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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 merrymidget

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  • Birthday 02/18/1961

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Who else do you know that got lifted up by the britches by the Capitol Police for unplugging the National Christmas tree as a young child? My uncle didn't call me "Plugs" for nothin!
  • Location
    maryland
  • Biography
    Been addicted to Christmas lights and everything electrical since I was a little kid.Only natural that I got to mix electricity and water as a hobby when I got my first aquarium! The rest is shocking!
  • Interests
    high end audio, cars, electronics,aquariums
  • Occupation
    Realtor
  • About my display
    Classic,Simple,natural decorating of trees,outlining interesting roof lines etc. Non computerized,no blinking,flashing commercial Las Vegas look for me! No blowmolds,inflatables,plastic candycanes or other kitsch!

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  1. i would think somebody has to offer a dark green tubing to match the light strand wire color?
  2. I want green colored tubing so it matches,and doesnt stick out like a sore thumb when used on mini light strand wiring.What is the proper size tubing to purchase to use on the 22 gauge wiring found on mini light strands? I am only looking at purchasing a few feet of this tubing to complete the odd repair here and there that occasionally arises from squirrel damaged wiring,etc
  3. Does anyone know where to buy green heat shrink tubing,,and the proper size to purchase for 22 gauge wiring repairs? The local bigbox stores only seem to carry black or white around here and would like to use green to match the light strand wire color
  4. If you purchase from the bigbox,better keep the boxes the lights come in,as well as a copy of the sales receipt- the GE sets have a 5 year,and the Ecosmarts a 7 year warranty.......but the local stores do not service those warranties,you must send the light strands IN their original boxes with a copy of your sales receipt back to the addresses listed on the boxes{and pay the shipping to do so} The retail stores only exchange defective sets for the first 90 days!
  5. I number all my light strings {using permanent marker on plug} and have created a log which lists which vendor the string came from and date purchased.Easy for me as I tend to stick with only 1 vendor,unless they do not carry what I need {rare,but it has happened}
  6. Also,I am now quite sure {from looking at pictures of other peoples displays on the net} that some {many?} strand failures are simply due to mechanical stress harsh winter weather often brings....I have seen pictures of strands covered in 1/2 ice,hanging from mega trees under their own weight plus the weight of all that ice,being subject to extremely high winds,etc......Something that many of use cant imagine in our own rather temperate climates{including mine}. The rather lightweight 22 gauge wiring and its connections to each and every LED takes a beating with all that tension applied to them!
  7. could be a defective rectifier or a bad led itself.Are these sealed,1 piece leds or the replaceable bulb type?
  8. Brew up some coffee,this is a long,yet really interesting read on exactly what tests Christmas lights must pass to get "UL Approved" See here http://space.dianyuan.com/blog/u/40/1145507542.pdf
  9. Those H/D "dome" lights are VERY directional,unlike the wide angle 5mm LED sets they look similar to on the box
  10. guess you could look for GE brand or other c9 strands at the bigbox,I saw many recently at Hd/Lowes -may be able to find some great deals now? Many find them rather dim compared to the retrofits, and some have had issues with the plastic covers either filling with water,or popping off are probably some reasons most vendors dont seem to carry them.
  11. C9 LED light strands are horrible dim little things,which is why the vendors market empty c9 stringers{the cord set with sockets installed} and retrofit screw in LED C9 bulbs that you purchase and screw into the stringer yourself- the difference is the quality c9 retrofit bulbs actually have 5 LEDs in each bulb compared to the prepackaged bigbox c9 strands that only have 1 LED in each c9 bulb,making them much brighter and easier to repair if a single bulb develops a problem= also the stringers can be easily cut to custom size to fit your exact needed lengths,the strands can not..
  12. merrymidget

    My Setup

    Very nice,and a fresh look compared to the usual displays!
  13. the Blisslights used to get awesome ratings,but I have seen many negative responses from purchasers feedback on QVC site recently-not sure if the product has changed over time,or why the dropoff in satisfaction? Many comments state the green is much better{brighter} than the blue or red versions also.
  14. What did you expect from walmarts "house brand" ? Built as cheaply as possible to sell for as cheaply as possible.Shocked so many spend countless hours on their displays,and cheap out on the lights they choose to use- just creates extra headaches and wastes time repairing/replacing when things dont last or work as they should!
  15. i threw out a set of working old flower pedal lights i found at my moms house just last month! She was shocked I said "throw them out".....they had no fuse protection,and overall construction was flimsy and almost scary compared to todays UL approved sets.
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