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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.

Scott Rob

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When my granddad help me make wood cut outs for our naivety when I was young.
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    Metro Atlanta
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    I love putting up Christmas light and seeing the smiles on people face that come by
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    Christmas Displays, blow molds, gardening, LOR
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    Electrically Engineer
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    Most years my display is LOR and other years it is blow molds and old school looking

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  1. I have attached some picture but I did not think they where sold together?
  2. I looked around and your right everyone is sold out. I did find kits in stock at Jameco. Since time is short you might think about using some thing like Skype and everyone can be there a listen though phone.
  3. I received an email and this attachment was below. Since a lot of people are staying at home. Most trade show have moved out or gone virtual. This site is open to anyone. Scroll to bottom to see all the companies. https://transworldvirtualshow.com/christmas/ https://transworldvirtualshow.com/
  4. That’s cool thanks for sharing!
  5. I have had good luck from the company below. I only did small job less than 100 clips. There is also some comical wire frame markers that might have size and amount you need. I have been to there showroom near Pigeon Forge TN. There chips are colored which is really cool. That way it’s just one string of lights. I would give them a call they are very helpful. Most of there stuff is true commercial grade items.
  6. Thanks TED for the kind words. I try to make it as clean and neat as I can:) The funny part to me is the number of family that take their Christmas photos in our front yard. It creeps my wife out some when we leave or get home at Christmas time and there are bunch of people on our porch or in the yard:)
  7. I know when I had the house built almost 4 years ago the HOA was fine. In last few years it keeps getting more strict. This quote sums it up. ”We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that.” We are looking out for some land to build another house!
  8. That’s to bad. I looked up H/I it has the pixies items in 1988 catalog but it does not appear in 1989 catalog. I have included a picture of H/I 1988
  9. The only way I have seen to tell the age is the plug. If plug is non-polarized it POLORON. If the plug is polarized then it would be H/I. Since POLORON closed before 1980 then it would have non polarized plug. That my rule of thumb. The trick is to have original light cord set:)
  10. Hope this helps it looks like it is POLORON. I have POLORON Santa with back wards letter also.
  11. Old blow mold catalogs I have been in search for more information on some of the blow mold I have/want. I reached out to Mel about old blow mold catalogs. Mel gave the name of a guy that has a large collection of blow mold catalogs and other Christmas items on USB stick. His contact information is Mark Podmore email: [email protected] I have included some of our e-mail correspondences: Hi Scott: I have the catalogs on USB/flash drive if you’re interested? If so, send $23.99 PayPal to [email protected] If you use PayPal Friends & Family option, it’s free. Be sure to include your mailing address. Thanks!! Mark Podmore ************ Hi, Mark Cool! How many catalogs are on usb stick? What years does it cover? ************* Hi, Scott Approx 500-600 covering 1920s-1990s. The blow molds are 1950s-1990s. The earlier stuff is all lighting. I have attached some of the list of catalogs on the USB stick I received. Also some of them have the price list for that year at the end😊
  12. Merry Christmas to all and a healthy and happy new year!!!!!
  13. It was about 6year worth of buying all of mine were American sales or bronners. If I had a crystal ball I would have bought a lot more. Most of mine I got on sale for 29.99-39.99). Also shipping was cheaper too. I was trying to make another choir stand of angels but the prices have been going up! I only have picked up 3 of TPI angels:)
  14. It could be Poloron. Mel would know for sure. Below is whole set of Poloron.
  15. This is the way I did my reindeer about 6 years ago. I think if you have a bunch it would work the same way. I drilled a small hole for the SPT-1 wire to go through and made the standard C7 light hole a little bigger to get LED 40watt candelabra bulbs into the reindeer. Then zip tied it on bottom that way the LED bulbs stands up straight and a little forward helps light up the neck better. In my book the reindeer needs a lot of light to show up good. Also the other SPT-1 wire goes to the red noise reindeer. Mine is set to blink on some songs and others just on. Also the sheep and Shepard’s run on one SPT-1 wire with 8 C7 sockets and some plugs for Shepard’s.
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