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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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MattKat

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  1. I have all the pieces for Santa. I had the arms off, and put them back on with only a couple screws just so I could take pictures really quick. My neighbor thinks he has the lantern and the feet half in his attic somewhere, so I'm going to do those too if he finds them so that the colors match.
  2. I finally got the big pile of blow molds from my neighbor that I'm going to paint for him which include the infamous top half of his mechanical Santa! (The one that was on his chimney for a whole year) There are two nativity sets, one looks like it might be a Becco holy family and a shepherd without a Jesus, and the other is a Becco/General Foam set (Joe Tyra's Favorite) minus the shepherd and two Union Merry Christmas signs (I already did his other two earlier this month). But the Becco/GF one has Poloron plates screwed on to the bottom of all of them, has different plugs than Joe Tyra's, and has the same socket and plug as the Beco set I have, but has those screw thingies on the back to hold in the light kits, which I thought were a General Foam thing... So I'm confused now on who made them! I got a few pictures of the B/GF set through the window for now, but I will take a bunch of better ones in the morning. And now to the damage: Santa Big crack on his beard, but is sorta hard to see. Many cracks around the majority of the screw holes for his arms. Broken-off piece on the back of an arm. (I have the missing piece) A case of un-identified manufacturer because it... well look at his light kit! Who do we know uses those sockets? Beco Nativity Looks like it could've been a marble set and someone painted it, look at the pictures. (Not really damage, but I thought it might be of some importance) Mary has a crack on her head. Shepherd has cracks on his hand around the holes for his staff, which is somewhere in my neighbor's garage... Beco/General Foam Nativity Cracks on most of the pieces on the bottom corners, some not that bad. Crack on the black wise guy's cloak. Misc. other small cracks, I'll take pictures of them tomorrow. Merry Christmas Signs Nothing, just some new paint. So as you can see, I've got some work to do! I also wanted to paint my Empire wise guys, but I don't know if I'll have time! They're not that bad though, so they can wait for another year. Well, I know what I'll be doing this summer! Enjoy some pictures for now until I start working on them, which I'll be sure to keep you posted on when I do.
  3. My grandpa brought the set back today, so I got a few pictures of it to show what a nice set it is! It had its original plastic bags in the bottom of the box along with an extra C7 push-in socket! (the black ones with the white rings) The only things wrong with it were that the cradle had the legs broken off and someone clipped the polarized parts of the plugs off, but that's fine. Otherwise it's in great shape!
  4. Thanks! I already had the complete set when I found it, animals, wiseguys, and 2 shepherds, so I was going to use it as spare pieces for mine in case someone steals something, but now since it's its own set, I'm probably going to be casually looking for the rest of the Empire set at garage sales, garbage, etc, so whoever has Christmas has a nice looking nativity set to display that year. I probably won't buy anything full price though, since the set is fine as it is but if I come across one on sale or something, I might get them. That would be cool! I probably should've bought the sheppard they had after Christmas at Menards, but he didn't have a sticker or price or anything, I didn't have money with me, and I don't like GF's things, you can see the bulb throught the plastic and the paint stinks. The cane was even made of a flimsy piece of plastic, not metal! Oh well... I'll be on the lookout for the other pieces though.
  5. I thought I might share this in case anyone else wants to start it, and to see if anyone else does it. Well, three years ago, I was at my grandparent's house and looked across the street to see a black garbage bag with what looked like some sort of wireframe sticking out of it and a Christmas tree with 80 thousand light sets on it. (Only about 2 or 3 of them worked. A new set was put over the old ones every time one broke) The wireframe turned out to be wireframes and it was in the shape of a nativity set. Just a Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. I had recently gotten my Lightkeeper Pro and fixed them, as they were broken, thus the reason for throwing them out. That year was the grandparent's whose house I was at's turn to have the family over for Christmas eve and I thought that it would be cool to give whoever has Christmas each year the wireframe nativity. So it lasted one year, the next year was my aunt's turn, but she lives in an appartment and can't put anything on her balcony, so that didn't happen last year. In like January of 2009, my dad saw some Union angels in a dumpster across from the dentist. He came home and picked me up and we went back to get them and along with the angels was an Empire 3 piece nativity set with its box! So this year, my other grandparents had Christmas and they got the blowmold nativity that I found instead because the other grandparents had been storing the WF's and decided to put them up with the rest of their decorations. Everyone thinks that the blow mold set looks nicer anyway. So, now whoever has Christmas next year gets the "family trophy" blow mold set. I thought it was a pretty cool idea, and wanted to know if anyone else does something like this. Here's a picture of it on display in my grandparent's back yard.
