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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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  2. Looks great, exactly what I want to do. I'd use color changing light bulbs to give it that sort of magical feel! Actually been wanting to do this for a few years, just no time. How did you paint the pole? PVC? Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    • For Sale
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    I have a used Eskimo Sleigh and 2 sled dogs available. Dogs in good condition. Eskimo face in excellent condition. Eskimo fabric on body and on sleigh and wiring has some squirrel damage. Asking $50 plus shipping.

    $50.00

    Albany, Georgia - US

  4. I have only seen this snowman a few times. I think it is the only snowman with a carrot shaped mouth. For some reason I thought we had some info on it here, but I can't find it. I hope someone can tell me who made it. I also looked at Blow-molded, but no luck.
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  6. It looks amazing. Moving to site and off season storage--the two things which tend to limit the size of one's creations...😢
  7. been working on this about 6 months off and on, more off than on. Now got to figure out how to move it. has wooden gears, about 12 rpm
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    I have 4 controllers to sell: Animated Lighting LC16 - 2 each, Animated Lighting ELD16 - 1 each and LOR CTB16 - 1 each. The Animated Lighting controllers have been converted to DMX by Drew Hickman. $100 for 1, $75 for each additional, $375 for all 4 including shipping

    $100.00

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  10. I ordered a grinch yesterday and got an email to today saying that there out of stock:( I will have to be on top of it next year. I ordered a grinch yesterday and got an email to today saying that there out of stock:( I will have to be on top of it next year. I ordered a grinch yesterday and got an email to today saying that there out of stock:( I will have to be on top of it next year. I ordered a grinch yesterday and got an email to today saying that there out of stock:( I will have to be on top of it next year. I ordered a grinch yesterday and got an email to today saying that there out of stock:( I will have to be on top of it next year. I ordered a grinch yesterday and got an email to today saying that there out of stock. I will have to be on top of it next year. I ordered a grinch yesterday and got an email to today saying that there out of stock. I will have to be on top of it next year. I ordered a grinch yesterday and got an email to today saying that there out of stock. I will have to be on top of it next year. I ordered a grinch yesterday and got an email to today saying that there out of stock. I will have to be on top of it next year. I ordered a grinch yesterday and got an email to today saying that there out of stock. I will have to be on top of it next year.
  11. Thanks Ted I try to change it up each year.
  12. The candle at Lowe’s is one piece mold the flame is not removable. The glitter is very fine compared to past years. But it comes off too easy. I looked at them pretty hard but I decided to pass. The glitter gets everywhere and I just looked at them:) it does have two C7 bulbs in back of Noel part.
  13. Are you going to have a Cyber Monday sale this year? I have 2 of your covers but I am moving to a house that has 8 foot garage doors and my covers are for 7 foot doors and not sure how or if I can use them. I might need to but new ones.
  14. Set of 3 Vintage Poloron Blow Mold flying Reindeer ©1972 New in the Box https://www.ebay.com/itm/202822635207
  15. I just ordered some vamp plugs and SPT wire today. For some bushes that have a ton of lights. Looking to buy a big spool next year when they go cheaper. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  16. As for the vamp plugs.. there isn't a wrong or right way to install them.. there isnt a polarized plug on light sets..
  17. I like to think of it as a tree structure. Start with the heavy duty cords (12-14 gauge) and put those heavy duty triple taps in line between them. Then branch off to your smaller cords. With molds you can use the "household" type cords. Plug in 2 'molds and another cord on the end of each one. Of course you want to be safe but as a kind of general rule of thumb standard sets of C7 and C9 Christmas lights have 25 bulbs and they use a smaller gauge wire so don't sweat it too much. I like HLE and have ordered from them before (great customer service) however, the best zip cord (aka SPT) is from Creative Displays because theirs is rated for outdoor use meaning that it has UV inhibitor in the insulation. This means it will last longer out in the Sun and be safer since it won't get brittle. I'm pretty sure none of the other vendors offer zip cord with UV inhibitor (which is rated SPX). Also, I would suggest that unless there is a huge difference in price order plugs and wire from the same vendor to save on shipping. And of course buy during the pre-sales at the beginning of the year to get the best price. The neutral wire should be the one with the ribs on it. The Gen Foam (and other brand) C7 cordsets are SPT-1 wire however they are a smaller gauge. The newer ones are 22 gauge instead of the 18 gauge that the sockets are intended for. Have you found the sockets to work ok on the smaller gauge wire? I am not knocking your method of making replacement cords but I thought I would share that you can get sockets that have the metal clips on them although they are not as readily available (and they cost a little more). https://www.nationalartcraft.com//subcategory.asp?gid=1&cid=27&scid=27 https://www.grandbrass.com/category/lamp_sockets-e_12_candelabra_lamp_sockets-e_12_snap_in_sockets/lamp_sockets-e_12_candelabra_lamp_sockets/ I don't men to be a naysayer but I bet they aren't very bright! TED
  18. Hey Ted, the crappy ,cheap, china glitter is still on the candle and candy cane, also, the same at Menards,boo... it comes off way to easy, that's to be expected. No really made for outdoors with it on there. As for the candle flame ,on the ones at Lowes,not sure light would penetrate through the gold and also, not yet sure ,if it is ,removable.
  19. Some of those are nice looking 'molds. I think the candy cane, and candle 'molds look particularly nice. The mailbox looks pretty good too. The paint jobs look to be neatly done on all of them. It looks to me like the candle flame is not removable. I would think that the flame would not light up as well because of that. It looks like the manufacturer has (wisely) stopped putting glitter on them. Is that correct? (I've only seen these in the pictures so I can't tell for sure.) TED
  20. I think I saw that ad or one for the same Santa. I certainly would not give that much for one in that condition. I think the most I would pay for that is 20 bucks. The only reason I'd go that high on one in that condition is because those are harder to find down here in the South. A lot of people who aren't familiar with blowmolds think that they are all worth a fortune. They don't get that most of them are common and only a few are worth a lot. Here's an example for you. A very common GF camel for $110 with the description stating that it's rare. https://memphis.craigslist.org/clt/d/memphis-camel-blow-mold-for-nativity/7012518304.html TED P.S. That's a Santa not a snowman!
  21. That's a larger 'mold. The toy soldier is to the left of it partially out of the picture. For years and years that toy soldier (to the left) and NOEL candles sold for $9.99 just about everywhere (with walmart slightly lower at something like 8.97). Then when companies started going out of business in the mid 2000s prices went up to the 14.99 to 19.99 range. To get from there to $40 in just 10 years is quite a jump. TED
  22. I have a flameless candle or 2 around but I think they are buried amongst other decorations. Now if we can just dig them up at the same time......... TED
  23. I saw this story in the news. It sounds like an awesome family with very awesome neighbors standing up to the HOA! https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-family-told-take-down-snowman-because-too-early-christmas-n1082106 TED
  24. TED

    Street light

    The shield would be a great solution. It only covers one side (25%) which would be the side towards your house. The other 3/4 of the light would be uncovered so it would still provide light for the neighbors. TED
  25. Scott Rob

    Street light

    I have gotten use to it. Since I was there when it was replaced I asked for the old acorn dome and got it. I figured if it became a big issue at Christmas I could change out the dome during Christmas. And install the old one with back blacked out either painted or using duck work aluminum tape on inside of the dome.
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