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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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Buckeyelights

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  1. 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!!!
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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".
  5. Mel, The snow family cut-outs are excellent. Used to have those myself, but I've retired mine. I may have to remake them, as yours look just great!!!!!
  6. Any idea what a fair price is for one of those Noel lanterns?
  7. Bill, Sorry for your loss. I don't have any specific ideas but I'm sure you'll come up with something that means a lot to you. Of course, she'll be watching and very proud of you and honored. Joe
  8. I would appreciate a copy if you have this sequence. I’d prefer if it was done to the song track from the movie Hocus Pocus, but if you have it by another artist, please let me which artist. I'm planning a scene with several witches and I think the kids will like and recognize this song. PM me and I'll reply with my email. Tks!!
  9. Very, very nice. The lit trees behind the nativity give it a beautiful back drop.
  10. The Winfield Collection offers a large number of patterns at very reasonable prices and in a variety of sizes: http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com
  11. I prefer cut-outs, but everyone has their own likes and dislikes. To me the big advantage of cut-outs is the ability to create a unique original piece. And if made correctly, they'll last and last. I use wood cut-outs. Oh, I do have a couple coro made ones, but I prefer wood.
  12. 230, Wow!!!!! Outstanding display.
  13. You probably heard that the price of a first class postage stamp went up. Well so did shipping rates via parcel post. Parcel post is now called "standard post" on the USPS shipping calculator website. Along with the name change came a huge rate increase. Example: last week a box 36" x 18" x 16", weighing 8 lbs; a typical size for a medium-sized blow mold, shipping from Central Ohio to Florida, cost $17.15. New rate for the same package $27.15. In case you're wondering I check UPS Ground, on-line cost estimate ~$36 If your shipping a blow mold, or buying one, double check the shipping rate, you might get a big suprise. So our inefficient postal service will continue to lose money even though you'll be paying more for shipping whether buying or selling.
  14. Doug, good luck with the surgery. The docs can do amazing things. The by-pass may make you feel like a teenager, hope it does. Joe
  15. Wow, congrats!!! I'll PM you my shipping address for those soldiers
  16. Sorry i can't help with the levers. I just wanted to welcome you to PC and say "wow" the polar bear express looks outstanding, very original & creative.
  17. Yes. You'll find several threads on this but using the search box. Good luck!!
  18. Cool idea. You could get a Buddy the Elf costume here: http://www.partycity.com/product/adult+buddy+the+elf+costume.do Need a mannequin or make one out of PVC and foam; check the halloween forums, they're great resource for making pvc frames of people.
  19. Hi Gary, I have 70 ct, M6 strands on a 10' arch, 7 channels and it looks good. Consider the "sleeve" method for your arches. I didn't and wish I had. The "sleeve" is a bigger or section piece of pvc, say 1" dia. that slips over the arch. That allows you to just replace a sleeve or section if there's a problem.
  20. I have a wire frame from Gregg and one from Doug and one from Val at Christmas LED, they're all excellent pieces. And like Bill I recommend rope light. the 3/8" bends a little easier on the sharp corners than 1/2" and the 3/8" is plenty bright enough.
  21. I replaced the fuses, that didn't help. Didn't notice any issue with the plug, but I'll switch it with another plug, that's easy enough to do. My bet is that something is wrong inside the blob. Dennis, thanks again for developing the LED Keeper, it's now an essential tool for anyone investing in LED's. I don't hesitate to throw away an old set of incandescant mini's, but it hurts to throw away an expensive strand of LED's.
  22. Thanks for sharing the string builder instructions. I can also use your instructions to shorten some strands of C7 LED's on my roof line. It's been tough to hide them.
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