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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.

    Art Ritchie

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    About Art Ritchie

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    • Birthday 09/22/1973

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      I love the large, free, 3 day event that my church puts on that is our gift back to the community and I love being a part of it all!
    • Location
      Cabot, Arkansas, USA
    • Biography
      Retired 20yr USAF Aircraft Hydraulic Technician. Wonderful family of 3 girls, 2 boys and 1 beautiful, intelligent holiday loving wife!
    • Interests
      Disc Golf
    • Occupation
      Fluid & Pneumatic Power Systems Design Engineer
    • About my display
      Used to be an ever growing half static, half LOR controlled display of over 50K lights until the storage company wrongfully sold off our unit. Now we are starting over :/

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    1. No, I've had no luck but that was one of the ideas I've come up with. If I can get the time to sit down and work on it, I want to take my existing, non-functioning inflatables and put them on a base that will be detachable from the blower assembly. Then I can make a single blower base that I'll just switch out inflatable bodies as required.
    2. I have several inflatables that have weak or completely dead fans. Anybody familiar with the output flow of the stock fans and the comparability of other fan/motor assemblies? I have four upright vacuums that I have rescued from trash piles. All motors work and I'm wondering if routing the motor and/or ducting to blow INTO the inflatable would provide enough flow to do the job. Maybe it wouldn't work to act as the only source, but if piggy-backed to blow air in WITH the weaker original motor? Also, I have a larger blower that belonged to one of those 13' water slide/pool combo's and I was thin
    3. I havent been able to engage my passion for extreme holiday decorating for the past 3-4 years due to....well....due to life. As a result, I havent been around the forums for quite some time, aside from the occasional check-in. Today, I saw a sign on a telephone for 'We can decorate your house!' and it got me wondering. Is the enthusiast community still hopping strong? Is it still growing and working on a myriad of projects all year long? Or has the hobby taken a hit and seen a decline in forces? I know its hard to judge just by looking at the forums, as history shows that the forums get pretty
    4. That looks really good! Especially love the little green ribbon sticking out. Breaks up the monotony of the cane nicely, Well done!
    5. I've been looking for the TV shows this year showing the 'extreme decorators' or the decorating challenges on channels like HGTV, Discovery, TLC or any of those. Unless I'm missing something, I haven't seen much of ANYTHING this year! Anyone know if they are airing this year? Art
    6. Hey RAB, its probably blocked. I cant see it on my work computer either. I cant get most of the videos to come up unless their on Vimeo and even have problems with some pictures, depending on where they are saved.
    7. Ok all you Arkies and nearby folks. No interest last year apparently. What about this year? Are there even any Arky folken still lurking these here boards? If so, lets get together. Even if its just an occasional drink at the pub!!
    8. Ah....I see now!! Thanks for the visual! Hmmmm....got some tinkering to do now.
    9. Nice! Looks so much more inspiring when you see it in actual use! And I like the ice skaters too! Looks like I have a few more projects on my plate this year. Just how much is 'too much', anyway? lol
    10. Getting back into the groove of this decorating insanity, I just found out about doityourselfchristmas.com's forums. Theres a lot of interesting things floating around over there. One of which was the snowfall tubes. I was reading one of the threads about "Finally affordable Snowfall Tubes" and it got my gears workin' in this rusty old brain. They mention that one of the tubes they are working on has something like 56 LED's on it. What about a 4 channeled pole, ending with 'branches' bending outward, where the 56 LED's are divided amongst? These LED's could be on channel 5. Then you could ligh
    11. My apologies for abandoning this post!! Using the Google Books search, I was able to find the particular issue I was refering to. As JFTiger mentioned, it was the Dec 65 issue. http://books.google.com/books?id=beQDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA128&dq=popular+mechanics+christmas&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PsoCT56mI4aJtwfb_eHSBg&ved=0CFUQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=popular%20mechanics%20christmas&f=false
    12. Now that things in my life are seeming to settle down, I'm starting to get back into the holiday decorating thing slowly but surely. Hopefully, after nearly three years away from my PC family, I'll be reappearing and making a bigger contribution. Right now, I'm having a problem though with a lighting issue. I want to put some lights in my village. I am using minilights as I have a large surplus of these laying around. My switch is a 3-way switch (ON1-OFF-ON2). I would like ON1 to turn on 4 of the 6 minilights, while switching to ON2 enables all 6 bulbs. I know I could install a dimmer knob and
    13. I know this has been asked in the past and interest seemed low, but figured I'd drop it again. It seems to me like interest in decorating for most of the central Arkansas crowd has done a nose dive. I thik we need to find something to both re-energize our ranks and possibly drain some new enthusiasts!! What do yall say??
    14. This is a screenshot of that video to show the house.
    15. Friend of my sis's just posted a facebook vid of someones display in Wichita Falls. Anyone know who this is? If I remember Beka Caudill was/is in WF, but looks like she hasn't been active in a few years. http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/video.php?v=1691751583092&comments
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