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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. I think that there could have been a thread somewhere about this but I couldn't find it. Is it possible to use that black low-voltage to make extension cords? It's much thicker thanmost of my blow mold cords, it's made for outdoors, I don't see why it wouldn't work. Has anyone tried using this wire?
  2. How many people feel mad after they see this stuff being done? I just love a good fireworks show, I wonder how these kid's play station or nintendo would look with a few roman candles taped to it? It just disturbs me to know that there are thatkids do these kind of things, get away with it, and post it on YouTube!
  3. I like the Boo Ghost. Nice and small and would fit nicely by some bushes under my front window. Menards had those for $10 awhile back and then they went down some as the season went on and I was dumb enough not to get it.
  4. A long time ago, they had the airblown flag with the god bless america part on the bottom. That store has since closed, but I haven't looked for them at any of the other stores.
  5. Oh, stupid me didn't read the description. Otherwise, cool!
  6. It would be even better if they animated it so he goes down into the pot.
  7. Hmm... What do you mean? I tried the link and it takes me to the page with the flag,did you click on the video to activate it? Maybe that's what it is.:?
  8. AL has a flag that comes with everything, controler, outdoor speakers, sequences, the wireframes with the lights... The thing is made entirely with LEDs, for energy efficency. All for one great low price, $2,599.95 Here's the link: http://www.animatedlighting.com/products/animatedUSA.asp Watch the video, it's pretty good.
  9. Menards had the popcorn plaquesbut they dissapeared the same year along with Empire's Malibu Light covers, I can't find those either since Empire went out of buisness.:{ Hope this helps!
  10. Welcome to PC Annette!:happytree:
  11. For this year, I wanted to do something more than just my blowmold Uncle Sam and the rotating projector slide. The day after Christmas, I got 4 sets of white, blue, and red lights at Target. I was so happy about getting new lights that I never noticed the theme with the lights that I got, red white and blue- 4th of July colors. I brought them down the other day and thought of something, I haven't bought my LOR controller yet (Waiting for the sale) and remembered about my Mr. Christmas and lined all the lights up in a circle and put Sam in the middle. I turned the volume down all the way, and started the camera. Here's what it looked like: I was thinking to put the lights in a mega-tree. If you have any ideas for this stuff, PLEASE LET ME KNOW I'm not so sure about the tree, I will try it out in spring and put a video up about it. I will be sure to keep you updated on my progress. That's all for now. P.S. Please comment on the video itself too!
  12. I was some where, I forget, and saw a dumpster full of stuff. Knowing me, I went over to take a look and much to my surprise I found a Dukane overhead Projector AND an oldApple iMac! (The small colored desktop computer) I got home and pluged both things in and they both worked! How's that for an inexpensive overhead solution. Free! Went back the next week and found 3 more iMacs! (All working) The first thing that came to mind when I saw the overhead was "Great! Now I can do plywood cut-outs!" Moral of the story: Look in dumpsters for overheads. You never know what you'll find.
  13. Here is a picture for better understanding: If you want, you could put a cover over the fan for weather-proffing. If you want more pictures, let me know.
  14. I like the idea of having him fall back, but as you may see in the picture he backs up to a wall and behind him is mud. The thing is, he does this even when he is very dry. I guess that he is just top heavey, but please keep the suggestions coming! I appreciate them a lot.:smile: Sorry, double post.
  15. I like the idea of having him fall back, but as you may see in the picture he backs up to a wall and behind him is mud. The thing is, he does this even when he is very dry. I guess that he is just top heavey, but please keep the suggestions coming! I appreciate them a lot.:smile:
  16. And this is what I get when I turn him on: And no his zipperis notopen and he is notcaught on the blowmolds either.
  17. My 8ftMickey carollerdosen't stand up all the way and I dont know whatis wrong. None of the lights or ropesare caught. The only way that he will stand up is if I go out and lift him up until it fills with enough air to get off the ground. The slightest bit of snow will tip him over if I finnaly get him to stand up. Any help is appreciated! I will try to get some pictures soon. p.s. If anyone can tell me how rare or common they were because I haven't seen anyone else but Jason with oneand how much they are worth that would be helpful.
  18. Calling to see if you want them?!?!? Silly Goose, Of course I want them!I wishmy mom would buy me inflatables at garage sales because shealways goes looking for garage sales andcan get people to go way down on prices, sometimes over half off of their asking price.
  19. Try using a bathroom exhaust fan. If one doesn't work, try two. Use some of that flexible air conduit or make a very simple fabric tube to deliver the air to the inflatable. Screw on some legs to the fan(s) so that they sit upsidedown &off the ground. I will try to draw a picture if possible so you can understand more easily.
  20. tfischer wrote: The motor number is SJD-M3-2, and googling that number gives no hits. Try dogpile.com. that searches yahoo, msn, ask,and google
  21. OOH! OOH! OOH! I HAVE THAT ONE!:waycool: I got it at Menards on the 26th for 50% off! The original price was $130, but I got it for 65, but with tax, it came up at around $70. It has a HUGE fan. It is a 1/6 hp, 200 watt fan. It is pretty loud.
  22. jen grissett wrote: This is my Chrisha tree. It's a bad picture, but you get the idea.
  23. tfischer wrote: I've been wondering about that with the pop up ones since I don't have one. Could someone please post some info and picsabout the mecanisim on those?
  24. msmit wrote: Yeah, they've got him on a little hamster wheel that rotates the scene.
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