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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.

    Big D

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    • Location
      Mobile, AL.
    • Biography
      I live a very blessed life.
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      Working out
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      Civil Engineer
    • About my display
      Christmas 2010 will be my first display. It will only consist of 48 channels and will be sync to music for the most part.
    1. Nice find. Now you have me checking craigslist for my area.
    2. Mine was cray expensive so that's why I'm looking to mix them now. It cost me $700 just to do warm white icicles around the front of my house.
    3. I'm no lighting guru like others, but I have no problem running them on the same circuit. Funny you say that because I notice the same thing. My green LEDs are super bright. They even glow in the dark when they are not even plugged up.
    4. x2! I love this show. I hope one day I can donate to help out. Thank for sharing Paul.
    5. It hasn't even been 30 mins, and Jeff has already contacted me. The plugs are on the way! You guys are the best. Dustin
    6. I just sent him an email. Thank you for this. I would be worthless without these forums.
    7. Thanks for all the replies. For this year, I went with hot glue. It worked out pretty good. I had to re glue a few of them but nothing too bad. My only two complaints are they were time consuming and mini lights are all not perfect. Example, going up the arch some minis may be on the left of strand and some on right causing them not to look perfectly straight.
    8. Hi, Does anyone know where I can get some spt 2 vampire plugs? I found them on actionlighting.com but it will cost me $60 to have them over nighted. That seems crazy. Surely a different shipping service wouldn't cost this much. I need to have them here by Thursday. Any advice is apprecaited. Dustin
    9. Thanks for everyones input! I bought some clear incandescent lights today and not too bad. They are a little different but pretty dang close. Much better than the incandescent multis I bought. This will help save a lot of money on my archs and many other things. As I add more lights, it will become even harder to see the difference.
    10. As of now, I am 100% LED’s which has been very expensive! I was going to add some mini trees to my display using multi incandescent lights, but they look horrible sitting on top of my green and red LED yard grid. Is anyone else having the same problem having LED and incandescent in the same display? I was told that the clear/white incandescent is pretty close to warm white LEDS. I guess I will buy a box this weekend to check it out. This might be a good way to save some money in my display. I can't decide to add in some incandescent lights which would allow me add a great amount of lig
    11. I feel the same way you do. You have done a great job. This is my first year and I have 48 channels. My problem is I am going all LED and it has been super expensive. I could have triple the amount of lights, if not more, than I do now if I wouldn't of chosen all LED lights. On the positive note, I have some bright lights . I wish I could get more, but I am like you and there has to be a spending limit. I was excitied about mine at first, but now that it is up I feel different. I am kinda bummed out because I want more. I just wanted to share my experience so you wouldn't feel along.
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