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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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    Was there this morning and they had a large amount of spiral tree's and, countdown clocks, blowmolds and lights. A LARGE amount of LED's, far more than they had last year.

    I checked Target today too. Did they have any extension cords in your Target store? I plan on getting all of my cords in after season sales as they have been the only ones to discount them due to branding them "HOliday Lights"... Thoughts?

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    I checked Target today too. Did they have any extension cords in your Target store? I plan on getting all of my cords in after season sales as they have been the only ones to discount them due to branding them "HOliday Lights"... Thoughts?

    I just looked at walmart this weekend, and in the back electrical section they have green 16-3 40 ft. cords for $6.99. I plan on stocking up on those soon before they sell out.

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    I checked Target today too. Did they have any extension cords in your Target store? I plan on getting all of my cords in after season sales as they have been the only ones to discount them due to branding them "HOliday Lights"... Thoughts?

    No extension cords, there was lots of empty space where they haven't got everything out yet. And they are sharing space with Halloween stuff. But i was surprised how much stuff was already out.

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    Last year I purchased the 1000 foot spools of zip wire and the male and female ends. I found I could make the exact length I needed in less than a minute or two, and they cost a fraction of what they would cost if purchased at the store. I just placed an order for another 1000 feet and 40 ends. Works great.

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    Don't get any of those green indoor cords that are packaged like 4 to a pack...I bought a ton of those a couple years ago and they are crap.

    I threw out most of them...you can't make a connection when you plug stuff in...

    I agree Jen! I didnt get as many as you did, but I gave the ones I had way!

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    Couldn't you salvage the green cords by cutting off the bad receptacle and putting a vampire end on it? You lose some flexibility, but I'm always using 6' or 9' extensions all year-round in the house or testing controllers, etc.

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