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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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Everything posted by millh0use

  1. Love it! I will be thinking about this video on Saturday when I'm at the game. Go Cats!
  2. I am adding a single driveway arch this year and am running into problems with stabilization...even after reading numerous threads and watching videos about the arches. I have rebar in the ground and 3 - 10' pieces of gray schedule 40 conduit. I know most people recommend schedule 80 but I couldn't find it in store at the last minute so went with 40 to try it out. I made arch sleeves and have 2200 lights total on the arch. Of course the added weight of the lights is causing the arch to heavily sag. I'm guessing I need to use guy wires to stabilize it, but just can't wrap my head around how they will work. I do not want to permanently attach anything to my house so am hoping I can just attach the wires to the arches and stake them into the ground. I have nylon string, but not sure that will be strong enough so went out and bought some galvanized braided wire (50ft) and some dog tie out stakes to secure it into the ground. My questions are, how do I secure the guy wires to the pvc, what angles will I need to use to stabilize the arch, will this even work with that much weight and schedule 40 conduit? Thanks for any suggestions or help!
  3. How long are your segments? I'm using 100 count strands and estimated that they would be about 18" sleeves. I was just going to wrap the first one to my liking and then use that length.
  4. I've read about the method you mentioned Brutale but prefer to have a complete wrap so the lights are cohesive from the back as well. Thanks Mcas, that is good to know. Because of the look I want, I think it will have a lot more lights than the usual static arch but you can't have too many lights...RIGHT?!?. It may be a little of trial and error the first year so if it looks too bad I can always change it up.
  5. I am planning to add a single static arch at the end of my driveway for next year but can't seem to find exactly what I'm looking for. I'd like to use arch sleeves and alternate either red/white for a candy cane look, or possibly red/green. I have a pole on my front porch that I wrap by hand this way that looks great but hope to avoid rewrapping this arch every year. Does anyone use arch sleeves for their static arches? If so, can you give me some details or lessons learned? I'm a little worried that the gap between each sleeve will be noticeable when viewing from the road since it will be static instead of a leaping arch. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Based on the pics in the thread below, I'd say you are right.
  7. Support for XP ends in April so you should stay away from using it.
  8. After thinking through this, I think I will end up just using silver sharpie or paint pens to label the plug end so I know the year and vendor they were purchased from. If anyone has a good method for keeping track, I'd be interested in hearing it. Or do most people not keep track of the strand warranties?
  9. I'm looking for tips on how other members keep track of the lights that they have purchased from PC vendors. In the past, if a strand failed, I probably purchased it from a big box store at 75% off and was not worth the time to deal with warranties. Now that I've started buying the higher quality, and thus more expensive, lights I want to keep up with the warranties.
  10. Only Big Lots lights I have are 2 window frames in multicolor. This was the 2nd season and didn't have a problem.
  11. This was a recent thread that had some good examples. I just did a search for pond and there were quite a few other threads too.
  12. <blockquote class='ipsBlockquote'data-author="poloron christmas" data-cid="617947" data-time="1388848396"><p><p>I want to see a picture of that super Santa and the story behind him . Maybe a good topic for a new thread !
  13. You may check Target. Ours had a bunch of purple and pink LEDs at 70% off. I remember seeing them there at the end of the season last year too so they must not be too popular around here.
  14. Did you use sleeves or just wrap them? How many lights per arch? I'm trying to plan ahead but not sure how many lights to use. I will just be using a single static arch at the front of my driveway for now.
  15. While this isn't a blowmold, you guys are usually awesome at having info about Christmas pieces. Has anyone ever saw this large Santa before? From the look and size, I'm guessing he was part of a store display at some point. You can get an idea of the actual size based on the (real life) girl that is on him.
  16. Target here was at 30% before Christmas. Although, even with the discount, LEDs were the same price as the presale LEDs from the vendors here. Walmart is typically 50% starting tomorrow and 75% shortly after Jan 1.
  17. That's great. I've never saw the elf that is in front of Mrs Claus. Do you remember where you picked him up?
  18. Trying to put an order through tonight, but it is trying to charge me $1,000 for shipping...anyone else have this problem?
  19. We turned Santa off after the 23rd since he is busy delivering gifts on the 24th. We do not have him on tonight either.
  20. I stopped by Lowes this morning and they didn't really have anything here either...1 box of LED multis, a couple of boxes of icicles...but did have a bunch of blowups if you are into those. Looks like a lot of full price illumination next year
  21. I'm fairly certain Steve was only kidding, but I would suggest you consider your own advice. When I read your initial comment on this thread, I thought it seemed to have a condescending tone.
  22. I noticed that all lights were gone from our Walmart a week or so ago. There is no way they sold all of them, so I have to think that they are just storing them rather than marking them down.
  23. Don't get me wrong, I love having neighbors decorate. We love seeing lights on other houses and decorate our house for the enjoyment of others.
  24. Funny you say that since my first answer to him was...what are you talking about, that IS Santa
  25. I wasn't really sure where to post this so Neighbor Relations is the lucky forum. I'm mostly venting but also trying to decide how to handle questions that neighbors have about the Virtual Santa. First our next door neighbor wants details on how it works because he wants to add one to his display. This is the same neighbor who, year after year asks what new items we will put up because (in his exact words) he wants to "keep up with the Jones'". Having a neighbor directly beside me copying any hard work I do is frustrating but I think I might lose it if there are two VS side by side. We actually came home tonight to a note on our door from another neighbor asking where she can get one. I feel a bit childish wanting our display items all to myself though so trying to figure out how I'm going to respond. VS is one of those unique items that would just be weird seeing multiple within 300 yards of each other.
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