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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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I'm winding lights. After I strip the wire, I often trim it so it fits better into butt splice connector. I now have copper splinters in my fingers; hard to see but painful; and the season hasn't really started yet.

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Cannot consider this an "injury" but I had a cardiac cath and another stint placed 2 days ago. Today...put up all my Haloween lights.

Doing fine.

Doug

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Cannot consider this an "injury" but I had a cardiac cath and another stint placed 2 days ago. Today...put up all my Haloween lights.

Doing fine.

Doug

Wow, I'm glad you're doing okay.

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I broke my wrist after falling off the ladder. I was trying to put up guy wire to make some witches fly. I was the only one flying that day. (sorry for the bad joke.)

I was alone and had to pick myself up from the bushes and drive myself to hospital.

Doing fine now.

My Halloween display will go up but the witches will be grounded. Another year maybe.

Lesson Learned: Don't go up on a ladder without someone there to spot you.

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about four years ago, back when I still used staples, I stapled the web like skin between my index finger and thumb to the side of the house. Come to think of it that was the last year I used staples. I managed to pull free leaving a path of skin on the side of the house, and after a little vomiting, managed to finish putting up my lights.

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I'm suffering some frostbite from when I told my wife that I bought 2 new controllers and will be doing a Halloween show this year also. The installation schedule of our hardwood floors will be impacted.

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Embarrased to say this ............But I was spraying my Tune To Tombstone and got so involved when I bent over to give a final spray I smacked my head on the dumpster outriggers in the back parking lot at work............No stitches just a lot of bleeding.............Probably should have let it drip on the Halloween tombstone...... It might help make it more realistic (LOL)

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about four years ago, back when I still used staples, I stapled the web like skin between my index finger and thumb to the side of the house. Come to think of it that was the last year I used staples. I managed to pull free leaving a path of skin on the side of the house, and after a little vomiting, managed to finish putting up my lights.

about four years ago, back when I still used staples, I stapled the web like skin between my index finger and thumb to the side of the house. Come to think of it that was the last year I used staples. I managed to pull free leaving a path of skin on the side of the house, and after a little vomiting, managed to finish putting up my lights.

who knew staples equal kryptonite

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sore fingertips from pushing lights in coro.

husband fell off ladder onto a nice soft bush. Minor scratches. he's okay.

Does that mean you're putting lights up? Yikes, I'm Way behind!

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While searghing for lights in the storage building, I found a wasp nest. Bad part is two of them found me!

You're lucky that you're not allergic to bee stings. Lots of folks are.

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I'm surprised there haven't been any soldering injuries from assembling new LOR controller boards. I'll be doing that next weekend, let's hope I'm not the first.

Well mines pretty close... Heat gun got me when I was using heat shrink on my RGB strip solder points.. I set the gun down between sections and when i pulled the strip over to find the next one, I hit the back of my hand on the still red hot heat gun tip... ran straight to the sink and turned on the cold water... didn't hurt at all yesterday (day after incident), but their will defiantly be a scar. I never realized how little the back of my hands make contact with things.. I haven't hit it off anything yet, lol.

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