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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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  1. He said that the lights are actually 100 light strings sewn to canvas that is buttoned to the truck that way it holds on at freeway speeds. -Duane
  2. He pulled this big rig in front of my house and drew all the ATTENTION!!! That's me hanging from the Truck!! He is friends with my neighbor. He claims to have over 29,000 lights. WOW!!!
  3. I found these at Salvation Army. They are imprinted with the Disney Logo, but are made in Mexico. I saw Pooh on Ebay for over $100.00 in great condition. I drove by and saw a sign stating 50% off all XMAS. I then spotted these in the window and took a hard left into the parking lot. I paid $7.00 each. Tiggers nose is missing but nothing I can't fix!! I have been collecting BLOWMOLDS for 3 years.
  4. Contact the Boston city councilor that is harrasing this guy and let him know that he is indeed a SCROOGE!!!! Address: Boston City Council One City Hall Square Boston, MA 02201 Email John at: [email protected] Call him at: 617.635.4220 Fax him at: 617.635.4203
  5. Here is a tip that works for me. I have gone in and followed the wire from the motor that turns the carousel on the top, down to where it connects to the blower motor. You must cut the wire off as close to the blower motor as you can and wire nut/electrical tape them because they are live(hot) when plugged in. Then take the loose cord that runs up to the carousel motor and attach a plug. You can buy plugs that you can solder or screw on. Or you can cut an extension cord and wire nut/electrical tape it to the carousel motor cord. I leave my carousel fan running 24/7 which keeps it inflated and presentable, and only turn on the carousel motor during my light show for a few hours. This also alows me to turn off the carousel motor during wind storms that seem to bind up the carousel portion of the inflatable that cause the twisting. Gemmy claims that when the motor senses twisting it will stop running or run backwards. Mine keeps going and gets tighter and tighter. It is a pain to untwist. This works for me. Hope this works for you, -Duane
  6. We have a 90+ year old oregon white oak that has had lights in it for 7 years. We have the balls made with clear plastic cups and strings of multi color mini's. The tree had 22 balls in it back in 2000 but now only has 15. They fall apart with wind storms, and tend to fade a little bit over time because of the sun. We leave them up year round and have a cord placed up high so it is out of reach during the other 11 months of the year. People do not realize that they are up there year round as the leaves hide them. Link to the light balls http://www.born2haunt.com/lightball01.html
  7. I have had good luck with mine this year. Something different!!! -Duane
  8. Sure do, I take everything down over a period of a week or so. I take it down in sections and leave the house and fence lit. I think people enjoy watching the entire process.I do the same setting them up. I think the entire lighting process is a bit hectic and to see it all packed away is a feeling ofclosure for another year. -Duane
  9. Mount the El Cheapo Spotlight stake and bulb to a makeshift rotating table. Use a deer motor to have it go side to side kind of like the animated buck head. it will go side to side like a large spotlight. Use white, green and red, maybe even 3 colors on one table and have LOR control the different light colors and the on and off movement of the motor. -Duane
  10. [align=left]We hit the Half Million Mark [/align] 485,623 + 17,500= "503,123" -Duane light sm.bmp
  11. We do not decorate to win the $50.00 gift certificate to a chamber of commerce business(walmart, safeway, local business). We do it for our children. We do it for our neighbors. We do it for our community, for the children. We do it for the people who cannot do it themselves whether they cannot afford it or cannot physically set it up. If a person stops decorating because they don't win a contest, that shows the real meaning behind their light display. Sure I enjoy winning, it shows that people appreciate our display, but winning is not everything. I also think that if a person decorates to win, losing would only drive them to become bigger and better. -Duane
  12. Congratulations on your win this year, Thats not fair that you can only enter every other year. Ours is actually by nomination only. Once nominated, the mayor, city coucil and chamber of commerce officers are the people who vote. Merry Christmas, -Duane
