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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.

    Justin Smith

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    1. Sorry for not giving enough details.  They are 25' strings of incandescent  C9's.  I am aware of the power consumption, and have planned accordingly.  There is a 60A panel right behind these bushes with plenty of open circuits.  If I have extra money, I'll buy the retrofit bulbs, I want red, white, and green.  I want to make an 8' by 25' net of lights, with the bulbs spaced evenly. 

    2. I think some 4'' steel conduit filled with concrete will make good addition to next year's display.  Keep everything protected and make a nice ding when someone decides to hit it with the plow.  


      Also, it looks like he hit my retaining wall as there is a huge chunk taken out of it.  Which means this was no accident.

    3. So today around 4:15, I had a plow truck come racing through the alleyway at a million miles per hour, scraping against the bush and ripping 240 dollars worth of net lights off as well as breaking 3 blowmolded snowmen pathway markers.  I was told by neighbours the truck could be seen driving around for some time with lights hanging off the salt spreader.  As soon as I got home, I sat and waited for the truck to come by, as they usually come by every hour or so.  So I sat patiently, with my Carolinas and Carhartt on, shotgun across my lap and waited for about 3 hours until I figured they weren't coming.  So I went on my "merry" way and took my boots and coat off, ate dinner, and browsed the internet.   Come about 8:30, and I hear the sound of a diesel engine and scraping of a plow.  Forgetting everything except the jumbo candy cane I had in my mouth, I ran out barefoot and jumped onto the moving truck.  I banged on the window, and the guy just looked at me and rolled down the window.  He asked, with a surprised look on his face, "How can I help you" and I responded by telling how my lights got ruined.  He told me it wasn't him and to go down to the boro hall.  So now I have to take my fit of rage down there to someone who could care less.  Who knows if I'll ever see my net lights again :(

    4. The only difference with the grounded and non-grounded is the ground prong, which carries no current unless a fault happens.


      No matter the thickness of insulation, here's the maximum ratings: (SPT-1, SPT-2, SJ, SO, etc.)

      5 Amps   - 20AWG

      10 Amps - 18AWG

      13 Amps - 16AWG

      15 Amps - 14AWG

      15 Amps - 12AWG with 5-15 connectors

      15 Amps - 10AWG with 5-15 connectors

      20 Amps - 12AWG with 5-20 connectors

      20 Amps - 10AWG with 5-20 connectors

      30 Amps - 10AWG with 5-30 or TT-30 connectors

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