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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.
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  • 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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    Its a wonderful life
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    Raleigh, NC USA
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    Husband and father of 2
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    Sports and Cars
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    6ft Santa

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  1. Hi folks thanks for all the help! I have found a cheap replacement motor and a company that is willing to repair or replace the control board cheapily as long as the voice chip is still good and it is! So I will pick this up again after Christmas and hopefully have it like new next year. At least on the inside! I guess I will start looking for a new/replacement Santa Costume as this one is looking a bit faded after 15 years or so. Merry Christmas, Randy
  2. Hi, I checked the motors and the one that turns the head is getting power but is DOA and will not run. The one that waves the hand runs perfectly from an external power source (3 AA batteries wired in series.) I also checked the power at the control board for this one (Hand Waver) and it is 0. So my guess is that I have two problems. One motor (head turner) is shot and the other (hand waver) is a fault on the board. Any suggestions? Merry Christmas, Randy
  3. Hi, Had some more time and took things apart a little more. I checked the two motors and on the Head turning motor I was getting 4 volts repeating to the motor. I assumed this is an automated to turn the head stop and turn the head. However the motor is not running. At the Arm wave motor I could not get anything and the motor is not running. I have included pictures below. Any suggestions?
  4. TIKOO or King, (as I seem to be in a humorous mood this morning....) No silent as an old church mouse! Does not sound like any power is getting to them! I have opened up poor Santa a little more and have included pictures but I stopped short of completely removing both motors as of yet. They both seem to be approximately the size of a "C" Battery. But I began to wonder if I should first ask if it would be strange for both motors to fail at the same time. Is there something I should explore in the control box first? But after Stripping and Restoring an Old Corvette I have learned that the most unimaginable is very, very possible! So But here are the pictures of how far I went. Should I continue to remove motors or is it worth at least popping the back off of the control box?
  5. No there is no noise from either the head area or the arm area. It was always sort of noisy as well. I mean you could hear the motor running.
  6. Is this what you are referring to? (pictures from front and back) This is what I was describing as a ground. I was able to move the inner ring both ways but there was no change. He is still singing for all he is worth but no movement. Thanks for any input!
  7. Hi, We bought this Santa new about 15 yrs ago at an Eckerd Drug Store. We actually bought it after Christmas and only paid about $50.00 on clearance. I always thought it was a good deal but i have heard it was a great deal as it has become somewhat collectible. We have had this Santa in our front yard every year thru our kids growing up. in fact we were known as the Santa house and there were nights where there would be a line of cars around our cul-de-sac for kids to see the Singing Santa. our kids are now grown and off at college but the Santa is still part of our tradition. But that is not really pertinent I guess. But a couple of years ago he started not wanting to wave. I could hit reset and give him a nudge and he would carry on usually for the rest of the night. Then last year he just stopped moving his head and arm. I did all the normal things. But it seems Gemmy just has no interest in helping me fix my old friend. I just can't bare to toss him out. So I am here hoping someone can help me Get Ole Saint Nick moving again! I have taken him partially apart and the first thing i found was what looks like a Ground wire that was just hanging loose. I have included pictures. If anyone can help me i would be very grateful!
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