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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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  • Birthday 02/22/1908

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    Griffith, IN
  • Biography
    Christmas light and decorating enthusiast that peruses these forums like a hawk looking for great new ideas
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    Should be obvious
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    Web Geek
  • About my display
    Growing every year with the Lights and sounds of Christmas as the central piece. Adding blowmolds and other yard decorations as appropriate.
  1. Haven't had much luck with fake (or real for that matter) trees. I am looking, now, for a pre-lit 6.5 ft tree. Prefer LED lights. Any suggestions on where to get a realistic tree? Much thanks
  2. Another Northwest Indiana enthusiast. Griffith, IN. Griffith Santa http://griffithsanta.blogspot.com/. There are other great displays in my neighborhood that seem like perfect Planet Christmas devotees...I'll have to ask if they come here.
  3. I have been on a quest to find a chasing controller that would allow me to string 4-5 stars in a row and have them appear to be "moving" across my yard. I am looking for a quick, cheap alternative. Namely one where I plug each star into it's own outlet and they chase. See, simple. I came across a few options and I am struggling to determine which is best: * Action Lighting Chase Controller - http://tinyurl.com/67jmbb * All American Christmas Co. Universal Chaser Controller - http://tinyurl.com/66ngfa * All American Christmas Co. Universal Chaser Controller - Adjustable Speed - http://tinyurl.com/5wdpna * Novelty Lights 100 watt controller - http://tinyurl.com/5ddeq5 They all appear to do the same thing, but how does one decide?
  4. I have come across some websites that resell Christmas lights, Christmas villages, and decorations. They are not large sites, just seem to be mom and pop type places. Anyone know how they are able to resell? Do they just buy in bulk at a discount or do you think they are licensed resellers? Just curious.
  5. I have come across some websites that resell Christmas lights, Christmas villages, and decorations. They are not large sites, just seem to be mom and pop type places. Anyone know how they are able to resell? Do they just buy in bulk at a discount or do you think they are licensed resellers? Just curious.
  6. These are great ideas. Much thanks. Also ran into a website that shows how to automate displays (in this case Halloween displays) with a car wiper motor. Yet another option. http://www.scary-terry.com/rockchair/rockchair.htm
  7. If you are near an American Sale, I'd make a trip. I bought a couple dozen boxes of LED lights. They had at least three shelves of LED icicle lights and many more shelves of minis
  8. I bought an animated train display at a gaarage sale for dirt cheap. Seller told me the motor is busted and I'll need to get/make a new one. It is, essentially, a turning shaft that rotates the train characters so they appear to wave or sway. Anyone have a website they can point me to for making a simple electric motor with rotating shaft? I need a basic example since this is my first foray into electric motors.
  9. Boy, that Santa sure let's it all hang out when he is not at work. Best commentary is when Kringle refers to a house as looking like it was "decorated by a drunken five year old". Makes no sense, but I still get it.
  10. At least you have it all in perspective and you are accepting of failure. If things get difficult, best to just give up. Wonder how that logic would fly with the rest of your life...bad co workers, irate drivers, or angry family member. Lights have a very low level of seriousness/priority...but you cannot even hack it. Give up, feel sorry for yourself, lambast the landscaping, family, and whatever else, just stop hanging your dirty laundry on a board full of positive people.
  11. Anyone else using the Mr Christmas Lights an Sounds of Christmas a little out off by the dark lights between songs? One song ends, lights go off until the next song. Rather annoying when I have the lights on steady in between shows.
  12. I went to buy the 2 channel fader at Action Lighting http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=925&MainCategory=Controllers&Sub=2%20Circuit . The price was right but shipping was $7.83 at minimum. Just not worth that charge. Have any other sites/stores at which I can ge the fader?
  13. Is it Mr Christmas or GE? http://tinyurl.com/2omp4s
  14. If you want a website for cheap/free I would recommend Wordpress. Yes, it is meant to be a blogging platform, but you can create individual pages (example: Home, Display Pictures, How I do It, etc) just by checking a button. Another advantage is that Wordpress will host the site for free and there are hundreds of templates you can download and install (which is simple) to change the look and feel of your site. Check it out at wordpress.org/ Wordpress also has plugins for posting pictures and embedding streaming video from the likes of YouTube. Worth a try.
  15. Last year Menards had 12 inch white rope lights stars. I bought out the few they had at my local Menards, adn I cannot find them anywhere now. While I know the description is vague, I know the specialists on this board will most likely know what I am talking about. Anyone know where I can get these kinds of stars online to round out my display? Menards manager had told me that it is unlikely those stars will be restocked this year.
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