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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.

    Denis Chaput

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    About Denis Chaput

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    • Birthday 10/05/1954

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      Hanmer, Ontario, Canada
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      Outdoors,Hunting & Fishing Working in the yard when NASCAR is not on
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      Semi-retired/Instrument tech/Consultant self-employed
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      48 minitrees
      18,000 led lights
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    1. http://www.clearwaterlights.org/ Check this site George is pretty good and still taking orders
    2. I have never seen this but try googling it and add LOR forum on the end you may find something .
    3. Another free software is Audacity and you can export it to wave file also or MP3.
    4. Does anyone know how these are wired to the rectifiers as I have one set dim compared to the rest and would like to take the time in the new year to repair this set as I may have a few more in the future. The complete set is dim not just one half. Denis
    5. I would probably use a temporary shelter frame and wrap sleeves to go over the pipes. You can get those shelters in many different sizes and would be easy to take down and store. Just my idea. Denis
    6. Cannot see full avatar only shows about 10% of avatar. Anyone have any ideas to fix it
    7. Light sales are on now look up CDI or MIT on this forum will last till end of month
    8. Glad to see you guys getting the snow,(lol lol )rained all NewYears weekend and -5 to -9 all last week for tear down which is complete and all put away,we have maybe six inches of snow, sunny,a little chilly at -19 but great for fishing .Retirement over for the last two weeks maybe go back to work for a while next week.
    9. Was a Mini organized a few years ago by Zac Cutt but he hasn't been on this forum in years
    10. Hello Everyone Would also be nice if everyone put what part of Ontario they live in as it is a big province.LOL
    11. ALLright YES There Is a Santa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    12. Wonderful idea and thank you for sharing with us !!!
    13. Here is a picture of one in Central Park http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/2433725880036917201uRpScw Then for the really heavy snowfall LOL http://www.gizmag.com/go/4889/gallery/
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