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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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    1. North Dakota & Wyoming. I think we have Alaska & Hawaii.
    2. Your painted letters look great. And, the green, blue, red chaser lights add a nice touch. :smile: Margie
    3. Just like with most good painting jobs, my only "painting trick" is careful preparation. I drilled the holes that outlined each of the letters. Then I placed painter's tape around each of the letters. (I used a lot of tape and had the entire top surfaces of the coro covered except areas that would be painted.) Then I covered the letters that I wasn't painting (ones that would be a different color) with plastic and sealed the edges with painters tape. After a color dried, I covered those letters with plastic and sealed the edges. I repeated this for each color. When all colors were dry,
    4. John- I reverse my drawing and drill the holes (with a dremel at low speed) thru the back of the coro. There is no need to erase anything on the back. Margie
    5. It would help if you updated your profile to include your location. You might want to look at http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/forum21/7071.html "coroplast suppliers." Maybe you will be able to find someplace local. (Looks like Tim beat me to that one!!) Margie
    6. Jeremy- The paint on the coro doesn't show up at night. I painted the coro so the design could be seen in the daytime. It reminds me of the Bill H. method of painting wireframes for a nice daytime display. (Ok, his method saves the step of swap bulbs and I'm actually adding a step. :?) Margie
    7. Annalisa- Any chance that you can post pictures of your C6s? Maybe you can take pictures of the different vendor's LEDs while you're in OK. I'm especially interested in comments about any noticeable flicker. Margie
    8. The sign is 60"x26". It uses 900 lights. Lesson learned - plan the placement of the lights carefully (especially for the animated sections.) I had to cover 86 lights with blackout caps, because I forgot to account for the other 7 lights (x 2). Bryce, my factory is in trouble. I'm still working on the design!! I think I'm going to have individual elves building toys instead of the big factory like you have. I love the WOW of your display, but I'm hoping that a smaller/simpler design will actually get completed. (Wasn't I working on the design at PLUS2005?!!) Margie
    9. These are night pictures. They show the basic animation frames.
    10. My Kringle Toy Co. sign is almost done. (I still need to paint the fender washers white.) Thank you Don M. and Bryce for sharing your designs. You were my inspiration. This is a daytime picture. The letters were painted with Krylon Fusion. Margie
    11. Another option might be using a pair of Easy Light Linkers. They allow you to "Wirelessly connect your PC to outdoor controllers for convenience and safety." Margie
    12. John, Another method might work if you have access to a scanner and Excel (or other spreadsheet.) Draw your design on paper. Scan the picture into your computer. Insert the picture into a blank Excel spreadsheet and resize it to the finished size. Print the picture spanning several pages. Tape the pages back together. (The putting back together can be a pain, but it works better for me than drawing freehand onto coroplast or using a grid transfer.) Margie
    13. I started this as a new post so it will be easier for searching in the future. Apparently many people with guinea pigs make cages out of coroplast. There is a web site with a database of coroplast suppliers that are listed by state. It shows info about the location, date, price, and size (including 4' x 8') for coroplast that people purchased. If you are looking for coroplast, you might find a location that is local. Margie
    14. The color chart for Krylon stained glass color shows blue, red and yellow only. A while back, Michaels clearanced green and purple. Looks like Krylon discontinued those colors.:{ Margie
    15. I think Jeff is referring to Don from New Zealand. Since it doesn't get dark there till late (southern hemisphere), he painted his coroplast so his display could be enjoyed during the daytime. Don posted that 2005 was going to be his last year of creating a display, so I'm not sure if he ever transferred to the new boards. Here are day/night pictures that he posted.
    16. Brad- You can still be tempted!! :devil: The carousel is sold out, but is available as waitlist. (If you place your order now and it becomes available within 45 days, they will charge you today's price when they ship it.) Margie
    17. Glenn, Are your windows single-pane or double-pane (insulated) glass? The magnetic wreath hangers Jeff mentioned only work on single-pane glass. I tried one on a double-pane door and the magnets wouldn't hold together. Margie
    18. John - You may want to look at Coroplast suppliers to search a database by state. The main site is about guinea pigs, but the database mentions locations and prices that people paid for coro (including 4'x 8' sheets). The prices for Harbor Sales look reasonable, but I hope you can find something more local (to you, not me!!) I would try to avoid oversized shipping costs or having to connect smaller pieces. I found that supporting coro is the hardest part of using it, and each of the pieces would need adequate support. Margie
    19. This was my second year using sets of single color lights twisted together for my color changing trees. The 2004 setup took a little longer because I had to combine the strands together. In 2005, I just replaced burnt out bulbs with the correct color. I have a problem for 2006. My blue lights have noticeably faded after two seasons. I will need to replace them in each set (not an easy thing to do since they are all braided together). If I had used the overlapping strings method, it would be easily to replace strands. I am going to continue using the combined strings method. I lik
    20. I transfer my files between my sequencing machine and show machine using "Socknet." Socknet is for those of us who haven't progressed to the high speed "Sneakernet"!! Margie
    21. J.J.'s "Let it Snow" inspired me. It showed that you can have a display synchronized to music without having it too blinky. I do have mini trees that move with the beat, but my color changing trees change colors with the lyrics. Margie
    22. All this talk about sharing sequences has me thinking... Has anyone created an LOR sequence for Frosty the Snowman by the Charms (from the Christmas with The Kranks soundtrack) that they would be willing to share? I have the music already. I planned to do the sequencing for that one myself since it is a simple song, but I just don't have the time to start it from scratch anymore. Thanks, Margie
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