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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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About Farmerchad

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    Barboursville, West Virginia, USA
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    Hmm.. I like to hang up lights at the holidays.
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    Christmas Light Control, WoodWorking, Gardening
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    Licensed Massage Therapist
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    Currently 12000 lights.

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  1. Forgot to add that really the scene isn't complete until the smaller decor went out. The reindeer, sleigh, and trees. It looked like some crazy guy was just lighting up some buildings... the other items really give the illusion of a little village. Heck, I even received a compliment from the Mayor of our town.
  2. Thank you for the compliments. Not much to building these. If you have a drill and a miter saw, or even a circular saw, you have the tools! I didn't use any plans, just some imagination. I eyeballed what I thought looked good and went from there.
  3. OK folks.. its been forever since I have updated this thread. I got tied up with another project.. namely a parade float. Most of the ideas got scrapped this year.. the fountain, the snowflakes.. etc. I did finish the second house, put out the reindeer, the sleigh, and the alpine trees. I have included a couple of photos. The bad news is the wind knocked down both houses yesterday. They survived just fine, but I lost a reindeer to the smashing force of the smaller house. Oh well... might be able to fix her for next year. All comments are welcome.
  4. Awesome! Though I never imagined them being 120V.. silly me!
  5. OK, fellow decorators. I have a question that I can't seem to wrap my head around. I searched for the answer as well... maybe im overlooking the answer. Im building some large "stick frame" stlye houses. http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=35165 Im thinking about doing LED's to facilitate posible expansion in the future. Ive decided after careful reading to order the wire and LED's from a vendor, to mostly save headaches associated with rust, etc. Heres the problem: I want to do custom length's of wire. How do I do this? I know that some manufactures claim that you can attach like 80 sets in a row etc, but what about shorter length's? Are LED's self regulating? It can't be that simple? The specific items Im interested in are: http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=2104&MainCategory=Christmas%20Lighting&Sub=LED%20C7%20&%20C9%20Bulbs http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=1206&MainCategory=Christmas%20Lighting&Sub=C7%20&%20C9%20String%20Light%201000ft%20Rolls Simple math dictates that I could run up to 437 bulbs. Not including wire resistance, and other factors. Let me give a better example of an exact length. One particular "house" will need right at 140 ft of wire to go around 2 times. (Gives me 6 inch spacing). So 140*.016amps=2.24 amps. Got that part... But lets say I only need 15 or 20 feet? I feel like Im missing something here? Wouldn't the bulbs fry if I pluged in to few? Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.
  6. Since cruddy weather has moved in, I haven't been able to do much with the stick buildings. Soo.. I did get a chance to work on the snowflakes. The one in the picture came from the Dollar store, its hard plastic, and frosted/clear. I wrapped it with 100 minis. Opinions? Please be honest, because I have mixed feelings myself.
  7. Oh, dont worry. Pictures will be forthcoming. I would like to build at least one more house. Im thinking something in a Victorian shape. I only have about a thousand projects going on at once... lol. 1. Build 1 more house.. 2. Put poly on two more.. 3. Gotta put the lights on.. 4. Need to figure out the snowflake situation.. 5. Gotta make plans for this years lights on the front of the estate (its really not an estate i can asure you) 6. Need to finish up my Halloween Decor and lighting.. 7. Gotta finish up the christmas parade float for my daughters girlscout troop.. 8. Need to work at working. You know, bringing home some money to pay for this. I am self employed.. im a Licensed Massage Therapist, if I have no clients, then well.. you know. Soooo... anyone need a massage? Im very reasonably priced! LOL
  8. Honestly, thats not a bad idea. oooooh.. then I could put all the xmas decor inside the new storage building. I probably could get away with it, I have a good size yard. Maybe I could make the sides attach to my current building and put the big toy, my lawn tractor under, to have room in my regular building to get at the power tools! This requires some serious thought!
  9. Storage? I knew i forgot something! Seriously.. I havent had a chance to figure that out yet. I wish I had a barn.
  10. Good news, good news. We were out today running some errands and while at the Dollar Store we found snow flakes. Big ones, little one, we bought one of each to test out with lights! Ill keep yall posted.
  11. Thanks a bunch. This way is much cheaper then plywood, and you dont have to worry as much about the wind problem. Well, folks, the weather here has been nasty so nothing new to report.
  12. Thanks! I think each house will have different lights. Just to shake it up a bit.
  13. Yep, our arch enemy weight. Not sure of all the details. Good idea to vary the height to compensate for sag. My thoughts on that is to suspend the cable at a low height, adjust the flakes acordingly, then move to final height. I figure a "come-along" or cable winch should do for tightning the cable. Just have to be careful not to overtighten. Thanks for the link.. did do some reading.
  14. Sorry no castle. I like to keep Castles in the realm of LEGO.. my other hobby. I agree that cutting out the flakes would be just too time consuming. Even with my router and pattern tracing bit.. you make a template (production piece if you will) and just cut it out. Still yet, I gaurantee mistakes would happen.
  15. Well got the first coat of poly on the big guy. I will eventually have to stand it back up to get into the middle to put a coat or two on. Kinda impossible task getting in there. Would like to add that I upgraded the mounting of the upright diagonal supports. I have drilled'em out to accept 4 inch by 1/2 inch carriage bolts. That ought to hold up the weight. If not.. well it wasn't meant to be.
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