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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.

slankard

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About slankard

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  • Birthday 08/27/1960

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Has got to be bringing my son home in a stocking Christmas Eve of 1997 (he was born Dec. 22).
  • Location
    Broken Arrow, Ok.
  • Biography
    I've been putting up Christmas Lights since I was a teenager. This year I'll be at 100,000 lights, about 129 blowmolds, 43 yard art displays, 42 of the wire mesh figures, and I'm currently displaying 32 telco motionettes . Yes, I have a Christmas problem...but it's fun!!!!
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    house painter/retired teacher
  • About my display
    Well, I've mentioned the basic facts. I have a little over an acre to display and I'm located on a major highway in town. I have around 45 animated figures (motionettes) and I've build trains, castles, skating rings, Victorian Houses, and a few other outdoor structures to display them.

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  1. Welcome to planet Christmas. I love your idea. One thing I have discovered over the years is the affect a tree's growth can have on light strings. I have a sycamore tree that was wrapped in lights for four years without any problems. on the other hand, I left different tree wrapped in LEDs for just a year, and easily over half the strings were ruined because the tree's growth pulled them apart just enough, especially where the cords entered each light soccer. I'd love to know if anyone else has ever experienced that problem. Good luck and I hope everything works out.
  2. Anyone know if the large snowman and nutcrackers can be placed outside, either under a porch or in the yard?
  3. Thank you so much! I was wondering if it would cut down on costs if I bought the 10 GFCI outlets ahead of time and had them waiting, as well as the 15 or 20 amp breakers for the four new outlets?
  4. Dad Gum It! I swear I'm moving to Missouri! We are planning a trip to Branson for sometime in late September. When do the Menards stores put out the Christmas blow molds?
  5. the original GFCI outlets that I had added below my main breaker box are in desperate need of help (probably installed 15 years ago. So, I think I'll just have an electrician redo those original outlets, some of which are really showing wear and tear, and add four more, for a total of 10. Anyone have a clue what an electrician would charge for that. That would be replacing six old GFCI outlets and adding four news ones.
  6. Thank you both for confirming what I should have figured out years ago. As far as the AC, I would disconnect the wiring from the units going into the box and feed in 12 gauge romex to each pole while switching out the 35 amp fuses for 20 amp. This gave me two 12 gauge romex cords with plug ins on the end. It worked, but it was a pain and at least once per season one of the fuses would fail. I don't know why I got it in my head that running the extra 80 feet would cause a problem.
  7. As some of you no or may remember, I've been dreaming of setting up a sub panel for my Christmas lights on the north side of my house. The house sits on the south side of the acre and a quarter lot, but the major street and intersection with the traffic set on the north side (of course). For years I've disconnected the AC panels on the north side of my house (up and downstairs) and converted them into four 20 amp plugs in, but it's always a hassle, fuses always seem to go out, and I lose my religion every Christmas. It finally occurred to me, after 22 years here, that I could just have an electrician add four 20 amp breakers with GF plugs to the main box (200 amp box) and I would just be adding an extra 80 foot of length the power would have to travel to get to the north side of my display. That doesn't seem like that big a deal, now that I think about it. However, it's and additional 100 to 150 foot from where I usually tap into the AC units out to where the display sits. That distance has never been a problem, but I didn't know if adding an extra 80 foot would cause me to lose too much power. I use 12 gauge ext. cords to all of the displays. Should I have been doing this the past 20 years, and just didn't realize it? I don't think there are 10 gauge ext cords, other than for use with RVs, trailers, etc, that I could use. Correct? Help. Please.
  8. We bought something similar at Home Depot last year for $100, and it really did a nice job. At Halloween it had two giant cat eyes, which the neighbors loved! I'm wanting to try to up it to a projector and an outdoor screen mainly because of watching Mike Ziemkowski's lightsondisplay for years. I've got several music clips I want to show.
  9. Fantastic! That's what I was wondering. Thanks!
  10. Did you try running it through a window onto a screen? I realize it would show the images backwards, but unless there were words, it wouldn't matter. I'm thinking of trying that, but I have no idea what to use for a screen. It would have to be sheer enough to allow the picture through to the other side.
  11. I was wondering if those projectors would work inside, with the image going out through an open window. I'm thinking about buying a projector to use at Christmas, but I definitely don't want to have it outside and bring it in every night. Did you get any replies to your topic?
  12. I built two of these Christmas sleighs recently, and I plan to listen them on Marketplace, Craigslist, and Letgo, but I don't know what to ask. The plywood is 15/32 with two coats of Sherwin Williams Ext Wood Primer (expensive stuff) and two coats of paint. It's reinforced with 1X4 ribs. I've got around $55 in each sleigh and more hours than I want to admit. It's pictured here with the Empire 40 inch Santa. The body of the sleigh is 48 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 24 inches tall. I thought about asking $120 for the sleigh alone, and maybe $150 for the sleigh and Santa. Does this seem reasonable? I'm taking a hosing on the hourly wage, but at least I learned that you can't make any real money off DIY Christmas projects. okay, obviously this should be under community wide announcements, not evil management. although a few of my former sixth grade students might consider my management style quite evil.
  13. Wow! I know what I'll be asking for my birthday (I'm a practical kind of guy).
  14. I don't have the patience to start over, but I will remember about not needing to use primer. The material these were made out of was a different type of plastic. It seems more bendable, if that makes since.
  15. I've heard about vampire plus for ever, but I never considered using them for my blow molds, which tie up way too many six, nine, and 15 foot extension cords. I'll definitely start working on those for this year. Thanks!
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