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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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Only Some Lights Out On String Of C6 Led Warm White Lights

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Before I try and solve this myself I thought I would see if someone else has had this issue.  I have some strings of LED C6 warm white lights that are, for lack of a better term, working like incans in that single lights are not working throughout the string.  This occured after it has rained for a day.  I have had LEDs for a while now and I am used to dealing with the half string dim or half string out issue with an LED keeper with usually no issues and usually find the problem in less than 5 minutes.  However I have never seen this issue on LEDs.  Not even sure how to tackle it, as if this many bulbs are truly out it will be easier to replace the string.   Anyone encounter this before?  

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I have had strings that after a few years two or three bulbs go out. Fairly common. If they are sealed I would doubt the rain was a factor. If they are replaceable it sounds like a corrosion issue.

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As an update I pulled the three strings of of the tree they were on.  All 3 strands had lights out, but I could find no indication of rust.  I have seen rust on some icicle lights I have and I could always see the orange, these bulbs look pristine when pulled from the socket.  When I replaced a burned out bulb (they are replaceable) with a good one from another set the socket worked and the light came on.  I now have two working sets and some extra bulbs.   I have had incans do this, but never LEDs.

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