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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.

EnlightenedGrinch

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About EnlightenedGrinch

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  • Birthday 06/22/1962

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    Concord, North Carolina, USA
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    Electric Guitar, 1970 Mach 1 Mustang, Making Xmas/Halloween Props.
  1. Really nice prop, Dano! I like the movement of the bear just like he is. Great job!
  2. Someone did this same thing using a battery operated toy called a "Bumble Ball". The ball just randomly rolls and jumps around under the ground cover. Great effect !!
  3. I am using the Mr. Christmas with an FM transmitterfor the first time this year and I love it. I'll admit the songs are kind of short, but the overall effect has quite a fewcars stopping in front of the house to listen. WhatI want to do next year is to buy six more Mr. Christmas boxes and plug each one of them into one of the sixoutlets on the first Mr. Christmas box. That wayI can have, maybe 40, 000 lights blinking to music!! Wait a minute--I just figured out that won't work. I still can't overload the 15 amps on the first box. Curses!! Another great idea spoiled by logic. Well, anyway the box can still be used for other holidays. I can plug all of my Halloween lights and animated props into it. Turn the music down and no one will know they are cycling on and off to "Joy to the World". It's also great for April Fool's Day. Just plug all of your kitchen appliances into it before your wife gets up. Won't she be surprised when her blender, can opener, food processor, and electric mixer start dancing to the unheard tune of "Winter Wonderland". :laughing:
  4. I haven't seen that problem with my Mr. Christmas Box. Maybe the "Skip Song" button is shorted or defective in some other way??
  5. Since I haven't seen your other posts on this project I'm assuming your setup is kind of like a pulley system pulling the copper wire around the bicycle wheels. You might try using the "SPIDERWIRE" brand fishing line instead of the copper wire. You can put quite a bit of tension on it to get a tight rotation around the bicycle rims. I use a similar setup at Halloween to fly ghosts around the yard. The only other suggestion I could make would be to make sure your setup is using a large spring or bungee cord somewhere to keep a tight tension on the moving string/wire. Hopefully these suggestions will work with the rotisserie motor. If not you can buy a cheap gear motor that will work also. Well, I hope this helps!!
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