Looks like your garland would be great to re-wrap municipal decorations!
  21. It appears they are talking with a possible buyer...Stay tuned... https://pilotonline.com/business/general-foam-plastics-to-close-norfolk-and-n-c-factories/article_f9601fbf-fd24-5c79-8b7d-3233bf1f074b.html
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