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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. thanks Thorrocks for the response, the detailed "how-to" and think you're right, a hinge on one side attached to the house is a good idea. Tks!!!! Joe
  2. Cool!!! Very cool!!! Oh my, I have lots of questions, but I'll refrain and just ask a couple: 1. it appears to be set-up in a garage. Do you plan to move it into the yard? Can it be moved, it's looks so real, is it heavy? 2. Sure would appreciate a "how-to", even a brief one. The progress pictures help a lot to explain what you did. 3. Do you think something like this could be built on casters? This or a similiar concept could be built to sit in front of a garage door. If it could be built on a platform with casters and rolled so car(s) could access the garage, that would be ideal way to utilize the blank canvas of a garage door. Very impressive!!! Joe
  3. Hi Christopher, I'm doing well, thanks for asking. And yes, we're still in the same house in Worthington; a poor real estate market and boomerang kids have kept us at the same place. If you're in the area, stop by or give me a call sometime; would like to catch-up. Oh, you mentioned moving into RGB stuff; I'm seriously thinking about that too. Maybe we can figure it out together (read teach me please), LOL!!!! Joe
  4. Hi Chris, Wow am I and many others are glad you're back, you've been missed. Seriously your name, your display, it's come up multiple times; people wondering how you're doing. You've helped a lot of people, now it's our turn to pay you back. Please let us know how we can help. WOW, it's good to hear from you. Joe
  5. They were out of stock about a month ago.
  6. Great finds!!!! Way to go!!!!
  7. Looks fanastic. Did you make or buy the elf costume? If you bought it, where'd you get it? tks! Joe
  8. Great job!!! FYI: Winfield is having a Christmas in July sale, 20% off all Christmas patterns. Use promo code: XMASINJULY
  9. Look at the completed listings, see what they sold for. Grinch and the dog goes for around $200, but I'm pretty sure the Grinch alone is well below that.
  10. I think you could do that. However I would reinforce the splice point between the two pieces of PVC and guy both sections of pipe. Make very sure that the two pieces of pipe are vertical, very vertical; any lean on either piece of pipe is going to put a whole lot of stress on the splice point. good luck!!!!
  11. Buckeyelights

    Meet Sam...

    That's cool, very nice!!! Tom, how do you tape off the fresh paint where it meets another color? Superb!!!! Joe
  12. Hi Robcat, I have several blow molds for sale. They were/are listed under the thread below, as I offered them to Light Up Ohio attendees to avoid shipping. Since LUO is over, I'd be willing to ship them. Let me know if you're interested in any. I think the prices are pretty fair, but I'm open to offers too. Tks! Joe
  13. If you're going to put lights through it, then coro works really well. If not, then I'd go with plywood. Coro will need a wood frame, unless it's small. I prefer to paint plywood then coro. Both are good products, really depends on size and what you want to do with the gingerbread house. good luck!
  14. Copied and pasted from the Beacon Journal: Ohio Highway Patrol to go ‘all out’ Friday Beacon Journal staff report Published: May 17, 2012 - 09:36 AM All sworn officers from all ranks of the state Highway Patrol will take to Ohio roadways Friday in a safety and awareness campaign the agency is calling “All Out Day.” The initiative is part of the patrol’s effort to reduce accidents and to bring attention to dangerous driving behaviors. “We need the help of the motoring public to make Ohio’s roadways safer for everyone — by always driving sober, staying focused on the road and insisting that everyone in your vehicle wear a safety belt.” said Lt. Chad Enderby of the Wooster Post. On your way to LUO, slow down, the highway patrol will be out if force.
  15. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I think LUO has another "exclusive" vendor; that is The Winfield Collection. They have over 3000 patterns for virtually any time of the year, season, holiday, or wood working craft. Check out their website http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com/ and sign up for their emails to receive exclusive discuounts. For example, they had a 20% off Mother Day's special. They also carry lots of supplies; from paints to saw blades. One of the coolest things they carry is a Animated Display Motor Kit, very easily you can add the wonder of animation to yard displays without the high cost! The affordable Kit includes a quiet 18rpm, 110 volt AC, geared motor with attached plug plus shaft & ball bearing hanger links and connecting hardware. No more messing with dirty, used windshield wiper motor or a weak savanged reindeer motor; here is a simple time saving kit. I've used this motor on a waving snowman, a kissing Santa & Mrs. Claus, a teeter/totter, and just finished a creepy stirring cauldren.
  16. Only a couple days left to get your order in with Winkelbottoms & Christmas LED's for delivery to Light Up Ohio. Christmas LED's is offering a 20-25% discount, use code LUO2012. Winkelbottoms has his spring sale here: http://winksale.yolasite.com/ On top of the great prices & discounts, no shipping cost; pickup at LUO. Don't delay, get your order in today.
  17. I prefer more songs. We're in a typical subdivision, people are busy, always coming and going. The feedback I get from our audience, visitors is that whenever they come buy, they hear a different song. We use around 10 songs in the Christmas display and are expanding our Halloween show to 5-6 songs, plus scary sounds between songs. Some will watch the show from beginning to end, but many stop for 5 - 10 minutes, but stop several different nights. Obviously, it's an individual preference, so there's no right or wrong way, no better or worse; they're all great. To answer the original question: Monster Mash Ghostbusters theme This is Halloween a variety of scary sound tracks Adding: Wedding March Lil' Red Riding Hood
  18. Special discounted prices!! Door Prizes!!! Product Samples!!! Expert Information!!! Product Demonstrations!!! This is just a few things that these gracious vendors will be offering at Light Up Ohio 2012. Buckeye Santa’s http://www.buckeyesantas.com/ Christmas Depot http://www.christmasdepot.com/ Christmas LEDs http://www.christmas-leds.com/ Creative Displays Inc. http://www.creativedisplays.com/ Displaysinmotion http://www.displaysinmotion.net/ Holiday Coro http://www.holidaycoro.com/ Lightertainment http://www.lightertainment.com/index.html The Winfield Collection http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com/ Winkelbottoms http://www.winkelbottoms.com/ This is a golden opportunity to have all these vendors present in one location, one you won’t want to miss. Join us at Light Up Ohio on May 18th & 19th. Thank you to these great vendors for supporting Light Up Ohio. http://lightupohio.com/
  19. There are several good vendors associated with and often mentioned on this forum. Since you're new to this madness, I suggest attending one of "mini's" in your area. A "mini" is a small conference-like gathering of decorators that meet. Most "mini's" include educational topics and more directly to your question, samples of products from a number of vendors. For example, Christmas LED's http://www.christmas-leds.com/Default_v3.aspx is a long time sponsor of Light Up Ohio http://www.lightupohio.com/ and will have a number of lights for sale at special prices. Clear your calendar and head to Light Up Ohio on May 18th & 19th in Columbus or any other of the regional "mini's". Joe
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