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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.

KidCole

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About KidCole

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  • Birthday 09/11/1951

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  • Location
    Cary, NC
  • Biography
    I have many hobbies so I share myself around them all.
  • Interests
    Boating, antique and toy outboards, licensed soccer coach, camping, WW Rafting, golf, woodworking,
  • Occupation
    Project Manager
  • About my display
    176 channels of LOR, 21' MegaTree, outdoor audio, mixer/compander system with FM broadcast, separate garage sub-panel, adding GFI outlets on the roof and co-locating more controllers (Closer to the effects) for 2010. My house made the front pages of two local newspapers. The newspapers videographer did a video news segment on me and it made the Yahoo home page for about 12 hours. I was amazed. We averaged well over 100 cars per hour for the entire month of December and 200 cars per hour for several days before and after Christmas.
  1. For some reason I can't edit my previous post. I guess it timed out .. I wanted to comment that the whole picture is not displaying on my previous post. But if you click on the picture, it opens up to see the whole Santa Band ..
  2. I modified my santa band for sequencing. All the wires are the small SPT-1, but I was able to separate them all by splicing each wire and adding an SPT-1 male and female. The female side is towards the controller and the male side to the bulbs inside. I also upgraded the C7s inside this past year to the to the full wave rectified Warm White LED dimmable replacement bulbs. Pic attached. The first year I used several channels on the santa band, but this last year I just made a cable with a bunch of females on it so I could combine all the lights inside to one LOR channel. It works great and if I decide to stop using it for LOR, I can easily plug all the channels back the way they came originally - - so it would work with its built in controller and speakers again. I get a lot of people asking me where I got the Santa Band. Too bad they don't make them anymore.
  3. Randy, I would like to buy: Qty (4) - Target Green minis on green wire 100ct - $2.25 ea. incl US shipping Qty (4) - Target Blue minis on green wire 50ct - $1.50 ea. incl US shipping Qty (2) - Target Red minis on green wire 50ct - $1.50 ea. incl US shipping Qty (40) - Target Clear minis on green wire 100ct - $2.25 ea. incl US shipping $108 total. I can send via Paypal. Please confirm that you have them. I have tried to send you a PM twice. They don't go anywhere but I don't know why.
  4. I will be there. I appreciate all your hard work to organize this meeting !
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