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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.

Valerie

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About Valerie

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  • Birthday 01/01/1956

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    http://www.Christmas-LEDs.com

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    Walworth, Wisconsin, USA
  • Biography
    Christmas.... it's all about Christmas! :-)
  • Interests
    Orchids, breeding birds, gardening and LED lights.
  • Occupation
    Owner/Operator/Caregiver of Adult Family Home & LED Holiday Lights
  • About my display
    2008 we hit over 33,000 lights and it made a huge difference. More lights, more lights! :-)

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  1. That looks awesome! did you use a hot knife to carve them? Good job :-)
  2. These are 50 Light strings NOT 100 Light. I could not go back and edit the topic after I found out they were 50 light.
  3. I just found out they do have some blue available to. For payment, we can take any major credit card except American Express. Can also use paypal or send us a check. I'm not making any money off of these so if you do pay via paypal or credit card we'll have to add the 3% fee. Thanks!
  4. I was contacted by a wire frame company going out of business and they have cases of incandescent light strings they are selling for $1.00 per string. The only colors available are red, clear and green. They are 50 light strings, 6" light spacing, end to end connections on white wire. The lighted length of the light string is 25'. These are all New. Anyone interested? Email me at [email protected] or PM.
  5. I got an email yesterday from a wire frame company going out of business. They offered us cases of the mini incandescent mini lights for 1.00 per set. The light strings are all white wire, end to end connections, 100 lights per string and 6" light spacing making them 50' long from first light to last. They only have red, clear and green available. Let me know if these would work for you They have numerous cases of these available. [email protected]
  6. I've never been into blow molds but after seeing your display and a few other PC members displays in person, I'm seriously considering a few. They really do make a difference! Very nicely done!
  7. Carrie, Gary and I plan on being there. I can hardly wait to see you again!
  8. Beautiful work... keep the pictures coming :-)
  9. I would definitely be interested in this and have been reading about monster mudd projects. I would love to see what you've done and how you did it!
  10. I’ve done some research on this at multiple sites and have gotten recommendations from people experience in paper mache. Obviously the materials you use will make a difference in the outcome of your project. I’m shooting for weatherproof. I used a Walmart bag stuffed with newspaper for the shape of the pumpkin. Masking tape was used to get the indentations lines on the pumpkin. You could also use yarn, fishing line, thin wire or whatever you have handy. Weatherproof Titebond II Premium Wood Glue was mixed with flour, water and a little salt (1/2 teaspoon salt to 2 cups of flour, water & glue mixture). The water and flour mixture and glue were mixed at roughly a 50/50 ratio. The salt is supposed to prevent any molding and is an option. Mix it up and dip your strips of paper into this and then remove any excess so that you don’t have big globs of the mixture running down your project. I do this by putting the strip of paper between my index finger and middle finger and gently side the paper through your fingers. This will leave a nice coat of the mixture on the strip. I used an old chip brush or my fingers to smooth down the paper strips on the pumpkin and hands. Be sure to cover the area where your working since this does get messy. Make sure to let the layers completely dry before adding the next. Try to use newspaper and old telephone book paper. I found the yellow pages came in handy for every other layer of paper. This way you can see where you need to add strips since the paper is yellow. The next layer will be white so anywhere you see yellow… cover it. I put 7 layers of paper on the pumpkin but the last 2 layers I used straight glue to dip the paper in just for added protection. The pumpkin is rock hard now. For paint, I’ll be using exterior grade latex paint. I’ve been lucky enough to find this paint at Home Depot in the OOP’s paint department for $5.00 a gallon and the kicker is that they will still mix it to any color you want at no charge. If you need just a little of a certain color they might have 4 or 6 ounce container you can buy for .50 or $1.00 but these are rare finds. Just make sure its exterior grade latex paint. For the sealer, I’m going with a marine type wood sealer. The kind they use for boat decks. It’s more expensive but I figure if I’m going through all of this to make something I want it to last. For your ice cream cone, I think I would make the basic shape out of sheets of styro foam glued together to get the thickness you want. Cut the shape maybe with an electric knife or a hot melt knife and start layer the paper. But definitely use a good weatherproof type sealer. I hope this helps anyone who is thinking about a paper mache project. I hope I didn't get to carried away here!
  11. I've started on whats going to be a creepy pumpkin with hands. Here's a couple pictures on how I started him. I'll have to tell you more tomorrow since it's really late now and this could be a little lengthy and my eye balls won't allow it now.
  12. Valerie

    LUO Meet & Greet

    Gary and I will be there.
  13. Hi Darryl... give a call or email if you need anything. Val [email protected] www.Christmas-LEDs.com (262) 949-2425

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