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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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About jrbryant

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  • Birthday 08/29/1958

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    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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  • About my display
    Mostly use cutouts for my display. Have started incorporating animated lights in now as well.

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  1. 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 good quality exterior latex paint that is FLAT. The reason I suggest using a FLAT latex paint is that if you get a paint that has a sheen to it you will get nothing but a bunch of reflections from your flood lights when you turn them on. Trust me on this... I made that rookie mistake my very first display about 30 years ago. I had to purchase all new paint and repaint Santa. Fortunately, I had only done the one character. As far as mixing paints. What I do is purchase black, white, red, blue, yellow, brown and green. From those colors you can mix any shades of those that you like. I know... you can mix any color from the three primary colors... but I buy the others and use them as a basis for mixing different shades of those colors. I also save my small plastic peanut butter jars for mixing new colors. You can also buy empty paint cans and lids at your hardware stores if you'd rather stick to using paint cans. And finally... make sure you post pictures when you get finished! Hope this helps!
  2. That would be one REALLY fun house to drive by. Nice job Shane!

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    I have five Light-O-Rama - 16 channel light controllers for sale. I used them one year for my Christmas display. They all worked great, but I decided that I wanted to go back to doing my display of cutouts rather than have sequenced lights. These controllers were never subject to the weather. I had them encased in a closed large tub for the one season I had them in use (container shown in picture without the lid attached). These were used each night for a total of about 45 nights before I "retired" them and went back to my static Christmas display the next year. These sell for $259.95 each online (CTB16PC) at Light-O-Rama's website. I'm letting them go at half the price ($130 each). So my loss is your gain. I think I might even have some CAT5 cable I'd throw in (if I can locate it). You will also need to pay actual shipping charge unless you want to pick them up in Georgetown, KY.


    Georgetown, Kentucky - US

  4. I texted you concerning 5 I have for sale.
  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 wires are thin and are not seen at night time with the flood lights showing on the characters. I've included a captured image from a video tutorial showing the backside of a (shorter) character... as well as a pic of the front side of an 8' character from one of my displays at night time. You can see the stake in the ground in front of the lamppost ... but the guy wire is virtually invisible. There are two guy wires on the backside.
  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!
  14. For some reason, I can't see your pictures!?!?! I'm able to see pictures in all the other posts, but not yours.
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