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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.

Carrie Sansing

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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    Glenview, Northern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, USA
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    Christmas and Halloween displays, restoring blow molds and vintage decorations and woodcarving
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    General Manager/COO Apartment & Shopping Mall Complex
  • About my display
    Our display changes each year, we're heavy on blowmolds, control the display with LOR.

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  1. If you prepare the blow mold well and go lightly with the paint you can effectively use other spray paints besides those formulated for strictly for plastic. Rustoleum Painters Touch works well, I have used it when I was stuck for a color not offered in the plastic line by Krylon or Rustoleum. A close match for the pink is gloss Candy Pink. I suggest that once you paint with a non plastic paint that you seal the mold with a clear coat. It will help with adhesion over time. I hope this helps you.
  2. I had a Sylvania Yulescapes Snowman and a motorized Elf. I bought them in 2006. The Snowman, sadly, deteriorated badly (the foam) and I had to toss it. The Elf is still in working condition. At that time, I was tempted to buy the gingerbread house but didn't do so. They were widely distributed here in the Chicago area. I do recall them being more or less on clearance at FIM (a store here that would buy overstocks) in 2007 and 2008.
  3. That is one of the best deals I've seen in a long long time. Good for you, Elaine!
  4. There will be molds available at the Swap Meet at the American Christmas Decorator's Conference, coming up on June 20 - 23 in Carmel, Indiana. The American Christmas Decorators Conference IS replacing ICE, LUO, and C3... The concept to form one larger event to make things easier, as well as more valuable for everyone is one that has been in the works for a while. We will have ALL of the things that made each of the seperate events a success, so no matter if your interest is Blow Molds, DIY, LOR, pixels, or something in between, this is your event! The central Indiana location was selected for ease of access, affordable amenities, and a large list of things to see and do for families while visiting. The agenda kicks off on Thursday at Noon with the opening presentation and hands-on workshops in the afternoon, an informal dinner and meet and greet that evening. Friday and Saturday morning at 9 we have a full day schedule including continental breakfast and lunch (provided) and it will run through until 5-5:30, at which point everyone will be free to do thier own thing. Some of the die-hards that want to continue conversations into the evening will be welcome to hang out until we have to chase everyone off later that night to get some sleep. We look forward to seeing everyone there! For more information, click the link: http://acdc.whindo.com/event/default.aspx?lock=2437445-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0&key=5127df8620603cc
  5. There are so many people that helped with C3 this year, that I run the risk of forgetting someone if I attempted naming everyone. The weather fooled us, typical for Chicago. Who would have ever thought the remnants of a Hurricane would affect us here, and as we all saw.. it didn’t. But without the assistance of everyone who so willingly pitched in this year, supplied muscle, support, vehicles, patience, brains and tireless assistance, C3 could have been a disaster..thank you all from the bottom of my heart..Christmas decorators are, without doubt, the most generous, giving and helpful people I have ever had the honor of knowing. I want to give special thanks to all of our vendor sponsors, instructors/roundtable facilitators, and to everyone who attended..God bless and thank you all so much for everything. Special thanks to my husband, Dave, Cathy Fischer, and Terry Powers...you all rock.
  6. Apologies for not seeing these posts earlier..please forgive me. If you wish to come to C3, you still may do so. You will not receive a t-shirt, but I do need to know in advance. Payment of $40 at the door (sorry there is no reduction in price). Please contact me (Carrie Sansing) at [email protected] Four vendors will be here, Christmas-Leds.com (product and ordering); Winkelbottoms Wireframes (some product and ordering); TwoDogLights (no products, but ordering); LightKeeper/LedKeeper (no products); GordonLights (ordering)
  7. In the event of bad weather, we will move C3 to the host hotel, The Courtyard by Marriott 1801 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview, IL 60025. A conference room and the entire lobby is ours for the event.. No worries!
  8. In case you were wondering, there will be a rather huge swap meet at C3. Bring what you have to sell or swap, your junk may be someone else's treasure!
  9. I have a customer for this, asked for a new look. Thought I would share it here. The paint is finished but there will be another modification to change it. The plan is to add a string of LED C7s from the interior so that the tree will truly look like a Christmas tree. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, software keeps giving me an error message that I have exceeded my allotted disk space for an attachment..sorry about that, carry on, nothing to see here..yet.
  10. There's lots to do here..plan on coming in a day or two earlier..you won't be disappointed! Register NOW! http://chicago2012.constantlychristmas.com/sponsors.php
  11. The White Elephant gift exchange was so much fun in 2010, we're doing it again this year at C3: What do you do to participate? Remember, this is voluntary..its not a must, but if you don't bring a gift, you don't get one. 1. Check through your stash of Christmas "stuff". Things that are in good shape or new, that you don't want, never used, or won't use. Your discard might just be perfect for someone else..then again, maybe not! 2. There is no minimum or maximum as to value..so if you want to, wrap up that spare controller you don't need.. or those boxes of c7 replacement bulbs.. 3. The White Elephant Gift needs to be wrapped, camouflaged, concealed..make it interesting. Go ahead, use that entire roll of tape on the 24x24x24 box with the c7s inside, we don't care..that's half the fun! Shopping bags, newspapers, towels, you name it.. watching people struggle to open their gifts can be fun! The idea is to keep people from guessing what is in the package and who its from. If the gift is gender specific, tag it and let everyone know. But no names.. 4. If you don't bring a gift, you won't get a gift..but you can watch the fun! 5. Gifts can be stolen, we encourage it, so be prepared..the gift you open just might be stolen by the next guest. A gift can be stolen twice..after that, it's pronounced dead and the person who has it at that point, keeps it. The gift cannot be stolen again once its dead. We hope you plan to participate. The WEG is a lot of fun, don't miss out. Start looking through your inventory..you just never know what you'll be bringing home.
  13. If you haven't experienced a C3 yet, you're in for treat! And if you’ve been to one before, you know how much fun it is! We’re working hard so that you don’t have to! C3 is brought to you by, in part: Creative Displays - http://www.creativedisplays.com/ Christmas-LEDs/Suprtec Novelties, LLC - http://www.christmas-leds.com/ ChristmasLightShow.com - http://www.christmaslightshow.com/ Displays in Motion, a Certified LOR Partner - http://www.displaysinmotion.net/ GordonLightsLLC - http://www.gordonlights.com Holiday Coro - http://www.holidaycoro.com/ Holiday Technologies - http://www.holidaytechnologies.com/ Light-O-Rama - http://www.lightorama.com Reinders - http://www.reinders....D/led_home.html Seasonal Entertainment - http://seasonalenter...owspotlight.htm The Demented Elf - http://www.thedementedelf.com/ Two Dog Lights - http://twodoglightstore.com/ Winklebottoms Wire Frames - http://www.winklebottoms.com/
  14. Glad to hear it Ronda and Alan! All the way from the UK! Very cool! And Richard, I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
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