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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 Andree

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  • Birthday 10/19/1956

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    Avid christmas decor fan
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    reading gardening planning for outdoor christmas display
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  1. Hello All, I posted that question last Christmas and a kind person gave me a link to someone who had quite a few of them. Of course I didn't save it to my Christmas file. Along with that I've had a system crash and lost a lot of stuff. This is the round about way of saying HELP ME please.
  2. Hello, Great tree it is nice to dream about these things.
  3. Hello, I love what you have done. We are putting up our lights tonight and tomorrow but you are in a league far far above us.
  4. Hello Frank, THANK YOU!!! I shook them while they were plugged in no flicker!!!! I'm loving life again. <LOL> I'm just trying to get my feet wet here.
  5. Hello All, I am a newbie at this so please don't jump on me too much, I am trying to learn some of this stuff here but I'm not perfect. Thanks for the advice but maybe this isn't the right site for me. I get enough grief as a Para Legal I don't need more. I thought this was supposed to be fun.
  6. Hello, I just plugged them in and shook them, now what am I looking for when I shake them while they are plugged in? If I take just one light and shake it I hear no rattle. If I shake the entire strand there is a rattle but that's just the lights hitting together I think.
  7. Oh the pain, let me pull that knife out of my back. I could be mistaken but I seem to recall seeing on one of the posts on this sight that one way to tell if the lights are half or full wave is to shake the box.When I have a bit more time I will check my history for the reply I'm referring to.
  8. Hello, Thanks for the reply, I have learned a LOT since I've found this site. I did spot one company that actually states that their lights are full wave. The company is Foreverchristmaslights.net I have to figure out what to do, the thing is "I'm the Queen of buy new" and my husband is the "King of make do". I have to figure out if the cost of getting the lights I want is worth it relationship wise also. Ok enough of that, I found a gadget I bought a few years ago it's called the "Light Tacker" does anyone have any experience with this thing? I wish I'd realized the difference in full wave and half wave LED lights but I may just use them this year and they might have a terrible accident next summer... I see them being chewed on by mice, or some creature.. then Voila we'll need new lights. I'll let everyone know what happens and I might post a pic of our home but I feel kind of intimidated to do so sine all you do so much more than I most likely will ever do.
  9. Hello, We received our C9 LED warm white lights yesterday. I rattled the box, they are half waves. To make a long story short, I'm not sure if I'll return them or not but let's say I do, of the local brick and motor stores which are the best. I mean Home Depot, Lowes, Target or any other suggestions are fine. I'm here in Orange County CA so there are a LOT of stores. We want to decorate this weekend so on-line buying is out. Also since I will have to eat the S&H both ways to return the lights I don't want a third S&H charge unless somebody knows a great online store that can ship fast. Just to recap I'm looking for C9 LED warm white light strings.
  10. OMG you explained this issue for me SO WELL I am totally impressed, even I can grasp it.I ordered 3 sets of the 100ctLED warm whites yesterday and I hope they are Ok. Worst case scenario it is early enough that I can return them if I need to. New question if you don't mind, I was surfing today and came across Christmaslightsetc.com and went to the light clip section, now one thing I am pretty anal about are straight lights. I'm anal enough about this that I may put them up myself. They have a section for light clips, now I do have several boxes sitting downstairs but according to this guide I need special light clips for LED lights, is that correct? I mean clips for the outside of the house not the yard stakes. Is this info correct? If I need to I'll do it but if it's snake oil I'll pass. Sorry I have another question what about the tool I've seen that brags that you can get your lights up w/o a ladder etc. It's an expandable plastic pole and I guess you put the lights on one end. Again is it useful or more snake oil?. We have an old fashioned Craftsman Bungalow one story I'll attach a pics of our home decorated a few years ago but please don't laugh too hard you guys are so far ahead of me in the decorating but I enjoy what we do.
  11. I am so confused, I ordered 3 strings yesterday and I called customer no service today and asked if the lights were full wave or half wave and the CSR had no clue what I was talking about.
  12. Hello, I'm sorry that I have lagged badly but amazingly life must come before Christmas. I am still confused about the full wave half wave thing. Don't know as much as I should. I just discussed with my husband the date for getting everything done and he said to START Dec 11th!!!!I think if it was up to him he's wait until Dec 20th Sorry, he's really annoyed me Thanks for the help. .
  13. Hello All, We have a Gemmy Santa figure. He's about 3/4 life size. His features are movement and singing. These were sold in Wal-Marts about 5 years ago. Now he is silent, movement is still Ok but what was so cool about him was his signing and his songs were synchronized. If anyone can help me get our Santa singing again I would be most grateful.
  14. Hello, Why do I want them close together, because I like the look of many bulbs vs few.
  15. I'm sorry but what do you mean how many lights are in each bulb? Also I've seen the phrase full wave vs half wave again what is the difference?
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