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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 bronco9977

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  • Birthday 06/29/1978

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation
  • Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Biography
    Just getting into displays, interested in LOR
  • Interests
    Hockey, boating, snowmobiling
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Not very impressive yet, just starting to build
  1. Thanks for all of the help and links! I need to determine height. Yards in the city are rather small, so I may have about 20'x20'. I'll definitely be going with some form of guy wires - the last thing I want is the tree falling into my house, or a neighbor's. I'd probably secure to all 4 corners as far as I can. Still considering a concrete in-ground base for the pole for added peace-of-mind. Thanks again for all your help!
  2. Gregg - thanks for the info and the links - the Nevada site is very helpful. Your tree looks great! Just curious - how tall and how many light strands?
  3. I am trying to plan for a mega tree next year and have been thinking a lot about the base. I'd like to use a post hole digger and cement to create a permanent in-ground base, probably go about 42-48" down (I believe that's the frost line in Chicago). If I bury 1-1/4" pipe, my thought is to use a 12" pole pin (http://www.christmas...m/pole-pin.html) to attach the main pole each year. My question is - would the pole pin be strong enough to support the tree from the bottom (at the base)? Potentially 48 light strands at 10' (16 x 3 colors). With this kind of base, would you use guy wires? Also, if I were to extend to 15' or 20', would a second pin in this system be too much? May double lights at 96 strands for this height... It gets rather windy here, so I am trying to make it durable. Thanks for your thoughts!
  4. Trying to move the final 7 sets - $50 shipped. Paypal payment only.
  5. GE C7 LED sets of 25 lights - brand new in box. All tested working. $25 for each lot, includes shipping. White (1 lot of 4 sets) Red (1 lot of 4 sets) Blue (1 lot of 4 sets)
  6. Pending sale on the 2 lots of (20) 6' cords... Still have: 15' green extension cords, brand new Lot of 20 - $35 shipped (1 available, different brand, but same item) 9' green extension cords, brand new. Lot of 11 - $20 shipped. (1 available) 6' green extension cords, brand new. Lot of 10 - $10 shipped. PM with interest.
  7. UPDATE: Lot of 10 shipped for $100. (1 available)
  8. Brand new C6 LED lights, blue, full wave. These sell at Menards for $15 each. I have 30 sets (3 out of box for testing purposes) - all are in brand new condition. Lot of 10 shipped for $100. (3 available) Paypal only. PM me with interest.
  9. UPDATE: 9' green extension cords, brand new. Lot of 11 - $20 shipped. (1 available) 6' green extension cords, brand new. Each lot of 20 - $20 shipped. (2 available)
  10. 15' green extension cords, brand new. Lot of 20 - $35 shipped. (1 available) 9' green extension cords, brand new. Lot of 11 - $20 shipped. (1 available) 6' green extension cords, brand new. Each lot of 20 - $20 shipped. (3 available) All 3 lengths are the same brand as the picture shown. Paypal only, PM with interest.
  11. I've had some unforeseen expenses come up and need to sell some lights I was planning on using this season. The red, blue, and green C6's are all from Menard's and I believe they are full wave. The cool white C6's are slightly larger, so I posted a picture for comparison. I think these are half wave. Just looking to break even on these at $11/box plus actual shipping. All are 70 lights each. 30 sets Blue 30 sets Red 30 sets Green 30 sets Cool White All have been tested working, but never used. All but 2 are in original boxes. PM me with questions. Thanks!
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