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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. Did you get them? If so please share a picture! TED
  2. 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
  4. In a few years when the 3D printers get cheap enough we'll be able to print up these kind of things. TED
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  9. I haven't seen any in the H.D. here. TED
  10. I like the Mary figure--She has a kind face but that Joseph looks a bit scary! TED
  11. That Santa in the first picture sure has a bad sunburn! TED
  12. 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
  14. I wish I had known about this. I'm just down the road in Little Rock! Maybe next year. TED
  15. The skelemingos were hard to find at least in some areas. I was able to get a set from an eBay seller. It was an auction lot that also had a set of all black flamingos. I believe they are all made by Union Products. TED
  16. I think Brian is probably right about them being TPI. Did you get the flames with the 2 red ones? TED
  17. Hi Justin, I think that makes you a "lurker". Congrats on becoming a posting member! TED
  18. Thank you for that tip. It never occurred to me that the local store choice would matter. (It seems like they'd only be receiving the shipment.) I'll try changing stores! TED
  19. Welcome back!!! I tend to be less active for part of the year but always show up again at some point. TED
  20. Disconnect AC from (double pole) breaker. Connect sub-panel or "spider box" to breaker. It took me a minute to realize that hot tube meant hot tub. I was wondering what a hot tube was! My first thought was like an old tube type stereo or radio. I couldn't figure out why you'd need tubes in a sub-panel! The camper plug box looks like a good idea. I was thinking something like that would be good but didn't know what to call it. Those plugs you have on the other end are basically a DIY spider box. You'd hook up a spider box the very same way. (Edit: If you want to get fancy put a camper plug in there like Scott describes.) I can't figure how that blew those minis. They must have been getting 220 instead of 110. Wow, thanks for posting that picture! I've never seen the inside of a panel like that. There's some of those hot tubes! I'd hate to change a fuse in that. One slip and you're zapped! Good point about knowing the type of box. Different manufacturers have different types of breakers and most of them aren't interchangeable. TED I like those green "duck" boxes. They look pretty heavy duty and appear to have "in use" covers built in. Where'd you get those? TED
  21. Has anyone else noticed some weirdness with the Ace website? For example in the picture Scott posted you can see the Halloween candle is $14.99. I happened to already have the item open on my computer (at $16.99) before I saw Scott's post. So I refreshed the page thinking the price would change to 14.99 but it did not. Then I tried opening the item in a new private window and it came up at 14.99. So I thought the price went down but they wanted to charge me the old price and hide the lower price from me. So I thought I'll outsmart them and i cleared all my cookies. I opened up the Ace site again and the price was back to 16.99. I wonder if they store the IP number and use that instead of cookies. I just checked now since it's after Halloween to see if the prices might have gone down but instead all the discounted prices are gone except the zombie gnome. (For example the pumpkin was $2 less but now it's not.) Does anybody know whats going on? TED
  22. It sounds like you've got a plan there and I don''t want to sound like I'm discouraging you from hiring an electrician if you need one, but if you can rewire your AC to setup a portable power supply then you probably know enough to hook up the spider box. TED
  23. When i first saw this I thought it would be great to add to a Nativity scene but then i noticed that it's only 7 inches x 4 inches. Also it has a hole cut in it to make it a planter. It seems over priced for such a small item. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Union-53350-7-x-4-Black-White-Cow-Planter/51555626 TED
  24. Also not bad when you're the inflatable king! That's a very cool setup. Would Trick or Treaters go up this walkway to get treats? I've always wanted to have a couple of the cat on a pumpkin 'molds but they continue to elude me. I wonder if the actual mold survived the demise of Gen Foam... Ok the second story porch is super cool! I like the way you have everything evenly placed. It makes it look great! I see you also have the cat on a pumpkin which is fairly rare down here in the South! TED
  25. I might order some from Ace. I thin the skelemingos are actually cooler than the zombie flamingos. TED
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