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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 Gesila

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  • Birthday 06/15/1958

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    Jenison, Michigan
  • Biography
    Retired from the corporate world to move back home to be close to family. I have been self employed for the past 6 years. Spent 20 years in Information Systems and now own and Income Tax Preparation Service and Ice Cream Store.
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    Hostas, genealogy, & Christmas lights.
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    Income Tax Specialist, Ice Cream Store Owner
  • About my display
    This will be our fifth year displaying Christmas Lights. Last year, I rewired our outdoor decorations with LED lights. This year, we are using PVC to make putting up the lights and taking them down much easier. Bored with the decorations you buy in the store and are starting to make our own. This year we will be retiring our GE Lights & Sounds of Christmas first year with Light-O-Rama (16 channels) with a FM transmitter.

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  1. You can use the LKP to find a loose LED bulb in a string if you have unsealed LED lights.
  2. Yep, Light Keeper Pro works, follow the beeps until you get to the dead bulb and it will stop beeping.
  3. I've never used die-electric grease, but last year, I plugged in all of my LED lights in the house near heat vents for a day before putting them away. We had tons of lights all over the house, what a mess. But, we have had no failures this year. 100% of our 20,000 LEDs worked right out of the tubs this year. They were purchased from Costco, Sam's Club, Lowes (GE), and about 50% of them from Meijer over the course of the past 5 years. For the C9 LED's that were on the roof, I unscrewed the lens and let them drain in the dishwasher. They were bought from Sam's Club, and we had a lot of bulbs that rusted in prior years, usually making half the strings go out. Light Keeper Pro always found the rusted bulb for us. The GE M5 bulbs from Lowes rusted too in previous years, but I could always spot the rusted bulb pretty quickly. So far, never have had a burned out LED bulb or have lost a string of LED lights due to failures.
  4. My daughter, who spent 4 years in marching band, told me the exact same thing you wrote in your blog. It will take me years to get the sequencing down, I can't even clap my hands to the beat of music. Last year my sequencing looked like a GE Lights & Sounds of Christmas with 16 channels!
  5. Zip ties and PVC pipe. We've been using PVC pipe for stakes. We drill a hole through the top of the PVC pipe and pull a zip tie through it.
  6. I use plastic wire staples, one at the beginning of the string and one on the end, when I wrap lights around the tree trunks.
  7. Gesila

    LED TV's

    We bought an LCD TV with LED backlighting for our ice cream store. We use Dish Network with HD. The picture is awesome. We bought it because is was very thin and not very heavy. We close the store on October 31 and don't open back up until March 14, so we wanted to buy a TV that we could take down in the fall and put back up in the spring. I like it so much, that I am putting it in my home office for the upcoming income tax season and will buy a new TV for the store when we open back up in the spring.
  8. I think this is the post I read late last night. My DH thought I was crazy shaking all our LED lights this morning. However, I can't remember why I needed to shake them and what I should look for. They all seemed to look the same to me while shaking them.
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