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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.
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  • 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.

Cdshakes

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  1. so what's the trick to posting a vid to youtube and avoiding getting it yanked by their licensing rights? My old vids got pulled by them-- posting this year's, and would like to tag it appropriately as fair use...etc. Colin
  2. i'm sure this has been discussed before... but here it is again. I have many 100ct sets of lights, and really only need 50 ct strings. Since half the set goes out if i pull a bulb, i'm guessing i can cut this at the 1/2 way point with no problems, correct? Isn't there a 3 wire bulb at the midway point? cut before here or after? and what to do with the bare wire ends (i'm not looking to string another set after it or anything) Colin
  3. i tried uploading my video that i finally got before the lights came down. I only tried the one song (TSO's Christmas Eve Sarajevo). When the download finally finished, they rejected it saying it was copyright infringment. I have 2007 and 2006's display with Wizards in Winter, and they seem to still be there. Any have this happen to them? Anything I can do? Colin
  4. really cool in the one song where you use just the poles as VU meters... Colin
  5. very neat... so were they all the same location? seems like you had many megatrees last year? Colin
  6. well, for the easels, look in the sunday paper.. Michaels arts store normally has 40-50% off coupons for one item... get several of these, and take several trips to the store...that's one way to save.
  7. maybe to get them to not corrode further, should he dry them out in a kiln?
  8. certainly before halloween... i remember getting 36 boxes of 100ct green mini's last year and the cashier asked me if it was for a halloween display, and when i said, no Christmas, i got quite a weird look for buying lights "too early" Colin
  9. that's a good question-- does anyone know what kind of draw these things have? Haven't tried out my kill-a-watt on these things yet. Colin
  10. I'm going to buy a bag of the c9 vampire sockets from actionlighting... i know they have sp1 or sp2, but what gauge wire are these made for? 16 or 18?? Colin
  11. Well, that's the weird thing, a regular c9 bulb works in the socket, but only a few of the strobes worked in that same socket (the first one past the plug). Some worked in other sockets, others not... it was very hit or miss. I'm going to try them all in the sockets from actionlighting. Colin
  12. roman> thanks for the suggestion.. the string of c9's i have don't have tabs to bend in the sockets, but it got me thinking that maybe the strobes c9 base might be a hair smaller or something. I had been just using 1 socket on the string to test with. I tried others and got 6 of the original 7 "bad" ones to work... 1 still won't go. Just as a follow up to, Darryl had already emailed me back to have me send them back to him.. GREAT customer service! Colin
  13. I got 10 strobes from Darryl during the sale-- i tried testing them just tonite and only 3 of the 10 work! I will be making a custom length c9 string eventually, but to test, i just used an existing c9 string--just pulled all the regular bulbs out. The most i tried was 2 strobe lights at a time, didn't just plug all 10 in at once. Has anyone else had trouble with the latest batch of these? Colin
  14. wow... looked at your videos, you have a HUGE setup. You must take great pride in having all those visitors come through. It's great that you mention throughout the display the real reason for Christmas. Colin
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