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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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  1. Just wanted to include my friends at Planet Christmas. I'm having a garage sale and I have some Christmas Ceramics, and some christmas decorations. I have a LED battery powered window sillouette candle, tree sprigs from all makes of tree for crafts, Antique christmas knick knack ceramics, and possibly....Possibly some of my christmas lights from my collection - I may put them out. Christmas cookie Tins, which I just found in my collection too. For those in the Mid-Michigan Area, specifically Freeland MI 48623 - Feel free to stop by. Friday July 29th, and Saturday July 30th. If you have questions, feel free to contact me at [email protected] - put Christmas in the subject line.
  2. Well it takes a 16' extention ladder, with me 6' on the ladder and an additional 12' painters pole, plus a 12-15' decorators pole duct taped together to get close to the top. Last year i didn't decorate it because I ran out of stuff to tape together to get to the top...it grew some more. Come measure it.
  3. Dont feel bad. I too had showed my sister Ebay. Sis told me "After you die, Im taking all that crap to the curb." Thanks sis.... love you too Some of the prices people are posting on ebay are just irritating. For those that do want to keep nostalgic items of their childhood, we're having to pay an arm and a leg.
  4. I called consumers... waiting game at this point. Waiting for a call from their planning department to voice my concerns. My Township doesn't handle any power related concerns other than street lighting. Unfortunately no mega trees will fit on my property - this Spruce was my mega tree. More to come. Hoping for a positive outcome.
  5. The old growth trees were trimmed last year, and again a few years earlier. A few years back, a 21 yr old tree trimmer lost his life - he rose himself up into the trees and leaned over the power line a few houses down from me. Since then, they brought in a big crew and completely cut a clear sight line for the utility 30 feet on each side. so if you stand at the pole, you can look straight down. So all of that has been cut and cleared. They are not going to do underground due to cost. My pole on the back of my yard feeds 3 homes. Their plan is to bring service in front of my house - then wrap it around the side of my house back to the existing pole. So I'll have wires on 3 sides of my house, instead of one single run in the back. Both neighbors are impartial because it doesn't affect them. The pole and wires for them stay in the same place. I am the one that gets the additional wires around the house, and will loose a part of my landscaping that really adds to the value of my home.
  6. Well, I came home today and found a mysterious stake in the ground, which aligned with stakes going south down the road into the neighbors yards. The stake read "Proposed Consumers Energy Power Line". At first I thought...Ok....they're running an underground power line. Then...as I'm standing out in the yard, my neighbor comes over, and said that they're moving the entire line that feeds the neighborhood from the back of our houses (Where it is now) to the front. Supposedly they are having a hard time servicing the line in the back of the yards. Here's the problem. Where the stake line runs - shaves the side of my 40' spruce. Consumers was moving the line away from the trees, and two of my neighbors trees will be removed for the new proposed power line. Which means one of two things. 1. They are going to cut my beautiful spruce down 2. It will be too close to the power line for me to chance decorating it either by bucket truck or by ladder and extention pole. The pole will be on the county right away on the property, so there isn't much legal say I have in it. Should I call Consumers Energy and ask them to keep it further towards the road? What would you do?
  7. Well, I was lucky enough to inherit these two blow molds from a co-worker. The story is that they were going to throw them out, and my co-workers wife remembered that I enjoy all Christmas items, so she gave them to me. Check them out - what do you think? I didn't see any mold markings or dates. They have the old Poloron style large bulb disk in the back. They have the larger long white fuse style plugs that you see more on the modern day blowmolds. But...long story short, theyre safe and sound now! let me know what you think.
  8. The standard reels appear to be out of stock. Only ones left are the Deluxe models with the Bayco wheel or the LED reels. How many sets would you think I would need for about 2 acres pie shaped? If each set covers 5000sq ft, it seems like one set wouldn't cover much doing just a raw calculation of acres to sq ft. (I'm probably calculating it wrong)
  9. Honestly, the ones advertising the christmas stuff sometimes also know the value, so it may or may not have been a good deal, you know? I know it sounds morbid, but Estate sales are where it's at. Make a plan, or get together with friends, work out a plan to hit them when they pop up. Be there first thing and done. My neighbor - passed away and I didn't even know it. There was a ton of people standing in the driveway, which I thought was the family after the funeral type of appearance. Well....it was the estate sale. When I came back from shopping...I saw people carrying tons of christmas stuff out... More lights and stuff were in the garage, and this was only 3 doors down. I didn't have the cash anyway....but still UGH! (Plus...kind of shocking...because he was a new neighbor and it was a relatively new house too) Keep your chin up! If it helps any.... In the end of April, we have the Walleye Festival Garage Sale Weekend. Wednesday - Sunday solid neighborhood wide garage sales all across Freeland, and Saginaw. A group of us should get together and rock it out. I'm hosting my garage sale Fri-Sat. It's an all week deal...could split up into groups. OR... if you wanted to sell your christmas stuff during my sale, we can have a barbecue etc.
  10. Welcome now Fellow Michigander.
  11. We could do a summer cookout - BYOB and bring a dish to pass type of thing. I'd do one here but my house and yard aren't all that large.
