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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.
  • 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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    My 20 year dream has finally come true:  I’m having a new meter and service set on the north side of my 11/4 acre.  I can have the can, box, etc set  up to 90 feet from the utility poll, which puts me within 100 feet of my big trees, house, and any spot with in the “field” as I call it.  My problem is deciding whether to have the power company run a line to where the electrician will have the setup (a 12 foot 4x6 buried 40 inches, or if I trench the 80ish feet and have it laid underground.  I’d love it underground ,but the size trencher I’d need to rent to cut the four inch by 36 inch deep hole will never fit on my truck, and I don’t want to rent a trailer in addition to the trencher and buying 80-90 feet of 3 inch gray pvc pipe.  Do you think having the line coming from the power pole to an eight foot pole in my  field would be an eye soar that I might regret if I ever sale my place?

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    The trencher is the way to go!!! I did it at my last house and it was great. I rented one Home Depot on trailer and it was under $250 for a day (8am-7pm). This was 11 years ago so price might be higher. Also get one that self propelled ( walk behind style) I did 450ft in a 3-4 hours and I had only 5min training from guy at Home Depot. Also the code were I leaved north of Atlanta was only 18” deep for 120/240 cable. And my hole was 3” or 4” wide And  set for 22” depth. The trencher could go down much lower but water lines are set 26” deep. I buried mine in ground with no conduit except for where it came out of the ground. I did put in 1” conduit for CAT-5 cables.

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    This is from a post I made last year.

    On 8/21/2019 at 3:30 PM, Scott Rob said:

    I found a picture of sub panel at my old house. I installed a cable 4C#10 and added 2 pole 30amp (240V) breaker from my main panel down to lower yard to green box. It has 4 GFCI outlets outlets and small breaker box with 4-15amp breakers. All inside the green box in the picture.



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    The problem lm running into is the 36 inch deep trench.  The smallest trencher I’ve found that will go that deep weighs over a ton, so I’d have to come up with a trailer to boot.  I know it sounds strange, but I keep thinking of my dad and my uncles frank, Ernie, Cecil, and burl, and how they all had telephone poles sticking in their backyards with drop lines running to them. I kind of like the idea.  They were close to 20 feet tall so you never really noticed them.  I asked the electrician to give a quote  if they dig the hole and set the pole.  I’ll let you all know what the cost is for that as well as the can, box, 8 breakers and GFIs.

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