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  • 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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Chris in Ct

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I really wanted to cover the 30+' tree in my front yard with white minis this year.

I have had them all ready to put up for weeks now,but the leaves just wont fall.

Still holding at about 1/3+ coverage. I was talking to a lady at work that was telling me that someone near where she lives has a tree covered in lights and that they just leave them on all year long. She says you don't notice them all year because of the leaves . Which does make sense I guess.

Does anyone here do this I just don't see how the lights would still work after hanging on a tree for a full year.

I really want my tree lights. When I look at my displayit just looks unfinished to me. Iknow I should focus on what looks great andnot whats not there,but I can't help it.

This I know people here could understand that.

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there is a tree that i drive by on my way home from work that is completely covered in white minis... they do light it sometimes during the year, but especially now, and still had leaves on it. I would think that that thin wire would break down being outside all year, especially on the branches that move a bit with the wind. I also wonder about the tree growing--if you had the same lights on it for several years, i would think the wire would break due to the tree growing, length as well as girth (minds out of the gutters guys!)

Colin

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or if you had them on long enough the tree would swallow up the lights, which could look cool. You know like a tree planted next to a chain link fence.

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We have a 90+ year old oregon white oak that has had lights in it for 7 years. We have the balls made with clear plastic cups and strings of multi color mini's. The tree had 22 balls in it back in 2000 but now only has 15. They fall apart with wind storms, and tend to fade a little bit over time because of the sun. We leave them up year round and have a cord placed up high so it is out of reach during the other 11 months of the year.

People do not realize that they are up there year round as the leaves hide them.

Link to the light balls

http://www.born2haunt.com/lightball01.html

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We went ahead and finished wrapping our tree (3100 mini lights)a week or so ago while it still had all of its leaves... We just could not wait anymore.

The leaves have finally fallen though and we had to clean them up around the display.

We do not leave the tree wrapped year round. We have had quite a problem with the squirrels chewing on the wires.

Lisa

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