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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 gex598

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  • Birthday 03/05/1980

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  • Location
    Wesley Chapel, FL
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    Cars, Wii and work!
  • Occupation
    Administrator, IT, Webmaster
  • About my display
    Just getting started LOR 16 channels about 10,000 mini lights.
  1. Home depot, kmart and sears all sell the stick/twig trees. Since they come with either white lights or multicolor lights. Most people end up buying the white and adding the other colors. I dont know if anyone has switched them to RGB although it can easily be done and might actually be cheaper then multiple sets of LEDS.
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    Failing Led Set

    I ordered an LED keeper this last weekend, how do I know if its one of the rectifiers?
  3. gex598

    Failing Led Set

    In the last week I've had 4 half sets of led fail. These are blue 70ct lights purchased from on of the vendors on this forum. This is the 3rd year I have used the lights and the first time I've had a problem. Is there a way to fix the sets? I wondering if it may be from alot of fades. All four sets that have failed so far are part of a tomato cage Holdman line, and three of them are the tail end of the third set
  4. I purchased LED from a vendors presale last year. I noticed the LED that are inside have lost alot of brightness since I put them up the weekend before Thanksgiving. I still have new unused sets so I took a new one and pluged it in next to a set that has been in use. The difference is huge! Is this typical? I have not compared a new set to the sets outside in the display yet.
  5. Bill shipping USPS parcel post I came up with $25.50 a box. I can fit 50-55 sets in each box so for 200 sets shipping would be right at $100 dollars. I'll pay half the shipping if you take 100 of each so call it $350 for 100multi and 100white shipped.
  6. I'll figure out the best way to ship them once I get home. Do you want the white and multi?
  7. Placed my order for 3 cases of blue 5mm lights today. Can't wait till next year so I can replace my faded blue incandescent lights!
  8. Around 180 total, if you intrested in them all I'll help on the shipping.
  9. Have well over 100 sets of each $1.50 a set plus shipping. These are Holiday Style brand on green wire 22.5 total length.
  10. 30623 Birdhouse Drive Wesley Chapel, FL 33545 (Just North of Tampa) 16 channels - 10000 lights Broadcast on 88.7fm Everyday 6pm-11pm
  11. Just came back from Dollar General with over 400 sets of minis. They only have mulit, white and white on white wire but still its a $1 a set!
  12. Do you still any of these? On another note what part of Tampa are you in. This my first year doing a LOR display and would like to check out some other local ones. I'm in Wesley Chapel.
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