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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.

Rotatorman

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  1. Just make sure your connections are tight. If you’re using LED net lights , then your power draw should be ok. Don’t understand why snow is not ok but rain is... You know what looks really nice is when you mix in twinkle net lights, but make sure they match the white light intensity of the ones you own. Look great on a large bush or small tree. HD sells them for 19.95 box.
  2. That’s the spirit! Christmas only comes around once a year. You don’t want to wait until next year to decorate. Lexington Ohio, between Cleveland and Columbus. Lived in a suburb west of Cleveland until last fall. Better get started before the weather changes. Keep us updated.
  3. Listen here. In my 60’s and have loved Christmas decorating since I saw the animated figures in downtown Cleveland (Higbee’s) when I was just a kid. Presently, we are about to move, just 5 miles, but a bank owns that house, and they are taking their sweet time closing the deal. This puts a move date sometime during December. There will be little or no time to decorate. So I want you to develop a plan for decorating your house, using the lights and displays you own. Develop this plan tonight before you go to sleep. Do it for me, ‘cause I won’t be able to. Take a pic and post it here once it’s set up. Cool.
  4. Just did a little research on these Lumen Play lights. Not available at Apple stores. Reviewers on Amazon Prime suggest not buying them due to difficulties with programming. I saw two boxes available on Amazon but did not understand the pricing. I know you need a starter set to begin with. Youtube people seemed to like them. If I’m putting my $ into a product that I will use for a month every year, I want to ensure it will be supported and will last 3 or 4 seasons. What else is out there similar to Lumen lights?
  5. Hey, Big J: if you posted a pic of the book, we cannot see it..... what book? OK, yeah, just found it in your second post. Wow, those prices are too rich for my blood.
  6. Visited my Wal-mart yesterday and saw a large variety of battery-operated mini lights. So ck out your Wal-mart.

  7. Yeah, I ck’d out that tree.  It’s nice, but I couldn’t pull the trigger due to cost.  Lowe’s had a similar one 2 years ago, it was bigger.  Reviews of people who bought that complained of whole strings not working.  If I remember, Lowe’s was priced at 499.00

  8. Wow, Rich, pretty thorough with your info. Was wondering if you had used these and would you recommend? Thank you.
  9. Wondering if anyone has any info on a product at Lowe’s made by Illuminations, called the LED LIGHT WIZARD. It has 4 ports to plug in your LED Christmas lights and you can choose 10 different displays. OK for outdoor use. $24.99 @ Lowe’s.
  10. Ck out Dynapac Rotating Motors, website, based in Utah. Look under indoor rotators—outdoor ones are $. I have a heavy-duty outdoor rotator. It will outlast me.
  11. REALLY LIKE THE RED COLOR IN THAT MAILBOX! Hoping I can find it in Florida.
  12. Awesome. Wish there were Menard’s in FL.. Paint looks real good.
  13. Darn! I’m never that lucky. Great pick-up Big J.
  14. When you are feeling well enough, please update us.
  15. I guess it didn’t work after all—today I’m getting email exchanges between Big J and Slankard. I gotta figure this out.
  16. Yes, it seems to have worked. You guys are great, thank you for your help.
  17. Thank you Scottrob. I did as you suggested; will wait and see how that works. 👍🏻
  18. Anytime I post a comment to someone else’s post, I’m getting all kinds of responses sent to my personal email. I’m not asking for these responses, but they’re piling up, including responses between two members like Donna and Big J. So how do I stop them?
  19. Darn!! What a catch, Big J. I’m always looking for similar offerings, but never this lucky. Just goes to show, it’s never too early for Christmas shopping.
  20. I agree. Shame all that had to come to an end when Higbee’s closed. Seeing those animated displays is what spiked my interest and enthusiasm toward displays that move and entertain. Nothing wrong with lights-only on a house, it’s just that I want something different than my neighbors. Thnx for your response.
  21. Yes, since you asked: I hate ‘Grandma got run over by a reindeer’.
  22. Yes, absolutely. Higbee’s motto was, ‘We will not be undersold’. They’re long gone, and the Jack Casino is operating in that building. Only a little more than 5 months before we can start decorating again! I’m still in the market for a Santa train blow mold to use with my rotator motor. This is a very heavy-duty motor that was once used to spin and electrify gas station signs, like Sunoco and Shell. Or, if anyone on this forum has a better idea of how to use my motor, I’m open for ideas.
  23. What are the latest details? Is this still of interest? Have tariffs raised the cost? I’m interested but need to know approximate cost.
  24. For help with your project, have you considered talking to the staff/teachers at your local high school, or technical school? This could be a class project. Would be beneficial for your display and the students who would gain an understanding of electrical and motion. Secondly, trying to time the lid to raise and lower may be difficult. Instead, what about letting the lid open and close with the object (Tigger)? Just limit Tigger from raising too much, and the lid will be ok.
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