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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 49mandmguy

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  • Birthday 05/21/1949

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    Othello, WA
  • Biography
    Currently working hope to retire next year.
  • Interests
    Cars,Building workshop,christmas decorations
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  • About my display
    Primative, 6 channel canned controller

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  1. Has any one found color caps for the M5 LEDs? I ordered some color caps and they are to short. Thanks, Mike
  2. Thankyou to Nancy Foley, the organizers, the presenters, the sponsors, and all those that attended the PacNW Clap. What a day of treatment for the CLAP!!!
  3. I am interested in getting a fog machine. I would like one where the heater is on when pluged in and the fog pump can be controlled by LOR controller. I am willing to get something of reasonable quality. I have read some various forums about hacking some machines and got lost in the techno speak. Can any one let me know what has worked for them or why they like such and such a setup? Thanks, Mike
  4. OK This happens only when the computer is turned on, show not enabled yet and it is tripping the gfci breaker on a completely different circuit. The only problem during the show was a gfci that would not reset and had to replace the gfci receptacle. Thanks, Mike
  5. Hi, How are you attaching light strings to the hook heads? When attaching guy wires would there be an advantage to mounting them about 3/4 up instead of at the top? How about a portable hole from a tire filled with concrete, roll it anywhere? Thanks for your input. Mike
  6. Hi all Iam taking down my inflatables fo the season cleaning them up replacing burned out bulbs and hanging them up to dry. As I change out bulbs I only have a few incans left and am thinking about going to LEDs. I guess my question is that is the bulb guard still necessary with the LED? Thanks , Mike
  7. Finished new shop this year set everything up to run show out of there (it has heat). Here is the curious thing I ran into when got ready get the show running. I had run the laptop in the shop without a surge protector for searches down loads etc before show time with no problems. Come show time I added a surge protector cause I leave laptop on 24/7 during show season. The circiut is protected by a GFCI recepticle. Here is where it gets interesting....... when I turn on the laptop it trips the GFI "BREAKER" for my light curcuit in the panel. Once the laptop is on I can go to the panel reset the breaker and evry thing is fine. Just to be clear these are two seperate circuits Any thoughts?? Mike
  8. Check smarthome.com they might have something that might help.
  9. Hi all, I got a fixture with a lot of mini lights used. Am starting to replace bulbs that are not working. I have a light keeper to help me but this is what is happening..... I find a bulb that is burned out in asection that is not lighting up replace the bulb the light keeper says the bulb works the socket has power so I plug the bulb in that section lights up but that bulb does not light up. My first guess is a voltage problem as in proper bulb for the voltage available, any idea on how to check bulbs for what voltage they are designed for? Any ideas would be helpful! Thanks, Mike
  10. Hi all, I am at a point in some new construction and thought about a weather tight permanent way to get speaker wires and cat5 cable and what ever for the future from inside to outside. Any thoughts, what are you doing in this area? Thanks for the input. Mike
  11. Hi all, I see people using pictures for their "photo" but every time I try to change my photo (avatar?) I get the "file to large" message. I am probably doing something wrong. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Mike
  12. You need to figure out how much power you need where. There are some spread sheets out there to help you figure that out. Each of my controllers is going to pull less than 4amps so a a few 20 amp curcuit can go a long ways(I will be about 98% LED for 2012).
  13. I am not as DIY as you guys but I would think that if you can come up with a way to take the strain off of the controller board its self if a power cord, cat5 or light string got pulled for what ever reason would be a good thing. Mike
  14. I would still like to find more of these pathway markers. Thanks, Mike
  15. Check out these cables at frontx.com/panelmount they are not real cheap aren't marked in and out come in different lengths and would make for a secure custom job!
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