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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.

John Lomnicki SR

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About John Lomnicki SR

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    Mr. PPF
  • Birthday 11/15/1948

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    http://lomnickisr.com

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  • Location
    Roseville, Minnesota, USA
  • Biography
    I enjoy tinkering with hardware, software, wood, metal, electronics and pulling peoples chains.
  • Interests
    Holiday Decorating, PPF's (Pink Plastic Flamingos), Trains and Tinkering
  • Occupation
    Pharmacist/ Salesman
  • About my display
    Looking at developing sculpted mega trees

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  1. Happened to walk into the AxMan in St Paul, MN today. I have wanted to frame my house in LED lights for any occasion, including Christmas. This will make it happen. It might even look acceptable to the wife? Now the hard work, putting this together for a permanent and remote controlled application.
  2. Tim, thanks for the invite. This is the only weekend that I work this month. Oh Well, have a great time and Merry Christmas. John Sr
  3. Wait until after the state fair... I was scheduled to go to PLUS and events beyond my control allowed me to go elsewhere instead. I have atteneded many PLUS's and mini-PLUSs. This year was not to be for me. I'm glad you had a great experience.
  4. I have two of these. My son gave me his because of wind damage. If you are in a windy area, make sure that it is anchored properly. We did a good job with his, but if the wind kicks up, because of the size, you will have difficulties. This is the hit of my Haloween display every year. The kids love to run thru it. Even though there are numerous lines everywhere, they don't get tangled up or trip. It must be old guys like me that have the difficulty.
  5. I am actually going to find this blowmold and remold it in the Steeler image. A perfect Christmas blowmold!
  6. I find myself in the position of having to rip some vinyl. Any suggestions on which usb turntable to acquire or should I go to a flea market/ebay and pick up an old turntable?
  7. I picked up a robot, the mandolin and the photo converter. Was not fast enough on the bag of crap. The robot follows me or the dog around the house and has a large vocabulary. The mandolin is the best purchase. We were looking at similar items for 3x the price. This is really high quality and works really well. The photo converter was a Hammacher Schlemmer product that did not sell well in their catalog. It has sweet software and scans really fast and is simple to use for anyone including non-tech family members. We have a few thousand pics to convert and this will make it really simple. This was a bargain that works.
  8. I discovered that is my weekend to work. It would have been an interesting drive. My wife has not been out in that part of the state. Have a great time, hope the weather is fantastic.
  9. Logan, I enjoyed your presentation at the last PLUS. I would like to collaborate with you on a very interesting presentation at this PLUS. Are you game? Please give me a call or send me an email with your phone # so that I can get back to you. Talk to you soon. John Lomnicki, SR (Mr. PPF) PLUS EDUCATION COMMITTEE

  10. Joe, I need to speak with you about PLUS. My phone # is 651-493-0865. I need your help with a couple of presentions. My understanding is that you have some new information on environmentally freindly lights and syncronization. Hope to speak with you soon. John Lomnicki, SR (Mr. PPF)

  11. The St Paul Pioneer Press has been measuring Winters based on their pain index for quite a few years. This year, so far, has been very mild. They take a number of factors into account, because Winter has many complex variables. http://www.twincities.com/ci_11651768?nclick_check=1 The worst Winter that I have experienced was about 15-16 years ago. I remember a January in which the temperatures hovered around -30F for about 2 weeks after we had experienced snow and a slight warming. The result of this phenomen was we were riding on the interstate on ice for 2 weeks. It was too cold for the salt to melt the ice on the roadway. It was slow going on washboard roads.
  12. That particular weekend required my presence at the battleship New Jersey located in Camden. It was a very interesting weekend. I trust you also had a very informative and interesting experience. Hopefully this week will have mild temperatures and I will be able to climb onto the 2nd story roof and place just a few lights to accent my display this year. I seem to never get past the 1st story each year because of time constraints. It is difficult to believe that time constraints actually exist in 2008 (tongue in cheek)??? Talk to you sooner or later John SR

  13. Hi John, Sorry you won't be able to make it. I'll probably post up some photos in the Minnesota forum after the gathering, so check back for a post MiniPLUS report. Also, I'll have to swing by your display this year. I'm partial to Pink Plastic Flamingos too!

  14. I will be in Philadelphia for the weekend, otherwise I would probably be at the mini. Have a great time, the guys in the Twin Cities are really good people.

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