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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.

Don Johnson

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  1. Woo hoo! I would never have thought of that song.
  2. Okay. Let me know which ones you want and where to send them.
  3. Here are the ones I have. All of the Halloween have the singing faces. Angry Birds Blue Christmas *Boom Boom Pow Boughs of Holly Carol of the Bells Christmas Vacation *Ghostbusters Grinch *It Must be Halloween Jingle Bells Techno Let it be Christmas Little Drummer Boy Mele Kalikimaka *Monster Mash Music Box Dancer Queen of the Winter Night Reflections of Earth Sandstorm Silent Night *Somebody That I Used to Know *This is Halloween *Thriller (regular version) *Time Warp Wizard of Winter You can see most of them at lightsofbrentwood.com I would be really interested in Werewolves in London, Godzilla, Grim Grinning Ghosts, Spooky Scary Skeleton. [email protected]
  4. I am so sorry to see you go. Maybe it time, things will turn around for you and you can come back stronger then ever.
  5. I am trying to use LED's for the first time this year. I purchased LED icicle lights for the roof. I have about 12 of them across the roof line but only 3 of them plugged in together. My problem is that some of the strands will stay on even when the song is over... even when the computer is turned off and no show is running. I have tried attaching one incandescent bulb to the end with no effect. Any ideas?
  6. I was thinking of using SPT 1 cord to splice between the two.
  7. I start on the roof line and work my way down.
  8. I am thinking about getting these icicle lights. I am considering hanging them from my oak tree. If I do this I will need more cord between the lights. I was thinking about soldering in a longer cord between the lights so they could hang down from the tree. These are led lights. Is there any problem doing this? I have never messed with soldering led's.
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