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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've been searching the posts for quite a while now for a new transmitter. i have an old drive thru transmitter (has no brand name on it) and it hooks up to a regular car antenna, but have problems with it when it's too cold. so i want a new one and have found some posts of comparing two models and this and that. but could we put what everyone uses in one post? i'd also like to know what kind of antenna you use with it. i don't need anything to big. just so it can be heard in front and to the side of the house. i have a corner lot and i can't get my signal to go in front and to the side of the house, and can't get a signal in my steel garage. thanks for all your advice.

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    i've been searching the posts for quite a while now for a new transmitter. i have an old drive thru transmitter (has no brand name on it) and it hooks up to a regular car antenna, but have problems with it when it's too cold. so i want a new one and have found some posts of comparing two models and this and that. but could we put what everyone uses in one post? i'd also like to know what kind of antenna you use with it. i don't need anything to big. just so it can be heard in front and to the side of the house. i have a corner lot and i can't get my signal to go in front and to the side of the house, and can't get a signal in my steel garage. thanks for all your advice.

    Mobile black box eclipse 4000 works great with no hassles Have their telescoping antenna all directions about 1200 ft clear as a bell

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    just got a reply back from mobile black box, i asked when they were getting more 400's in and their reply was....

    Hi,

    We may have some refurbished units sometime in 2011; otherwise we have discontinued the model.

    We are introducing a new generation of transmitters in 2011.

    Customer Service

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    LOL - I must be retro... use the basic Belkin Tunecast 1 (4 frequencies)... cracked the case and soldered in a 1/2-wave antenna made of speaker wire... red-duct-taped plastic over it on my 12' pvc antenna post and I'm good to about 1000' ...

    About $6 total for transmitter (on EBay) and speaker wire... plus my time I suppose. NO NEED to transmit any further and absolutely NO ability to SPEND more than that with the "budget police" watching the annual show expenses (ROTFL)!

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    We had switched from a DIY two years ago to the Eclipse 4000 I can say where we live and using the standard antenna we have broadcast up to .4 miles from our house here in Pacifica, CA. We have been extremely pleased with the MBB product and would recommend them, . Friends laugh when they tune the radio in and pick us up at the gas station which is 1/2 mile away its our joke to see how far you go before losing the signal. our two cents worth

    Dennis

    Pacifica, CA

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    I am interested in one of these, anyone have any thoughts?

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    Another vote for EDM LCD... I have mine installed in the basement about 100ft from the road. The transmitter worked well before the installation of an outdoor antenna, but I had very little Bass. A coax cable now runs out the basement window to an antenna that is behind some trees. Clarity is amazing.

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    Another vote for EDM LCD... I have mine installed in the basement about 100ft from the road. The transmitter worked well before the installation of an outdoor antenna, but I had very little Bass. A coax cable now runs out the basement window to an antenna that is behind some trees. Clarity is amazing.

    what kind of antenna are you using?

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    what kind of antenna are you using?

    I did a little searching and came to this cheap antenna on ebay...

    I know it's not the best out there, but it was local for me, and I'm very satisfied with the results I got out of it... I just mounted it on a pole (not included) with the included attachment hardware and ziptied that to an existing deck post.

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