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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.
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  • 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. Wow looks really good! Good luck hitting Griswold status next year! 👌🏻🎄🎅🏻
  2. Yeah. They are cheap and easy! Def a staple in the decorators toolbox. And zipties! lol!
  3. No they are all blue. The lighter ones are a couple seasons old and the blue is worn. I like the contrast between the new and old. And they are all incans. I don’t have many led’s in this display.
  4. Small binder clips up top near the soffett and slim roof/gutter clips down low. They are slim enough to fit between the cracks in the siding.
  5. New pics of this years display. Added candycane stripes to the front this year.
  6. I ‘candycane’ the sides of my house and I attached a few pics of how I attach my lights. I use binder clips at the top and at the bottom I have icicle shingle clips that I got at Walmart years ago. The part that would slip under the shingle is skinny enough to slip up into the crack where the siding pieces join up. I can take better pics in daylight if you want.
  7. Looks great! Clean lines and everything is laid out so well. I love it!! Very classic! Good job.
  8. Thanks everyone! I try to have clean lines and some semblance of balance to everything.
  9. Thanks! The stripes on the sides, left side has 1800 and the right side has 2400.
  10. Finished up the display a couple days early this year. Added a 7’ Santa, a couple more swans, and a few additional strings of light here and there. ? What do you think?
  11. I second the binder clips. Works great to secure light strings to the edge of shingles.
  12. I do a static display and I stick to mainly white, red, and green, with a little blue mixed in for a water feature.
  13. Here are pics of this years display. We had 35,000 lights this year, give or take a few. We got more visitors and lots of great comments also! Looking forward to new additions for next year. What do you all think? New additions this year were lights on the roof, swans in the pond, a larger pond, and a few new snowmen around.
  14. I do 10’ mega trees with 16 strands of lights on each one. One string goes up to the top and back down again, so it looks like I have 32 strands. I ziptie each end to a ring on the ground and then I just connect 8 sets in one direction end to end, and 8 sets in the other direction end to end. Then plug the remaining two male plugs into an ext cord and call it good. Never had any trouble with popping fuses or anything else. 8 sets doesn’t exceed the 3amp fuse rating. A kill-a-watt meter is a must for any decorator IMO. Good luck!
  15. I've enjoyed the show so far, but hoped to see Holdman on the list. Oh well....
  16. The pvc ended up working great! I just added more ties and adjusted them where the lights were facing the right direction. Now I have a nice outline where I needed it.
  17. Yeah I began zip tieing it to pvc but have trouble keeping the rope on top and straight. Maybe I should use more ties?
  18. I have an outlined flower bed in front of my house that I want to outline in red rope light. Laying it on the ground doesn't work well so I need a way to get it up off the ground so it can be seen from the street. What's the best way to accomplish this?
  19. Yeah I already did. I was afraid they would be gone by Monday so I went on my lunch break yesterday and bought 60 boxes. The look on the cashiers face was priceless! Now I just need to find that many in green. ;-)
  20. Hobby Lobby in my town has about 50 boxes of red 100 ct. minis discounted to $2.50 per box. I am debating on whether I should wait and see if they drop any more after Christmas, or just go buy them all at this price. Every other store in my area is sold out of everything besides multi's, which I don't use. I was able to find 3 boxes of greens at Rite Aid. The colors sure are hard to come by!
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