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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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    Folks, it took well over an hour just to post these few pics what with the restrictions on pic size. I actually have a lot more Xmas outdoor for sale than I can post here. I am moving and that’s the reason I’m selling. PLEASE buy in lots: for example, not just one reindeer, but all nine. Same with the nutcracker/soldier. Same goes for the lights. And the plastic bears. If you want description and pricing email me at [email protected] Remember, it’s best for me to sell in lots. Some items are new, some are used; some come with the light and cord, some do not. If I cannot sell many items this week, I will have a local Christmas in July sale at my house within the next two Saturdays. There are 10 reindeer, but one goes with a Santa on sleigh; 9 nutcrackers/soldiers of which 4 are short and have black hats, a few blue and a few red. There are 9 or 10 small teddy bears. The skating tinsel snowman was used once last Christmas, on my rotator motor, has a small tear; the teeter-totter is motorized and goes up/down, but the teddy bears do not go with it., The tinsel-like horse actually rocks. The plastic penguins are like new, there are 2. A Santa going to the mailbox has never been used. I have a large nativity set with animals that must be sold as a set.


    North Ridgeville , Oh

  2. Thank you Mikeymatic. If that doesn’t work, I’m gonna have to sell these locally in a garage sale (blah).
  3. OK, I’ll try using my iPad to re-shoot the images. And if it has resolution adjustments, I’ll try that again. Thnx, D.
  4. Donna: so frustrating, trying to post pics on this forum! Wasting my time!!! I did try your advice to crop, and got the same message that my pics were too big. May have to try using the dreaded “C-list”. You have helped me in the past, and I appreciate that. So bummed; I have a lot of good Xmas items to sell....
  5. I have a large qty of Christmas outdoor display items that I have taken pics of and wish to post them for sale on this forum. However, when I attempt to post the pics, a note appears, telling me the pics are too big. How can I get past this? A lot of items are either new or like new condition, and I would like to see them go first to planetchristmas forum members before I have to sell them otherwise. I am moving, and the next house is too small for what I have. Thnx, rotatorman
  6. Rotatorman

    Color motion LED


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    Two boxes, one lot, of LED icicles. Starts as all one color (red, green, blue, etc). then starts to flash all colors. The second pic shows how awesome the blue color is. These boxes have never been used. There are 24 icicles per box, and the icicles are 2 sizes. Would like to get 30.00 per box. Will consider some kind of trade. Selling off my lights because I have moved and don't have the structure (small house, one tree, etc) that I used to have. email: [email protected]


    North Ridgeville , Ohio - US


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    11 boxes, one lot, of LED color-changing lights. The colors cycle through as all one color, first red, green, blue, etc. Then, they flash two colors at the same time, then, all colors at the same time. There are 12 bulbs to a box. Some boxes have been used for one season, and some are brand new, never having been used. If interested, my email is [email protected]


    North Ridgeville , Ohio - US


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    For sale, one lot (7 boxes) of LED C3 lights. You can choose from steady white, steady all color, or alternating between white and color. These lights have never been used. 150 lights per string, and when in color mode, they are really beautiful. I'm asking $77. for all 7 boxes. Lights do have female ends. Total length for each box is 38 ft. If interested, please email me.


    North Ridgeville , Ohio - US

  9. Thanks for the update and all the effort, time, and expense you put into running this forum. Sounds complex.
  10. VERY NICE pickup. Agree with Big J: we all would love to have those!
  11. $2000. and 37 bids? That's insane....and, the mechanism isn't even working. Unreal. Bidding ends tomorrow. Get off the wallet.
  12. As stated by many: cool! As far as selling, have you contacted those rental businesses, there' s one in every city, that rents out Bobcats, power-washers, etc? They may be interested in purchasing it, then renting it. Or film companies? Ski slope operators?
  13. Will offer up prayers. I think that is great what you are doing for your mom. You're a good son.
  14. There is a certain shade of blue (LED) that looks so cool. I have not been able to find it anywhere, but it looks like it may have a mite of purple in it. I will try to locate a sample and post it.
  15. No, we didn't get to see the skiers doing their aerial stuff. Would've like to have seen that. We plan on three trips this year, not including several to D.C. The one trip to New York will be to drop off a black lab that we raised for Guidingeyes.org. Hopefully, we can get to Olympic Park during that visit. About the bobsled: we live less than an hour from Cedar Point, about 4 - 1/2 hours from Kings Island. Those fantastic parks have some bad--- roller coasters, and I've ridden them all. But to ride on the bobsled is the ultimate. That is one fast ride. Your teeth will rattle and that ride just goes on and on. Thanks for the tips on Whiteface and Olympic.
  16. Donna: I see you are from upstate New York. In 1999 and 2000, a co-worker and I spent a number of weeks at a bus mf'g facility (NovaBus) in Albany/Schnectady as inspectors for buses that Cleveland was purchasing. It was costly to bring us home over weekends when the plant was closed, so we did a lot of exploring. Upstate New York is so darn cool!! At Lake Placid, we rode the bobsled; at Saratoga Springs we attended an impromptu street concert. The music was A-1, and the cans of beer were $1. Can't remember what city, but we found an all-ice-block house and were allowed to walk through it. A lot of very good memories, upstate NY is the best!!!!!!!!!!
  17. Donna, your explanation kinda makes sense. I can deal with that. Thanks for your interpretation.
  18. I don't have a comment about the spiral tree, but in your picture, the tall white triangular-shaped item to the left of the spiral tree: they had one assembled at my Lowe's. It was priced at either 299. or 249. I visited Lowe's numerous times during the Christmas season and noticed that some of the strings of lights were failing. I read the reviews, and sure enough, many people wrote that theirs had strings that had failed. I did not purchase one after hearing that. Besides, it was too pricey, and only came in white. Anyone purchase one of these?
  19. Chuck's message said we will not be allowed any new messages or posts. Sounds like a read-only web site. I have never used FB or Twitter, and limit my socializing to this and another forum. Can someone explain what this means, not being allowed to post or message?
  20. Did I miss something? Was a decision made to merge with social media? Just read Big J's post. I don't use any social media, so how does this impact this forum?
  21. Agree with both Rynelson and qberg: take pics and over the next few months, take your time and re-paint Santa. I would also get rid of those cheesy lights around the Santa outline. As another suggestion: you can always leave the Santa as is: patina is cool nowadays. If you choose not to paint, display the Santa with a soft, maybe red-dish spotlight next Christmas. I wish people would give me stuff like that
  22. Lisa48317: have you tried trapping the squirrel? Call the city, or purchase a trap, bait it with peanut butter, and set it loose in nearby woods. Once trapped, be careful not to get too close, those squirrels can bite nastily.
  23. Did anyone mention this: when you click on a topic, it should take you to the latest entry. That way, you don't have to scoot all the way past other entries, which in some cases, can be pages.
  24. Yeah, most of my blow molds popped right up, but had grass stuck to the bottom of them under 6" of snow. I secured most of my blow molds with wooden garden stakes and if you wobble them, they will come right out.
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