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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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    Got everything down yesterday except some LEDs on the back deck that change color. I just love them So glad I came across this forum. Already have great ideas that are not only going to make life easier but really start taking things to the next level without spending the kids college fund HAPPY 2014

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    Yep. I got it all down in about 3 days. I had put most of it in the garage so I could work on organizing it down in the basement which I have finished about 95%. Glad I brought it all in... it is snowing and I probably would not have gotten to it for a couple of weeks.

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    Yep. I got it all down in about 3 days. I had put most of it in the garage so I could work on organizing it down in the basement which I have finished about 95%. Glad I brought it all in... it is snowing and I probably would not have gotten to it for a couple of weeks.
    Yeah I am glad I got it all in as today is raining and I probably wouldn't have gotten it down until the weekend. The basement is a mess, but I can work on that next weekend during the playoffs. Going to really work on organizing better heading into next year
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    I had about 8000 lights up this year, about half static and half dynamic.  16 mini trees, four arches with 60 RGB elements per arch, icicles on front of house, nets on bushes, and a small homemade nativity scene with blow molds of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph.  I got it all down and "staged" in my garage in one day but based on my progress so far it will take me about 5 days to get it all put up and organized.  Of course, I had to "gut" a large part of my work shop to remove a work bench and install a good-sized shelving system for all my new stuff.  So the 5 days is including a lot of "first and only time I will have to do it" items like building the shelves and organizing all my new stuff and putting it on the shelves.  I am trying to minimize what I put up in the attic.  The disappearing stairs are convenient, but they always feel "rickety" to me so only what had to go up there!  Trying to really think thru how I am putting everything up so it minimizes work next Christmas season!!

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    Now just wait a minute- just for some of our sanity. How many lights does your show have? Personally, I have over 70,000 and after working a full day I only have packed up maybe 7,000 or 8,000. But that does include lowering down my 25 ft. mega pole system.
    I am a relative noob and wouldn't call what I do a "show" although I am very proud of what I put up. I have a static display with about 10,000 lights (C9,C7 and minis). Nothing fancy, no arches, no blow molds, no blow ups, no items in the yard. Just lots of lights on lots of bushes and trees; 10 crepe myrtles, 1 Japanese maple, 6 sky pencils, 5 cherry trees, 1 maple tree and 13 assorted shrubs and trees I don't know the name of. All of them get lights and wrapped individually and no net lighting. I also have 120 feet of the light changing peppermints that my boys love putting out which is great because they are hard on my 46 year old frame. This is the first year my two boys really helped a lot or I would still be taking stuff down. I would pull down the lights, my oldest would wind them up and the youngest hauled it into the basement. The greatest thing was that I took the boys (they are 10 and 7) to breakfast this morning and all they could talk about was what we were going to do next year. The oldest had the idea of putting arches along the 120 feet of front yard with the peppermints underneath. I told him we would do it, I love the enthusiasm.
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     This is the first year my two boys really helped a lot or I would still be taking stuff down. I would pull down the lights, my oldest would wind them up and the youngest hauled it into the basement. The greatest thing was that I took the boys (they are 10 and 7) to breakfast this morning and all they could talk about was what we were going to do next year. The oldest had the idea of putting arches along the 120 feet of front yard with the peppermints underneath. I told him we would do it, I love the enthusiasm.

    Looks like we may have a couple new members in the near future.... Congrats JR

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    Looks like we may have a couple new members in the near future.... Congrats JR

    LOL sure sounds like it. They want us to be on the Great Christmas Light Fight. They know we aren't in that league which is why they keep saying "we need to step up our game".

     

    They already have the $50,000 spent

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    lol... I bet.... I was invited this year.. I thought about it... and my decision was based on this... Let there be peace on earth, good will towards men... oh yea.. and LET THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT BEGIN!!!... something just doesn't feel right about this... kinda takes the real meaning out of it for me.. 

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    lol... I bet.... I was invited this year.. I thought about it... and my decision was based on this... Let there be peace on earth, good will towards men... oh yea.. and LET THE CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT BEGIN!!!... something just doesn't feel right about this... kinda takes the real meaning out of it for me..
    I won't do it for that reason. Don't have to break it to the boys yet :) I used to think I did it for myself, and I do, but I was amazed how many people stop me and say how much it means to them and thank me. One of our neighbors has had a pretty rough go. He was a successful lawyer until a heart attack left him a little mentally impaired. The.last year his son committed suicide around the holidays. He told me my lights keep him and his daughter in the season.
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