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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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  • 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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  1. 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!!
  2. Very, very nice. The lit trees behind the nativity give it a beautiful back drop.
  3. The Winfield Collection offers a large number of patterns at very reasonable prices and in a variety of sizes: http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com
  4. 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.
  5. 230, Wow!!!!! Outstanding display.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Wow, congrats!!! I'll PM you my shipping address for those soldiers
  9. 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.
  10. Yes. You'll find several threads on this but using the search box. Good luck!!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Santa brought me an LED Keeper and it's great. Thanks Dennis. I have a couple strands of sealed LED's that the entire strand is out. When I check the strands with the LED Keeper, the entire strand lights up; not even a dim bulb. So I'm guessing the rectifier is bad? If I replace the rectifier, do I have to use one from the same color set of lights? With the LED Keeper I don't foresee having any salvaged sets. Where do you or is there even a place to buy the rectifier? My guess is no. Do I just scrap these 2 strands of LED's? Tks! Joe
  17. Hi Lauren, Welcome to a whole lot of fun, some challenges, an occasional bit of frustration and an exciting adventure you're starting on. As far as where you start, read this forum, as gmac mentions the LOR forum is excellent too. There are a few animated decorators in Columbus; it would be ideal if you spend a little time with them, especially this time of year because our displays are still up. Seeing a set-up would be ideal. I'd be happy to show you our display and set-up. Send me a PM (private message) for address and contact info. I too started with a plug 'n play Mr. Christmas box as many of us start that way. I'd advice you to start small, that advice was given to me, but I ignored it as many did . A word of caution, this adventure can become costly, it can become addictive, and time consuming. It can also be very rewarding. A smile or the bright eyes of a child happy to see your display will make the hours, cash, and time spent well worth it. Welcome to PC. Joe
  18. Welcome Kansas49er. You've found a path filled with enjoyment, pleasure, challenges and an occasional bit of frustration. Be careful of the smiles you'll bring to kids, they'll cause you to buy more items for your display. And if the kids start dancing in front of your display, just call the credit card company and have them raise your limit .
  19. Maybe you can have a little fun and tell them that is really Santa. He hangs out at your house for a liltle break or when Mrs. Claus is looking for him to take care of that "Honey Do" list. I agree that it would lose a little of its uniqueness if there were several on the same street. And it would confuse the little kids seeing Santa in everyone's window; maybe that's the answer, tell 'em there shouldn't be more than one in the same area at the same time.
  20. Just go in from repair and re-supporting some items. 50+ mph gusts of wind are tough with rain softened soil. Wind toppled by choir, risers and all. The wind pulled up four 2x2 wood stakes that anchored the risers down. Fortunately none of the choir peeps or angel were damaged. One lost her head, but it didn't go far. Also toppled over a 10' tree, a simple metal pole and metal base ring held down with "J" shaped hooks; I wasn't too suprised one of them went over, the other 7 doing fine. The star did break off, minor item, but it'll be tough little fix. Thanks to the help of my wife who was freezing and my son, we were able to get everything back in place. Mother Nature can be tough when she gets cranky.
  21. thanks, I'll have to try making snow that way; looks very realistic.
  22. It really depends on the distance the lights are viewed by. Like others, mine are approximately 4" between bulbs, 3 colors. If I have red & blue on at the same time and look at it from a distance, the colors blend and appear purple. They look fine at normal viewing distance, in front of the house. But recently walking the dog I was about the a block or block & a half away when I noticed the purple roof line. It took me minute to realize how that occurred.
  23. I have a dozen angels that I made using coro for their wings, they're likely to blow up right back to heaven.
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