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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.

jeeper621

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    Medford, NJ
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    poker and christmas lights
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    active duty military
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    Lots of lights

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  1. Thanks for posting! What made you use the eye hooks on the hook head versus using maybe cup hooks or an open head type hook. The eye hooks are closed. Did you drape the lights over the eye hook?
  2. You could use a PVC and broom clip system. Check out my set up on this forum.
  3. All of my local Lowe's stopped restocking their lights. They pretty much get 1 or 2 shipments for the season and once they sell that's it. By the time they hit their end of season sale there's nothing left!
  4. Has anyone tried the ShowTime Central yet? I am contemplating diving into LOR next year and noticed the new ShowTime Central and was looking for feedback from anyone who has used it yet.
  5. Could be an issue with the rectifier. Do they have rectifiers on them?
  6. I made my first cutout this year and it was pretty easy to use a jigsaw and cut it out of plywood. I then used enamel paints to color it in. It's the Grinch coming out the top of the chimney.
  7. Plus every light bulb inside my house (lamps, ceiling fan, bathroom lights) is either CFL or LED. RIght now I have my 55,000 lights on, plus 2 giant TV's, the dryer, 1,000 LED Christmas lights inside my house and a few floor lamps. No problems.
  8. I am running 55,000 LEDs off of a 100amp service!!! I have 2 dedicated breakers on my box just for the lights. I have had all the lights on, oven, dryer, heater and microwave on at once several times for 30 plus minutes and have yet to pop a breaker.
  9. I would like to know how many amps SPT-2 cord can sustain. I run all LEDs on my display too. I am very creaful to only plug a few hundred lights and maybe at most 2,000 LED's which is 1.6 amps.
  10. Merrymidget- I had the same problem last year with the same outlet and it was a different timer plugged into this outlet. I have used a different timer on this outlet every year for the last 3 years (same model) and the same issue happens. That's why I am left thinking it is a combo of this outlet being old and the timer.
  11. It is not the timer becuase I use 4 of these timers throughout my display and none of the others do this. I believe it is the outlet the timer is connected too. It is at least 30 years old. Thanks for the suggestions! I will see about getting this outlet updated.
  12. I have my lights hooked up to 4 different outlets attached to digital timers. At the end of the night they all turn off but one of the outlets continues to power the LED lights so they are very dim all night. But not all of the lights attached to this outlet are typically showing dim when the power is off. Sometimes it is just some of the lights attached to this outlet that does this and sometimes all the lights on this outlet do this. What gives? Why would lights still be receving small amounts of power if the timer shuts them off? It is a very old outdoor outlet.
  13. I have 6 sparkleballs in a dogwood tree. i use green SPT-2 wire and vampire plugs to make my own extension cords. You can attach multiple balls to the same cord say if you have 2 balls on the same tree branch. Vamp plugs are easy to work with.
  14. I also send around an email at work to advertise my display and my family tells everyone they know. Facebook has been huge because people take pics and then post them on their Facebook pages and then even more people see it.
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