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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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About skibozo

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  • Location
    Poway, California, USA
  • Interests
    skiing, computers, cruising.
  • Occupation
    caregiver for my parents, and downsized bum. :-)
  1. I have a modest display in Poway. About a mile away from Hickory Street (Candy Cane Lane). CCL is very nice. On Celestial Road, on the hill above Celestial Court. Look for the dimly lit house. 5:30-10:00
  2. Hiya Louie, Remember me??? If you didn't buy those from Amazon, I have some unused 35 cnt M6 from CDI (2007 good stuff). Red, green, blue, and warm white. Sell them @cost + shipping. Michael
  3. Simple physics. Open the plug door. Turn the plug so the fuses are facing down, and lightly tap the whole plug against a solid object until the fuses pop out. (works for me, YMMV)
  4. skibozo If my poor old brain is right , I think / remember you making candy canes out of black PVC. I want to ask how well they lasted ? Mik E

  5. Scott, my wife & I are happy we could help, and everything worked out great. Merry Christmas to you & family.
  6. johnny christmas wrote: Excellentsign. The website namecarving is a nice touch.
  7. Then I carefully place the pipe inside the bottom part of the jig, and cut/tear what's left of the tape holding it to the jig. Then I just roll the pipe, trying to keep the pipe square to the jig. After reaching the top part of the jig, I do the tape cutting. Right picture shows how the ends may be ragged. I just tape up the rest using short pieces of blue tape. Gives a pretty consistent stripe if you are making multiple NPL's. I'm also rolling on top of a smooth piece of plywood. My garage concrete floor is a little rough so the tape doesn't adhere as well, and the tape edges didn't come out as straight due to the bumps.
  8. Here's my NPL striping jig. Made from 1"x2" wood. Inside measurements are 30" wide, and 81.5" long. Try to find the straightest wood for the long side, otherwise the pole will bind when rolling.I'musing 4" pipe cut to 29.75" long,so I have 1/4" 'wiggle' room. 81.5" mainly because that was the shortest piece of wood I had available at the time, but I liked the resulting stripe pattern. Upper right shows alignment marking for the blue tapeto keep stripes consistent. Bottom left shows the 2" blue tape installed, but sticky side down. Bottom right jig is flipped sticky side up. I cut most of the tape holding one corner with a knife, leaving just enough to hold it.
  9. Richard, you must have been depressed and beaten down by the man. I see ONE extension cord, BUT no lights, no controllers...... :{ It's great that you do things like that with your daughter. Memories that she will treasure forever.:smile: btw I hope you are not offended, but I'm shocked everytime I see your picture. Somehow I keep thinking you looked more like Willy Wonka.....:laughing::laughing:
  10. Ahhhhh.....dreamland......where cost is no object.........:]
  11. Paul, I emailed you my order just now. I'm kinda on a crazy graveyard schedule right now. Call me if you have any issues. Thanks, Michael
  12. I believe this program is available only for XP. Download and installthe image resizer. Then, you can select one or multiple pictures, right-click, select image resizer,and resize all of them quickly. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx Works great!
  13. contactmike1 wrote: Well, for guy's that would be very scary....OUCH!!!!!:shock:.......I mean single guys...OUCH!!!!:shock:...OUCH!!!:shock:......oh isn't that a cute dragon? (Oh, I didn't see you behind me dear......just kidding!) The gargoyle with smoking mouth would be cool. Might copy that idea.
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