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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.
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  • 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.
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  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
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  • 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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TheInflatable Guy

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About TheInflatable Guy

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  • Birthday 04/06/1956

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas vacation
  • Location
    Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Biography
    I am 61 years old, married 37 years, 3 daughters, 2 dogs, 2 cats, waiting for grandkids!
  • Interests
    I have three daughters, my own auto repair business, a loving wife, very active in my church .....who has time for hobbies?
  • Occupation
    Auto Repair Shop Owner / Mechanic
  • About my display
    I have been using airblown inflatbales in my display for quite a few years. 2007 was my 1st year with any light / music animation, I had a 6 channel GE music controller. In 2008 I have purchased 96 channels of LOR, but had technical difficulities. 2009 had me using 32 channels and my first successful animated musical display. 2017 I still use LOR, never got interested in pixels.....too old to learn. Using 132 channels.

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  1. Yard sale is Saturday. Haven't done much planning as far as Christmas stuff for sale yet. I guess Saturday will be a free for all if anyone that shows up is interested in Christmas items. I will blow up a few and and display few blow molds. We have been blessed with other friends items to sell so our yard will be pretty full of household items, a little furniture etc.It does seem to make more sense to sell inflatables here, so after the yard sale I will display a few here and see what happens. I was a e-Bay seller for years and I just put up in my yard whatever I liked, some for many years and some for only one year. Got involved with LOR a few years ago, but still mix in a half dozen inflatables and all my other yard decorations, blow molds. Getting old and tired of putting it all up and taking it all down, just figure if I can sell some stuff it won't be there for me to install, plus I have stuff in my shed, my garage is full, my basement stuffed and I have stuff stored at my auto repair shop. I am praying for some Christmas enthusiasts to show up! I am at 134 Thames Drive, North Wales, PA 19454
  2. The yard sale will be Saturday May 18th starting at 8am. I am going to pull some inflatables out today and tomorrow and try and figure out what I want to part with. I will post whatever I deceide to sell in the next few days here in case anyone wants to make a purchase. My address is 134 Thames Dive. North Wales, PA 19454 (This is Montgomeryville PA if anyone is familiar with the area).
  3. Thanks for the tips. Wow, I have a Grinch, plus a Grinch in a Sleigh. I also have a Garfield that I won from Jason Jones that I believe never went into production. Maybe I should just sell those items here. I don't imagine those coming to a yard sale will appreciate these items?
  4. Hello: Our neighborhood is having a multi family yard sale. Our family is trying to raise support money for a daughter going to Cambodia for a month on a missions trip. So along with all sorts of unneeded household items, I am planning of selling some Christmas items I no longer need or want in my display. I have some inflatables, some misc. lights, a few blow molds, some wire frame soldiers that stand about 4 ft. tall, have led lights and plastic beads, I have other misc. lighted/plastic wrapped dolphin, penguin, seals. I also have some never opened rope lights (mostly multi colored). Naturally I want to ask a fair price, but not sure what is considered fair. All the inflatables for instance are used and in various states of small holes, maybe some faded, all a little dirty. Is there a way to figure out what comparable items sell for (eBay?). Not even sure if there is a market for this stuff in May? Any thoughts will be appreciated.
  5. Hello: Our neighborhood is having a multi family yard sale. Our family is trying to raise support money for a daughter going to Cambodia for a month on a missions trip. So along with all sorts of unneeded household items, I am planning of selling some Christmas items I no longer need or want in my display. I have some inflatables, some misc. lights, a few blow molds, some wire frame soldiers that stand about 4 ft. tall, have led lights and plastic beads, I have other misc. lighted/plastic wrapped dolphin, penguin, seals. I also have some never opened rope lights (mostly multi colored). Naturally I want to ask a fair price, but not sure what is considered fair. All the inflatables for instance are used and in various states of small holes, maybe some faded, all a little dirty. Is there a way to figure out what comparable items sell for (eBay?). Not even sure if there is a market for this stuff in May? Any thoughts will be appreciated. .
  6. I know LOR hasn't lost the WOW factor with me. Every year I grow a little better and a little bigger. Every night when I come home from work, I stop in front of my house and listen to the radio and enjoy and critique my own show. When I look outside and see a bunch of cars looking at my show I get really excited. Every year I can't wait for the next year, but I lose enthusiasm a few weeks or so after Christmas, but my mind is still thinking. I hope this year I keep motivated so I can really get to the next level instead of restarting in September or October then cutting and pasting. I have no one in my area to compete with, so I need to stay motivated by reading here for new thoughts and ideas. My family enjoys what I do, but its my thing so I really don't get any help. My wife is supportive but not motivational. I can't imagine what I would do if my family hated this? My neighbors don't say much, so I am guessing that they are just tolerating my show, but I guess that is better than it could be. But every time I want to add something I start to worry that I might push too much and someone might get mad. We get a fair amount of traffic but we are pretty far off the main drag so I rarely get crowds, and I really do if for me anyway, and traffic or compliments are just icing on the cake. I was very happy to flash lights and have a radio station and play music in my yard, but as time goes by, I really want to put on a show, tell a story, have those who come really leave saying WOW.
  7. Hello: Does anyone know where I can get a sequence for LOR for Mitch Miller's version of Must be Santa.....just ran out of time, but I have been wanting to sequence this song for a while. I have (4) 8 segment arches, and a small 8 foot tall tree with 8 spiral segments, along with window, gutters, blow molds, fence segments etc. I will adapt to my display if you have this song and can send your sequences I would be very greatful. Merry Christmas......with a capitol C Gary Pinkos
  8. My Sears in Montgomeryville PA went to 75 % today. My salesperson said Sears always starts sales & clearance on Sundays
  9. Lansdale is right in my back yard. I am in Montgomeryville, maybe we can go together? I had my first real animated display in 2009, been toying with idea for a few years. Its very cool!
  10. A few years ago I started using my Childrens play house in my display. When they out grew it I painted it red & green. This year was my first year with LOR controllers. I mounted my two controllers inside this house. I ran power directly from 4 new breakers in my basement to the house and all my extension cords came out from under the house when I had sitting on bricks in three corners. When setting up, the roof comes off and everything is easily accessable. I have lights on the house, so it is a nice part of my display.
  11. This is so true, when I finally got my lights on and I saw them flashing, I wasn't all that impressed......because I was comparing my display to all the awesome ones I have seen here and on youtube. But friends, family and neighbors were just in awe of my display......that actually made me more impressed and happy with it myself.
  12. I struggle to keep my choir people standing straight with thier heads facing forward, next year I will try a new method of displaying......I am enjoying the elevated look.
  13. I voted for June 26th. I would like to know the location if you know. I don't have anything in my display that is unique or different, so I am not sure what I can offer or bring to share, but I will try to think of something. Thanks!
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