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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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    About toytrains25

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    • Birthday 05/25/1951

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      Love to tinker with stuff and play with my grandson.
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    • About my display
      Usually, I put out at least 300 plastic 1/2 gallon milk bottles with a light in the top as a border along the front of my yard and along one side of my driveway. Other parts of the display vary from year to year. Have put out lighted arches made from PVC pipe, plastic snowflakes, molded figures, wreaths, etc. Not computerized yet (but definately thinking about it!)
    1. Does anyone know what happened to Wind-O-Lights' website? I did an Internet search for the neam and got a message saying the domain name is for sale. Are these light frames still available? If so, where can I get them? I bought some last year and would like to get some more. Can anyone help? Thanks!
    2. Well, then, if I can't "shorten" the LED string, could I remove the bulbs to make my own string? If so, how would I do that?
    3. Is it possible to shorten an LED light string and attach another plug so that I can turn a 50 count string into two 25 count strings? If so, do I need to add a resistor or any other component to the new strings? I want to replace the regular bulbs (C7) in my blow mold decorations with a string of LEDs. I've got lots of 50 count LED strings and hate to go out and buy smaller strings if I can just adapt the ones that I have. I'm also thinking of using LEDs in my ceramic buildings instead of the C7 bulbs that came with them. Any suggestions as to how I could go about doing that? T
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