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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.

Big J Illinois

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  1. Where do you get the hub(s) from amd what is needed, for the motor/ drive assembly? Any pics?
  2. So there are 3 TPI Angel's total in that set up?
  3. Looks like a mecca or molds, WELL DONE!!!!!!LOVE IT
  4. It's a medium base bulb in both. We use 60 watt LED,cool white.
  5. So far , we r 9 hrs into it. Maybe another 6 today.. took advantage of the 58° weather yesterday!!
  7. Thanks Jerry, MERRY CHRISTMAS and a healthy 2020!!
  8. So how wide is it,and do those slip apart or glued? Which slip ring is it?
  9. Are the joints glued or? Which motor are you using?
  10. Hi Donna, THANKS!! We use the siding hook(s) from Menards. It is SKU 2850715. They are stainless, and have used them for years and they work GREAT!! Snap the hooks in and we use aluminum ,chainlink fence ties (Top rail) Menards SKU 1715455, to make a hook ,to put in the keyhole, on the backside of the Gingerbread boy/girl and the Featherstone trees. Wrap it around the siding hook. We use 2 of the siding kooks,per mold,to keep the wind from banging it around and tossing it off the house. The upper hook,uses the aluminum tie and the lower siding look, we put a series of zip ties around the mold and the hook, and holds it PERFECT! Hope this helps:) MERRY CHRISTMAS
  11. 55hrs ,going up and down the stairs that week, I lost 7lbs 😂
  12. That's SHARP!!!!! I wouldnt mind doing that:) VERY WELL DONE!!!
  13. Hi all, hope everyone is do e decorating lol. I know it's been listed in here before, but here is our display. The dog was helping out also.
  14. Nice Empire Donna!! We put LED 40 watts daylight in the 2 choir people and LED bulbs in the 2 posts we have. I agree, up close they are nice, but anymore then 20ft , they are washed out.
  15. The Empire lamps..I tried it..didnt like it..was dull for effect. We put 40 watt cool white medium base lights in them.
  16. In regards to ship to store, its unavailable:( the shipping is outrageous!!
  17. Ya, alot of mold pirates do that here also.. I see the ones I seen in stores, pop up on Mercari..
  18. I looked to go online to order those soldiers.. shipping would have been $60😳😳 alone.. so will pass. We dis go there last night and the 3 that where left, looked like a fork tuck ran them over...missing paint, damaged heavily
  19. Yeah, the lowes by me was picked over. Wanted to pick up 2 of the soldiers..the 3 they had...OMG what a bunch of missing paint ,junk. Oh, if you wanted incandescent warm white, they had pallets of them ..
  20. I am sure you have heard by now, Lowes has 50% off christmas ... went to get the soldiers, very disappointed with the paint quality..
  21. I like the Beco on the stairs,I have the other one with the green bow.
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