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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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Everything posted by Digger61

  1. I purchased these from E-Bay, 15A 250Rpm 600V 3 Wires Wind Generator Slip Ring FOR Wind Turbine IP51 Hot Sale $11 with shipping
  2. I'm interested as well. Sounds intriguing.
  3. I ordered and picked up 6 gingerbread men. they had an online 15% off sale making them 27 each. They are the old Union mold being produced by CADO. The box label had CADO on it. So it could be new stock from CADO. They are producing just a few of the molds.
  4. I bought a case of toy soldiers just before Christmas last year, as GF was closing, paid half that for each one. I'm feeling pretty good about that now.
  5. I'm getting ambitious here, I theme my display each year, and this year will be toyland / candyland. I am building a four foot cube to be an oversized Jack in the Box. It is currently going to be stationary, but I was thinking how great it would be to have the item (jack) be able to go in and out of the box while the handle rotates. I need ideas on how to accomplish this engineering feat. I think the Jack may be my Tigger snowman inflatable. This would be mounted on platform that could be raised and lowered via a motor. The lid would also be lifted and lowered with the platform. Ideas please. thanks.
  6. OK, that's cool, as we theme each year and do differnt themes, yes I'm a bit crazy to change it up so much each year. This just might make this years toyland theme be just over the top.
  7. we just added 10 inches of snow in CT, so the cords are there until the first thaw. I took down my inflatables, everything else is staked or buried, so with negative wind chills it will stay outside until it gets warmer.
  8. WLND-David, I grew up in Erie, have family there. they are used to snow, but not this much all at once. I'm just glad I don't live there any more. 5+ feet of snow on the ground and climbing. It will take a while to melt off. My mother just doesn't go anywhere at this point, she's in her 80's.
  9. Here in CT its just above zero, with an inch or two of snow on the ground. all my cords are covered in the snow. may have to wait until spring thaw to get to some of them. LOL.
  10. Mel, thank you once again for your wealth of knowledge. I just wish I could find the light string and Garland to go with them. Do you have a picture you could post? Maybe I can make the light string and add some garland.
  11. I'm looking for any information on these candy canes. They were made by Union. The box shows that they were sold by Sears, and the shipping mark show they shipped to Minneapolis/ St. Paul area. They are 17 inches tall with small steel bars for mounting. The bars slide into the bottom. Each one has the clip on the back as if they might hold a C9.
  12. wow, quite the chorale of blow molds. looks great.
  13. Looks Great. The idea is a good one.
  14. I was working on final touches, the lights were on the first night, 12/1, cars are slowing down as they pass by the house getting a good look. waved to one and said come on in, as we allow folks to walk through the display, They left on the spot. Another car stops right in front of the house, I hear, "look at that, did you see that" my wife says to come in, this couple pull in they and the kids get out, and have a great time looking around. That's the reason I do it. the kids faces were spectacular.
  15. Very Nice, I like the train Idea, mind if I borrow it for next year?
  16. I have made a 4 x 4 post frame and I cover it with the white/ grey painters canvas. I have a 4 X 8 platform using floor flanges and Black pipe to hold the molds in place. We cover the deck with straw or hay to add hopefully a more realistic look. My pictures are too large to upload, I'll have to get one with my phone.
  17. The only issue with them is someone in the past used what looks to be sheet rock screws to secure them. So several holes in the back of each where screws penetrated. As long as the forward facade is good, I'm happy.
  18. I found these at a local pawn shop. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and a pair of drummer boys. great price.
  19. I go Live 12/1 every year, So some years I am right after T-day or a week after like this year, helps me with time to get it all set up. I start tomorrow putting everything out.
  20. Thanks for the great information Mel. The flame tops don't have the ring where the tabs would lock it on, they are flat, so they may be replacements. Someone put small screws in to hold them on. I just found a small crack in the bottom of the base on each one, but it doesn't show or hamper the use of them.
  21. I went to the local consignment shop just to see what was there. Most of the booths were the usual with some small indoor Christmas items. turned the corner and what to my wondering eyes did appear, these two Empire red candles with the pointsetta design. The price was in my budget so I brought them home. They have 1969 molded into them near the logo, not sure if its the year or part number.
  22. Thanks Qberg, I think there may be wood chips in the lazy susan, need to pull it apart and see if that is the issue. Upon the advice of my brother, I put my meter in series with the power supply and motor, when it is running fine, it pulls about 5.25 to 6 amps. When it glitches, it is pulling over 10 amps, so the question is what is causing that. If this doesn't fix it I may have to go non motorized for this year and work out the kinks for next year. Very disappointing for me, but I need it in the display next week.
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