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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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  1. After years of decorating our home and countless hours hunting down blowmolds to populate our winter wonderland, we've decided it's time to dim the lights. This weekend coming up we will be putting together a list of items for sale from blowmolds, to controls (some new in boxes), rgb ribbons (never used), mega tree and many other items that we will be selling. The plan will be to open our home for anyone who would like to take advantage or picking up some items that we will be selling on a first come, first serve bases. We WILL NOT be shipping any items. We live in Crystal Lake, IL and details will be posted here and on our Christmas website 985thesnow.com once available. It has been a pleasure being part of this community and the meeting such wonderful folks. We hope that the joy we've given to our neighbors can continue with you.
  2. I left one outside last year one of the PC controller series and the board corroded inside the enclosure and forced me to get an emergency replacement. I'd suggest not leaving them out.
  3. This year I used Styrofoam to redo my Chimney for the Grinch in my display and have been looking at all the practical display usages that could happen. I have a plan for a big project this next year (details to follow in coming months) which will combine PVC and Styrofoam I'd love to hear if anyone else is using the material?
  4. I just put an order in for this item: PVC Bendit http://www.pvcbendit.com/gallery
  5. I use foam board for an chimney in my display. You can purchase a hotwire tool to cut the foam into the shape of the snow. A couple things to think about first getting the right type of glue to secure the foam. Don't use hot glue or other types of foam clue. I found that the best stuff is Loctite powergrab... http://menards.com/main/paint/adhesives/construction-adhesives/loctite-power-grab-all-pupose-adhesive-pressure-pack/p-1504391-c-7921.htm When you paint the boards the paint can actually cause it to shrink so you'd want to cover it with something along the lines of Shellshock which will weather proof the foam. http://www.smooth-on.com/Urethane-Plastic-a/c5_1120_1165/index.html?catdepth=1
  6. This opens some new possibilities for next year. I'm luck enough to have a vinyl cutter so I'd love to give that a try. My surface is only 9" wide but I have cut larger by separating the sections.
  7. Menards has Special light clips that connect to the siding and have a swivel head on them so you can rotate the lights position. I'm using them around my garage. In the past I just used regular clips and cut the end short. I use this type for hanging items on siding: http://www.holidayle...ght_siding_clip and this type for my lights: http://www.freepaten...om/D482489.html (This is what Menards had)
  8. Menards has Special light clips that connect to the siding and have a swivel head on them so you can rotate the lights position. I'm using them around my garage. In the past I just used regular clips and cut the end short. I use this type for hanging items on siding: http://www.holidayleds.com/christmas_lights/christmas_light_siding_clip and this type for my lights: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/D482489.html (This is what Menards had)
  9. There are a couple ways that I have done this. The first way involves taking 1 in. pvc, ripping a line down one side and cutting the pipe into smalle sections. It makes a C shaped hook that can slide under the vinyl and can hold them up. Also there are hooks you can purchase that hold really well that basically do the same thing. The hooks I bought from here: http://www.holidayleds.com/christmas_lights/christmas_light_siding_clip there is a post some place in the forms that shows the other style.
  10. Brian you're right about that. But in all your cases my home owners insurance would cover it. If something happens outside my property line because of my actions then, you're kind of on your own unless the HOA approves it then they become liable.
  11. Same story around me. No stock even for full price purchases.
  12. I wasn't sure the best place to put this. I've been looking at new music and can across a couple people might find cool Straight No Chaser - Christmas Can Can Paul Oakenfold & William Ross - Carol of the bells From harold and kumar's christmas album Anything new people are finding or like?
  13. I have a weird situation in my display and controller set-up in which I can't name any of the boxes unit 6. I found to issues the first one was that I had to skip the unit number and that one of my boxes had to be the end of a chain in order to work. The box that is the end of the chain I sent into LOR last year to have it looked at and it they fixed a connection. Try changing the unit number or placement in the series.
  14. I saw this image this morning and while it's a drawing it made me think how cool would it be to have some 3D Lego style wireframes for the display.
  15. Not quite the same but may work http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2447181&cp=1890219.1430789&cp=1890219&lmdn=Brand&searchId=1430789 http://www.acehardware.com/largeImage/index.jsp?LargeImageURL=http%3A//ACE.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pACE3-8754011dt.jpg http://www.holidayleds.com/christmas_lights/double_string_gutter_hook http://www.holidayleds.com/christmas_lights/christmas_light_siding_clip
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