  12. Hopefully early August. I cant do late July unless its on the last weekend.
  13. I haven't heard anything either. I'm in the mood. Bronners is having a sale on their newly launched website...but I'll be going there to get the bargains from last years stuff. Let me know! C
  14. Hmm...this kinda died on the vine since January. Hope everyone is doing well, and looking forward to a meeting of some kind. Let me know if you are still planning on a meet in Kzoo in the fall, or if you want to do something sooner. C
  15. Completed: Roof is Done. Wreaths are up. Candlebras in window To Be Completed: 40+ foot pine Side trees Shrubs Inside tree Inside decorations I'm not putting out my blow molds this year. I'll wait till things pick up. Less temptation for thieves. I need help with my Pine tree, and I do not have the energy to do it this year. My car was totalled out by a careless 20 yr old, and with my back being all messed up, I don't think its wise I swing in the wind with extention poles, on top of a 15' extention ladder Lifts in Mid-Mich are just out of price range. $150.00 for 4 hours.
  16. EH?? Where are you seeing that? They're about 10 bucks a box right now. Black Friday ad is for $6.98 a box. Same story in Mid-Michigan and North. Stores are scaling back quite a bit. The sales on everything in general have been poor, so why order a large inventory to only loose money on it. I was suprised that one wal-mart VS another in Saginaw has more than the other, but not much. Both stores are scaled back about 75%. The only stores that seemed to be the same were Menards, and K-Mart. But...compared to previous years...Menards shelves would have been clean. Not so this year.
  17. I plan on cutting out the back panel UPC, and Scanning the back of the box so I have a digital copy, then filing the UPC and receipts away in my 2009 Bill Box. That way I can always just yank the folder, find the receipts and done. Not sure if I'm wierd..but I always keep my receipts until stuff goes out of warranty.
  18. Kmart here in MI has Santa's and candy canes, that's about it. I haven't seen much else around these parts.
  19. This is what I use at my moms place. http://www.homesecuritystore.com/p-978-wma-3000-dakota-wireless-motion-drive-alert-3000-driveway-alarm.aspx She has a Large driveway, and it's always nice to know when somebody is coming up it. It has Relay Outputs, as well as a chime that goes off when something or someone passes by it. The smaller animals don't bother it, but the larger animals do, such as deer. It shoots around 150 feet across - so if you were to put it at the corner of your property, would catch anything crossing for 150 feet. Hers is about 5 years old now, and no issues. C
  20. I stopped in Bronners Today to pick up a gift. It's already a zoo, and today's Thursday 10/29/09. The Counter folks told me it's been busy all this week, and that today, thursday was relatively slow. Frankenmuth is already decorated with lights and the large swags across the street. Bronners now has the Falling Snow lites for the large outdoor trees, and for the indoor trees. They're a bit expensive, but they have them. There was quite the crowd in the Trees section.
  21. We'll take you up into Bear Country. Just keep your hands in your pocket, and if they knock you over...just lay there. Frankenmuth would be fun, but it's up to you guys what you want to do. If Frankenmoof - be forewarned, it may be better to do it before thanksgiving, because after thanksgiving, Bronners gets Nuts, and not in a good way. I steer clear of it because theres so many rude people, it's not worth going. I agree with Toy - a weekday is the least busy, but that may be difficult for many, since they may have to take the day off. Zhenders and Bavarian Inn has separate rooms available for rent, Or we can just make reservations if we know how many folks for sure are coming. C'mon up north eh!
  22. Just my 0.02 since Menards Lights havent been mentioned. I have about 25 sets of C9's from Menards, (The spools they sell). The color isn't very bright, its more of a glow, however I have only lost 2 sets, which I promptly returned. I live in a very salty environment. We have a salt dust cloud that hovers over Michigan roads. I haven't noticed any corrosion yet on my sets, but will definitely check this year. It's approximately a 40' pine, with the LED C9's, and it takes about 40 watts total according to my Kill-A-Watt. In contrast 5 sets of Icicle lights on the house, a wreath, and two flicker bulb candles used 1100 watts. To hear all the issues with the LED's as something so simple as weatherability for an outdoor set is very discouraging, and may kill the market demand quickly. The big box stores are about the only way LED's are affordable for the general public. I appreciate that we have vendors here to sell LED's...but a 70 count light set at $17.00 each +S/h is just too expensive for the average Joe. LED's aren't new technology...they've been around for years. Only the usage is different, so why the sky high price?
  23. On the south side, nothing, open field. On the north side, a 40,000+v residential power trunk line, buried underground. I know its close to the treeline, as I hit it with the post hole digger. I may want to add a few lighted deer, but that's about it - if at all. I thought it would be neat, to have lit trees, out in the middle of nowhere leading up to a lit house. I'll investigate the conduit and wire cost to see if it's more cost effective to just do the MegaTree, vs the driveway trees. Thanks for your input!
  24. Thank you everyone for the response. I was definitely thinking about cross bolting to stop the sections from sliding. It was only $60, so not too concerned. The pole I have has fancy twist lock connections, which most certainly wouldn't hold under a load. I'm Anxious to try this out! Any specific recommendations on guy wires? Coated/non coated, aluminum or?
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