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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 lenning

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  • Birthday 01/26/1964

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    It's a wonderful life!
  • Location
    Claremont, California, USA
  • Biography
    Love decorating. Want to work on animating this year
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    getting ready for christmas
  • Occupation
    City Worker
  • About my display
    have tv playing Its A Wonderful Life

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  1. Hi Everyone, So I've started to build candy cane machine much like Dano's and Toozies. The building of it I got, but the programing I have no idea. I'm looking to have a button start audio, move 2 servos, then turn on a DC motor until a candy cane hits a micro switch and turns everything off. Are there any videos or tutorials that might get me started on how to figure this out? I am clueless when it comes to electronics! Thanks, Lenny
  2. Hi Big J, Great to hear from you, it's been awhile. Its just one of those perego kid ride-on trains that I put a 12v power pack in and a slip ring. Funny thing is, that thing has been running for 6 years now and hasn't stopped yet! Take care! Lenny
  3. Much thanks to Dano and Lightman for all the ideas and videos! Thanks!!!
  4. Well, Here I am again with a few wiper motors, deer motors and lumber but no idea on what to build! I have to confess that I pretty much try to copy whatever Dano or others have done (i have next to no imagination!) Anyone have any ideas?
  5. I have the santa projection going on in my upstairs window. A little girl was outside crying in front of my display with her mom trying to comfort her. I came up and asked if she was ok. The mom said "She is upset because she wants to know why Santa stays in your house and not hers"! A candy cane and hot chocolate made it all better.
  6. Hi Glenn,

    PM is not working.  Please email me at [email protected] if it is available.  I will get the payment to you ASAP!

    Thanks

    Lenny Davis

  7. HAHAHAHA! I had to share that with my wife! Don't leave us hanging Don! Were you able to get all 10??!!
  8. I had the big snow globe and it ripped in the front. I used a needle and fishing line to stitch it together. Held up well with very minor air leak that didn't affect it at all.
  9. I bought the Disney countdown at Lowes back in November.  Worked great and is well built.  However, I had to return it twice and exchange it for one that worked.  Out of the box it was a blur and could not be focused no matter what.  But when I got one that worked, it worked great with no issues!

  10. I would love to buy a set of your plans. Can u email me for the details on how to get them? Thanks, Lenny
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