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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.
Roger

East TN/Elizabethton

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Hello, Name is Roger, new to display world. Had a small display 2008, now have feaver (bad). Bought over 8 k after Christmas at BigLots and Wal-Mart then a lady, who use to do a large display gave me over 10 K of lights, so I am going in all the way. Want to get 80 to 128 channels in kit form soon and start. Have back ground in elect, kits not a problem. Old Ham Radio operator and worked for telephone company as CO Tech for 40 years. If there is anyone in this area drop me a line and lets talk some. Have one question, can the twinkle and flasher control be removed form some of the old sets I now have. Thanks Roger

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Hello, Name is Roger, new to display world. Had a small display 2008, now have feaver (bad). Bought over 8 k after Christmas at BigLots and Wal-Mart then a lady, who use to do a large display gave me over 10 K of lights, so I am going in all the way. Want to get 80 to 128 channels in kit form soon and start. Have back ground in elect, kits not a problem. Old Ham Radio operator and worked for telephone company as CO Tech for 40 years. If there is anyone in this area drop me a line and lets talk some. Have one question, can the twinkle and flasher control be removed form some of the old sets I now have. Thanks Roger

Your actually about 2.5 hours from where I live. Few short answers, you can buy the kits from www.lightorama.com Usually in June or July they have a sale, it will save you about 10%...

You can take the controllers off of old lights, you can search around the forum and find out how..

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HOWDY welcome to PC and welcome to your new deocating addiction lol I'm not sure where you are . I'm in knoxville. Happy to see more folks in TN around here : )

Jim

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check the bulbs for red tips those are the flashers replace with reg bulbs if 100 2.5 v i think 35 ,70,150 i think have different voltage bulbs just put a meter on them. if it has a dongle on the end of the string just set it to steady. Buy the way www.d-light.us i a lil cheaper on start up and tech support is great.

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Hello Roger: Welcome to PC.

Were not to far away from you, we are on the west side of Greeneville. in Parrottsville. In 2009 we are adding new silhouettes displays, scrolling boards, Christmas movies on tv in places, more led's on trees, new airblowns. Im working on a new display, its a 23'x100'

Dinosaur park. We hope to have 200.000 lights this year. If i can help you in anyway let me know. Stan & Jan Lewis

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