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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.
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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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Ralph Priest

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While I'm no rookie to Christmas lighting,I am a newbie owner of a golf cart(thanx Honey!). I will be entering our area Lighted Golf Cart Christmas Parade this year--to be sure! So,I'm asking if there is a forum that addresses the topic?

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Not sure about a specific forum, but I picked up a converter to step down the 36V to 12V.  https://www.amazon.com/uxcell-Waterproof-Step-Down-Converter-Regulator/dp/B01LWXI5KZ/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_2­3­_­l­p­_­t­_­2­?­_­e­n­c­o­d­i­n­g­=­U­T­F­8­&­a­m­p­&­p­s­c­=­1­&­a­m­p­&­r­e­f­R­I­D­=­Q­S­S­6­5­3­W­0­Q450HXRARSRD  A cheaper way is to just connect your 12V across two batteries, but with the converter it gets its load across all the batteries.  It runs all the normal lights, radio, etc on the cart, however, I also installed a 12V "cigarette lighter" socket and use a small 120V AC inverter from an autoparts store that plugs into it to run the Christmas lights.  I have seen some of the non-rectified LEDs flicker like crazy when driving, but othewise all the rectified LEDs run fine.  

if you need serious power this is an option too. https://www.amazon.com/BiXPower-110V-500W-Power-Inverter/dp/B0080YV0SY

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Golf carts are weird when it comes to batteries.  A lot run on 6V but some on 8V and others on 12V so you need to look up your cart on a battery website or open the battery compartment and look at the voltage.  You can get LED strip lights in 5V and 12V.  Powering the 5V with an inexpensive buck converter would work but if you have 6V or 8V, then 12V strips are out.  Budget controllers for these strips will work on 5-24V so any system you have is OK.  I'm sure this would be a fun project but if you are going to order stuff from overseas, start thinking about it in August at the latest.

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