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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.

Bill Foley

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About Bill Foley

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  • Birthday 06/01/1940

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    ChristmasNorthwest.com

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    Olympia, Washington, USA
  • Interests
    Woodworking, Christmas lights, truck collecting
  • Occupation
    Retired businessman
  1. In response to places to stay for the NW Mini: Super 8 77.36 inc tax Quality Inn $74.00 plus tax La Quinta $89.00 plus tax Plus 6 more all at Exit 109 on I-5 http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&rlz=1I7ADRA_en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=motels+lacey+wa&fb=1&gl=us&hq=motels&hnear=Lacey,+WA&ei=73OnTfCYEpGWsgPmg8H5DA&sa=X&oi=local_group&ct=image&resnum=2&ved=0CA4QtgMwAQ From here you can take College Street south 3.5 miles to the shopping center (on the left) where Farrellis is located for the Friday night pizza reunion. 4870 Yelm Highway SE http://www.farrellispizza.com/ On on Saturday morning: First you might like to try a bakery I have found. Twister Donuts. I recommend the bacon maple bar-a complete breakfast. West on Martin Way from the motel 2.1 miles to 2302 Martin Way watch carefully on the right for the shop-it is stand alone but is easy to miss. Here are the Yelp reviews: http://www.yelp.com/biz/twister-donuts-olympia Second find your way to the NW Mini it is 7.5 miles from the motels to 4842 Thompson Lane SE, Olympia WA. We'll have the coffee on to wash down that donut plus another stack here but not from Twister-I'm not that good of a host!!! - - - Bill
  2. This can be done with a solid state relay if you power the DC board with 3 to 32 vdc. These come in sizes from 10 to 100 amp on the controled voltage side. Hope this helps. - - - Bill http://cgi.ebay.com/Solid-State-Relays-3-32-VDC-In-240-480-VAC-10A-Two_W0QQitemZ350232786935QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item518b8037f7&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14
  3. Not to hijack the thread, but I have used ZeroMax for varible speed control on belt drive transmission. These have been dependable and simple to install. http://www.zero-max.com/products/drives/drivesmain.asp I had probably 20 of these used on take downs on thread winding equipment. I still have several of these both new and used leftover in the garage if anyone is interested.
  4. Ralph, Chuck idea of a garage open is the right motive power for this project. You will need to add two tracks - 3 feet apart for ridge casters (or ball casters) to ride in. The opener would be center mounted. Now as for the hinged panel I would use a pair of satellite dish actuators. These are 12-24 volt linear actuators. The control of these take a little time as you trying to disect the Cat5 control cable, but once you get it ,exact positioning is great. The throw is about 18". I build displays using pneumatics and motors. I have used hydraulics but only building floats were enormous power is needed. Just the musing of an old retired guy who spends all day playing in the shop.
  5. Mark, we could handle DMX and video down stairs in the garage when it is easier to create night. Wire frame would be there also since the benders and welders are already there. The balance of the clases would be in the shop.
  6. Steve, the solenoid controls the off-on function of your air supply while the air pressure controls the force (and slightly the speed) but it is the flow control valve that contols how quickly the cylinder moves. You should also have a flow control on the exhaust port to slow the return to normal state. Here is a more extensive discussion on one of the Halloween sites: http://www.scaryguys.com/aircyl.htm
  7. I built this one in 68 and it still operational. I did the mechinical side in colorful wheels and arm- it is as interesting as the street side. Just wondering if theres something like this already out there or designs drawn up?
  8. I was told to ask you about those firework looking toppers to see how i can purchase one

  9. www.christmasnorthest.com - there are three arches all in rope lite each being all one portable unit with controller attached and LOR 16 channels each. If you go to Spokane on the web site there is a picture of one made up in my shop. Oh, my brother in law Bill used my computer so I see I am signed on as him. If you have any questions contact [email protected] and I will be happy to answer them. Gary
  10. My brother-in-law uses rope arches in his display. Check: http://christmasnorthwest.com/ and look and the up on the house top sequnce.
  11. Norm, I have quite a few in various colors and multi. Email your needs to [email protected] and we will work out something. - - - Bill
  12. Down at the casino we call him Fast Oscar---a real poker face.
  13. I have 2 of the deluxe 16 channel boards for sale. These have the on board memory for stand-a-lone operation. http://store.lightorama.com/ctcotrbowihe.html They have never been out of the box. You will need to supply an enclosure and all cords.These boards are under warranty from LOR as I am an authorized dealer. $420 plus $12.00 for shipping and insurance total 432.00.Buyermust pay for them now so I can ship before I go south to get warmon1/30/08. [email protected]
  14. I have had good luck doubling 3/8" commerical rope light (ie Action Lighting). Be sure to select the space between two bulbs and heat the section with a heat gun. And as metioned plug the rope in for 15 minutes before you start installing.
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