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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 sadayo

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  • Location
    Puyallup, Washington, USA
  • Interests
    Classic cars (1954 Hudson Jet owner), painting, quilting
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  1. Car is packed up and ready for the swap meet!
  2. I'm a jack of all trades and master of some. Since I have too many irons in the fire, I am trying to whittle down my hobbies. My current home also doesn't allow for me to have a viewable display. Therefore, I am parting with my whole kit and kaboodle of holiday lighting, decor, and most importantly LIGHT-O-RAMA hardware and accessories. If you missed the LOR sale, now's your chance! I have 2 controllers, 3 easy light linkers, and a ramsey transmitter to name a few. Please visit my holiday website for pictures, pricing, and contact link. I have tried to be fair on my pricing without giving away the farm on the previously mentioned items. All other decor is dirt cheap. I'm in Puyallup and would prefer local pick-up. http://home.comcast.net/~sarahdyoung/holiday.html
  3. Trying to decide what all to bring for the "swap meet." Wondering if anyone's interested in a 12 ft artificial christmas tree prelit with 1800 clear lights. Asking $50 obo. Decorations not included. LOVE THIS TREE, but new home doesn't have ceiling height to accomodate.
  4. I used Winfield's WC5615 pattern that included the Santa, Sleigh, Reindeer AND Elves. I've only made the sleigh so far, but plan to add the elves as well. I was going to make the reindeer, but then found some wireframe ones shown in picture that I couldn't resist. I decided not to make the Santa because I already have a pair of Santa and Mrs. Claus cutouts that stand up against the house.
  5. I second that thought. I got to check these out in person at a mini-plus and was pretty impressed. RGB kits are still "an investment", but these would work just as well with LED strands stuffed in there.
  6. I was recently googling "christmas lights on houses" for some fresh ideas and found the following house, which has everything except christmas lights. I want to recreate it, but will want to add lighting. I'm putting this under plywood/coro, because I assume this is perhaps thin plywood or sheets of insulation that were painted brown to create the facade. Does anyone recognize this home? I already have the candy canes to line the pathway/driveway and prelit garland that I hang on them to create a border. It looks like they made "permanent snow". I'm guessing this might be spray can insulation like "Great Stuff" that they spray painted white? The "dot candies" on the white icing could be C7s or C9s. The red/white/green "candy sticks" could be made using pvc pipe and wrapping it in ribbon or colored electrical tape with color-coordinating minis. I could pick up frisbees from the Dollar Store and paint them to look like the peppermint candies. Perhaps line the roof with clear lights and have icicle lights dropping down from behind the icing? Would love to hear some other ideas on this or better yet see some pictures.
  7. ...thinking about adding the Dexter theme song to my Halloween display!

  8. Do you have some close-up pictures of the individual pieces? I like the window display. I think I'm going to make holly leaves and red berries.
  9. I think it depends on how you're using it. For display pieces that will be lit by spot light, such as a nativity, then plywood hands down. I usually go that route. Coro is nice because it can be painted to look nice during the day but can also easily have mini-lights popped through it for a custom design, but may require structural support and may sway more in winds. I would only use styrofoam if weight is an issue, like having Santa by an upstairs window, but the piece needs to be able to rest flat against the house where it can be attached or Santa might end up doing cartwheels in the wind.
  10. Another fantastic year! These are always so dangerous as I come home with so many new ideas and the information to put my plans into action. One of the simplest things I learned today was that I was way behind on my LOR upgrades. I was still running 2.1.6, so very excited about the Chase feature offered on the latest versions, which I've already upgraded to this evening.
  11. I accept the challenge if I can throw in a couple tips for Family Friendly Halloween displays as well.
  12. Just wanted to add a quick note for those in the Puget Sound area. Sunday, January 9th is the last day of the Puyallup Home & Garden Show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. I was there today and found a Holiday Light Saver booth that will tempt many of us! If you're not able to get there, definately check out their website at http://holidaystoragesolutions.com
  13. MUST HAVE! Do you mind sharing what kind of paint you used on the coro? Where do you get your moving mechanisms? With a wide driveway, I'm trying to figure out how to "close the gap" in my show, so it's a smoother transition from where I have lights on both sides of the lawn. I thought about putting a coro wall on my garage doors that looks like a Santa's workshop. I could definately incorporate a couple moving arms to make it come to life!
  14. Will these be painted a solid white? How will these be lighted at night? I like that they're dimensional and not just flat.
  15. Very tastefully done. This will look good during both day and night now.
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