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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 carsonsig

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  • Birthday 01/11/1977

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    a christmas story
  • Location
    Davis CA
  • Biography
    33 year old budding xmas light fanatic
  • Interests
    sigma chi, my kids, sports
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  • About my display
    lights and sounds from costco right now... adding LED's and planning a lightorama 8 or 16 channel for next year, adding every year
  1. finally found some at an Orchard Supply. got 14 100 white strings at a home depot and 20 white, 20 blue and 20 multi all 60 count, at OSH. used the 10% off lowes Coupons to make the 50 % off even better. 74 strings for about 380 makes about $5 per string. I think the stores are getting their #'s more dialed.... boo
  2. super slim this year at lowes home depot walmart etc... I got some at one HD, but that was slim too... Rite aid was boxing all theirs to store for next year!!! WTF!!! anyone finding good stuff?
  3. argh! I saw 6 replies and I was so stoked..!!! yes they are LED... I have a LKP,.... but it doesnt work on LEDs as you guys mentioned! thanks for popping in anyway!
  4. I have 2 strings of leds icicles, where after the Male plug, it is failing... one it is dim, the other it is out... only the 10 inches or so from the male plug... no bulbs are missing or loose.. and after that section, it is icicling as usual... any ideas?
  5. ok checked your site... you have that brown strip at the top, leave the female plug up there, and clip the first mini into it, then let them hang, and clip a mini into the bottom brown strip......or... where are they plugged in? that is an interesting product... how does it work for all the varying sizes of minis and LEDs you have (if you have any differences...)
  6. RJ, Holy cr*p. yes.... what spacing? and how are they hanging etc.... thanks!!!!
  7. Hey everyone... I have a couple questions..! searching failed me, as I dont think I know the right Xmas fanatic vocab to search for... I have seen people use the PVC method for the eve edge iciciles and C9's.... make a 1/2" PVC with hooks and eyes, zip tie lights to it etc... are there any other techniques for eves (once off build and easy install)? links would be awesome. other question is the dense "wall" or curtain of lights that I see people do when they want to cover a whole space or wall. I cant figure an easy, and removable way to install evenly the dozens of strings... a board with cup hooks every inch....? the wife wants MORE, but I dont want to screw hooks all over the house in places that will look S#*tty. thanks for any help or links... Carson
  8. can I just buy a small antenna at radio shack etc if it has the correct coaxial connector? does a transmit/receive antenna function the same...?
  9. Hey everyone, I bought a fm25b on ebay, but he was missing the antenna. My yard is not large, distance from garage where gear will be to the street is like 15 yards... so I just need some ideas on what I need/can make cheap for a GOOD antenna. not for an acre or anything... any sources/ideas? thanks!
  10. is it me or are we being a bit selfish... park your car out there, or pile leaves or snow so no one can park... or just forget about it.. how do they like the lights, noise and traffic from your show... ? I would say unless they park a winnebago... just leave well enough alone, you might trade the one or two cars parked for a ahole cop calling code enforcement calling light unplugging psycho neighbor!
  11. nice job doug... as was said above, I have been to every lowes I know of... and no one has jack left... their site is crap too as far as trying to check stock...
  12. ot it could have been a FREAKING SQUIRREL!!!! WTF!!! some strings gnawed, others just bitten clean through!!! arghhh!!!
  13. it worked for me a while back.. I bought 12 boxes at least... however most lowes have no lights at all let alone LEDs left anyway... so it is a bit moot....
  14. riteaid had LOADS of minis at my store... it is in their ad...
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