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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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  1. It is pretty apparent that I have way too much stuff. Hopefully some of these items would enhance your display. If you see an item that you're interested in but you think the price is a little steep, make me an offer.....I need the space. Blow molds: Santa with Wish List: approx. 43" tall, made by Union, $25 Waving Santa: approx. 27" tall, made by Beco, $45 (a rare collectible piece) Pencil Candle Santa: approx. 38" tall, made by Empire, $15 Photos can be viewed here: http://columbus.craigslist.org/for/2906313053.html Drummer Boy: approx. 33" tall, made by Grand Venture, $25 Snowman with green coat: approx. 34" tall, made by Empire, $35 snowman with black hat: approx. 18" tall, made by Grand Venture, $20 Photos of these can be viewed here: http://columbus.craigslist.org/for/2906303940.html Two vintage train cut-outs: http://columbus.craigslist.org/for/2895753444.html http://columbus.craigslist.org/for/2895754195.html Holiday inflatable’s for sale. Scarecrow, 4' tall, LN (never used?); $10 Polar Bear, 4' tall, LN (never used?): $20 Santa & Elves #25 race car, VGC, 8' long: $25 Buy all three for $50 Photos of these can be viewed here: http://columbus.craigslist.org/for/2909227646.html Additional inflatables: Penguin on igloo, 8’ tall, LN (used once?): $45 Winnie the Pooh Santa, 8’ tall, LN (used once?): $50 Contact me for pictures. Scare crow decoration, $12 Photo can be viewed here: http://columbus.craigslist.org/for/2909129480.html More blow molds: (PM me your email address for pictures) Empire church, VGC, all windows intact, $75 Beco Mary & Joseph, price TBD or make offer Shepherd, missing staff Pair of Poloron sheep, 18” long, $25 Empire Nativity set; includes, Jesus, Joseph, Mary, 3 kings, sheppard, 2 sheep, donkey & cow; VGC, $200 TPI nativity; 2 pieces: Mary holding Jesus and Joseph, VGC, $50 Snowman with red scarf and white stars; General Foam, 40” tall, $20 Snowman, Patriotic colors, General Foam, 40” tall, $40 Santa Face, Empire, 26” tall Thanks for looking. PM me you zip code for a shipping cost, it's not included in the prices above. Discounts available for purchase of multiple items. Thanks! Joe
  2. We are pleased to announce that Colonnade Lights will be supporting LUO 2012. About Colonnade Lights (cut ‘n pasted from their website): Whether you are looking for decorative lights, lighting systems, track lights, business outline lights, or light trim for your professional building, mall, or shopping center, Colonnade Lights is here to assist you. As a manufacturer and installer of lighting systems we have the ability to create and customize a lighting concept specific for any property or building. You’re probably most familiar with their popular LiteClip Strip, which provides an easy, quick installation method for lights that produces a straight line, professional looking installation. Here is a link to their website on the LiteClip strip: http://www.liteclipstrip.com/ Samples of their product will be available to see & touch at LUO 2012. Be sure to register for LUO now for a chance to view this great product and learn more about Colonnade Lights. Thanks again to Colonnade Lights for supporting LUO!!!!
  3. Hi Gregg, I, we, were hoping to see you again at LUO!!! You have some very low and tempting prices on those items, I'm sure they'll sell quickly. Plus no shipping charge, those are some great deals. Joe
  4. Ours was 12 channels on an 11' tall tree, did 2 full revolutions with the strings. I thought it looked good. The top was very full, can't imagine finding space for more strings. The bottom was obviously more open, but still looked fine.
  5. I’m happy to announce that The Winfield Collection has generously offered their support for Light Up Ohio 2012. I’ve been a huge fan and user of their products for many years now and they’ve always exceeded my expectations. Here is a very brief description from their website: “Offering over 3000 full-size Woodcraft Patterns & Woodworking Project Plans! We’ve been designing unique & original wood projects that “Make Woodcrafting Fun” for over 25 years! Build picnic tables, baby cradles, birdhouses, rocking horses, Nativities, yard shadows, Halloween monsters, wood toys, scroll saw art, 3D animals, furniture, home decor, whirligigs & much more! Whatever the wood project, we’ve got the shop tested wood plans that will simplify your project with full-size traceable patterns, step-by-step instructions, assembly diagrams, wood layouts, material lists and…..technical support!” Check out their website here: http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com/ Check back often for more updates on vendors who will be supporting Light Up Ohio!!
