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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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  1. dmorey

    Hello Texans!

    Just thought I'd stop in and say hello. I've been a member of PC for a while but just recently relocated to Austin from Orlando. I hope to see what everyone has in store for Halloween and Christmas. Hopefully we can get ours off the ground this year. We gave away a lot of our decorations when we moved and have had mass controller issues (Lynx Express and Animated Lighting if anyone is a pro with this in the Austin area.) Anyway, glad to be here!
  2. Most everything has been picked up. Here's what is left: the guillotine, the 5 chicken wire Christmas trees, and about a dozen of the grave crosses.
  3. I'm having trouble uploading additional pics so pm with e-mail for more pics. Also you can see most everything in this Youtube video: You can see the chicken wire trees in this video (middle of the yard before we had a mega tree)
  4. We are moving to Austin in three months, which means we are doing some downsizing. All of the decorations are homemade and have been used about 3-4 years. I'm located in Oviedo and you'd need a truck or van. If no one has a use for any of it, it will go in the trash at the end of the month. It has been stored in my back yard so there is some wear. Here's what I have: --Halloween fencing, pvc fence with wood frame & painted black. Used last year for the first time. Have 6-7 6-foot fence segments --Skeleton cage (disassembled), black with silver "bars" pvc cage with wood top and bottom, used to cage our skeletons, about 3 feet tall by 3 feet when assembled, used 2 years (Keeping my skeletons so those are not included) --Guillotine, 8 feet tall by 3 feet wide. Totally assembled, black with silver blade. May need repainting, misc. wood repair. Wood repairs made last year --White grave crosses, simple white crosses used for graves like at Arlington, at least 2 dozen, probably more, likely need repainting, about 2 to 2 and a half feet tall each --Tombstones, foam tombstones painted gray with names and sayings in black, a few have engraving. Probably about 2 dozen (enough for a whole yard) Used several years. These definitely have some wear, though that sort of thing works well for Halloween --Christmas trees, these are what we call our "chicken wire trees." There are 5 total, two are 2 feet tall, two are 4 feet tall and one is 6 feet tall. They are made out of chicken wire with an attached long metal stake. Each is wrapped with 2 colors of minis. Most of the lights work, but expect to replace some strands. I think the small trees have green and white, medium has red and green and tall has red and white but not 100%, used about 5 years. Very cool with synchronization (using 6 channels.) --Tall gingerbread man, about 4-5 feet and made out of a heavy and dense very hard foam, his head needs to be reattached, on a stake --Box for collecting donations to charity, red but needs repainting, metal box with clear plexiglass front on metal pole that mounts in ground, stands about 3 feet tall I'll attach pics I took today and what it looks like up. Send me a pm or call me at 321-356-5860 to come get it. Thanks! First pic is of the guillotine.
  5. Wow, thanks so much! We're honored because there are some super fantastic displays out there!
  6. We use wooden stakes made out of scrap pieces -- like the kind on election, garage sale signs etc. We pound the into the ground then use silicon caulk to glue the tombstones to the stakes. Works great for us.
  7. OK, found a use for the red strobes. Put a few in three different bushes. They'll go in the mega tree at Christmas time. Loving the strobes though. I might need more.
  8. Show's been running a couple of weeks but we finally taped it. Here's a link to what's going on at my house at Halloween: Hard to some some it it. There is an 8-foot guillotine in the back and a 10-foot mausoleum with crank ghost. Also you can't see most of the two dozen grave crosses on the left side of the yard or heads of fence posts. PS I definitely DO NOT have a future in cinematography!
  9. Great stuff, thanks! I got it Saturday. By the way does anyone have a direct link to the spools of wire at Skycraft? Can't find it on their site to save my life. I need green wire. I'm nearby and also wonder if they have many in stock at their store?
  10. I'm also lacking in motivation. I've managed to order tons of parts but alas I haven't even tried to put the dongle together yet... Rangebob, you're in Orlando and flaloop in Oviedo like me. Maybe we should all get together and brainstorm sometime. Coffee and ideas? Building projects at my house? Just a thought. I always feel invigorated about a good brain storming and with the parts for 4 new controllers arriving soon I need to get in gear. WE did get all the Halloween stuff out of the attic but have not done anything with that either. Shoot me a pm if either of you or anyone else in Central Florida wants to get together. It could be fun!
  11. I might be up for buying all the red LEDs. We're on a slow march toward LEDs. Think I'm actually only about an hour from you.
  12. Songs I've used in 08 and earlier: Thriller Ghostbusters Night on Bald Mountain Adams Family/This is Halloween mix Monster Mash The Munsters theme song Flying Purple People Eater What I used last year: Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie Pet Cemetery by the Ramones Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show theme song from The Exorcist (love this one, very creepy)
  13. We built one last year thanks to some help from Chuck and a few others. It seemed really daunting at first as I'm not the techie type but it was much easier than I thought it would be. Really, it's not that bad. Dealing with malfunctioning light controllers is far more of a pain. I refused to pay $60 for the motor at Graingers so I found a 4 rpm motor for $6 at Skycraft in Orlando. Don't know if you can get one off the web site but it is www.skycraftsurplus.com Definitely check these types of surplus stores if you have one near you. The savings was substantial and it was super cheap to build. Actually the biggest expense was the cheese cloth, which was a little pricey since I got a bunch. Keep in min that if you want it to be florescent blue, most stores like Home Depot and Lowe's don't carry it in stock so order online unless you want green (what we did) or another color. The 10-foot mausoleum that holds it on the other hand wasn't nearly as cheap...
  14. Thanks for the ideas. Checking out the web site and trying to get a hold of Brett.
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