  13. Cottage Grove Oregon 2006 Christmas lighting contest.... 1st Place for the 3rd consecutive time..... pics http://christmaslightfinder.com/displays.php?id=96 video Thank you PLANET CHRISTMAS for all the great help and wonderful ideas(especially the ideas for next year) Merry Christmas to All... -Duane
  14. Another railroader on here huh!! Nothing wrong with that... I am an Engineer with the Union Pacific out here in Oregon. Congratulations with your new Career. I find plenty of time for my display between sleep and family. Should be no problem for you once you get out of training. You'll be an old head by next xmas and be able to lay off for the holidays. Anyways, I am 1st out on the xtraboard waiting to go to work, Nice to meet Ya!! -Duane
  15. WallyMART I think they are 9 foot sections kinda price $$$$ 9.97??? They do look nice if you do a long section with them. -Duane
  16. Thank you for the compliment, The kids love it. But you should see the adults. Most of the cars that stop by don't have any kids, mostly older folks. The eldery people that come by are my best "Customers". They are so pleasant and are constantly thanking me... Thats the reason we do it all.... -Duane
  17. Anyone elso having problems with their Gemmy Animated Carousel. Mine has twisted several times this past week. No adverse weather, just a little rain. It is placed on flat ground and I have tried staking it different ways and this does not help. A good tip if you experience the same problem is to untangle it thru the bottom green zipper after it is deflated because it is larger than the top 10" zipper. After it deflated pull the entire twisted portion outside of the zipper and untwist. If your not careful the characters will rip and it is a pain in the @$$ to sew them up in the original position. What a pain, I think Gemmys reputation may be going down the gutter as far as animated goes. -Duane carousel calvin.bmp
  18. Here is our video for 2006.... Enjoy -Duane
  19. 30 and people still tell me he's not real... Wait thats me... What???
  20. I usually put a piece of clear packing tape on the back side before sewing. This keeps the torn ends from fraying in the future. Clear packing tape is also a quick fix in case you cannot get to repairing it quickly. -Duane
  21. Regarding:[line]Photo cells do have a limit. It should be on the cell tag. You can go to the electric supply house and get what every size you need. I gotta ask. Do you have a toilet or a fridge on your front porch? :] _________________ Thanks, Dave The Pool Man Dear Dave, Why do you ask, Do you need some help with them. Is that common back in Bon Aqua Tennessee, fridges and toilet on the front porch, that is? Never heard of such a thing. I have seen fridges in the garage or even on the back porch but never On the front porch. Wouldn't you be afraid of someone stealing all of your Pabst Blue Ribbon. Anyways what do fridges and toilets have to do with xmas lights anyways. Maybe after christmas you could get in touch with me and we could troubleshoot the toilet fridge thing you got going on, -Duane P.S. No hard feelings, you know, thinking I have a fridge and toilet on my front porch. I guess it's pretty common back in your neck of the woods!!! This did happen to me.........
  22. Just thinking, I have no idea what kind of wattage a photocell can hold up to if there even is a limit? But if there was a person could use a few relays to transfer the on and off circuit to all those watts rather than overload the photocell. Just an Idea Probably would not want to use a large light in the box because it would remain on all day to keep the christmas lights off and could become very hot. A night light would work or a try using a single candle buld 5-10 watts -Duane
  23. Say you have 3 different places that you plug your lights in. Run a cord from each of these 3 places to a box. hook all three of those cords up to a photocell that turns on when its dark. set this box next to a porch light. Now take a light socket adapter and put it in a porch light fixture. Plug a cord into the porch light fixture. Run that cord into the dark box with the 3 lines and 3 photocells. Hook a single light up to the extension cord for example a 25 watt bulb or even a night light(save energy)in the box. Now turn on your exterior porch light from inside the comfort of your home. The porch light fixture being on will cause the light in the box to turn on and keep the inside of the box light simulating daylight, therefore keeping your christmas lights which are hooked to the 3 cords "OFF". When you flip your porch light switch off it will cause the light in the box to go off and all of your lights to come on at the same time. Sounds like a pain in the @$$ but it works. I will attach a drawing or pic of some kind in a few!!!
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