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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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Everything posted by Buckeyelights

  1. Agree! Even snow is OK, but cold rain is the worst.
  2. This works very well: http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com/category/s?keyword=transfer+paper Most art supply, hobby shop will have it too.
  3. Seems like it would should be easy to use a motor and assembly from a wire frame reindeer, who's head moves up and down or back and forth. That same basic motion could turn Santa side to side.
  4. Hi Tin barn, Not Bill, but I just checked the LUO website and I can post just fine. Are you sure you were logged in? If so, then there's something going on at the "Tin Barn". good luck! Joe
  5. I like this one: http://www.danburymint.com/Sports/prod/864/Ohio-State-Buckeyes-Santa-Figurine_3325-0044.aspx
  6. Some of the blow mold experts may correct me, but that deer you got is quite desired and often rather expensive.
  7. Looks great!!! I too like the gargoyle on the roof.
  8. Thanks for sharing that. I'm currently enjoying their all Christmas radio station. Hopefully the work IT guys won't cut it off.
  9. I've had a similiar problem with the use of compact florescant bulbs used in spot light holders connected to LOR hardware. Most of the time it's occurred on the blue lamps.
  10. My tip: avoid the clear coat; some brands may be OK, but many will yellow over time. I use a good quality exterior paint, 2 coats of color over top of two coats of primer. I've had them last 20+ years. A good exterior paint should last 10+years on a house, so if the cut-out is outside 4-6 wks/year; that's a lot of years to add up to 10+yrs of use. Good luck and have fun with them.
  11. What type of "crossover" cable are you referring too? I've placed the D-light controllers after the LOR controllers and haven't had any problems. Am I risking damage to the D-Light controllers? Tks! Joe
  12. Wow, creepy and outstanding!!! Darn you Darlene, you've just added another "must have" project to the list . Can you imagine a forest of those? First thing though is where to store something like that. I may have to sign up for a 3rd storage unit, LOL!
  13. http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com/category/Nativies_Angels Obviously you have good wood working skills; my suggestion is a wooden set of cut-outs. The Winfield Collection has an outstanding selection of nativity pieces that you could make. The wood characters would be more in line with the style of the manger. Here's a link to The Winfield Collection of nativity patterns: http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com/category/Nativies_Angels Good luck!
  14. Hi Rick, It's great to see another Central Ohio decorator on Planet Christmas. I'm on the NW side of Columbus. The best way to meet and get to know the Ohio decorators, is through Light Up Ohio, a mini-gathering of 50 - 100 decorators held usually in May. As far as Pickerington Lights, yes Rob the brains behind it moved out west. However another guy is working to put it back together. He goes by Columbus27 on the forums. Send me a Private Message with your phone number, we can talk and say "hello". Joe
  15. Hi sjn1968, I'm an Aurora user and I use both LOR and D-Light hardware on the single network all daisy chained together, no problems at all. Welcome to PC.
  16. Well there are so many parts and questions within this post; I'll just touch on one or two. First let me clarify that I've never done a public show. First thing I'd think about is liability and insurance. Research who carries public event insurance and what that'll cost. Second, you asked "Whats a good date to start?". Today for a 2014 display. Seriously, depending on how much time, resources, helping hands, you have available will determine how much time you'll need. Good luck!
  17. You'll need some sort of housing to direct the light in a tall rectangular area. Even a spot light alone is going to light up the adjacent letter. I use a large can as a housing; a number of vegetables come in tall narrow cans. Paint the can, cut a hole in the bottom slip the spot holder through the hole, and shape the can in whatever manner you want the light to shine on. Good luck!
  18. Congrats!!! They look outstanding.
  19. Outstanding!!!! Very creative and great workmanship!!
  20. Thanks!! That just might work. Certainly worth a try; however to get 12" - 16" of vertical travel, that's going to take a big cam and take a pretty big enclosure. I really like the simplicity of it. Thanks!!!
  21. I want to make a prop similar to a tombstone popper, where a head will move up and down. The linkage for the tombstone popper creates a small circular motion as it moves up and down. I’d prefer the movement to be straight up and down. I want to do it mechanically with a wiper motor and not get into any pneumatics. The head I plan to use will be a Styrofoam head on an aluminum bar, therefore weight will be very low. I’d like to create between 12” and 16” of vertical travel distance. So what would the linkage look like to create a straight vertical motion? Tks! Joe
  22. West Chester, huh? I think a road trip is in my future plans. Especially if they're small like Darlene mentioned. I liked Bone Jet too; however it wouldn't be too hard to duplicate her with a skeleton and some rock n roll clothes from a thrift shop. tks! Joe
  23. thanks for sharing that. Lots of cool stuff. I've been eyeing the dueling banjo guys for a while; but now I have more "wants".
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