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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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Have all of you noticed that the local supply of Christmas lights are dwindling much like the other Planet Christmas regions are reporting? I really don

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Have all of you noticed that the local supply of Christmas lights are dwindling much like the other Planet Christmas regions are reporting? I really don

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There isn't many lights left at any of the local stores.

I did find one store however that has quite a bit of LED's remaining.

I'm going to wait it out till the day after Christmas when they will go to 75% off and buy them all up.

I may get left out cold,but I'm a betting man.

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I was responsible for cleaning out alot of the stock in our Lowes:)

Have all of you noticed that the local supply of Christmas lights are dwindling much like the other Planet Christmas regions are reporting? I really don

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I also cleaned out the local Lowes. I picked up 84 boxes of clear minis because that's all they had left. The 2nd Lowes I visited had about 6 cases of multi-colored minis, but those are not very desirable for those of us that sequence lights with individual colors.

Best of Luck on whatever the rest of you may find.

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The Beaverton Target didn't have much left for lights. Friday and Saturday the Rite Aid right down the street had %75 off but very few LEDs left.. mostly all white and I don't do white. And I'm pretty much snowed in right now too.

BMcGeeny, you're a monster! I could never get to that many stores.. make me tired just thinking about it. Gonna have to look up that Fleet Farm.. never heard of that before. So many new exciting things to learn in this Lighting world. :D

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