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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.

Glenn Barber

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About Glenn Barber

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  • Birthday 06/04/1954

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    Glenn Christina Barber

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Battle of the Bulbs
  • Location
    Spring Hill, Tennessee, USA
  • Biography
    Years in the Music Business - Retiring from State Legislature
  • Interests
    Lots of Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    Retired
  • About my display
    Faith Based along with Fun Blow ups and lots of lights

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  1. Thank You qberg for this information - it is VERY helpful - I have some spare rectifier from old strings I will try on these strings and hopefully that will take care of my dimming issue. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas - Glenn
  2. Standard Plug with two wires from Plug going into rectifier then first light. see attached picture
  3. Hi Charlie, That is what is happening - Half the string is very dim and there is a couple of strings were no lights are working and the fuses are fine so it would have to be the first rectifier right? Here is a picture of my problem. Thanks for your help!!
  4. Dave, I am not what you you mean by re-seat each lite. My lights are not removal - Thanks
  5. Hey Guys, need some help - I have two problems: 1) On my arches I have some M5 LED strings that are at full light and the other half is almost out but barley on. Why would that be? 2) I have another string that is totally out - New Fuses installed - but can not locate the bad bulb with my LED Light Keeper - when I think I have found it - plug it they still don't work. Any Ideas on Christmas eve? Thanks guys
  6. Thanks Mikey, I THINK I understand - When I get ready to make it I will come back for further instructions - LOL!!!
  7. Great Stuff Big J. I would love to see a Picture - I am interested in the Crank up - Thanks for the info.
  8. Guys, I have a question: I am not looking to build a giant mega tree but I would to use 70 light strings which are 23' long - is there a calculation that I can use to figure the height I need to use the 23' strings of lights and get the proper look I need. This kind of a backwards way of figuring I know.
  9. Hello Nallison20, I have been doing my display for many years now and have tried probably every suggested trick to keep the breakers from kicking? Bottom-line : you can slow it down a lot but will never keep it from happening - Especially if you have a large display. The best thing I have found is to get the plug OFF the ground and at an angle so the water will shed off the plug. I found that using a 1 foot garden stake (see attached picture) does a great job. It looks like a foot long staple. Stick it in the ground, put a light clip on the stake and clip the extension cord to it. To keep water out of the plugs, I use a product that I get at Auto Zone called CLEAR RTV Silicon. (See Attached Picture) I put a thin layer for the silicon on the female plug and when I plug the male in it causes a seal to happen - keeping water out of the plug. Now, you will probably get a flood of responses contradicting my way, but that's OK. After many years of trial and error this works for me. Good luck with your display!!!!
  10. Thank You Slankard - I loved making it and it has held up well for the last few years
  11. Xenon, OK, I have tried everything to try and fix this BRAND NEW motor on my inflatable. I guess I am going to have to get a different motor for it. Here a picture of the motor and info on the motor. Are we still looking at $10 plus shipping? I really don't want to throw this inflatable away. - I just pulled it out of the box!
  12. I can tell that it is running but I do not notice a Buzzing noise.
  13. xenon - Thank You I might just do that - let me try to fix mine! $10 really reasonable.
  14. Xenon - Thank You, let me see what I can do this weekend - if no luck I will send you the size the broken Motor has on it. Then we can talk price. Glenn
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