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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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Scott Colson

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Mark, are you a professional comedian disguised as a CLF?

You should get a job with the Leno Show, SNL, etc...... you could make a fortune!

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Gregg

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J Braunwarth wrote:

When you pass undera string of icicle lights on a businessand notice a third of a sting out and you feel weirdly compelled to grab the spare light packages out of your pocket and relight that segment.

Or when you pass under them and feel weirdly compelled to take the spare light packages that they left on the string off of it and take it home to add to your own spare bulb collection. (never done it, but it aways crosses my mind)

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When you go the the zoo lights.. you do have spare bulbs of your own in your pocket still and see if you can find the bad or missing bulb and fix the lights.. Done that!

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You know when your a CLF when your in a meeting with a customer and you reach into your coat pocket to find a light tester, some clear tie straps, a handfull of c-9 light clips, and the extra bulb packs off of the some new strands. This happened today.

JR

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Oh ya forgot this one too, happened last Wednesday. You know you a CLF when you get done snowboarding and you find that you wife left you a text message that she picked you up some more green extension cords.

JR

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you know you're a CLF when your wife repeatedly threatens to be the first woman in history to file for divorce because of christmas lights!

I bet he's gonna miss her.

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You know you are a CLF when you hang your new icicle lights on your back fence in july to let the sun heat them so they are hang straight

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Wayner wrote:

You know you are a CLF when you hang your new icicle lights on your back fence in july to let the sun heat them so they are hang straight
might have to try that this year

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scorpion wrote:

Mark, are you a professional comedian disguised as a CLF?

You should get a job with the Leno Show, SNL, etc...... you could make a fortune!

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Gregg

No, I am an Electronics Technician who has to work with a bunch of Electrical Engineers. You need a sense of humor to work with them. LOL.

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you are a CLF When the city engineers ask you to turn off your display so they can make sure the street lights on your block are still working

glenn

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you have a dedicated circuit in the garage where the lights are stored so you can test them year round.

the phone company puts their cable in conduitthrough your yard because you keep cutting their line with outlet stakes. (or with your own conduit to every tree.)

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You know you are a CLF when:

You are outside stringing lights, talking to your neighbor,when a funeral procession passes by. You immediately stop what you are doing, and observe a moment of silence. After it passes, your neighborturns to you and says, wow, that was a very nice gesture you just displayed. You respond, well, I was married to her for 20 years!

:laughing:Glenn Koenig

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...when random customers at WallyWorld ask your advice on decorating their house.

True story! I went to WallyWorld today to get a couple more boxes of red lights for the 6' candy canes a friend is welding for me. Some lady turned to me and asked about net lights on pine trees and where to find wreaths. Somehow she just "knew" I was into Christmas lights.

I got back to the Suburban and asked the wife "Is it that obvious?"

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You are a CLF when you go to church and see the lighted trees up on stage and and out in the yard and are thinking of telling the Pastor you will do a light show for free.

Happened tonight.

JR

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You know you're a CLF when you almost turn down a part in a play because it will interfere with your display testing and setup schedule...

Happened this year...I took the part anyway. And yes, I did get behind on schedule!:waycool:

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When the Ice Cream man drives passed your house playing the "Wizards of Winter" song.

When the cable company introduces the CLF channel in your honnor.

There are now 8 wonders of the world instead of 7. Guess who moves to #1?

When your friends start to ask you where you got the Cool A.D. or LOR video game on your computer.

Your garage freezer now doubles as a temp chamber for testing your controllers and your new Christmas train.

The McDonalds large size cups nowhave a picture of your display on them.

The Drive-in movie theater by your house now has to play all their movies during the day.

In the off season, your display resides next to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

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When you go to the store, and the salespeople are talking about this crazy person who was in there the other day, buying lights, and you start to laugh at this lunatic and then you realize you are the lunatic.

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You know you're a CLF when one of eight dedicated 20 amp circuits to your display has a GFI trip and you are the only one who notices that something is missing from the display.

True...that happened just last week!

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You know you are a CLF if you start wondering if your HOA will complain if you put up lights on Easter, President's Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, 4th of July, Veterans Day, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Chinese New Year......

Flanman.

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