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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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  • Birthday 08/29/1953

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  • Location
    Baytown, TX
  • Biography
    Archey Tech
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    Woodworking, welding
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    Retired or is tired
  • About my display
    Started at age 8, off and on since, 2009 first yr computer controlled
  1. If you have pictures of something that you think people might want, please send them to me at [email protected]. Also, you might like to read this. go to www.sqdancer.com/phillips and click on the link labeled "God Did It". I hope to have my website up shortly. I'm starting a company call "Wire Frames D'Lite".

  2. Doug, keep up the good work, I just went to Gregg Jones' website, www.winkelbottoms.com and it looks nice too. I don't have the money, sim situation your in, but If I had the money I would like too see a marching band or sing choir, or Santa's band, or you get the idea, where you could animate the band or choir. There was a guy at the Lone Star Holidays Academy that started building stars and 3d Christmas trees, all powder coated, and he has had to add his dad and son into the business to be able to keep up. He takes the time to build jigs, so he can punch out lots of stuff, which then lowers his cost. He's his website http://store.3glightingcreations.com/ Good Luck, and may God Bless you, Merry Christmas, too...
  3. David is this the same as your using for you new north star? Or is this different?
  4. I would suggest, if you need a outlet on the left side of the house then find an outlet inside near where you want it and go thru the wall and mount a water proof outlet, then do the same on the left and the right and left side of the house, until you have the number you need. This will work for several years or for ever if you use led's......
  5. What about a Santa chair and have someone dress as Santa, very rewarding.....
  6. THANKS, I know you put a lot of work into doing all of this, and I for one do appreciate it. Do you know there is a web site www.landoflights.com that's a drive thru in College Station, TX? …… Home of the Texas Aggies.
  7. You da MAN, Scott.....Keep us posted....
  8. November 1, hanging lights, this Sunday for cementing in my mega tree, and couple of fireworks and my mega globe. Start the lights December 1. This is my first year using comupter controlled and this many lights. I started decorating in 1961, when I was 8, and did so up till about 8 years ago. New wife, new house. Now is the right time for me. Will have some stuff not finished no matter how hard I try.
  9. You can do the whole job by yourself, but your not there yet, your still asking too many questions. Talk to more people, salesman at Menards, and your city inspectors. Draw out exactly what your wanting to do, show dimensions, size of wire, and get them to tell you step by step what you need to do. Get permit, call power company and schedule a day to have the power turned off at 8:00 am, then on that day at 8:00 call the permit office and tell them you want to have an inspection at 1:00 pm. Then remove the old meter and breaker box, install the new meter (if you need one) breaker box (I also had to change the route to now go thru the roof and install a new weather head. You can have some of your work done ahead of time, like installing the conduit and pulling the wire. If the inspector shows up before you have all the old circuits installed he should be o.k. With that, (but ask him) he looking to see the main stuff is in place (ground wire attached to ground rod). The inspector will be the one to call the power company and they should be out within about 1 hour or so. After they turn the power on and your not finished, then just kill the main breaker and keep working. Then when you completely finished turn off all the breakers, turn on the main breaker, then one breaker at a time, until you have all of them on. I was able to have a neighbor walk me thru the process and if I can do it anyone can. Also go to Amazon and look up Complete Wiring, Sunset makes one that is full of information. After reading one of these books I complete rewired my service panel and added 1000 sq. ft. to my house. If I can do it you can.
  10. I was at the home improvment store (dont; remember if it was Lowe's or Home Depot) and I guy come to the check out with a plastic tube. About 1 1/2" x 8 foot. It's used to cover 8 foot flourescent light tubes, encase that get hit they want explode. You would have to come up with a top and bottom cap. If you came up with 4 or 5 of these tied together you could reproduce the bubble tree provided you can keep it from leaking. If someone build one, then please post it.
  11. What they didn't say was just go on over to LoneStarHolidays.com LINK: http://www.lone-star-holidays.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=13 and sign up.
  12. I just found your DANCING SANTA, really cool. Can you post more pictures showing how you make every thing move off the same motor? Thanks
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