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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.

    Cliff Hewitt

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    About Cliff Hewitt

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    • Birthday 12/13/1959

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      Got bit by the "GE Mr Christmas" animation in a box last Christmas('09). Just bought 5 controllers from the spring sale. Looking forward to putting everything together between now and thanksgiving.

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    1. The quality is great. I've bought these from Chris the past 3 years and have been VERY pleased.
    2. I feel everyone's pain, it is a little depressing when we "FADE TO BLACK". But I agree with Bucsfan15 that 2-300 boxes of after Christmas lights helps!!!
    3. They haven't got everything on the shelves yet, but they're working on it. Walmart has three box cars beside the garden center that they are unloading daily.
    4. Lowes and walmart both have Christmas stuff going up!! Woo hoo!! Also noticed that lowes has reduced the lighted length of their minis. Sad, they were the last ones to do so.
    5. It's a little late now,but during Chris' presale,the 1000' spt2 is $99 and some change.Keep it in mind for next year. wlcventures.com
    6. The presale has begun on Chris' website. www.wlcventures.com
    7. For those who might be interested,Chris from wlcventures.com has an interest thread at DIY for led strings 70ct.Professional quality with replaceable bulbs.Here's the link,he answers a lot of your questions in the first post. As a side note i have dealt with Chris the last 3 years and have been very pleased with his products and service. http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?24871-LED-String-Interest-(with-lower-amounts-for-order)
    8. I stand corrected http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?24331-2013-Vampire-Plug-and-SPT2-Pre-Sale&highlight=vampire+plugs And the prices on the website are the new LOWER prices for this year!!!!!
    9. I've bought from Chris for the past 2 years and have been very pleased with the product and the price.I'm not sure though that he has started the sign-up for the group buy. He normally puts a post on DIY christmas and also sends out an email to past customers.Neither of which i have seen. I will say that the prices on the spt2 and plugs on his website is a clearnce price and is lower than the price during the group buys.I guess he's selling remaining inventory before the next group buy. I picked up another roll of spt2 for $99.95,can't beat that price.He only has 3 left!!!
    10. The only concern i would have is reflection from the white color. Is the product paintable???
    11. What is thickness and color of material? Is it similar to the starboard material?
    12. I've had a holdman star in my display for three years that i made out of 1/2" plywood. I've been very pleased with it but after 3 years the plywood has begun to delaminate(poor quality materials from overseas).And before we get in to a discussion on building materials,just a little FYI,i've had my own construction business for over 30 years.So, my questions are: 1.Has anyone used this http://store.3glightingcreations.com/large-holdman-star-green wireframe holdman star? 2. Did you use C9 lights on it? 3.If so,how did you mount them to the frame(with the plywood frame the bulbs are mounted
    13. I would be interested to know also if anyone has had the experience of lowes refunding the difference in price for items purchased on clearance. I bought over 200 red and green minis 3 days ago and would sure like the difference for more stuff!!!!!!
    14. It would have to be soon,but most all the lowes i've checked are out of stock.
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