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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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Everything posted by MattKat

  1. Where do I buy the cable and connectors for making your own extension cords? I remember seeing something about this, but can't find it. I'm talking about the cords that Richard Holdman shows in his "Behind The Scenes" video where you can clamp on multiple outlets on one wire.
  2. If you lool closely, it seems like some effects have been applied to it, the red and white areas have been reversed on the black wise guy and the others just look wierd, it dosen't appear that they really look like that when lit. The un-lit picture looks nice, except for the creepy, beady eyes. It sure is an INTERESTING repaint though... PS: There is actually not a case of attack of the giant wise-guys here, those are all the matching pieces for that set. It just dosen't have the shepard with it, he's missing.
  3. You people... with more blow molds than me! :giggle:
  4. Do I get extra points for mentioning a movie with a blowmold "factory" in it? There was a movie called Cats & Dogs which has a factory where they apparently spray "snow" on Christmas things, and one of the Christmas things are the infamous Union snowman! There are a couple hundred in this factory being sprayed with fake snow! I even found it on Youtube for you people. The snowmen are visible starting at about 2:42.
  5. Oh, I saw that already, you did an amazing job! I like the gray you put on the sheep, it looks really good, I love it! I haven't been on aim in over a year though, haha, but I still remember the password!
  6. $200.00 DOLLARS!!! Wow! My neighbors have one just like that. They're going to have me repaint it for them because it's all "yucky." I gotta go see when I can go get it so I can start working on it. So excited, they haven't put it out for a long time and I can't wait to see it again!:giggle:
  7. Ok, I forgot to mention that they need to be frosted, not transparent. These are actually for my neighbor, the one with the shopping mall train that I've talked about before. They said that they got a bunch of pink C-9's at an Ace and are looking for the other colors for Easter strings for their gutters. They told me to see if I can find some. I asked him what wattage, and he said that the pink ones that he already bought are 4 WATTS. I've never seen a four-watt C-9, let alone in a pastel color! I'm still looking for them, but the wattage dosen't really matter right now, just that they're C-9's and in pastel colors. I sent Action a message, but they probably closed by the time I sent it because I haven't heard from them yet. Thanks for all your responses so far, I'm gonna keep on looking!
  8. I tried there, that was my first guess, no luck. I can't think of anywhere else. Hmmmmmmm....
  9. Does anyone know if they make incandescant, pastel colored, C-9's that could be used in an Easter display?
  10. In E.L.R., in the episode with the ping pong, there are some lamp posts in the basement that look like they were from one of the old companies, I think they had some gold paint on them, can't remember who made them...
  11. Is there any way to get a copy of AL's Halloween medley that was used for the show in one of the first displays in their Halloween Showcase? I'm using LOR and want to sequence it myself, so therein lies my problem- different company and I don't want to buy the sequence. It's the one that starts with a scary "Welcome" and then goes to that opera-type music and then fades into "This is Halloween"... Any ideas?
  12. Actually, details on how you built the whole thing would be even better. I just can't get over how awesome those are!
  13. Dude, those are AMAZING!!! I was going to make a simple 4-pane post light, but this seems easier, and way cooler!!! Do you have any daytime pics and more details on the lanterns pre-spookifying, and the speakers too?
  14. MattKat

    Who makes this?

    I feel so smart right now! Since someone else makes the same tops, just not transparent versions, just take an opaque version of the same shape, make the mold, and cast the new top in transparent yellow plastic. Wholla! New, identical top, in transparent, yellow, plastic! You can even mass produce the transparent tops and people can buy them from you and replace their opaque flames with the transparent flames and put in a flickering lamp inside. Then you make tons of money too!
  15. Here is my Empire snowman with a General Foam snowman next to it. The one in the middle in your picture is a General Foam version of the snowman that I have. You can see that everything is the same except the faces. The little snowman in the left in my picture has the nose that General Foam sells. The big one on the right has the original Empire nose. That one isn't made anymore. You can buy the cone shaped nose from GF for both of them. It won't be original on the Empire one, but it should look fine.
  16. Dave, how much does a case of 23'' ones cost, and how many come in a case?
  17. Here's the motor: http://stores.holidayinflatablestore.com/-strse-528/Motor-w-fdsh--Metal-Base/Detail.bok 11 bucks isn't bad at all!
  18. If yours is like mine, the entire tree zips completley off from the motor and base. There is a white zipper around the bottom that has velcro over the end. Once you release the straps to pull the balloon over the stand you can see it. There is a website that sells new motors, even the tripod ones like this one has, but I don't remember what it is off the top of my head. I think that it might be Jason Jones' website. If you still have the lights, can you post a picture of them? If we can see a picture of the peppers too, that would be great!
  19. How about I offer to re-do some of his candy canes for now? Some of the stripes on them are getting all scratched off. That can't be that hard can it? Should be good practice too!
  20. I want to see that folder with the bad jobs in it. Can you send it to me some how? I can PM you my email adress if you want. I just want to see how bad it can be and what to avoid doing. Thanks!
  21. WOW!!! That looks great! Have any videos?
  22. Here's the tree with blowmolds on it. 20 bucks for anyone who knows where the picture came from.
  23. That corner fell off when I found it, it probably went into the vacuum by now. The colors are very rich when lit. I liked it so much I used them draped around my head as my avatar!
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