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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. sounds a little like what i did. I got a 100 amp surface mount panel from www.jamestownadvanced.com $120 then i got 2 spider boxs off ebay $250 and 150 foot of 6/4 soow from a auction for $50. I had room in my panel to install a 100 breaker. mounted the panel on the side of the house, run one spider box to one side of the yard and the other to the other side. Sure beats having exrtenstion cords running to every outlet i got. The wife said i was crazy untill she didnt see any cords running every where. When i move in a few years i take the panel off the house replace 2 pieces of sideing patch
    2. thanks i alway like a second opinion. makes me sleep better. thanks again
    3. any one ever hear of the 15 foot rule? I had one guy tell me that I can use #8 wire for my 100 amp christmas light sub panel, its about 4 feet from the main panel. I didnt do it, i used #2 (had it laying around). i was just wonder if thats true.
    4. Hello all, iam new here been looking at this site for a little over a year. I decided to up grade my power supply for my lights (12,000) I want to get rid of runnung cords out of ever socket i have, i decided to put 2 50 amp plugs on the back of the house and use spider boxes. ( got the idea from someone on here last year). My question is iam looking for 6/4 or 6/3+8/1 wire about the cheapest i can find is 2.70 a foot. when i need about 150 ft that adds up. Any one seen this any cheaper? thanks for the help.
    5. nice.. very simple i like that thanks
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