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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.

julin888

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About julin888

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  • Birthday 03/28/1968

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    Iowa
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    not much to tell
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    flying, hunting
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    IT
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    don't currently have one
  1. Is the LED Keeper available any longer? Has it been recalled or something? The website shows a list of places it is supposed to be available...I've been to Ace Hardware, Do It Best and two Menards. None of them have it. Both Menards had a spot for it, but neither had any. Ace and Do It Best didn't even have a spot. Just the Light Keeper Pro.
  2. Will give it a try. Tired of climbing ladders just to watch the lights go out right behind me. thanks!
  3. I anchored my blow molds to small sheets of thin plywood or particle board. I drilled a hole in my molds just large enough to pass a toggle bolt through. Bolt through the wood; toggle in the blow mold and tightend up snug. Then drilled a couple of holes in the wood just big enough for a couple of tent stakes. | | | /|\ | <------------Blow mold -----|------ --||----------|-------------||-- --||----------|-------------||-- <------Wood || [ ] || <------Tent Stake /\________Toggle bolt
  4. I have three sets of C9 LEDs in a series and I am having problems. Should be simple, right? Set #1 works fine. Set #2 is plugged into the first and works up until a cylindrical object housing a diode/resistor or something. The bulb before and everything after, dead. Bought a new string to replace it thinking the string might be bad. Plugged it into string #1 and all the lights worked. Before I could get the last few attached to the roof, half died again. Right in the same spot. Took one set in the house and checked fuses, which looked ok. Checked bulbs and not sure how easy it is to spot a bad LED, but they seemed ok. I even tried bypassing the diode/resistor or whatever, but nothing got the 2nd half of the string to light. On top of that, my third string which was working, went half out in the same spot as the other two. The only string completely working is #1. Anyone have any explanation or fixes for what is going on? I am getting very tired of climbing up and down my ladder. Thanks
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