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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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  1. I wonder if it's the scrap metal dealer that bought the unsold 'molds? TED
  2. C9 sockets for SPT type wire (zip cord): https://www.actionlighting.com/c9-replacement-christmas-socket-pack-100pc-bag-100slac9skt/ https://www.creativedisplays.com/products/spt-1-c-9-sockets-green-for-zipcord/ Pin type sockets for regular (Non SPT) wire: https://www.actionlighting.com/intermediate-bakelite-pin-socket-pack-25pc-216sk-731-2/ https://www.creativedisplays.com/products/pro-grade-c9-intermediate-base-bakelite-twist-on-socket-black/ TED
  3. That's awesome. Thanks for posting it! TED
  4. Please post pictures when you get it set up. I want to see those bumper cars! TED
  5. Hmm, I don't see any picture(s). I did get some kind of a catalog a couple days ago but I have no idea if it's what you are talking about. TED
  6. I do remember seeing those but I couldn't tell you when or where! I thought they were pretty cool. You should post a link to where you saw these in case anyone else is interested in getting one. It would be a good thing to post in the "Heads Up" area of the forum. TED
  7. I was on board as soon as I read "candy cane light poles". Then I saw the picture. Great job! TED
  8. One of the most important aspects of network cable is whether it is solid core or stranded core. Solid core wire is meant to be installed in a permanent fashion and left alone. If you use solid core network cable to make patch cords and you coil them up and uncoil them repeatedly (like every season for use in a display) they will eventually fail. The reason is that solid core wire is not very flexible. When you repeatedly bend the cable the 8 little solid wires inside start to break. Frequently the cable will look just fine on the outside even when one or more of the wires inside are broken. You may not know there is a problem until you start getting weird intermittent errors. When there is a break in one or more of the wires inside the cable may work part of the time and then drop part of the time especially if there is any movement. A proper patch cord is made of stranded wire that is very flexible. There was a time when it was a lot cheaper to make your own patch cables however the price of factory made patch cables is so low now that it really makes no sense at all to make your own. I find that the best prices are usually at Monoprice.com. TED Yep you sure gotta watch those SQUARES. Being uncool is very bad for networks and network cables! TED
  9. Here's a tip some people use that I've read about here in the forums. You can raise the connection where 2 cords plug together using either a plastic or wood stake. Then take a plastic cup or plastic bottle with the top cut off and put it over the stake. If you spray paint the cup or bottle flat black it won't show at night. This will help keep the connection dry without trapping water in the plug. TED
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    Nativity set

    Bronner's has this one although it's not the right one for that set. https://www.bronners.com/product/baby-jesus-for-life-size-lighted-plastic-nativity.do TED
  11. That's a cool set. Thanks for sharing the picture! TED
  12. I'm sure many of you know about Monoprice for patch cables but for the last few years they have also been selling Christmas lights. They are currently having a sale on lights and decorations. There are clearance prices and you can get an additional 20% off using a code. All the information is at the link. http://m.email.monoprice.com/rest/head/mirrorPage/@lCcpNl-fpnrnrFlsWNVFNygoPwGZct5CUZX_5Ls_PdfecBk73i9Irubxg3xY8HYKfOdWI7Ix43g6Tk627qmR5rqKWdQB1HlYKdrY9YhiF1JYgCf1.html?deliveryName=DM5371 TED
  13. Did you get them? If so please share a picture! TED
  14. I saw one on someone's porch but I thought it was resin. They must be sold out because the item in those links just shows a H.D. logo for the picture. They have them again this year! Not as far as shipping! TED
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    Huge score

    Awesome! That definitely counts as huge!! TED
  16. In a few years when the 3D printers get cheap enough we'll be able to print up these kind of things. TED
  17. Great looking bags as usual! I wish I had one of those green witches. I have one that I think is from the same mold but it's the white version. (I think the painted areas are the same.) TED
  18. I don't have any ideas without seeing it. What holds the bulbs in? Are there clips or something? A picture would really help. TED
  19. You have a very nice display! I like the way you have "virtual" Santa directing the show. I have to say that song made me feel a bit sad because the author seems to be missing out. TED
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    Blowmolds on TV

    The AMC channel is having a Christmas movie marathon. Currently "Ernest Saves Christmas" is on. It just showed Earnest's house. There is a flatback Santa (possibly Noma) with sack on a tree in front. On the roof there is a set of Santa sleigh and reindeer (Empire/Gen Foam I think), and a Empire or Gen Foam giant snowman. There's a bunch of other tacky (non-Christmas, non-blowmold) stuff in the yard like a Marlin fish statue. Now that I've typed this it doesn't seem nearly as interesting but maybe it will start a conversation. TED
  21. I haven't seen any in the H.D. here. TED
  22. I like the Mary figure--She has a kind face but that Joseph looks a bit scary! TED
  23. That Santa in the first picture sure has a bad sunburn! TED
  24. I knew there was something I forgot to do! TED
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    LED light coverings

    I realize this is way after the fact but for anyone else who comes along to read this, here's a source for the colored caps. These have the plastic clip to hold the light to the frame built into the cap you don't need to buy clips separately. http://shop.christmas-leds.com/category_v3.aspx?categoryID=336 TED
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