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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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Well is what i do i go and buy the packs of 6 c7s light kits for snowhouses and they will feed 6 of them you can place them at least 3 feet apart or very close. They only have one plug . Try that :D

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Buy some Brown indoor 6' triple tap cords at Home Depot for $.99 or $1.29 each and plug them all in together one into the next.Then plug a soldier into one of the empty sockets on each cord. You can hide the extra cord underneath..or not.

Almost everyone uses these type of cords outdoors with no problem. I would highly suggest using them in a GFI receptacle.

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I used zip cord (lamp wire) & bought vampire plugs to run my lines of snowmen, 52" lolli-pops, soldiers & candy canes

Dave, that is how we connect up the 30+ different snowmen on the left side of the driveway and the 16 drummer boys & drummer bears on the right side. The snowmen are spaced 5' apart that the drummers are 8' apart.

Mel

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Karen, I do it the same way Gary suggested. I use white indoor triple tap extension cords, plugged into each other. I connect my candy cane "fence" that way, the picture shows a couple of the 30 or so of them that outline the front yard.

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Can anyone help me with how to light 16 soldiers together in a row about 3 feet apart? I have no clue how to do this. Thanks

I do the same thing as Dave. That's how I've got my line of soldiers. One long cord with a C7 socket every two feet and a plug at the end. I've got them hooked into a fader/flasher so they fade off and on again. Looks cool...

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I do the same thing as Dave. That's how I've got my line of soldiers. One long cord with a C7 socket every two feet and a plug at the end. I've got them hooked into a fader/flasher so they fade off and on again. Looks cool...

Yeah i do that with my soldiers too ;)

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