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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.
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  • 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.
Logan L. Johnson

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On 12/28/2016 at 6:29 PM, shane page said:

You need more outlets. The plugs are fused so after three or four sets plugged end to end or plugged into the back of each other the fuses will blow. If you plug that much into a 15 amp breaker you will start Tripping the breaker.

The fuse is only an issue when they are plugged end to end.  When you stack them it does NOT go through the fuse.  (I am NOT suggesting that unlimited stacking is ok.  I'm just saying that it is not a fuse issue.)

On 12/28/2016 at 11:14 AM, Logan L. Johnson said:

I used to hook some of my lights into another outdoor outlet, but it stopped working. I might have someone fix that to hook the dogwood up and my DIY cross. Maybe I should hook the main outlet (that is on my back patio) to a separate breaker (because sometimes the breaker kicks when I vacuum and it seems like everything in the house pulls from it.

The fact that one of your receptacles quit working is a good indication that you should get it checked out.  If it's a GFCI receptacle outside then it's probably just the receptacle.  They just go bad sometimes.  BUT, you want to make sure that there's not an underlying problem.  If you are hiring an electrician, make sure that you have in mind everything that you want to have done and get it all done at once.  That's the cheapest way to do it.  If you one thing done now and then later have the electrician come back to do something else it will cost a lot more.  Ideally what you want is several outdoor receptacles, each on their own breaker.  This way they won't trip if you turn on the vacuum.

TED

P.S.  As Tim Allen says, "It'd work a lot better with a little more power!"

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Correct, if you keep stacking plugs it becomes a breaker issue or if they used to small of wire for the outlet or someone put in a higher amp breaker so it wont keep tripping it will be a fire issue. I thought it was fused either way but it was pointed out earlier that the back of the plug is not fused but the plugs are not very heavy duty I would think you might be able to melt one down before you trip a 15 or 20 amp breaker but maybe not I never tried it.

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Ok, so I've been planning and shopping the past two weeks, and I plan to start decorating after Halloween. I am using mainly 16-gauge extension cords, especially for the crepe myrtle. I purchased a grounded 3-way for it, so I think I will end up stacking 3-4 plugs (no more) and hook 1-2 strings into some of the end plugs, which should be less strain (stacked plugs, no melting Lol). The CM will be hooked into an outlet in the basement which SHOULDN'T be on the same breaker as the other receptacle. I will then be hooking the same amount of lights into the other plug as usual (I threw out my DIY mini trees and purchased spirals because I like them better) plus maybe 2 more strings than usual (about 270 more incans added to that outlet). Then, I will hook the dogwood and cross into another outlet. I also plan to look at the spreadsheet posted further back on this thread. I would appreciate any kind of constructive criticism/advice on my plan, especially with electrical safety (I'm a horticulturist, I just like Christmas decorations, no electrical experience). 

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8 hours ago, Big J Illinois said:

We r at 5,200 watts combined:o

I'm not a mathematically-minded person, and I have no experience with electrical wiring/work. But, I have it all up now, and the cords aren't warming up, and no breakers have kicked. So, fingers crossed, it's going to work out great, especially when I get my LOR controller :D.

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