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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.
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  • 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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Posts posted by Buckeyelights

  1. Another option is to email or take an image to a local blueprint shop; a place that prints plans for architects, engineers, etc.  They can enlarge any imagine (without a copyright) to any size you want.  The local one I use can print 46" wide (paper is 48" wide) x whatever length I want.  If the image is wider than 46", they print it on multiple pieces.  Cost is $6 - $10 for a 46"x 72" tall print.  Easy, fast and you have a pattern that's reusable. 

  2. 16 hours ago, The Inflatable King Of Ohio said:

    Where is this at in Ohio?

    Spring Hill Lodge within Sharon Woods Metro Park, located in Westerville, Ohio; a suburb on the NW side of Columbus.  It's a good time with lots of great people.

  3. I like the improvements suggested by Mickeymatic.  it's likely very heavy to hang; take a very sturdy support system to get it up in the air.  Instead of hanging, easier to build a support under the helicopter, paint the support black, to give it the illusion it's flying.  I'm even wondering how to move it around due to the weight and size.  Would a person would need a small trailer-like thing to move it on?

  4. Another method to save the pattern is to get a roll of wide tracing paper.  Any place that makes blueprints for architects & engineers will sell a wide roll of tracing paper and I'd imagine most art supplies stores too.  Simple trace the outline of the different colors and pieces, then transfer those lines onto a newly painted white surface.  Of course take pictures, like suggested above, for color match.

    Good luck!!!!

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  5. 13 hours ago, jimiheadstone said:

    I have been mounting this for 5 years now - For 5 years I have been using the same exact screw holes and never had a leak

    Below the mounts are metal screw receivers  that have been mounted to the roof that get covered after use with a cap that seals around the shingles....

    I wish i took pics of the screw receivers... They almost look like the screw in sheetrock wall hangers... 

    The screws are not screwed directly into the roof... 

    They use these exact mounts for satellite dish mounts that they are SUPPOSED to use 

    The same type of mounts used for some solar panels installs 

    They never leak

    Interesting!  Do you have a link to the mounting "screw"?  Where did you get them?

  6. Have you seen the agenda for LUO? There are some awesome topics and speakers. Not registered, sign up today. It promises to be a fun event. Register here: LUO2017.Whindo.com


    Friday, June 2nd:
    XLights & LOR Living Peacefully Together...
    by Clyde Lindsey
    Do you use XLights and want to add LOR or you use LOR and want to add XLights, but not sure how or they just don't seem to play nice with each other?? Then this session you won't want to miss!! Clyde is going to go over the "Tips & Tricks" on getting LOR & XLights to work together!
    Be sure to bring your Laptop!!!

    Saturday, June 03, 2017
    9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast

    9:50 AM - 10:00 AM Opening Announcements

    by Tom Hammond
    Tom will outline how to create an internet controlled, interactive Christmas light display, based on "FREE" software (Xlights and Falcon Player) and "Low-Cost" hardware (Raspberry Pi and Arduino).

    10:45 AM - 11:30 AM Pixels on a Budget
    by David Jones
    David is the "guru" of DIY, and he will show you how to have the Holiday show of your dreams, and not break the bank!

    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Group Photo & Lunch!!!

    12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Raspberry Pi
    by Dan Blickensderfer
    You just got your new Raspberry Pi, now what? Let Dan show you how to set it up and control your lights wirelessly.

    1:15 PM - 2:00 PM Dumb RGB's
    by Clyde Lindsey
    Clyde will show you the many advantages of using "Dumb RGB".

    2:00 PM - 3:00 PM The White Elephant Gift Exchange!!
    If you would like to participate in the White Elephant Gift Exchange, just bring a "wrapped" gift with you. It can be something from your own collection or something purchased...the choice is yours! It's always a blast!!

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Door Prizes & Closing Statements

  7. In my opinion motion lights and signs are the cheapest, easiest, and yet most effective deterrent. A security camera that's clearly visible can be very imposing to a kid messing around. However a sucker or candy cane line the sidewalk out from is quite vulnerable. fortunately items like that are inexpensive and hopefully replaceable.

    As I mentioned above, I attach a cable to most items in the yard. You could attach a cable to the suckers, and while someone could still knock it over, break it; they're unlikely to run off with all of them if you attach the same long cable to each sucker. With work they could still get them, but they'll probably run off once they realize they can't get 'em easily.

  8. Thought I'd share an idea that has helped prevent vandalism to our display.  We do have security lights on motion detectors and all of the display items in the yard are secured with a vinyl coated security cable.  But another thing I do is visit our local police precinct.  They have a "watch" program, where they'll provide the officers on duty with a list of addresses to keep "watch" over.  It can be used when someone is away for extended periods of time, etc.; or to keep "watch" over a display. When the officers are not on a specific run, they'll cruise by the addresses on the "watch" list. 


    The security lights are very effective; however a cop car cruising by or stopped in front of your house; well that's a pretty darn good security system.


    I've gotten to know a few of the officers, so that helps too.  It got my kid out of a traffic ticket, when they recognized the name. :)   They'll stop and chat when they see me in the yard setting up, tearing down or even during the summer doing yard work.


    We've put a cooler on the back porch with drinks and snacks in it.  And we've taken them treats around the holidays.  Both of these ideas were my wife's.  They're very appreciative of it.  I'm sure it helps.


    All it takes is a phone call to your local police dept., ask if they have a "watch" program.


    May you have a safe & secure display!!!

  9. Instead of the pvc base, simply use a piece of rebar to slide inside the pole.  You'll need to guy wire it against the wind.  I use 50# test fishing line for guy wires on 10' tall poles.  You don't see the fishing line which is nice; however be careful, you don't see it either and it's easy to trip over.......he says from experience

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