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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 portcity

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  1. portcity

    which welder?

    The c-25 is a basic mix for welding. Its a 25% CO2 and 75% argon mixture in one bottle(cahrt below). Around here they call it c-25. Ive heard it called other names elsewhere. Argon is a more expensive gas, so this mix is cheaper and actualy better for mild steel. It does make a nicer weld imo, vs straight argon. Ive used this lincoln welder with flux and gas, (please dont flame me guys) but the flux one was, lets just say horrible. The gas machine was a charm for a small unit. Now my experience with these was welding on trailers and rollcages mostly, not the small stuff in this hobby. Like Terry said, get some good wire. Lowes and HD have it, but its probably cheaper at your local welding supply store. Also, im not sure what your intentions are for this machine or budget, but take a look at a miller 211. It runs off 110 and 220, im just dying to add one to my collection. http://www.weld-direct.com/gas.htm
  2. portcity

    which welder?

    I would go with the Lincoln. I run all millers for mig and portable(bobcat), but like lincoln better for arc. I have used some of those lincoln weldpaks before, and they seem to work pretty good for small units. Run you a c-25 mix of gas for a pretty weld. this mix works good on mild steel and is fairly reasonable
  3. my tree is 23 foot to the star. I made the star with 10" legs, and it came out to about 38" tall. With the 10" legs, it gives me 100" across the section. So 100 lights work out about every inch. It worked pretty well. When building just consider how your lights are going to work out
  4. Was going to start this weekend, but decided to wait til this thing passes. Looks like its coming right up the pipe to us
  5. my 10 tree is fine with a section of fence rail. But last year I built a 26 tall with fence top rail. It was fine with 120 strings until the wind blew. It bent in half. Probably been alright if there had been guy wires in the middle. After that I went and got 2" electrical conduit and welded together. No problems after that
  6. what he said would probably be the best route....IMHO. I had a smaller 10' tree last year that had 4 channels, and it didnt look too good. my 26' had 12 channels each color, and it worked out fine
  7. so your going to get to use your star this year:) im going to start that same week. been getting things ready lately
  8. stake the ring to the ground, then secure the lights to it with zip ties. for ring stakes, i used some 2 foot sections of 1/2" rebar bent in a u-shape. then installed over the ring into the ground.
  9. I got the last 15 at my lowes, and they were not grounded. Its was still .09 a foot for 16ga outdoor cord
  10. The lights allow me feel like a kid again, and always makes me smile. I hope that it does the same to others, but thats not why I do it. Plus it gives me something to do throughout the year when Im bored. Theres nothing like working on decorations in July when its 105 outside:)
  11. i havent done it yet, but was thinking about it. this is what i came up with: built a sled out of 2 2x4's to lay flat that will hold the wireframe. put egg crate foam under them like roofers do. run fishing line over the ridge to a stake in the backyard. this would hold them in place and would not damage the shingles. like i said, i havent done it, just what i have come up with
  12. they have these for $8.97 now until 10/05
  13. could always cut patterns out of wood, nail down to a table, then bend around. never used it myself, but watched jesse james do it on a chopper frame in one of the west coast choppers shows.
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