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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.

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    For the last nine years, I have hosted a Toys For Tots toy drive for my birthday. This year, I am thinking of adding a light display to the event. What have I gotten myself in to?
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  1. cacoulter

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  2. Can't hurt to give the guy a call. Find out what they are looking to do and what they are willing to do. If it is going to work out, leave the display up for one more weekend. It might get you a few more donations. Also ask if they would be willing to come back early next year. Just remember, everything is negotiable.
  3. It looks like that inspired someone else down here. http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/24277715/villa-christmas-display-inspires-hatefilled-letter#axzz2o9I5GZK8
  4. My google-fu has failed me. I have a Big Frog near me. If you don't want the shirt in black, they can help you design one.
  5. Just like gawegiel, I run another show. I do mine as an animation loop. I have the Mega Tree fade from Red to Green to White to Red and repeat that. I march my mini trees through a similar color cycle.
  6. You have a HolidayCoro ActiDongle. What are you attaching to it?
  7. The first question is what is the voltage and amperage requirements? That will determine how many & what size batteries wired in parallel and series. Once you have that figured out, then you can look at battery holder. Base on the battery holder you choose, you can decide to attach it to the belt. You could look at using a fastener/rivet, Velco straps, elastic to create a bandoleer or pouches. You may want to consider a fanny pack. Attaching them to the stilts has merit too.
  8. Twist the "b" lines together and twist on an electric wire cap. Drop it into a plastic wall box and put a cover plate on it. Don't need to tape or solder (although some electricians will wrap the sides of the switch in electric tape.
  9. I strongly recommend getting an account with a photo sharing site like Photobucket or Picasa, then link to the photos with the "image" button.
  10. cacoulter

    C7 Mounting

    You can always use the J-Channel trick. Keeps them straight & even and makes them easier to put up.
  11. This sounds like one of those internet pranks like recharging your cell phone by placing the battery in the microwave. All it does is destroy your battery and the microwave. There are plenty of videos of people burning up Christmas lights by placing them in the microwave. I would say skip the idea and invest in a real light tester.
  12. I happened across this video. Climbing a tower with proper safety gear. Something we should think about while hanging those lights from the roof.
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