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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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  1. For Mel or other interested collectors, there are a couple of 1959, 1960 artistic latex angels for sale on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260797206379&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
  2. Most of the LED strings purchased for sale at stores won't hold up in the long run due to corrosion issues (non sealed bulbs). For the brightest, longest lasting C9 bulbs, purchase the sealed "retro" bulbs that are dimmable and contain 5 LEDs in each bulb. They are available from online vendors.
  3. You can buy the male and female ends from some of the regular vendors here: www.actionlighting.com , www.creative displays.com, etc. People here call them "vampire plugs" or SPT1 quick connect plugs. (You can also use the male and female ends to create your own custom length extension cords.)
  4. Thanks everyone! I haven't been very active on PC this year, but value your expert opinions. I've been bitten by the blow mold bug and am little tripping over them!
  5. I like to use the 9 outlet "tree" cords for close groupings like my nativity scene as well as many "indoor" cords.
  6. I won something on Ebay I've always wanted - a Giant 31" Beco ornament! It's in good shape except for a hairline crack, and some fading. The red paint has rubbed off in places and it is covered with a mix of red and silver glitter. Should I strip it and repaint, or should I leave it alone? Will the value be affected if I repaint it? The "windows" are in tact but the red has faded off of some petals. Opinions? Thanks!
  7. Weird! Are those soldiers supposed to be angels in disguise?? To Tell the Truth: Which one is the "Real" Holy family? This display belongs on the tacky list!
  8. Randy G

    blow mold storage

    I wipe down the molds after use. Then each one gets slipped into an appropriate sized garbage bag before storage to keep them dust free and help protect from scratches. I bought a large box of drum liners from Sam's Club which holds most of the large (tall and /or wide) molds . A roll of twist ties gets cut to appropriate sizes and ties the bags shut. They get packed as tight as possible in my garage loft with most of them standing upright.
  9. "I'm so confused!" I know it's April Fool's Day, But why would you joke about getting a divorce??? That's not funny! This whole thread could be taken VERY seriously. (Except for selling your Poloron fawn for $10). Not very funny, but very possibly very sad!
  10. Mark, I just ordered your CD. I love collecting vintage light ups and old strings. Thanks for doing this and keeping this on ebay!
  11. The blue tint is from the pure white LEDs. If you want them to look like regular clear minis, you need to buy the warm white LEDs. I've been wanting to replace my icicles with LEDs too. But those available at the big box stores all have replaceable bulbs. The problem is after a year or so, the leads rust and the lights are worthless. The sealed bulb sets are the ones I want, but they are only available from online vendors and are very expensive.
  12. Great job Richard!!! That is the most creative and original Halloween display I've ever seen! How did you make the talking pumpkins work? And the blue skull in the window? Very cool!
  13. Steve, You've fried 3 laptops in 6 days but not a GFCI??? I fried 1 covered GFCI by just washing down the siding with a hose. And a few others have died on me (I've had some for many years). I agree, it's MUCH better to change an outlet than a breaker.
  14. As far as I know, you can't cut regular LED strings. You can cut LED ropelight between a certain spacing (just like regular rope light). And you can make custom length C7 and C9 stringers, using LED retro replacement bulbs.
  15. You can always spray paint regular minis whatever color you desire - just do a light coat.
  16. Welcome to PC! I have a QO panel too (they're the best). Go with regular 20amp breakers. If you are planning one GFCI outlet per circuit (single gang box- 2 plugs) then install 20amp GFCI outlets. If you want to be able to plug in 4 cords per outlet, then you can get by with a 15amp GFCI and a regular duplex outlet, installed in a "quad" box (double gang). At Home Depot, it is about the same price to buy 2 20amp GFCIs (smartlock) for $14.99 each, or buy a 3 pack for $30.99.
  17. Looks great! I LOVE those bells! (I have 1 old fiberglass one needing TLC).
  18. I've got that first star you pictured. It's from 1961? It is hard plastic.
  19. Most of us use sand to fill our molds. If there's a solid bottom, you can fill them using a scoop and funnel. Or you can fill up several ziplock bags full of sand and squeeze them in. The bags can be removed at the end of the season for storage. For some of the larger molds, you can use bricks in the bottom corners for ballast. You can also use gravel or rocks to fill molds. Besides that, a lot of people here stake them down using rebar (sometimes 1 in and 1 out of mold) or electric conduit. You can zip tie to the post or stake.
  20. Welcome Rocky! Now don't blame us! Take responsibility for your own display! Do what pleases you and it doesn't have to be animated.
  21. Northern Tools have a special buy listed in this week's ad: 90' 14 guage 2 wire cords for only $14.99! And they're green and yellow.
  22. Nutz, Try another Walmart. My Walmart was just starting to put out Christmas, but I saw 2 cases of green lights with white wires on a shelf.
  23. Costco has yellow 12 gauge 100' cords for only $27.99 each! It would be worth joining the club for that price!
  24. Action Lighting sells the C7 sockets, wire, and premade rolls. They don't have the clips on them, if that's what you're looking for. www.actionlighting.com
  25. Some times I wonder why I do it - like when I'm stressed about running behind, or not being able to get it all done, or dealing with the mess. But then I walk outside, and some stranger stops to say how beautiful it is and to thank me. That make's it all worth it - seeing the smiles on people's faces.
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