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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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Scott Colson

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Make sure your eating regularly when stringing all day long. Make sure you start out with a nice breakfast full of carbs. Keep your body well hydrated, and take breaks every so often to prevent frustration and to help keep a fresh outlook for the task at hand. This may sound a little odd, but make sure you stretch before stringing it will keep your muscles more limber and help prevent injury. Always lift whith your legs keeping your back straight. Also stretch after, so when you wake-up the next morning your not slouched over and can't move. For those in the cold climates like myself, make sure you warm up, so you dont pull anything. Run some zig zags throuh your mini trees, or high knee your way through your yard grid ;) For those that dread the next morning after a long day of stringing hopefully these tips will help make the experience after more enjoyable!

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Guest jmulls

Scott,

Great pointers... I know people are only kidding, but let's stay on topic... Scott pointed out some very important facts .... passing on a meal while 28 ft off the ground could easily result in disaster... Thanks Scott ... great post

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scott

im with you Keep warm and warm up so you dont get hurt and make sure you have a coke ( insert your favorite cola here ) with you so u can keep well hydrated and yes most important meal of the day Breakfast ie Ote meal and toast and a apple or orange

-Drew

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Also, take breaks or move onto something else. Don't risk 1/2 of the lights looking like crap because you were getting bored and just wanted to get it done!

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I have found lifting 12oz weights helps alot.

Not only do the 12oz weights relieve stress, they also provide a good source of vitamin-B.

Plus, you can get your eight glasses of water in with the added vitamins too!

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drew10162003 wrote:

scott

im with you Keep warm and warm up so you dont get hurt and make sure you have a coke ( insert your favorite cola here ) with you so u can keep well hydrated

I prefer Gatorade then a soda when doing the display. I drink about 12 during the season just putting the display up.

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And if you're in the cold climates, wear layers and try to have something cotton next to your skin--it wicks off the moisture so you don't get chilled (good socks help too!)

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Hey Scott how big is your arms and your display just wondering,how much do u bench press i just bench 150 to201max.

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man with me its needing the caffine!!!!!! like this morning i was up at 5 and at work by 6 15 and tired alllllll day and im styll up now

and ill be up around 8ish in the morning to start working with my lights tomorrow mostly the trees and stuff thats not to notice abel

-Drew

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This is my second year doing a display and this year it will grow from 10,000 lights to 20,000 with 32 channels of animation. It doesn't come close to the big dogs of planetchristmas. I had a accident early in the spring that ripped my pectorial muscle off from its tendon. 5 1/2 hour surgery they were able to seat the tendon back into the bone with sutures. I finally got the clearance from the doctor to start lifting light weights again in the gym. My arms are just over 19 1/2 cold, 20 1/2 pumped. Its funny that you brought up the NFL. I always imagine as the time gets close to getting the lights up its like the fourth quater in the ball game. I agree with all the replies that its important to stay hydrated and to take breaks and eat. I agree, a few cold ones to help keep you relaxed and help mask some of the muscle pains will do the trick just fine, just dont drink too many the lights will tend to all blurr a bit and the lights will look a mess.

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