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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    snow days!
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    cleveland
  • Biography
    love Christmas
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    football
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    computer stuff
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    still growing

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  1. i just bought several boxes of the c7s from menards. i tested, and they looked ok to me. know idea on longevity.
  2. I have several rather larger (8+ ft in height) wireframes that are currently C7 incandescents. There are nearly 1700 bulbs in all, and I don't want to use them any longer because of the power requirements. I am considering 2 alternatives, and would like your opinions. The first is to use the existing wires with c7 LED retrofits to get the job done. I have tried it on a small angel and it works. The other option is to replace the wire completely and go with white M6 LEDs with color cap/clip combo's instead. I am a newbie to wireframes and honestly don't know which method looks better. I am partial to going the c7 route only because I am familiar with them. M6s are intriguing but because i've never used them I am leery about how well they work for me. Do M6s look ok even though they are a smaller bulb? Do having more bulbs make up for the size of the bulb? Please share your experiences, I would love to know what others think, thanks!
  3. what kind of group sales happen in January? I am new to this forum and am unfamiliar with prior year discounts, etc. What is realistic in terms of % saved?
  4. Hi there; Over the summer I acquired 15 rather large wire frame displays, each with c7 incandescent lights. These were used at a local county drive thru display, so they are rather beefy. I want to replace all the incandescents with c7 retrofits to save power. In all there are 1500+ bulbs that need to be replaced; otherwise i estimate that I will need 5 additional circuits just for them! A couple of questions: 1. this is a sizable investment, and i am wondering about how much will I save on my electrical bill; ie is the $$ saved going to be enough to cover the costs of the bulbs. 2. I want recommendations on bulb manufacturers and reliable sources -- names, please. 3. I also want to invest in high quality bulbs; are all replacement bulbs created equally? 4. And finally, does this make sense? Do others agree with the approach, or can you think of any other better way? Thanks!
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