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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.
J. J. Purpura

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Hit two of ours today! Picked up bunch of LED 50ct, red and warm whites, for $1.24/box. Between my Target and Walmart hauls this week, we are well on the way to our conversion to LED this year. Also found 18 candy canes for $.74/each. All red but one green. No complaints here.

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My walmart always sells out of lights at 50%. That's when i bought mine, yesterday they were 50% off and almost all of the Christmas stuff was wiped out, a few bows and things like that were left. Not even artificial Christmas trees were there.

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I picked up 80 sets of the 100ct mulit incans for .65/ea.  I did it on the whim of rebuilding them into R/G/B sets, and discovered that they actually have four different types of light bases in the HolidayTime boxes.  I'll still be able to convert most of them and have my TV-watching project for the next few months. 

 

Now I'm curious if anyone would be interested in 16 strings of 100ct pink and/or yellow....

 

I was hoping to pickup artificial trees, but they only had the orig. $128 ones left.

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I picked up 80 sets of the 100ct mulit incans for .65/ea.  I did it on the whim of rebuilding them into R/G/B sets, and discovered that they actually have four different types of light bases in the HolidayTime boxes.  I'll still be able to convert most of them and have my TV-watching project for the next few months. 

 

Now I'm curious if anyone would be interested in 16 strings of 100ct pink and/or yellow....

 

I was hoping to pickup artificial trees, but they only had the orig. $128 ones left.

hi do you have the pink and yellow lights still    how many pink and how many yellow do you have i  and how much are they new or used 

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I hit up 7 walmarts the day after christmas for 50% off, glad I did, they were wiped out by the end of the first day, literally nothing left by 75% off time.

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picked up 36 boxes of net lights a 2 dollars a box.

 

Net lights? None of the WalMarts near me even carried any net lights this year at the start of the season. I figured they discontinued them system wide. I had a horrible failure rate on my WalMart net lights this year, which are mostly now 2 years old, some 3. It's pitiful that these lights cant even make it 2 full years

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What did you expect from walmarts "house brand" ?  Built as cheaply as possible to sell for as cheaply as possible.Shocked so many spend countless hours on their displays,and cheap out on the lights they choose to use- just creates extra headaches and wastes time repairing/replacing when things dont last or work as they should!

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Any of you WallMart shoppers ever get one of these in a past year and are willing to sell one?

 

Holiday Time 72" Twinkle Christmas Tree LED Light Sculpture, Multi-Color Lights

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The selection at our 2 local Wally Worlds was so bad this year I didn't buy any lights. The 50 ct led's were 10.99 ea.

that's No Bargain I can Buy 100 ct from many PC vendors, in the 15 to 22 range and have quality lights that are sealed,

and wiil light when the program starts and not have to repair them every time it rains or they move because the wind blew. If I have to revert to buying cheap Walmart lights, I quess the display is getting too big and I better call it Quits!

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OK, I need to stop buying lights for this year. Went into Wally World tonight for bungee cords (which they did not have) and left with 3,000 LED multi and clear minis for $1.24/box of 50. This is my first LED purchase, so I'm not sure how satisfied I will be with them, but for the price, can't complain if they don't work out.

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I picked up 80 sets of the 100ct mulit incans for .65/ea.  I did it on the whim of rebuilding them into R/G/B sets, and discovered that they actually have four different types of light bases in the HolidayTime boxes.  I'll still be able to convert most of them and have my TV-watching project for the next few months. 

 

Now I'm curious if anyone would be interested in 16 strings of 100ct pink and/or yellow....

 

I was hoping to pickup artificial trees, but they only had the orig. $128 ones left.

 

 

I may be interested in the pink and yellow... I assume 8 strings of each or is it 16 of each?

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