  6. I think I can dig out a pair that you might be interested in. Hope you can make it to LUO. Joe
  7. The color is a personal choice. Black would look good. You could also paint it the color of your house, so the plywood blends into the background. Another option would be to paint it so they good during the day; paint the ivy green, darken 1/2 of the leaf with a darker green. The outside of the bells could be silver, gold, pewter color with the inside a darker tone. The knocker could be black. The shape of your bells and ivy look very good, nice job. Another thought, you could cut off the excess plywood, cut 2" away from the edge of the bell and ivy; it would look a little bit more realistic. Good luck, I think they're going to look very good.
  8. Congrats, your tree is outstanding!!! Joe
  9. I use paint pens, they're available at Michael's or Hobby Lobby or probably most craft, arts store will have them. It's easier to get a consistent line thickness with a paint pen then a brush with varying amounts of paint on it. Permanent markers will work too.
  10. Pepper, that is outstanding!!!!!!!!! Excellent!!!! Superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. Looks outstanding Richard. You've picked up a lot of new molds this year, congrats!! Joe
  12. The other sign I have is a "high voltage at all times" sign. Hopefully that scares them away too.
  13. Those are Disneyfantastic. Outstanding!!!!!
  14. I agree with Entropy; use the signs to avoid problems. I light up the security signs and camera after the show is done running for the night via a simple timer. Nobody is messing with the display during the show, too much traffic & too big of a risk of getting caught. It's in the early morning hours when the display is vulnerable. Light up the security camera & signs so they see it and keep the idiots/vandals away.
  15. That was a very kind gesture. Well done!!! Joe
  16. Wow, now that is cool!!!!! Takes the Santa Tracker idea to whole another level. Thanks for sharing the "how-to"!! joe
  17. Add a Virtual Santa to the 2nd floor window, put the audio outside via some speakers (cheap old computer speakers work fine wrapped in a plastic trash bag). If there is room behind the first floor windows, you could create a storefront window display that would look magnificiant. Your windows are close enough to the street and sidewalk that it can be seen easily. You have a ideal layout for that. You could have animated figurines in any number of scenes you'd like to create. Good luck! Joe
  18. I did a similiar dual purpose tree last year and used a step ladder. It was a pain as it was tough to get the ladder close without loosing the vertical strands for the standard mega tree. And the spiral strands kept getting hung up on the vertical strands. I avoid the problem this by making two seperate trees. I wish you the best of luck.
  19. Call the local post office and give them the number. I've found that to be occasionally helpful when the on-line system couldn't find a package. Are you sure it's a tracking number? Or is it a label number? I typically ship with insurance only and don't get a tracking number, i get a label number that doesn't track the shipment through the deliver. It does tell me when the package has been delivered. I had to wait over 2 weeks to receive a parcel post that was only a 2 hr drive away. And they wonder why they're losing $$$.
  20. Congrats on completing your collection of snowladies. Joe
  21. I cut a small drain hole in the can but no covering is necessary. I just lay the can lights in the grass. I'll make a small depression in the grass with my heel that allows the can to sit in. Occasionally I'll put a small block of wood on each side of the can to stabilize them. Joe
  22. I have the very same 3D nativity. For all my wood cut-outs, these included, I use a homemade light. I use a metal coffee can, attached a rubber light socket (HD or Lowes has 'em) by cutting a hole in the bottom of the can. Slip the wires through the hole and the socket will set in the hole. Add some wire and a male plug. I paint the metal can green to blend in with the grass. I use 25w or 40w incandescant bulbs, the 40w for the larger pieces. The cans focus the light on just the cut-out and doesn't cast a huge shadow on anything behind them.
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