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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.

KarenW

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About KarenW

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  • Birthday 10/03/1969

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  • Location
    Texas
  • Biography
    Married 17 years 2 boys
  • Interests
    gardening, computer repair,
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    None
  • About my display
    16 channels LOR I am not sure how many lights
  1. That scarecrow works, we bought it for deer in the garden.
  2. If it isn't freezing where you live, one of these would be so funny to hit that sucker stealer with: http://www.amazon.com/Contech-CRO101-Scarecrow-Activated-Sprinkler/dp/B000071NUS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1388177925&sr=8-1&keywords=motion+activated+sprinklers
  3. I wonder if the warm ones would closely match the incandescent lights, those are really cool
  4. KarenW

    Feel Horrible

    Wine is a lot healthier than balogna... Glad it all worked out for you with the lost money claim.
  5. KarenW

    Feel Horrible

    Google her, check for news stories, facebook, twitter etc pages. That may give you enough information.
  6. Wad up notes like this and throw them away, why give them any attention at all?
  7. Just an FYI about Paypal. If you fund your Paypal purchases with a credit card only, you will always get refunded if something goes wrong, this is because you can file a chargeback through your own credit card company and Paypal knows this. Check your card terms, the length of time that you have to file varies. I have never not been refunded even using the balance or a bank account, but if it is a large purchase, be sure to use your credit card only to fund the purchase for added insurance.
  8. Ours is a 20ft without the star. My husband used an old TV antenna welded to an 8ft metal ring that we got from a friend that does a lot of work with cable. It is half of one of the spools that the cable came on. 32 strands of 100ct mini lights plus 32 strands of 20ct mini lights, it is around 27 feet of lights I think. He used 8 guy wires from the base of the tree to the top. This is just electric fencing wire and the lights are zip tied to it. We used 16 channels on the tree. I'll measure how far between strands at the base and get more daytime pictures tomorrow. http://s251.beta.photobucket.com/user/FunPix4U/library/Other%20stuff/Christmas%202012
  9. Yes it makes me very sad too. Just about to go out and work on tearing down, I removed some things last week. Been trying to get a peanuts inflatable dry all week, I forget it every night, dew falls I have to wait again lol Still have a zillion extension cords and the stuff that is anchored with rebar and zip ties to go.
  10. KarenW

    Big Lots Question

    Here they have a whole big pile of 7ft pre lit artificial trees so we will keep checking, would love to have a tree line:) Thanks for the great answers here.
  11. Big Lots is currently at 50 percent off here, does anyone know if they go to 75 percent off? or more?
  12. We had the wind, at least gusts to 55, didn't lose anything but somehow the Holdman Star got turned a little bit. Still not sure how because we had guy wires and rebar pounded into the ground and bent over the metal base. At one point it was rocking so we ran out and stuck another guy wire up higher.
  13. Is it perfectly legal to run your water sprinklers all night long ever so slightly slapping the side of her car?
  14. I am so glad I am not the only late one! I am hoping to get it all going tomorrow.
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