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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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  1. I’m still active. I enjoy the forum. Not many people think about Christmas this time of year. (try selling some of your Christmas decorations).
  2. 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 Did not mean to resubmit the above. But today, after spending a long time taking and posting pics, the forum is not allowing me to post them. Very frustrating!!! At the bottom of the page, it just says `save ad`. There is no way to submit. What is going on? Just trying to give forum members first crack at really good Xmas items. —-Scott. Sunday 7/15/18

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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

  4. Thank you Mikeymatic. If that doesn’t work, I’m gonna have to sell these locally in a garage sale (blah).
  5. 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.
  6. 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....
  7. 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
  8. 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

  11. 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.
  12. DO NOT go up on the roof for the sake of pics. When you take it down after Christmas is fine; I can wait. Was curious is all. [email protected]
  13. You said you may post more details about the reindeer contraption. Would really like to see the details; that is one cool set-up. As part of my Christmas display, I have one of those very-heavy electric rotator motors that Shell Oil and Sunoco used to spin their signs back in the day. I have built horse-themed carousels, penguins riding on a sled, and this year, I have a snowman with ice skates spinning on a platform. How on earth did you get that up on your roof????

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    Got 1 each Bob and 1 Dave LED-illuminated inflatables. Never opened, new in box. Only posted one pix due to difficulty with downloading a small pix, sorry. Buyer pays shipping from 44039. 65. for both. Bob is 3-1/2 feet tall; Dave is 5 feet tall.


    North Ridgeville , Ohio - US


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    I have the engine and one coal car, always wanted a second coal car or similar car to go with this set. I display them outdoors, sometimes on the platform that rotates with lights. Trades are possible also, but not this Santa Train. Willing to pay a reasonable amount. Send a PM, thnx.



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    For sale or will trade, have 18 used plastic candy canes, some with a plastic ribbon, some w/out the ribbon. Some are 28", some are 30" long not including the hook. This forum will not allow me to show the true picture of the candy canes. If offering a trade, please be specific; if making an offer to purchase send a PM. Allow for shipping from 44039. Package will be at least 32" in length. Zip is 44039, thnx. Rotatorman


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