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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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About Twiceshy

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  • Birthday 03/17/1946

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    Love Christmas and decorating
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    bowling, computer, gardening
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    Have always had a static display, added music last year, adding synchronized music this year

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  1. Christmas 2014
  2. I'm not an expert on blowmolds so I don't know, but I think he is pretty rare.
  3. Been listed less than 24 hours and already have a bid..........
  4. I have him listed on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/290809218705?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649
  5. I thought that was a bit steep too. I'm going to pay her 20 for the santa face but not going to buy anything else at that price. I do like the choir kids and angel but can live without them. If she doesn't sell them she may go down on the price later, but think that 20 is a fair price for the santa face. Thanks
  6. Going to look at these today. She wants 75.00 for the lot. I know nothing about blowmolds or their worth, but do know I want the Santa face. Does anyone know the worth on the choir kids? Thanks[ATTACH=CONFIG]40848[/ATTACH]
  7. I've entered the "Lights on 11" Christmas decorating contest this year in my town, and I need your votes! The deadline to vote is Dec. 16th, but vote today before you forget! My house is "Santa's House" 6607 Avenue S. http://www.kcbd.com/Global/story.asp?S=11514769#vmix_media_id=36233901 One of the prizes is a $500.00 gift certificate to a store named Holland Gardens and they sell ALL kinds of Christmas decorating stuff! Thanks and MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
  8. I don't know anything about the eyeclops but did a little research and came up with this video on utube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn22GLkXmkM I noticed that it has a resolution of 320X240 and the torpedo projector I used has a resolution of 960 x 240. I like the size of the eyeclops but since I haven't used one before I really don't know how well it would work. From the video I watched on utube I wouldn't be afraid to try it though if the price was right. If you get one retail and don't like the results you should be able to get your money back though.
  9. Thanks. Yes, it's almost that time again and since I added more controllers this year I'm working like crazy on redoing my sequences.
  10. I just attached it to the window using scotch tape,overlapping a bit where the pieces of mylar met and covering over the area where the window opens, but I think attaching it to something like painter's plastic might be better and may do that this year. I'll probably use the clear plastic and tape the mylar to it then can just tape the plastic around the window frame. I's sure the shower curtain would work too if you can angle the projector enough to keep the light from shining on it. You can see my Virtual Santa a little bit in this video. http://vimeo.com/8705810
  11. I use the Virtual Santa in a window that is 44" wide and 36" tall. I used mylar on my window and it looked great! You can NOT see the split in the paper either. I'm going to be showing videos this year too and have experimented using both a shower curtain and a white sheet for the screen. The shower curtain shows the glare from the light of my projector but the sheet does not. If I were going to use anything but Mylar paper for Virtual Santa I would use the sheet. I'm just using a cheap little "torpedo" projector that I bought off ebay on Virutal Santa and it works very well. People thought he was a real person dressed in a Santa Suit!
  12. What a wonderful thing to do! I think it's awesome that you're son will be doing the singing too amd250!! I can't wait to see the video. I almost teared up myself just reading this thread. And urthegman, I agree, that IS what Christmas is all about!!!!!!!!!!
  13. I bought mine here. http://www.shindigz.com/catalog.cfm?cat=46095 I'm going to light it using either a clamp on spotlight or spotlight on the ground . They're pretty big, so I came up with the idea of getting two signs on one banner and cut it down the middle. I got mine for .99 plus 7.98 shipping. I had to change the station I was broadcasting on last year, because I started getting static on that frequency, so I ordered two banners with different radio stations on them. If I have the same problem this year I should be ready for it. [ATTACH=CONFIG]37140[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]37141[/ATTACH]
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