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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Hearing what I thought was a drill by the tree when I was 5 or 6. I thought it was Santa, years later I realized it was my dad playing with the remote control plane.
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    South Jordan, UT
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    Financial Advisor
  • About my display
    Much smaller area to work with this year but it will really glow!

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  1. I just do static, I go for bright. I have seen people on youtube who used them with controllers.
  2. Me? The floods have a remote and once you set the pattern it remembers it the next night.
  3. hilgi

    Leg Lamp

    Try this. http://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/neverwet/neverwet-kit/
  4. We have had people anonymously put a couple boxes of lights and some treats on our porch along with a nice note.
  5. I am just using these on my roof so I only got the 10W. Based on this video, I think they should work. http://youtu.be/D52SAx1itaE
  6. I would think a couple of these would be great. I just bought some, I'll see how good the quality is. http://www.amazon.com/Waterproof-Spotlight-Different-AC85V-265V-910WFL/dp/B00CRTICPC/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top#productDetails
  7. I doubt this is tall enough but I have used this a bunch. http://www.lowes.com/pd_120599-94872-97215312LO_1z0wnwn+1z0y683__?productId=3092293&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1%26page%3D1&facetInfo=roof shingle clips
  8. Love the dog in pic 1! Nice decorations.
  9. I was thinking that also, some of the flood light fixtures. As for plugs, we get snow but it hasn't been a big problem in the past.
  10. After this video I bought it for my kids shoes and boots but it got me thinking about lights. What would be good to use this on, plugs? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=hoKXTlqmUb8
  11. Thanks, so you are saying three may work. :-) I have read the reviews but I think the one I linked seems to be backed by a well rated company. I wish I could find a store that carries these. I hope to be able to just plug into a standard outlet.
  12. I would like to use RGB floods for my roof and bushes this year. This one looks simple, would two be bright enough to spot my roof area like in the picture? http://www.amazon.com/ZITRADES-quality-Waterproof-FloodLight-Different/dp/B00EN9MYCG/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1380427116&sr=8-16&keywords=rgb+spotlight Would these be bright enough to spot those small trees? http://www.amazon.com/ePathDirect%C2%AE-AC100-240V-Changing-Replacement-Controller/dp/B007QRWR0G/ref=sr_1_5?s=lamps-light&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1380428925&sr=1-5&keywords=rgb+spotlight Thanks.
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