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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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I am looking for a easier way to mount lights around my windows and found this on the internet. http://www.window-wonder.com I'm wondering if anyone has tried it. It says it's made for inside mounting, but can be used outside. It looks like it might be flimsy for tall windows...Has anyone tried it outside and does it last?

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Troy

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Troy, I haven't tried it, but for what you are paying for it you can build pine frames and paint them to the color you want and use u-shaped staples to attach the lights for a lot cheaper price. Mine have lasted 5 years so far with very little sign of wear. George

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Hi George,

I'm using pine frames now, they are just taking up lots of storage space due to the size of my windows (wife problem :o). I was thinking this window thing might could snap apart yet leave the lights in it and take up less storage room. Thanks for the reply

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Yes, I have been checking out the colonnade strips. Not sure about either yet. At this late of date I might be better off to keep the pine and just endure another 10 months of the "your stuff is taking up too much room in the garage" LOL

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I used WindowWonder last year (and will again this year) for two exterior window frames. I have aluminum trim around the two windows, so mounting was a problem. I just wanted frames to hang. I use three colors of LED minis (green, blue and w-white) and just alternate them around the Window Wonder.

Here's a thread with pics from last year: http://d-light.us/forum/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=1736&p=12997&hilit=window+wonder#p12997

In that same post, if you scroll up, is the video that got the comment "What is outlining your two front windows? They are very bright."

Note the wooden framework. I used a friend's table saw and cut a groove for the Window Wonder. It dropped into the groove and is held by an occasional tie-wrap. The rectangular frame is very strong and just hangs over my window.

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I am using the colonade light clip strips I have them already put up in my windows and they look awesome the main thing I see with the strips is everything is in a perfect straight line and they look even better lit up I have sone pics I will load I just made these this year and the nice thing about them is I made frames first painted them brown and the strips painted them also so they all blend in with my house and you don't even notice them from the road at all I literally placed 8 window frames in the windows in about 10-15 minutes which was mostly walking down to the basement and getting them to the appropriate window here is a pic

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