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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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    Pork Roll, USA
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    DIYer, Hobby stuff
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  1. Green - Orange. I can change LED colors through the app on my smartphone. No more stepping up on the ladder to change bulbs every holiday.
  2. It seem they are still active on eBay: http://www.ebaystores.com/Seasons-LA The website (seasonsla.com) is very old. They have not updated their pages since Nov 2011.
  3. Yeah they just sit there. I'm thinking about upgrading the adapter plug (more power) and adding another small fan to blow the snow.
  4. Yep it is working now. Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
  5. Hope you don't forget to update the forum address in the tapatalk app. It still trying to connect to the old address.
  6. I saw this back in early December but didn't buy it because the lowest price I looked at was still too much. They are priced from $80 to $130. Decided to wait until after Christmas. Googled (under Shopping) for it for days until I found it at Groupon for $69.99. I gave in. The lowest I have seen. Total $74.63. The reason why I was interested in this was because I have wanted a inflatable/airblown snow globe but they cost more than I would like. So I thought I would buy this and see if I could somehow put the fake snow stuff in it. https://www.google.com/shopping/product/3274289775935461706 https://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-cm-6-foot-christmas-inflatables?deal_option=f31ed8b5-2c24-4323-978f-416bb001961f Few days after the package arrived, I received the 10% discount from Groupon if I still wanted to buy it. Too late. Today I got a chance to test it to make sure it works. I found a zipper that could have been put there for the snow stuff. Normally a zipper would be next to the fan but here is the zipper directly on the bottom. No rips? Check. Nothing broken? Check. Fan putting out enough air? It can stand up okay but it doesn't feel full if you get what I'm saying. A slight poke can knock it over. Now I just have to get the snow stuff. I will give an update later.
  7. Recently I bought 3x 25 C7 "Christmas" LED string lights from SuperBrightLeds.com. Orange, White, Green. Finally arrived today. I'm thinking about getting the 3 Channel 8 Function Chase Controller. https://www.opentip.com/product.php?products_id=1997539
  8. Back on Black Friday, I bought 7x C7 Multi-Color LED string light set from monoprice.com. Left them outside for the entire month of December and currently still out there now. Went through a lot of heavy rain storms. I'm happy with them. Last week, I bought 3x (1- Orange, 1- White, 1- Green) from superbrightleds.com to be used for Saint Patrick's Day. They arrived today.
  9. My 4ft Santa inflatable stopped working in early December and I had to borrow the same ac-dc transformer from the other unused inflatable. The second 8ft Snowman inflatable stopped working after Christmas but I didn't have a backup (1.5a) transformer for it. I recently bought both new 1a and 1.5a transformers from Yard Inflatables.
  10. How long do you leave them out? Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
  11. And I thought I was the only one who (crazy) do the St Patrick's Day decorations. I put out strings of green lights. Last year I bought a 4ft leprechaun inflatable. Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
  12. Last few years, I stepped up to switch from incandescent to LED lights. Some are plugged in and some are powered off from the batteries (solar chargers modified output at 12V). Might not seem much but compared to other houses, I went big this year.
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