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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.

Franchise_24

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About Franchise_24

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  • Birthday 09/10/1978

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The birth of Jesus.
  • Location
    Lexington, Ohio
  • Biography
    Married, 1 son
  • Interests
    Computers, Model A Ford's
  • Occupation
    Remote IT Support
  • About my display
    Love the vintage stuff.

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  1. We'll fire up on Black Friday at 6pm. I am still working on getting the display up so I probably won't completely finished until Friday afternoon lol
  2. Thanks for the words! This is going to sound like a Hallmark Channel reply but my 11 year old son and I just watched a YouTube video of the local news doing a story on our lights from 2013 and I heard myself talking about why I did it and it literally almost brought me to tears and reminded me why. I look back from 6 years ago and see how much everything has changed and how much more has been added since then. My plan is simple, I will get started this Saturday the 2nd and have everything ready by the 25th of November for our towns annual light up night. Thanks for taking the time to comment! Now I just have to get my wife on board so she can help me get stuff down out of the attic 🙂 I think she was looking forward to a year off, but I think she'll come around.
  3. Guys, I am just not feeling it this year. One day I feel really content on not doing the lights at all, then a day later anxiety hits me thinking I really need to do it or I will be letting so many people down if I don't. I'm sure in the end I will end up doing it, and I don't start until the beginning of November anyways since it only takes me a couple of weeks. Anyone do anything special to get motivated and get at it?
  4. Shane, sorry this is almost a 2 year old reply, but yes I put white lights in the mechanical Santa's arms to make them brighter. Was my dad's idea a few years earlier so I added them back in after I repainted him.
  5. I got all the stuff done on my roof over the last week, but of course one of the reindeer burned out while I was testing so I have to get back up there one more time and then no more roof unless I need to fix something. Stinks with getting off work at 5pm and home by 5:15 it gets dark 10 minutes later, so I am going to try to do little things here and there throughout the week and then hit it hard this Saturday the 17th and try to get things wrapped up. Lights go on the day after Thanksgiving so I want to be all ready. Hope everyone else is doing good!
  6. Does anyone have any info or links to this Cado company people were talking about and what Christmas molds they have?
  7. Want to talk about corporate greed and sending jobs overseas? I have worked for Best Buy for 8 years now. The last 5 of these years I have been working from home doing remote IT support. You have issues, you call in and link up with us, I fix your problem. Last Wednesday we found out that they are cutting 70% of our jobs (yes I got let go) and they are having our 3rd party company in the Philippines take over all the work. Talk about a kick in the gut! Now this with GF. Where are we ever going to get brand new molds now? I normally would buy 1 or 2 new ones each year, but who knows I may not even be able to afford to put up my display this year. Corporate greed sucks!
  8. I used Krylon Fusion for plastic paint. Works very well to let the light shine through.
  9. So far so good. I saw you did that and realized the mold has 4 spots to run screws through so I mounted it and then ran stakes through the wood. I used to put stakes behind it and on the sides and then ran wire around, but no more of that so I don't scratch up the paint. I'm a little annoyed as the bulb in the base is going in and out, something is coming lose so I will have to take it apart today.
  10. Went live tonight. Finished my Poloron Mechanical Santa tonight lol, talk about cutting it close. I'm pretty happy with them. They are not anywhere near perfect, but they are a million times better than what they were before.
  11. Yeah we had alot of snow here, and it was in the -20's for a few days, then all of a sudden we had rain and in the upper 40's, so I had 2 good days and was able to get everything down and put away. I was beginning to wonder if I was going to get a chance to get it down before spring lol.
  12. Finally got everything all down and put away yesterday. What a chore lol. How is everyone else coming? I left a couple blow molds down because I am going to try my hand at repainting this spring, so hopefully that goes the way I want it to :-)
  13. The only problem I have with Menards is they don't price their stuff correctly...EVER! For example, when I bought the 40" Santa, the sign said it was $59.99 (but I figured it was wrong) so I took it to one of the scan it yourself to see the price and sure enough $23.99, so I started grabbing other stuff.
  14. I'd recommend getting to your local Menards if you are needing blow molds. They had the big Santa, the biggest one they sell the 40" one who is normally $59.99, I got it on sale for $23.99. I also grabbed an elf holding a candy cane, and the last 2 nut crackers they had. 4 nice blowmolds for under $100 is a good deal :-)
  15. Yeah, they are so many con artists, I wouldn't even want people walking around in my yard, everyone wants to sue!
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