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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 jsyd

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Watching Christmas Vacation every Christmas Eve with my family.
    • Location
      Mountain Green, UT
    • Biography
      Married, one kid, love Christmas Lighting
    • Interests
      Sports, and Christmas Lights
    • Occupation
      Sales
    • About my display
      Static, Red, White, Green, mostly C7's and some minis. Lawn, house, trees, along with a special surprise this year.
    1. That's Not Christmas Mix 2014: This is a mix I created along with the help of my kids. We have around 30,000 lights both LED and traditional. Many are controlled using 80 channels and LOR software.
    2. Thanks jem5136...do you happen to have a picture of one of your PVCs and a link to where to buy the hinges on-line?
    3. I have used hot glue to attach my C7s to my house (corners, around windows etc.) in the past. I'll be running three separate strings with different colors to be controlled this year. Any ideas or suggestions about mounting lights to wood siding, and rock? I think the hot glue would be excessive for this many lights.
    4. I know I've read that some have purchased lights direct from manufacturerers in China (through alibaba or aliexpress etc.). Has anyone had success with this? Is it worth it? For example, what is the cost you've paid for C7 Green, dimmable LED lights?
    5. Allchristmasandmore.com has SPT 1/2 plugs for $0.37 each, best price I've seen. Christmaslightshow.com has SPT wire for $150.00 for 1000 feet, also the best price I've seen. Hope that helps.
    6. How do you guys mount lights to the ridges of your house? On my last house I had one ridge line and just hot glued lights to it. We've now built a new house with multiple ridges and I want to do something different. I thought about shingle clips but we are on a corner and I want to be able to see it from all angles.
    7. Thanks. There are very few times in the sequences where the entire thing is on all at once. I have a friend who said he has done this as well but I wanted to see if others had done it. -jason
    8. This is my first year using LOR stuff. I have one 16 channel controller. I have about 35 amps of lights to run on it and didn't realize i had that much. Has anyone switched the two 15 amp fuses to 20 amp fuses to accommodate more power? Or, is this safe to do without burning up the circuits? My other option is to buy another controller, which I was planning on doing next year anyway. Thanks
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