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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.

Chris_Deeke

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About Chris_Deeke

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  • Birthday 12/28/1985

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Jesus
  • Location
    Plano, Texas
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    Just looking for some tips on my upcoming first time display.
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    Anything that involves being outside
  • Occupation
    Electrical Engineer
  • About my display
    Just looking for some tips on my upcoming first time display. I will be purchasing LOR 32 channels in Feb/March.

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  1. Correct.... Maybe a bit excessive , but they look great in the yard. I have 8 of the 3 footers and 8 of the smaller ones in the display this year.
  2. I use 12 inch plastic ground stakes that screw into the ground. I then feed thick metal cable through the holes in the ground anchors and lock them together. It seems to do the trick and gives me some peace of mind.
  3. Just a random thought.......You can prolly just flick them with your finger until the filament pops?!?!?!?
  4. I think that Anthony's suggestion is to use the C9 string as a 25' extension cord with none of the lights on the C9 string energized.
  5. The electrical tape works great for me. It helps me to be able to grab the tree and spin it while I wrap the lights.
  6. I use zipties for pretty much everything. I like using them with the mini-trees just to make sure every last little light is faciing out.... I guess I'm OCD.
  7. I am sure this has been done before, but I just wanted to share my version of the "mini tree" idea: I take (2) tomato cages, zip tie them together and use electrical tape on top. Then I start at the top and "evenly" wrap (2) strands of 200-count multi incandescaents... zip tieing sporadically to hold the lights in place. Then I fill in the gaps with LED lights: (2) 60-count multi, 60-count white, 60-count pink. Here they are lit up I also created some "mini" mini-trees.
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