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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.
Mike Cole

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On a similar note to the post "Wire Size", I'm building a item for my display that will use 16 channels, each having one set of 100 count minis. I want to cut off the male plug and solder on leads with spade connectors to go right to the controller. My longest lead will be 30 feet. I want each circut to have its own cable( 2 conductor with a sheath). I will bundle these to run to the controller. Any ideas what I should use?

Also, when I cut off the plugs, is polarity of the two wires on the mini light string important when I solder on the extenion leads? Thanks, Mike

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First of all.

1 - a 100 count set of mini lights will only draw 0.33 amps of power.

2 - Because of its low amperage any extension cord that you purchase over the counter will work for 30 feet.

3 - For liability and insurance reasons, I would not cut the end off of any over the counter item.

for that reason leave your mini lights alone and you extension cords too.

4 - It will cost you mone money to cut the ends of your cords. You will also maintain a greater flexibility in your work down the road should you wish to change your show if you leave your cords alone.

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As a side note: It's ALWAYS important to observe polarity. Even though minis don't matter, you might eventually plug something else into that line that DOES make a difference.

While I'm generally a bad example to follow regarding electrical advice, I think the experts here would agree that you don't want to be lazy with your electrical connections. It's not difficult to orient things correctly to start with and save yourself some re-work down the road.

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