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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 rescue_653

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    • Birthday 05/14/1980

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    • Location
      Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    • Biography
      Well I have loved christmas my entire life and have always decorated. Starting off as a kid we would spend entire weekends decorating my grandparents house with thousands of lights everywhere, pplus we would do our house. Now that I have my own family and kids I have took it one step farther.
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      Fire / Rescue / EMS / Rescue Diver, outdoors, enjoying the beach, scuba diving.
    • Occupation
      Safety Director
    • About my display
      In 2009 I took my lights a step farther, in the past I just decorated my 16 bushes, fencing with lighted garland, and LED Icicle lights, but now I have a 20 ft mega tree with 9600 lights, and 6 leaping arches, and 64 channels of LOR.
      So in 2009 I had a total of:
      7500 LED icicle lights
      4000 clear lights on 16 bushes and garland
      300 clear lights on lighted snowman
      900 clear lights between 2 deer and 1 sleigh
      4200 lights between 6 leaping arches
      9700 red/geen/clear lights and 40 strobes on 20 ft mega tree.
      For a total of 26,600 lights in 2009
      Looking to increase to 128 LOR channel in 2010 with more additions to the mega tree!

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    1. I decorate the inside also, we have ceramics from the family over the years, two Christmas trees, two villages, lighted garland, and more
    2. You could go to the hardware utility and set your controllers maximum intensity to the percentage you want and then you do not have to modify your sequneces.
    3. Just got my displays facebook page up and am asking for help in clicking Like on my page. http://www.facebook.com/ChristmasFamilyLights Thanks for the help in supporting my page!
    4. We can call it sad but reality is everyone has increased so what makes Lowes any different from everyone else. The cost of copper is driving everything and the rise in production cost in China is also jumping.
    5. Have you given thought to RGB LED flood lights lst longer and can have any color out of one light.
    6. I like the preview and applaude you for the efforts and your drive to show others what can be done.
    7. The first question I have is you say you are going to run off of a 50 amp service is that a 50 amp 220 service if so split the load and you can have a total of 100 amps of 120
    8. The first question I have is you say you are going to run off of a 50 amp service is that a 50 amp 220 service if so split the load and you can have a total of 100 amps of 120
    9. Well it is a two fold answer technicaly seasonal entertainment is the compnay selling them, but lights on manor which is a private display founded the seasonal entertainment. So one is really the same as the other.
    10. Do you want to use the Sylvania? I know Lowes is carrying about 3 different brands of LED's now and one of the others claims to be dimmable. Atleast the one we have here has several to choose from. I had not seen one on till the other day when we were at Chillis restraunt and they had all there lights changed to the LED lights and I was impressed. Reallity is though you should be able to cover the lights to water proof them seeing no more heat that they should produce.
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