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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. I am looking at gifting my brother with some replacement C9 LED's. However, the concern we both have with LED's is the brightness, as we like the soft natural glow of the incandescents. Are there any companies that make the reds and greens in a softer color as to avoid the LED's overpowering the rest of the house? Thank you! Kevin
  2. It's tough to see here and covered in snow today (and coming down today), but I used a combination of blue lights and white chaser lights to simulate motion. I raised the lights off of the ground around 3-4" by utilizing rebar that has an 8" bend at each end (think really long "U"). I zip-tied the lights to the rebar to make them nice and tight. Unfortunately, new strands tend to sag. However, the river is over two strands long (as you can) and around 3000 lights. During the offseason, I have an idea that will allow me to roll up or roll out the river instead of duplicating this effort every year.
  3. Would it be possible to cut them down in size and have the end user attach them together with bracing (think flat brackets on each side of the coro and using small nuts/bolts)
  4. Just laughing at how I was concerned over a pond 3 years ago. I improved upon it (twice) and am now going to try to completely revamp something for 2010.
  5. My friends went down there to see it. Said that it was awesome.
  6. I am planning to hang them from the rafters this year (since my walls are filled with cabinets or tools) I am thinking about taking a galvanized pipe and attach one end along one joists and the other across the side of the garage (across the gable). On the opposite side will be a hook that the pipe will sit on, allowing me to slide the deer across for storage. I like your idea, since I can never get the deer to fit like the kid that packaged it....
  7. Save yourself some money.. Buy a chaser light set of clearance right now... Follow this link And then smile
  8. I meant 100 Light (not watt) strand. No responses? Would like to add a single C7 for an effect.
  9. OK, so I read that the insulators did not work well. I have an idea for a base that can be secured to the ground and the tree that should alleviate any GFCI issues.
  10. How do you secure them to the ground? Is that the purpose of the insulated rubber and extra piece of rod? How have they worked thus far? I will be making these in 2010 and repairing my tomato cages for the garden.
  11. Sometimes - - I truly hate our society and how people act. No respect for other's or their belongings.
  12. With a 100W strand, is it feasible to remove 9 bulbs and replace with a 3.5w C7?
  13. I see Richard's display adding elements. And I like many of the displays on here better.
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    I'm sorry that it has happened.
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    This thread is worthless without pics.
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