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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 bkdraft

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    Chillicothe, Texas, USA
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    ATV's, RC Planes, Christmas Lights
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  1. Here is mine, light up with flood light from the front. Have 3 16 channel controllers mounted on the back side.
  2. I used the Belkin Tunecast II for my first two years. First yr worked great, last yr, worked but had some static and not real clear all the time. This yr was worse, had some humming noise. My computer and the Belkin is about 25' from the front window of the house. I hooked up a laptop and put it by the front window with the Belkin and it was WAY much better there. I did not want to run the laptop all the time, so I bought a 25' audio extension cable and hooked it back to my main computer. This did not work very well at all, lost too much signal and had some humming noise while listening to the radio outside. I then hooked up a spair computer in the front bedroom and run it from there, work muich better. I then read about the Mobile Black Box transmitter and I picked up one of those with the extra antenna. It works really good, signal is much clearer and distance better than the Belkin. I have been real happy with this unit and it was on sale for 99.00.
  3. I am changing things up a bit this year and instead of using my Mega Tree I am going to use a trampoline frame turn on its side making a 12' circle. Use basically the same patterns I use for the mega tree. The 7 shooting stars will end up at the circle and then light up 20 strobes. I think 2 1/2 to 3' apart will work best for me and cover the distance I have to use.
  4. OK, have my shooting stars built, but wondering how far apart is the best effect? I have 7 stars each one about 3' tall. Thanks, James
  5. I have mine also. Have not had time to mess with them yet. I too was looking at how to open them up. If I figure it out I will let you know. James
  6. I needed on for using my Zumo550 in the motorhome, so if it works for that, still a good deal. Leaves me an extra I can mod and see if it works for LOR.
  7. I use the Belkin so I picked up this deal to have some spares. Buttons are little different from the Belkin, but otherthan that they look very similiar. I needed a extra one for my motor home anyway. James
  8. Yes, they were 10' arches. Picked up the snowflakes atLowes last year when they went on sale, I did not see any like them this year James
  9. I used 3/4" PVC, wrapped 100 count lights, 17" per section, 7 channels per arch. At the bottom of the arch on the ground I used some snowflakes that are about 3' in diamater. Makes it look likea spash pool. I had 4 arches and 5 snowflakes. James
  10. I used 3/4" PVC, wrapped 100 count lights, 17" per section, 7 channels per arch. At the bottom of the arch on the ground I used some snowflakes that are about 3' in diamater. Makes it look likea spash pool. I had 4 arches and 5 snowflakes. James
  11. I bought my LED's last year when Lowes went to 50% off. Went by there last week and they had everything at 25% off already. They had very limited supply of any lights, and even less of LED's. I did pickup two clear and two blue just for spares, but they were only 50 light strings where last year they were 70. Local Walmart still has plenty of lights, but NO LED's at all and nothing on sale yet. James
  12. I think the problem is in the triple tap or the cord end as it trips without the show running, so its not the lights on the mega tree causing the problem. James
  13. The triple taps are lying on the concrete walkway, All the mini string plugs are lying in the grass under the mega tree. But all my plugs, 32 to the mini trees, 32 to the arches are all on the grass also. Guess I could go out there and check, but dont like messin with electricity in the wet rain. Its still protected by a breaker and the LOR boxes have fuses, so I am not too worried about running it without the GFI James
  14. I have 7 16 channel LOR boxes. Each one has two power cords. But, since they are no where near loaded I use a triple tap and connect both power cords to one extension cord. This cord then plugs into one of my GFI plugs. I only have one giving problems when it gets wet, the mega tree. It has 3 100 light strings per channel, so its not that loaded. Trips any GFI I try it on. So, right now its plugged into a standard plug so the show goes on. James
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