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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 sanman

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  1. Ok..............ummmmmmmmmm stupid question. What is stacking?
  2. somewhere,I have a thread on what happened to me a few weeks ago while I was on the roof. A most embarrassing site to be seen.
  3. I am restricted from the roof this year. So I cant put lights on the roof..
  4. I dont think im scared of it,i think that it was just one of those days.
  5. I got the ridge line all done and the outline of the roof. As I was coming down,i had to lighten the mood...just call me tim the tool man. I think im going to be the talk of the dept. for a while.
  6. It started off great...........put the ladder up on the house....climbed up the ladder...(you see where I am going with this?) Got on the roof,with my tool belt on with my staple gun and staples. I had my box of lights that I also brought up the ladder with me. Everything was going great,had the lights along the roof line. When I was ready to get off the roof,I approached the edge of the roof where the ladder is. But before I went on the roof,I just had an uneasy feeling about going up there. And before that,the wife had sais something about doing something today which would had prevented me from going on the roof. As I got to the edge of the roof..I just froze. I mean all of a sudden I got scared. I started to shake a bit so i went back to the top and sat there. I sat there for a few mins trying to get my composure back. I tried it again but I still could not do it. So I called the wife on my cell to come outside for a minute. I told her to hold the ladder for me so i could get down. But even that did not work. Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo,I told her to call the FD. When she called........she called the non-emergency number. When she called the dispatcher was laughing his butt off. So,I sat there for about 5 mins when I heard the truck coming. I was expecting a pumper truck but Nooooooooooooooooooooooo They sent a ladder truck. What made it so embarrassing was that our new neighbors were having a party. The party got put on hold as they put there ladder up against the roof. As I was coming down,i heard one of the firefighters chuckling under his breath. So fow now,im restricted from the roof. so for the rest of the day,i went into hibernation mode.
  7. I am going to start putting lights on my house tomorrow. mainly that roof lights and the outline of the house. we are having good weather up here so I am taking advantage of it. I wonder what are new neighbors will think seeing me put up lights so early.
  8. Well.just got back with my booty.P) I got it all for 20 bucks. I got a total of 10 boxes of lights,garland,spare bulbe,and clips. I got 7 boxes of the lights called: icelites. a 6 foot tree light sculpture 9 of those lighted spheres 2 boxes full of c-7's(solid and clear) And a few odds and ends. The prices were still on most of the lights,so i figured i got about 400 bucks of lights for 20 bucks. I always love a bargain.
  9. Was messing around on craigslist today and i saw an ad for christmas lights. http://nh.craigslist.org/hsh/762239896.html I am going to go pick them up next saturday. Not a bad haul form 25 bucks!
  10. Man Electrocuted Hanging Christmas Lights Written by Jason Kobely, Internet News Producer EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the death of a 23-year-old man who was electrocuted while hanging Christmas lights in East Palo Alto. The man had climbed about 60 feet up a tree and was trying to throw a string of lights onto difficult-to-reach branches when the accident occurred. Officials said he was electrocuted by 12,000 kilovolts of electricity when the string of lights touched two power lines. When fire crews arrived on the scene Saturday, they found the man hanging about 60 feet above ground. They had to wait nearly an hour before utility crews could turn off the power lines so they could remove his body around 2 p.m. http://www.news10.net/display_story.aspx?storyid=36374 So extremely sad. Just goes to show that one must be extremely careful.
  11. It has been a very stressful beginning so far. First of all,I am still behind on my decorations. The past month,it has rained every saturday. I HAD planned on doing major work today,but it is 24 degrees with a wind chill factor of 2 below. And to top it all off,we are getting a major snow storm monday.GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. And the neighbors are expecting to see lights. They have been asking when I am turning them on.
  12. Well I must admit i was so very stupid yesterday. the power lines come into the house on the corner of the house. very close to where I run my lights up the house. I need to find a safer way of doing it for I reach over and under the power lines. A couple of times, the ights came in contact with the power lines. I know i shpuld not be joking around,but I told my wife if she hears a snap-crackle-and pop it is only me.
  13. Oh, the brand of the strings are.....sylvania: a spiral elegance. And I dod not think about krylon. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm:)
  14. Stopped by the drig store on the way from home today. They are moving to another location and they are reducing prices on items. They had a bunch of christmas items 50% off. Just so happens that they had a whole bunch of c9 bulbs on sale. They have green,blue,orange,and red. Last year at a yard sale I bought about 12 boxes of c9 lights for 5 bucks. Most of them have never been opened. The only problem with them was that they were clear bright white lights. Way to bright for the house. So yesterday,I bought all the green lights at the drug store. I am going by there tomorrow and buy the rest of them. I can finally put to use all them c9's.:waycool:
  15. I will be on my roof in two weeks putting up the lights. The first year I went all out,I waited to long and I was on the roof when it was about 45-50 degrees,wind blowing. Very uncomfortable.
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