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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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    Just picked up case of white minis ($2.47ea). They also have Martha Stewart:rolleyes: LED 100ct strings for $9. Bought one string for torture testing - looks like brass contacts in the socket, but LED leads are steel (rustable). Also had a few inflatables out; like the 20' Santa. Didn't catch the price on that one.

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    This was at the Marion, IL store. Sorry - was so thrilled to get a jump on fixing things, was mainly focused on getting the clear strings with green wire. Was mistaken on the LED string - only 50ct so not much of a deal there. For those in my area, don't bother trying to get the clear ones yet at Marion - bought all they had on the shelf.

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    yeah!

    do you know if they have white wire minis in red green or clear bulbs?

    I can only find green wire with clear or multi bulbs...

    Patrik,

    May I suggest you checking your local Walmart for those lights. Each Walmart is different on setting up and putting there lights out on the shelves, because mine hasn't been put out yet on shelves.

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    Just picked up case of white minis ($2.47ea). They also have Martha Stewart:rolleyes: LED 100ct strings for $9. Bought one string for torture testing - looks like brass contacts in the socket, but LED leads are steel (rustable). Also had a few inflatables out; like the 20' Santa. Didn't catch the price on that one.

    Our HD has a ton of Christmas Stuff out. Kinda funny, they crammed all the halloween stuff into one little 5x5 corner and DWARFED it with all the Christmas stuff. They also have the Martha PrisonMaid Lights out, I refuse to pay her for anything. Lots of inflatables and BM's. On the other hand, our Lowe's just started putting stuff out Wednesday. They'd put a case of lights out and they're gone before they grab the next one off the pallet.

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    I guess you people must be happy to have cheap prices on gas, food, Christmas lights and what not. All we get is our health care paid for and even then that is only on selected stuff.

    $9.00 for 100 count LEDs (even if it is 1/2 wave) is cheap compared to our $20.00 & up per box.

    Our mini lights still sale between $6.99 to $11.99 per box of 50 to 100 count.

    England and places like that is worth off than even us in Canada.

    Before you go to sleep count your blessing instead of sheep.

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    Wow, $2.47! I have a Home Depot in town, but it's not very convenient. Does anyone know what you have to do to get Lowes to beat that price by 10%? (They do still have that policy, don't they?)

    I tried it today at my local Lowes (Johnstown Pa.) They have them for $2.88 in all colors. I pointed out that HD has the 100 Ct minis for $2.47 and the Clerk went to check online. Then she promptly told me the manufacturers name was Different than Home Depots therefore it was not the same product! No discount!

    Wow!...

    Walks like a duck, Quacks like a duck, Bulbs interchange, Made in China....

    Its a mongoose!

    Oh well, I then went to Home Depot and they had Nothing on the shelves yet so I went back and paid the 41 Cents more per Set. At least they had a good selection of colors, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Yellow, Multi and Clear.

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    Just finished function testing a string of "Martha's" LEDs. If you're going to use them without a controller - fine and dandy. But with a controller - forget it. The "flicker-free" design DOES flicker on a controller. The load is so light that even minor leakage from a triac will keep them dimly lit, and about half the time they will "stick" in the on position. To compound the problem, they are wired in such a way that adding a load at the end of the string will not work. Yeah, they could be rewired to work, but with little to no difference in price, its easier to go with any of the multiple vendors here at PC for strings that will work properly.

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    I went to Home Depot today and they had Holiday Accent extension cords in the electric section, but not a hint of Christmas or Halloween in the seasonal section. Their garden center was completely packed floor to ceiling with Christmas shipping boxes though (not for sale yet). I'll go back after Halloween to check it out. Home Depot isn't very convenient for me.

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    Hi all I used the internet add from HD it said 2.00 a string and not aviable on line only store I showed this to the manager and he gave me the price. I need Green bulb minis so I went to Lowes got what I needed went to the sevice desk showed them my recipt and ad from HD I printed out the person told me the same thing not the same brand I said thats the hd generic brand and yours is the lowes generic brand let me see the manager the manger said he would match the price but not give me 10 % extra I said thats All I want just the same price. So I got all my minis 100 ct for 2.00 a string. Remmber the squeaky wheel gets the grease. If you dont ask you wont get what you want.

    Don In Kenner,LA

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    nice!

    Walmart and lowes finally has christmas online! not all but some... Anyone knows if walmart has lights out allready on stores? Im thinking on going in next tuesday...

    I was just in Wal Mart today and they had a bunch of shipping boxes of christmas stuff on the floor, but they were in the process of shrink-wrapping them and putting them up at the very top of the shelves. I heard from someone on here that Wal Mart isn't starting christmas until November 1.

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