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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I always liked when my dad would take me around to see all the local displays when I was a kid. That is what got me started, now I am the only one in my area that puts up a big display.
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    new philadelphia ohio
  • Biography
    I am 42 years old I would help my dad put up lights when i was a little boy. our house burnt down in 1985 and all the decorations was lost so me and my little brothers started doing odd jobs to get money and would go buy stuff and we started decorating little by little every year.
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    cars guns and radio controls
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    tool and die maker
  • About my display
    I have over 400 blow molds over 80 cartoon cutouts and more than 25000 lights and make it bigger every year.

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  1. You guys beat me to it. Those were made in green not repaints. I had a couple and sold them because I dont think they go with Christmas to well. I think more so Easter. I do have a bunch of the red ones.
  2. There are a few threads that cover this that may help, they go back a while and sometimes it seems the pictures dont work anymore. Try the search and just type in "flying" or something like that.
  3. I believe that should be made by Santa’s Best.
  4. Sometimes you can use plastic and melt it in the crack and fix it, kinda like welding it back together. I use a soldering gun. You can also use a halogen work light and get the plastic hot and get it back to where it should be and just leave the crack alone.
  5. This is most of my cutouts, pics are from 2018 display. Not the best quality pictures because they are from my cellphone but here that are.
  6. I have a few of those also. Mine are also banks but I put a light in them.
  7. Cool picture. Wonder why they cant make stuff like that anymore.
  8. Just make sure they will work for the gauge of wire you have. I think most of those decorations use either 12 or 14 gauge wire.
  9. I don’t know for sure but they may have used wire to fasten the garland to the frame. I wouldn’t take it off unless the garland is shot. They sell c9 bulbs that will screw in the sockets and are LED.
  10. Amazon has some, but there are a bunch of different styles and the gauge of wire used makes a difference also. Those types of decorations usually use pretty heavy wire compared to the sets of lights you buy in the stores. If you have a local lighting store they should be able to get them for you.
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