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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.

XmasBoy

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  1. I like my multi-colored strings. It seems like a lot of work to move all those bulbs when you could pay less that a dollar to get the solid strings after the holidays.
  2. I found a box of blue LED icicle lights on sale at Wal Mart and I decided to buy it just to play around with them since I've been experimenting with LEDs. I am animated with Lights and Sounds of Christmas, and I plugged the icicles into the end of one of the strands of lights I have in a bush. They flashed like all the other lights, but would turn on very dim and would get brighter as that channel was on longer. I decided to turn the animation onto steady mode so that all the lights were on static mode, but the music was still playing. All other lights stayed solid, but the LED's brightness changed almost with the beat of the music! I turned the animation back onto multiplex where the lights flash with the music, and plugged the LEDs into the cord that supplies power to my reindeer, which is not hooked up to the controller. The brightness still changed almost with the music, but the reindeer's brightness also changes with how many channels are lit. Does anyone have any ideas as to why that is? The LEDs were very bright when I plugged them into a wall outlet in th kitchen. Let me know if my story doesn't make sense.
  3. I bought 2 boxes of the 140 bulb Holiday Living Chaser Lights from Lowes with green, red, and white bulbs earlier in the season and used them to go along my roof line with my icicle lights. A few days ago, on 1 strand, all of the bulbs stopped working except for the green ones. The other strand works fine. I called the Lowes Technical Support number on the back of the box, and they basically told me that I need to return them. Does anyone here have any ideas? Has anyone had this issue before?
  4. Target: -4 LED Snowflakes at 30% off Wal-Mart: -2 Green Candy Canes for $.50 each -4 Boxes of Red Minis -1 Box of Blue LED Icicles
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