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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. Take blood meal, you can get it at the better nurseries, and make little bags from cheesecloth. Tear apart the layers of cheese cloth until you have just one layer. Put the blood meal in the middle of the cloth and pull all 4 corners together and tie with a string. Make several and hang them in your trouble spots, the squirrels hate it.

    2. I have the same size tree, and I used 8 - green and 8 - amber. It looked ok but this year I wanted it fuller. I added 8 more green and 8 more amber. Now I have 32 strings but still just 16 channels. My tree topper has 16 hooks, so all I did was connect the new strings with the old strings at the top and staked to the ground in a 32 string pattern, make sure you piggy back the same colors together in-line to get the full effect.

    3. Brandon, I have a gentleman here in Wichita Kansas that has built the north pole in the lot next to his house. He decorates every year and invites the kids to come into the north pole and talk to him about what they want for Christmas. He is an older man with alot of dated decorations but still tastefull and fun to look at. He does have a full size sled and and 8 reindeer which are big enough for the kids to ride. I told him about your runway lights and he thought those had to be the coolest thing he had ever seen. Since he is a non-profit and all the toys he gives away to every kid he see's is donated, he is definately on limited funds. He's not asking for a hand-out, but he is willing to offer 100.00. Below is his web site if you want to take a look at what he does.




    4. I have a 2 color alternating 16 channel tree that is 12' tall. I want more color to fill it in. Right now the string of lights go up to the topper and then back to the ground for securing. Do I take the string coming down and move it to the gap or add another new string up then down in the gap.

    5. You haven't met me yet Lyman, but Mel has, and yes I am registered for both days. Looking foward to meeting you, and seeing the Wichita guys I met a few months back. I'm leaving for Lawrence in the morning to have a pre-HAM with a handful of guys at Zach's house.

    6. Hi all, I bought these last year from 3G Lighting Creations and was extremely happy with the quality. The only problem is they don't fit into my display, so I figured somebody here might like to buy them. There are 7 of them with powdercoating on them. I wire tied white ropelights around each one and soldered a plug to the end and finished with shrink tubing. You can have them for what I paid, $78, plus $75 for the lights. I'll split the shipping to your house.


    7. I'm listed as eagle5. My brother is not listed because I told him Chuck won't accept anybody with less than 32 channels and 90,000 lights. We all know that's not true, but that will be our little secret. It will be funny to see his reaction when he finds out.

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