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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.

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About imawlkr2

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  • Birthday 03/16/1974

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    Central Illinois
  • Biography
    Father of two with a passion for Christmas decorating that noone around me understands. Wife, daughter, and son help decorating making it a family affair. In warm months am helping my father "remodel" (more tear down and rebuild) an old early 1900 farmhouse.
  • Interests
    Woodworking, home remodeling, CHRISTMAS DECORATING!!!
  • Occupation
    Sr. Electrical Harness Design Engineer
  • About my display
    Around 5000 lights with red icycle lights and white C9 LED lights on the gutters. There are green icycle lights on 30" stakes around the entire front yard with a 100 ft white LED rope lite on top. This similates grass covered with snow. On the roof I have a blow molded Santa in his sleigh with three blow molded reindeer. I also have two blowmolded Noel candles at the end of the drivway. We have two 5ft trees with white lights (bought at wal-mart with branches to look real). Finally we have an 8ft inflatable Frosty and an 8ft inflatable Santa in a tree.

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  1. imawlkr2

    Lor Sale

    Since the sale is so late this year, my wife spent most of my budget already. Hope to get one PC unit now and one in the summer sale to get up to 48 channels. It is all I can do to program that many. I don't know how you guys with 96 or more do it.
  2. I'm interested in Red and green icicles as I am hoping to switch to LED next year.
  3. I'm interested if you have red and green icicle lights. I am looking at swapping to LED for next year.
  4. OK so what if I bought 100ct LED sets and used my 100 count icicles? The strands I have are two circuits of 50 lights. When I pull a bulb out half the strand dies. Does this still mean the wiring is no good for LEDs even if I get the ends off a 100ct strand?
  5. Thanks for the reply. But those lights are only 8.5' for $20 on red and $30 for green, plus the drops are too long, they would hang to the ground on the stakes around my yard. I need roughly 175' of each color, or 20 boxes of each. That would be $1000 that I don't have. I can get the LED 70ct sets local for about $9 each and would need 50 total. That is only $450 which is still out of the budget currently but is closer to possible than $1000. Guess I am just trying to do a little work to get the same effect cheaper. My wife is totally against a large purchase because she doesn't see the decorating the same as I do. One of these days I will be LED, but not at the current prices. Any one want to buy incandecent icicle lights in green or red on white wire? Maybe if I sell my overstock she would let me purchase LEDs.
  6. I have a bunch of red and green incondesent icicle sets that I use in my display. I want to switch to LED but can only find blue and white. I was wondering if I can buy 70ct straight LED strands in red and green and remove the LEDs and put them in the wiring of the icicles that I have currently? I was figuring I could remove the rectifiers from the straight LED sets and solder onto the icicle wiring. Are the rectifiers specific to LED count? I would buy 70ct LED sets but my icicles are 100 and 150 count strands. Any help or info would be appreciated.
  7. I'd be interested. Since they would be for my mega tree I am concerned with the length of the strands and colors available.
  8. imawlkr2

    tree base

    Here is a picture of my base. I got my idea from christmaslightshow.com.[ATTACH=CONFIG]38231[/ATTACH]
  9. I have a few blowmolds in my display that I will be hooking up to a controller to flash and dim this year. They are the Empire Reindeer and Sant in sleigh. They are on my roof and I am worried about the bulbs blowing from the added stress of the flashing and dimming. The wife doesn't want me to have to go up on the snow covered roof to change the bulbs when they blow. What LED bulbs can I use to light them? The reindeer use a C7 and the Santa uses a regular base light bulb. Thanks for any input.
  10. Those are the same Santa and reindeer I have. I would love to have the reindeer, but the cost of shipping would be too much.
  11. Won't be any trouble for me to mow the lawn as that is what the wife does. I just do the trimming around stuff. Actually, after I commited to the 10' tree I put a 6' round "planter" in the front yard where this will be located. It is filled with rock and has a birdbath and feeder in it. In the winter I will remove those and add my tree. Hoping in the future to put a 20' flag pole in this area.
  12. Here is a picture of mine. It is 5' round and 2' tall. I got the idea from pictures I saw here and here. My tree pole is 1 1/2" galvanized pipe. It sits on a steel base my father-in-law made for me. I posted a picture of it in a different thread here.
  13. To make room in your breaker panel get a couple tandem breakers to combine a couple circuits. Then you can add the double pole 50 amp to add the sub panel. I used these to add a couple more outside outlet circuits.
  14. Yeah it took me three months to finally get this from him. But I can't complain for something that didn't cost me a dime.
  15. My father-in-law finally got my stand made. I painted it white to blend in with the snow. It has a 12" solid steel pin machined to fit inside 1-1/2" galvanized pipe. It is welded to 2" 3/16" thick wall tubing. He then made 1-1/2" square tube legs that slide in and secure with a bolt to give it an over all length of just over 5 feet. Perfect for my 10ft tree this year. If I decide to go taller I can just cut new legs and slide them in.
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