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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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  1. On 11/26/2018 at 5:54 PM, diamondkilo said:

    Yeah-It would be awkward for my application as the far left corner of my house is really hard to get a ladder safely as it is, I can't imagine trying to hold the J chan and trying to clip it. I will try pvc this spring. 


    LMAO-- I just threw a snowflake tonight as I cursed the world of cheap manufacturing. Lost 2 already...Which reminds me I need to do a PSA on anyone using the ropelight led versions to inspect those connections to the actual ropelight.

    I opened up 3 of the connectors and they were literally charred and fused together. I know some members put them on their roofs... one of mine tonight was actually bubbling the moisture  inside the tube!  It appears that when they inserted the pins to the tube they were in on angles and tapped both lines. Dangerous stuff.

    Are you referring to the ones from lowes by chance?

  2. 13 hours ago, Scott Rob said:

    The North Pole sign has a 40watt LED bulb. I have to put in brighter bulbs into my blow molds.This is due to the city last year changing my street light out from 150watt HPS to 1000watt eq. LED. So even at 11pm it’s like a giant spot light in my yard! I did not use a flash. It’s look brighter in person! All of my blow molds now have LED bulbs most are 60watt all C7 type get either 25W or 40W. 


     I would almost find that a little annoying thats so bright. But on the other hand, no need for any security lights.

    what type of lights are they, lantern style or down light?  I’d almost complain/ ask if the could put a deflector on it if that were my house. 

  3. They do have3/8 thick Coro and it works great especially for detail pieces. 

    If you do use wood, a great primer is glidden gripper. ( comes in white or can have it tinted dark) Now i personally hate glidden paints but this is probably the best primer ive ever used. Was actually recommend to me by the behr paint rep when i told him what i was wanting it for. 

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