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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. Those are cool pcs to have.. I would snag them up
  3. You know, I didn't consider that. I did have PVC frames for the previous house, but they were different sizes. i want to do the same thing, but I don't have the little ledge that brick creates under the window.
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  5. A couple of nice TPI blow molds showed up this morning on our local CL. They are probably more than I would spend on them though. Dates given are 1988 to 2003 and match the dates shown on blow-molded. TPI bear 30” $80 TPI Santa with reindeer 41” $70 TPI blue nutcracker 38” $50
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    So I m out in the yard working and I turn around and there is a guy taking pictures. little did I know....
  7. Charlie, I did not think you ask you if you made those. If there is a next time I will remember. Mel
  8. I make replacement noses If you end up buying them
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  10. A little late to the game on my reply, but I do 16 channels per color on my 20' tree, with 2 side-by-side strings per channel (32 strands total)
  11. Ugh, thanks allot guys! Two more to store away! HD in Destin had about a dozen left when I went in, liberated two. Been wanting candy canes for a while actually, so good timing! Converted to LED... Pics never work so well when it's too dark out. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  12. My attempt at classing it up a bit this year Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  13. Those look to be the large Santa's Best Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I have occasionally seen replacement noses for them on eBay. Mel
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  15. I haven't seen these myself so I'm not sure of the scale. What about using an old C9 bulb painted black or if you need a rounder bulb maybe a small globe type painted black? I know there are guys here who have fixed faces by cutting and shaping old plastic milk jugs. Good Luck! :)
  16. I have two 3 ft wide snowflakes with a few sequences (random, blink, fade, chase, steady). I am trying to keep them set to fade. I have the flakes controlled by a Wemo timer. Each night when the flakes go on they automatically revert to random. Other than leaving them on 24/7, any ideas on how to prevent the reset?
  17. Bring all the controllers you are using up to the latest firmware version.(LOR home page under support) Stick with S4 until the issues are resolved. Gen3 controllers will work with HS red adapter (backward compatible). Gen2 will not.
  18. Anyone have an idea how to fix the nose on these? Thinking about getting them. They want $70 and Minnie has a big crack in her back. Wife really wants this set but of course there's nothing in my area and minimum online with shipping is over $200. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  19. Could these pages be an insert to one of the GP catalogs? I noticed they both have "Bulletin GP 5901" on the bottom like it might be both sides of a single sheet. Mel
  20. Wow looks really good! Good luck hitting Griswold status next year! 👌🏻🎄🎅🏻
  21. Yeah. They are cheap and easy! Def a staple in the decorators toolbox. And zipties! lol!
  22. Thanks for the tips. It is mostly the same as it has been for the last two or three years. One change is that I had two controllers repaired that I haven't used for a few years. I had been using ones that were borrowed. It is possible that they are running an older version of the software. I am using S4. The programming is clean as far as stray timing blocks filled in. Not sure if it could be a software issue with the older controllers but I may try to research whether that could be the problem.
  23. Finally hit 20k this year. I have probably 4k inside with trees, leg lamp and village. I'll get the backside of the house tomorrow. Goal for next year is 25k. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  24. My suggestion: Take it apart to the point where you have that gold plastic piece that's broken separate from everything else. Lay it out flat, see if it will just lay in the exact proper position by itself or if you need to brace it together. Lay down a piece of bracing material (metal rod ?) in either one of those inside corners so it spans the break and runs to either end of that space. run a fat line of epoxy down in the corner, push your rod down into it, make sure the piece is in the proper position, leave it to dry overnight. The next day you may want to run more epoxy not so much for strength as to smooth out the lines of the repair. Let it dry. Go over it with some gold spray paint - they make them in a "works on plastic" model now. If needed spray the whole piece to disguise the repair. Put back together, put back on roof, from the ground even you will have trouble seeing the fix. This will now be the strongest section of the entire piece.
  25. I converted mine to LED this morning. I also like the white looking white and not incandescent yellow. I used two 12V 48 LED 5W corn bulbs. It doesn't save much energy over the two 7W incandescent bulb but lights the cane more evenly. The cost was two bulbs at 58 cents each and two G4 lamp holders at 15 cents each.
  26. Good old binder clips. People laugh when I tell them that's what I use on the roof lights. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  27. But ,if you have say 250 of these in a display...it adds up!!! They are less then a watt I beleive..
  28. Wow those LEDs are bright. A little too bright I think. I'll stick with my incandescent C7s for now. Not saving enough power gong from 7W to 1W per bulb to make it worth it.
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