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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.

David Balch

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  1. There's a Snoopy on the local Craigslist - they want $300
  2. Yes, funny thing is I've never been on any other forum where that has happened. Despite some very argumentative posts & threads on some of the sites. And one thread on one site was actually allowed to run so that people could vent about a bad event & get it out of their system The reason for that is that it is a stupid thing to run without GFCI's Someone will get killed one day, probably a small child
  3. No, not in the plans We have a Vacation planned to see a Mouse & that's all the cheese we have to spend on travel this year. Larger items will probably be Pre-Order only this year. It all depends upon job, how work on the house progresses etc. I think the wife is getting sick of the boxes, so have to see how the garage works in changing her mind I have decided to shut down sales from approx Dec 11th thru Jan 11th for 2009 so I can enjoy the Holidays. I shut down in 2008 - plan was Dec 23rd - Jan 5th, but it ended up being earlier & longer due to being sick. I'm still sick & lucky if I can be on the PC for an hour a day
  4. I wouldn't use speaker wire for an extension cord, even light duty Especially not outside
  5. I can see the flicker in 1/2 wave I saw the TV news about the Plasma/LCD, its more about energy use then any specific TV type. My old 35" CRT used about 100 watts My new 42" LCD used 225 watts out of the box. I adjusted it down to about 105 watts. I ruled out Plasma TV's as the ones I looked at used 400-500 watts. That would be like running a small heater in the summer
  6. The bottom will be a garage 24x36 I want to have nets on pulleys to bring molds up against the ceiling Then cabinets on the walls & shelving to hold more The shelves will go on top of the cabinets, then molds I also want to build lite-weight shelves over the garage doors for molds The attic (3rd floor) will be walk-up & will be all storage Valentines, Easter, odd Holiday items will go up there All inflatables, then older molds w/boxes that are harder to store I may not need a lot of the garage, have to see But considering the way they keep multiplying........
  7. That's without the roof on I think it will be too small, but I'll manage The middle floor will be a great room, cathedral at the back (South) The attic & most of the garage will be mine...all mine!!! (don't tell the wife)
  8. Also the wire will corrode somewhat - probably not much I like the liquid tape
  9. I don't look for cheap when it comes to electrical components I have 4 Square D panels
  10. Here is the pic - General Foam train & tender I wish they would change the colors on items every few years
  11. Here's my new storage area The walk up attic will be 19x20, with additional area over the stairs Smaller molds, inflatables & small items will go up there As well as a work area & older molds w/boxes In the garage I am planning on "nets" with pulleys to hold molds up against the ceiling out of the way. Then shelves/cabinets around the perimeter. I also want to build a light weight shelf over the 2 garage doors for blow molds
  12. I know there were rumors that this would be discontinued for 2009 My sales rep indicates it will be produced for 2009 No special colors on tender cars - or anything else - I tried I've been out of commission since approx Dec 12th with one bug or another. I'm feeling better today, but have said that before in the past month. I also "shut down" for the Holidays (posted on my site) I will be shutting down for Christmas 2009 around Dec 11th as the last day I will ship, resuming in January - maybe Jan 11th It just takes too much time away from the Holidays to continue to ship right thru the Holidays. And shipping is slower. This year Fedex driver didn't want to take more then 5-7 boxes a day . So only UPS & USPS from now on Due to the fact I couldn't ship between being sick & snowstorms I've issued 3 refunds to people who didn't want to wait or were upset. Can't blame them, 3 of my storage areas are still frozen over with snow. Normally I go out & shovel - but that was a problem Snow, then layer of freezing rain/sleet sealed up the doors I am SO looking forward to the new garage for storage next year It will make my life much easier I have 200 e-mails I'm working my way thru Hopefully caught up by the end of the week - can only look at a PC screen for so long before my eyes start to bother me
  13. My lights go on until I can break it down Right now still a bit of snow out there Plus I've been sick - just feeling better
  14. This is the Union one I don't know of another I used 2 sets of the "shiny metallic paper" w/minis for my sleigh
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