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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 timmydatoolman

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  • Birthday 02/06/1962

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    coon rapids, mn
  • Biography
    I have been decorating for many years, this year will be my first computer controled show
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    cars, beer, christmas lights!
  • Occupation
    facilities manager
  • About my display
    My first year of a computerised display,wish me luck!

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  1. Did you send my display couple years ago, they lasted one season were kind of sim would not bother with them again Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Despite the fact I don't have time for, I started tutoring it apart and reassembling it using LEDs. I'm very happy with the results so far Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. I've been using strobes from Christmas light show and been very happy with them. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Just wait till to go to your local hardware store and buy a few thousand dollars worth of extension cords! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. I was planning on color coding the lights, I played with just wrapping lights but the green wire looked like poop! How would you go about color coding the wire? Glad to hear the walmart garland will work, wife was unemployed most of this year so I don't have much of a budget. Thanks for your ideas. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. After looking out for just a couple of minutes it appears the garland wrapped. it's a double wireframe and it appears both sides are wrapped, and then the ends are zip tied. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Hope seems pretty slim, they are very old units the bulbs are falling out Of the sockets every time I touch it. And to make matters more complicated the bulbs are actually inside of the garlands you can't see them, you have to feel your way through to find the locations. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. I just found these two wireframes today, not one of the existing strands of lights work. I would like to try the get them read lips before Christmas, what do you think do I need to take off the Garland or can I doing overwrap. If I need to take off the Garland has anyone successfully done this before I'm assuming these are probably 20+ years old they don't show much where deterioration but I'm willing to bet the Garland this weak and will probably require replacement. Which is my next question where can I find an outdoor rated Garland? Thanks for your advice and help Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I have a wire frame with sealed LEDs, half of it died on me so I dot the led keeper, and found the problem bulb. My problem now is the LEDs have 3 wires going into the socket, the instructions do not address this. I assume with a multimeter I can figure out which 2 wires need to be together, but I dont quite know what I am looking for, an help?
  10. In my experience c9 incandescent will melt an artificial tree. Could the lights at the mall have been c9 LED ?
  11. I need to find one locally, about half of my LEDs have issues. I did not see them at my Menards, we're they in the Christmas section?
  12. I would guess I brighter projector would help. I personal use a 3000 lumen projector now, I started with an old 800 lumen and there's a real diffreance in the viewabily from the road.
  13. Wish I could they say they are not valid if coppied, they only sent me 3
  14. My electric coop put out ge coupons this year.
  15. My electric co-op just sent me 3 GE LED coupons, sadly reproduction are not accepted
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