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  • 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.
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  • 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. Well, Here I am again with a few wiper motors, deer motors and lumber but no idea on what to build! I have to confess that I pretty much try to copy whatever Dano or others have done (i have next to no imagination!) Anyone have any ideas?
  2. Hi Glenn,

    PM is not working.  Please email me at lad3@roadrunner.com if it is available.  I will get the payment to you ASAP!

    Thanks

    Lenny Davis

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    For Sale- Garage Door Mural

    Hi Glenn, If it is still available, I would love to buy it! I'll PM you now. Thanks Can't get PM to work. Bummer! Email me at lad3@roadrunner.com if still available and thanks!
  4. Hi everyone, First let me start off with fact that I know absolutely nothing about electrical things. Nothing about controllers, boards, or pretty much anything along that line. If it plugs in and lights up....great! If it doesn't, then it probably needed to be replaced anyways. However I am ready to learn. I am looking to make a single LED flash on and off with it being able to adjust the timing of it. If anyone can explain it in pretty simple terms I would be more than grateful! Thanks!!!
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    Everything has a reason

    HAHAHAHA! I had to share that with my wife! Don't leave us hanging Don! Were you able to get all 10??!!
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    Selling Everything

    Oh well, too good to be true!
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    Selling Everything

    Very interested in the animated items!
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    Wind ripped my Inflatable Snow Globe

    I had a big snow globe a few years ago and of course some kids vandalized it by slashing the globe part right in the middle of the globe. I got a large needle and 50lb test fishing line and stitched it. It held the air and the cut was visible but barely
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    Motorizing a cutout

    I love it! Thanks everyone
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    Motorizing a cutout

    Hi everyone, Just curious if anyone has motorized the arm on this cutout from The Winfield Collection. I just received the pattern and plan on making the arm go up and down. It doesn't look too difficult, but if someone else has and can explain how they did it, it would save me the usual 10 trips to the hardware store, a few swear words and a bunch of "I told you to ask for advice" from the wife! Much thanks and hope everyone is doing great! I
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    Inflatable repair

    I had the big snow globe and it ripped in the front. I used a needle and fishing line to stitch it together. Held up well with very minor air leak that didn't affect it at all.
  12. I bought the Disney countdown at Lowes back in November.  Worked great and is well built.  However, I had to return it twice and exchange it for one that worked.  Out of the box it was a blur and could not be focused no matter what.  But when I got one that worked, it worked great with no issues!

  13. I was looking at the plans for the Winfield Yard Lamp. You cut all the pieces and use pvc pipe for the pole. Just wondering if anyone has done it and if so, could offer any tips. Thanks all!
  14. Hi everyone, First I would like to thank Dano, Wild and everyone else for their great ideas for my props. Because of them, I built the Toy Shop Conveyor, Ferris Wheel, Pop out of the box gift and others. All of these have been great hits with the kids in the neighborhood. This is my first April in years that I haven't been working on some type of Christmas animated prop. I have been racking my brain but can't come up with anything. Anyone have any ideas? I keep my props simple without a degree in engineering or electronics. Just trying to build things that move and keep the community happy. Much thanks! Lenny
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    Help repairing LED string

    I've used the LED Keeper tool. It actually worked for me (unlike the non led one). It helps pinpoint the problem spot that either is the bulb or a loose wire at a socket. Here is a link to it on amazon. https://www.amazon.com/LED-Keeper-Light-Repair-Tool/dp/B007H4I8HY. Hope this helps!
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    looking for new motorized ideas

    Here is a link that I used to make it. On the back side you just mount the motor as usual. I used a 1/4 piece of wood cut in a circle, then drilled four holes in the edge to mount the 4 pieces of wire that I painted black. I had to counter sink it so I could get the wood to stay tight on the motor. Then used 4 styrofoam balls. Turned out great. I believe it was Dano who came up with the design.
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    looking for new motorized ideas

    Lol! Qberg, we think alike. I found runway landing lights about 8 years ago and have them up on my garage roof with a santa in a airplane inflatable at the end on the roof line. I also built the juggeling santa with the snow balls too! I love the presents on the tree stand. Going to have to look into that one. I have always followed your projects too scott. I don't think I can do the animatronics like you have. I'm lucky if I can plug the wiper moter in! Thanks again everyone! I love the ideas!!
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    looking for new motorized ideas

    Thanks everyone for the great ideas. And qberg, that santa looks like it should be a Winfield Collection pattern! That is awsome!!
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