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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.

LightAddicted

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About LightAddicted

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  • Birthday 10/04/1976

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  • Location
    Missouri
  • Biography
    I work to light my neighborhood. My goal is to make my block brighter at night than at day.
  • Interests
    Golf, lights
  • Occupation
    Teacher
  • About my display
    I try a little of everything in the hopes it all works together.
  1. Thank you qberg that is exactly what I was looking for.
  2. I need your help please, I have been searching the site and can’t find the post. I am going to make for next year two Christmas trees that the design comes from the 50s or 60s I think. They are triangle shaped with round cans inside and each can has a light inside of it. Then there is frosted glass on the outside of the tree so it glows. I know I saw it on this site and I would like to show the picture to my wife. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  3. Thanks for rubbing it in. It would be best if my wife doesn't see this thread. Just got her to believe $50 a mold is a good price.
  4. In a related note someone just stole 45 blowmolds from me. You can return them now and I forget anything happened.... Great haul today, I never find anything like that but I do live close to a Menards. I guess you have to be happy with what you have available to you.
  5. CRAZY? Maybe, best thing to do is send your lights to me. I've already given up on normal.
  6. I know this is an old topic but yesterday I went to Lowe's, just to see. They had one 14 foot santa on 75% off. Price came to $62. I told my wife we had to have it but she thought it was too much money. I bought in anyways (sofa last night), this morning I showed her this thread and I am out of trouble today. Thanks for the help you didn't know you were giving me. Can't wait to add the new santa to my display next year.
  7. LightAddicted

    Led Keeper?

    I bought one at Menard's (around $22), already fixed 4 strings that I would have otherwise thrown away. Best 20 dollars spent in my entire display.
  8. I think I understand now, if not I will pm you if okay? I'm going to make the measurements up as I go, I only have six deer this year. (bought all the local menards had, hoping for a day trip to another) I would love to see pics of it on the roof at night. If you can no hurry, just think it is going to look amazing.
  9. I love that idea. Thinking of stealing uh I mean borrowing that idea. Any chance you can give a close up of the wood to blowmold connection technique so I can see it better? Also, I too have a new roof so I was thinking of going to the local carpet store and buying up whatever carpet remnent they have left over and covering the bottom of the frame. That way the weight of the 2x4 does not come into direct contact with my shingles. Just a thought, and once again awesome job.
  10. Bought mine at Menards last Sunday, fixed 3 strands already. Good buy for $22.
  11. Must go to Menards.....Buy more molds......Make wife mad
  12. Uh....If this is the guy who sees me when I'm sleeping and knows when I'm awake then I'm really going to rethink the fun of the Christmas season. Getting rid of my chimney tomorrow.
  13. I believe it is a Gen Foam Santa and deer, they are the ones that appear to be flying.
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