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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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  1. 1 point
    It's that time ,time to get off my butt, and think of what to do ..Hopefully add another mega tree this year, will have over 110 molds out. What is everyone else doing?
  2. 1 point
    I am still on look out for blow mold lantern from last year. Below is the green soldier on.
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    Need more information. Do you plan to light the branches or just the trunk? If it is to light the trunk, this could be a fairly easy solution but you would still need to run the 110V line 400 feet which I will leave to others. You can use waterproof RGB strip lights that come with a controller and power supply. No learning curve required. The one I used for Christmas lights on the house is often called "dream lights" and have the designation IC 6803 which designates the IC built into the strip. They come in packages with the waterproof light strip, controller, remote, and power supply. You would need a waterproof box for the power supply and controller. The rest can be exposed to the elements. These have some very nice programs built into the controller. You can also choose just one color. The length of a strip is 15 M or 16.7 feet. It's obvious that you would need more than one strip for a tree. One controller will work two strips. If you go beyond two strips it makes sense to run them from one larger power supply and have 2 or more controllers. I just looked up a 240W power supply which would power eight 5M strips and it is only $24 postpaid. In that case you should not include a power supply with the strip order. For a description look at this listing on eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Magic-Dream-Color-5M-6803-5050-Led-Strip-Fairy-Lights-133-Effects-RF-Remote-Lamp/262063598092?hash=item3d04352a0c:m:mxeBvOSYJq7H-sV3lGitPUw
  4. 1 point
    I always get annoyed with the stores putting out only battery operated ones. Any of them I've bought I have just yanked it out and out in my own corded light on timers. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    I've been slowly building frames for the windows the add lights to make setup and tear down for those easier. Right now probably do 4 or 5 arches over my side single car drive. I've got a pool in back that I've been trying to figure out what to do with for lighting. Last year I just did a single line around the fence in multi colored. Still looking for more wire deer to add to the hill out back. Found a few free ones last year people were going to just throw out. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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