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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. BMcGeeny

    next meeting??

    The meetings are secret. Do you know the password to get an invitation and secret handshake to get in?
  2. Yes Roger, that is done with magic. REAL magic. There are real people in this world who can perform this kind of magic. You just have to beleive in it.
  3. BMcGeeny

    Port forwarding

    Here is a thread that talks about it http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6477&highlight=wireless
  4. Uhm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Huh Chuck would you explain
  5. Unload being a key word here. Price?
  6. Those will take a minimum of 300 lights. 400 looks better but 600 seems to be overkill.
  7. You mean there are people who collect these? I thought they were to put out in the yard for decorations. I am however looking for 12 - 15 choir singers.
  8. So does that make them more or less valuable (yes I know nothing about blowmolds)
  9. Ok, so I am not really into molds. I have 6 that fit in my display, 2 snowmen, a santa, two gnomes and something else I can't remember. What I want to add is a 12 - 15 choir molds. I don't want to spend a ton. My thought was to put up a small bleachers with the Choir on it. What would you guys recomend I start looking for? They need not all be matching, but close in height. 12" to 15" sound right?
  10. That one says it is .5 Watt. 500 MW I have one of these http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&Item=390046401571&Category=4675&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26its%3DI%26otn%3D2 It gets about 1/2 mile in heavy residential area, but it is not PPL and has a dial to tune it. Once warm however it does not drift. It also requires a mutiplexor to transmit in stereo And I bought another one that is .5 watt but cannot find it listed again. $80 shipped from China Way to much is put onto the transmitter and not nearly enough on the power supply. Both my units worked and sounded much better with a regulated filtered power supply from Power One than they did with a used computer power supply. Plan on spending $150 for transmitter, power supply and antenna. 50-75 feet is not nearly far enough, unless you want to put marks down and sign that says "Park exactly here" to listen to the music. 500 feet is more realistic.
  11. I really like how there are always a lot of comments on questions about electrical upgrades! Shaun, typically the guys at Menards are pretty good. Make sure you go weekdays in the daytime though. The guys from the electrical dept will have a pretty good knowledge of local codes and requirements. Each installation is different. I have done all my own electrical work, includeing install of new services on all my own homes. I do not beleive I have ever hired an electrical contractor. It can be done however it takes a lot of planning. The only advice I give about doing it yourself is make sure and have it inspected before you ower up anything. Also do not cheap out on materials. Don't know when you are doing it but I would also get a couple quotes even if it is your brother that is the local contractor. And while you may be able to do some of the work, I would have the contractor pick the materials.
  12. Carrie Sansing "tied up" ???????????? CHUCK! Say something.
  13. I'm in. Anybody want me to pick them up? I'll bring a trunkload of electronics for demo.
  14. This thread has been kinda dead. How many do you have interested Gary?
  15. Look out now man, you better duck. The Black Helicopters are getting closer.
  16. I did 12 by 4 colors last year. Only 10' high and it was not nearly enough. I went 24 x 4 colors this year. Plenty of lights.
  17. BMcGeeny

    GA Mini 2009

    Just a reminder. You are all invited to the Minnesota Mega Mini http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?p=325278#post325278 May be bigger mini's, but I bet you won't ever have one at a bigger and better shop!
  18. Multi colors in a Blowmold is very simple. As Carrie says if you want them to fade from color to color LOR or AL (Carrie you forgot Renard for us DIY'rs) would be required. You just hang 4 C9 bulbs in through the socket hole. A Red, Green, Blue, and White. Run them so the first one is slightly below center and each one just a little higher than the next. Close off the socket hole with a small peice of plastic with the cords coming out. Don't do anything to the molds. Most are mostly white anyway. They look normal when the white lights up, the white portions will look green/red/blue as those colors light up. The colored portions of the mold will look pretty close to the same all the time, or will make an interesting mix, only not as bright. That is just the physics of light. Most of the light from a colored bulb is white anyway. There is just enough held back to make the various colors "appear" blue/green/red
  19. A lot of folks use 1/4" for making wire frames. I don't know if that is because that is what is frequently available or we just like overkill. In my opinion, unless your wire frame is more than 4' in any direction or subject to very hard use 7/32" is way more than adequate, and actually 3/16 will most often do. The finished frames are much lighter and easier to store, much easier to weld with a hobby type 110 welder and since you pay for steel by the pound, much cheaper. I would also use hot rolled. It is much cheaper and much easier to bend than cold rolled. Although it is a little harder to finish. Harder to get clean for paint to stick. Also if you are concerned about your frame flexing, use 1/4 for the one or two main long structural parts, and the rest from something lighter. Also if you are going to use clips that snap around wire and hold the bulbs, they are much less expensive in the smaller sizes. That said, Toymaker makes nothing but Premium Frames, and the material he uses shows!
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