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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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About XmasLightGuy

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  • Birthday 09/04/1972

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    , Colorado, USA
  • Biography
    um...there's really nothing to say
  • Interests
    Xmas Lights!, Tropical Fish, Houseplants
    (LOL all of which require electricity - i think i'm
    addicted to the stuff :) )
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  • About my display
    you mean the lights i sold on ebay: (LOL just kidding)

    I change stuff in the display every year, so the 'bulb
    count' varies greatly from year to year.

    I do use computer control (but no music)... The
    control Program/'Software' and actual ControlBoxes/
    Hardware are all homebuilt. Can run up to 24 channels.
    The 'lights computer' itself is an old 25mhz 486 with
    Windows 3.1 :eek: (ahhh the 'good old days' of

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  1. That tree looks pretty nice don't remember seeing those at the stores here... One store near me had lots of trees, but I'm pretty sure they were all 'pine' type. I might be going back there tomorrow I'll have to look.
  2. Attention! Home Depot has done final markdowns on Christmas... That means stuff is set at even prices $1/$5/$10 which will be 90% or more off (anything that would be less than $1 at 90% is gone/dumped) If the signs still reflect 75%, have them do a price-check..
  3. HeadsUp!! BigLots has now gone to 90% off on Christmas items. If I had so wanted (& had the space) I coulda gotten a whole forrest's worth of trees...
  4. Just a quick heads-up... Big Lots finally went to 75% off Christmas today.
  5. I like those 'dome' style (actually just bare/standard 5mm LED) lights as well. Target carries them too (one store even had some coolwhite left at 90% this year) Not a big fan of multi's ... got some of them at target last year 75% off & converted 'em to single color strands LOL
  6. HD doesn't go to 90%, but they do do a final markdown to even prices - something along the lines of: $1(reg $10-$40) /$5(reg $50-$90) / $10(above $100), anything that would end up being less than $1 goes in the trash or is donated
  7. Hobby Lobby went to 90% off Christmas stuff today
  8. Major deal score there Sidetrack73 !
  9. Big heads-up here: Target has gone to 90% off Christmas (70% on candy) Go score some deals
  10. @jeeper621: Thats pretty common with the stores around me too.. I tend to go out and check multiple stores (especially if there's something I'm looking for). sometimes get lucky and find stuff
  11. Walmart went to 75% off today...
  12. @RobbyD8593: wow thats a good stash you got ------------------------------------------------ and If anyone else gets those, make sure you test them (all together) before putting them away for the season...
  13. Those little light-show kits Lowes had on clearance for $36 (reg $144) looked interesting (not to mention a little bit tempting) didn't get one though... Same goes for the set of GE ColorEffect(think that was the name) RGB lights for $12.50 tempting, but didn't get. Since I'd already gotten some of the RGB SynchroLights at Home Depot for $7.50
  14. Never tried it myself, but I've heard it depends on the manager...some will some won't
  15. Just a quick heads-up... Both Lowes & Home Depot went to 75% off Xmas today.
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