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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.

    jrbryant

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    About jrbryant

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      Georgetown, Kentucky, USA
    • Biography
      I'm an old man that still enjoys the heck out of Christmas!!!
    • Interests
      Wood working / art / music
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      Programmer/Analyst
    • About my display
      Mostly use cutouts for my display. Have started incorporating animated lights in now as well.

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    1. This year's addition to my display is Monster's Inc. To give you a little idea of the dimension... the door is 8' tall. My 15 year old daughter painted Mike. The red light, at the top of the door, flashes on and off... as seen in the main picture (off) and the close-up (on).
    2. I'm sure the kids really enjoy seeing your display! How fun would that be to see...Thanks for sharing!
    3. Hi Eric... and welcome to PlanetChristmas! I don't use plywood for my cutouts, but I used to use Masonite (hardboard) years and years ago. I've switched over to using Coroplast instead. With that said, what I used to use in sealing the Masonite was a good latex exterior paint. Normally, I would buy a white, exterior, latex paint and give the board a minimum of 2 coats. You have to be VERY thorough with the edges... since that is where most of your moisture would be soaked into the board. When buying paint that you'll be using for your characters, I would suggest getting a fairly
    4. That would be one REALLY fun house to drive by. Nice job Shane!
    5. Thank you for the kind words Njnicka... I appreciate you taking the time to view the video and leave a complimentary post. I'd really love to see pictures and videos of your characters after you've completed them! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
    6. I posted a video showing how to animate a Coroplast character by using a motor. Posted the link in the "cutout" section and thought I'd share it in the "motorized contraptions" section as well. Hope this helps someone out that is looking into animating a cutout character. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc5xkpqaCRU&t=266s
    7. HAHAHAHA... that's quite humorous! Well done Xenon. I'm sure that will bring about a few chuckles!
    8. I pulled a Homer Simpson... DOH! Let's try this one... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdk0ncnUBMruM5jClF1LWmw Thanks Zman!
    9. I just posted a new video that shows how to animate a cutout using a windshield wiper motor. I used Coroplast in making my cutout... but the same principles can be applied to animating a cutout made out of a wood based product. I hope you find this video helpful! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc5xkpqaCRU
    10. Hey XXNoNameXX - I know I'm really late coming to the party... but better late than never, right? I have quite a few 8' coroplast (I used to use wood based, but switched to coro) characters that I put up each year in a very windy location. I drive two stakes (either metal conduit or 1x2 pressure treated) into the ground (rather solidly). Then I screw through the wooden stake into the frame of the character. I also supplement this with guy wires on both the front and the back side. Usually two stakes and guy wires on the back and one stake and guy wire on the front. Fortunately, the
    11. qberg makes some REALLY good suggestion! (And your house looks really good qberg... nicely done)
    12. EXCEL... WHAT??!?!?! Mind blown... I'll have to give that a try!
    13. If you haven't done any work using Coro, I've made a video that shows you how to make a Christmas display piece (out of Coroplast) that you might find helpful. http://www.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/forums/topic/61350-coro-vs-plywood-for-poster-projects/#elUserLink_menu Hope this helps and good luck with it. And most importantly, PLEASE post pics of your finished product!
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