  6. I know it's a little late, but that's alright. I thought I would share two of the three pictures I took of my display this year. I should've taken a lot more!!! The third one is somewhere in Arizona... Anyway, This is the seccond year with the cemetary. This year I had twice the amount of tombstones than last year, and I made the fence in the last couple weeks in October for this year and finished it at like 5:00 on Halloween. I had another piece that went on the end of it, but when I painted it ON Halloween, I had it standing up upside down, and I used every last drop of paint in the can, so when I went to put it up with the rest of the fence, it was shaped a bit different! I looked at it, and found out that it was the wrong direction! I flipped it over, only to remember that to save paint, I only did the "top" parts of the rails, and not the "bottom" and the correct top was pretty much white...:giggle: Oh well... I just used caution tape for the missing piece and it looked fine. Like last year though, I had music playing rather loudly on Halloween night, which all the neighbors love, so that's good, and I got a bigger set of PA speakers, so we upgraded from 10" RadioShack's to 15" Peavey's and it sounded a lot better. I moved the lightning lights from behind a tombstone in the middle of the cemetary to the tree in the parkway, and that was a lot better. The lightning was run by a light organ. And one of my favorite effects is my original "Halloween Sidewalk SFX" which was a 10 minute loop of scary sound effects that came on about every 30 secconds and was played through my homemade 360 degree speakers that were placed along the sidewalk. You can see one of them in one of the pictures. So if you have any questions, feel free to ask! I hope this super-long descreption made up for the lack of pictures!
  7. Here's a picture of my neighbor's from last year, it's still the same thing this year, so there's no difference. But anyway, they're all made by Empire. Enjoy!
  8. Yes, it does look familiar!
  9. Does it say how much they are a piece?
  10. I still haven't heard from GF yet... What should I do? I wouldn't worry about not being able to reach too much, we're not doing just a block's worth of a street, we're going to do at least the street from one side of the neighborhood to the other, not too-too long, but still pretty long. We'll do our street the entire way, if not a couple more streets, and depending if people like the idea, maybe a large chunck of our side of the neighborhood!
  11. Yes, Merry Christmas to all! Thanks for another great display, which would definatley not be what it was without all of you here on PC! PS: Carrie, how long are your lights going to be up for still, I want to see if I can get my parents to drive by to see your lights. (And maybe even get my book signed!!! )
  12. Alright! That's it!!! I'm doing a mega tree next year!!! That looks great, I love it! I want to make mine pretty much identical to yours, so if I have any questions, will you help with them?
  13. Did anyone get a video of it yet? I saw this one on a TLC Christmas Light special last night, but it wasn't turned on!
  14. There was no rush for the picture, I was just wondering. I had/have lots of stuff to do anyway, I just got my last green flood bulb, Menards got some more in, I have to figure out how to get this giant globe of lights on a 10' pole into the top of a tree, I have to put up the tree inside, make my extension cords, and finish my seccond sequence and start on the third.... So as you can see, there's plenty to do, so whenever you get a chance you can take it, no rush. I just want to have the show running by Thursday for when the X-Mas book lady and her bus come by for my neighbor's house... :giggle: So, yeah... whenever. Thanks!
  15. Did anyone happen to get pictures? I'm already a week into my lights-on time and can't turn anything on until I get everything up!
  16. Ok, I sent GF an email! Lets hope I worded it correctly and we can get a discount!
  17. I like the sponsering idea, but we are going to need a LOT of these, I don't know if they would go for it. I'm going to email them about prices hopefully today.
  18. Ok, so, I've been talking to a few of my neighbors and we were discussing starting a whole street, or possibly neighborhood decoration set- meaning that every house will have like 3 or 4 of the same decoration (most likely a blow mold) in their parkway/front edge of yard or whatever we decide. This idea was inspired by the neighborhood across the street in which 99.9% of the houses all have 4/5 of Union's candy canes in their yards along the street and is called "Candy Cane Lane". This looks so cool, and the neighbors that I have talked to also like the idea, and said to get prices for the decoration of choice and then talk to the other neighbors and get their oppinions on it. Now, at 3-5 soldiers or whatever we decide per house, we're going to need a LOT of these, and most people won't pay $14 a soldier either. So here is where I turn to the experts on here: where can I get a couple hundred of these soldiers, and at a reasonable price where people will more redally agree to participate in this, and has anyone on here started something like this before that can give us some advice on how to start this? I will probably go talk to the guy in charge of CCL and ask him for tips too sometime soon. Here is the soldier that I was thinking, if you hadn't already figured it out.
  19. THANK YOU!!!:D:D You don't know how crazy I've been going trying to figure out how to keep these up there! Now, to get power cords up there...
  20. Would you possibly have any pictures of that?
  21. I found some union angles in a dumpster last year, and wanted to put them at the top of the roof, but can't for the life of me figure out how. Here are some pictures of the spots where they are going, maybe someone will be able to help. It's driving me crazy, I can't think of anything!
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