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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.

Hardrock

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About Hardrock

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  • Birthday 05/19/1960

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  • Location
    Kankakee, Illinois
  • Biography
    Born and raised on the southeast side of Chicago, a tradesman and all around swell guy! lol
  • Interests
    well, I'm a christmas enthusiast, a fisherman, an audiophile, and occasionally a musician.
  • Occupation
    Pipefitter
  • About my display
    I started decorating the house for Christmas with some icicle lights, a blowmold candle, and an inflatable snowman. Now it's really out of hand!!
  1. I am going to be constructing some custom extension cords and light strands and have heard about (and experienced myself a couple of times) problems with the prongs of the sockets/plugs/receptacles not going through the insulation on the wires well enough to make a good connection. I was wondering...if I took plugs/sockets designed for spt2 and placed them on spt1 wire, would the prongs be more likely to make a good connection? I'm assuming that since the insulation on spt2 is thicker, the prongs are longer- therefore going through the spt1 insulation easier. Just thought I'd get some insight before purchasing. Also, as long as we're at it, where's the best place to get the female plugs and bulb sockets? As I said, I'm making extension cords as well as light strands.
  2. Thanks to you both, robcat and Dave ! I have been looking around for things like this. Dave, I understand that the sockets that you posted are way cheaper, but is there an option to get the metal clip also? The metal clip is the easiest way ( for me) to get the molds lit up.
  3. Nice find! My wife loves these elves too! We have the four "Whimsy" elves in our display. Our "mailbox" elf has a different paint scheme, his clothes are green and the mailbox is yellow.
  4. I really like how the cord goes into the stem, like it's growing on the vine! Thanks for sharing, Mel!
  5. Does anyone know where to get the single socket c7 light cords WITHOUT the switch in them?I used to buy them from Klockit but they don't carry the ones with the metal clip anymore, just the kind that require the white plastic ring like the older Union and Empire molds came with. I'm kinda hesitant to use the ones with the switches outdoors. I know dollar tree carries the ones with the switch, which I guess I'll have to use if I can't find the others at a reasonable price.
  6. I was wondering if anyone has come across female vampire plugs that can be attached in a line, not just at the end of the wire? The way bulb sockets are attached to spt1 or 2, but instead of bulb sockets I want to attach female plugs. All the vampire sockets I've seen go on the end.
  7. I'm looking to add an fm transmitter to our display this year. Can anyone reccomend a "mid grade" unit? You know, maybe something a bit better than bare bones, but not able to broadcast to Moscow. Thanks in advance!
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