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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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    The light, the light, ha, ha, ha - don't believe it when they say it will make you crazy, I have been doing it for 3 seasons and it has not had any affect on me. 

     

    Just check out www.crazytechchristmas.com for proof of my insanity, I mean my sanity - welcome to the light roach motel, you get into this hobby but you just can't get out!

     

    And watch out for Doug, he will make any kind of frame you can think of, I know I have had him do ones he has never tried before and he did it!

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    Welcome to the greatest hobby ever!! (in my opinion that is :D ).

     

    If you can't find any questions to your answers, just ask as i did. There are a lot of great people here that will gladly help you out.

     

    What i meant was "answers to your quesions" and not otherwise :unsure:  ... ok, that's it, i'm calling a shrink now :blink:

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    What i meant was "answers to your quesions" and not otherwise :unsure:  ... ok, that's it, i'm calling a shrink now :blink:

    Actually, I think you had it right the first time, after a few years of running around during setup and all the insane things we do in this hobby, I too am looking for "questions to my answers" :cool:  - and you are only calling a shink NOW!  - yeesh after I went from 3,000 to 16,000 lights in one year my wife was on the phone to the looney bin. :P

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    Take your time and enjoy the ride. Keep your eyes and mind open. Stay focused on your goals. Read a lot, ask a lot of questions. Give as much as you take. If you can do all that, you will do fine. Enjoy.

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    Guest Scot Meyers

    The dark side surrounds you.  once you start down the dark path FOREVER will It dominate you..  JUst ask any former Newbie who is now financially budgeting for that BIG NEW idea for thier display.   WE'RE NUTS  and so now are you....   Christmas NUTS!!   welcome to PC

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    Some how this thread looks to be spam as the comment is very generic and general and doesnt mention anything about lights. And his signiture is a link to a site that sells scales.

    Spammers are getting more smarter and using more cryptic ways to get their spam across and this definetly looks like the case here.

     

    Also looking at his previous post which all occured around the same time really dont add anything and again is another tactic of spammers. Ive seen this a few time before over at the ACL forums. Some will just post once a month and add nothing but it continues to get their spam link viewed. Another give away is the english which it seems like chinglish (chinese english) and this guy does not sound like he is in Canada.

     

    So guys beware of smart spamming tactics.

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    The dark side surrounds you.  once you start down the dark path FOREVER will It dominate you..  JUst ask any former Newbie who is now financially budgeting for that BIG NEW idea for thier display.   WE'RE NUTS  and so now are you....   Christmas NUTS!!   welcome to PC

     

     

    Wow, it's like you can read our minds, how did you know I am already budgeting for a new RGB tree for next year?  My wife told me if I get it she is going to plug my behind into it and light my head up - so no problem, I am going for the tree next year. :cool:

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