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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 lightman20

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      My family started our lights over 20 years ago with just a few strands of 100 count lights now today we have over 4,000,
      lights and adding more each year
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      Everything Christmas and Model Trains
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      none(at this time)
    • About my display
      as said in my bio we have over 4,000 lights plus Inflateables,Wire Frames and Other things.The whole display is a Static Display with No music Or computer Control Of any kind
    1. Yeah,I guess its heading that way as long as they keep selling the incan replacement bulbs I'll be happy lol
    2. Hmm a LED Light Keeper sounds like and interetsing idea can't wait to see how it works out
    3. was browsing walmart yesterday and they had lights out kinda dissapointed too see LED C9/C7 instead of the normal Incans
    4. Last Time I was at the local lowes here only the Halloween was out will have to make a trip back and see if I can see the lights yet or at least the tags lol
    5. I thought the same thing,but the only things the battery controls are the fuse tester and the voltage meter other than that every thing else is done with the piezo
    6. I got about 10 packs of C7 1/2 light bulbs from K-mart 50% off to use in some older light sets Many Packs of C9 and C7 Bulbs from Home Depot Both Clear and Multi 75% off 8 Packs of Clear C7 Light Bulbs from Walmart 50% off 3 Steak Plugs from Lowes 2 with remote controls 75% off 10 Boxes of Mini Lights from Home Depot 75% off 2 Boxes of Ice Lights from Home Depot 75% off Then My biggest finds were 1 blow up from home depot that was the scene of santa and his elves getting the mail out of the mail box for $20 then getting 1 4ft polar and 2 teddy bears that inflate for $5
    7. put first lights up today,hope to finish everything by sunday:)
    8. this is what I would do and if all else fails find an extra box and throw the lights in and save the strand for parts that's what I do
    9. well I finished sooner than I thought have all lights tested now,Black friday needs to get here so I can just hang them up:).On a side note I found around 10 dead stands of Mini lights so now I have a ton of replacement bulbs for my other 100+ strands:)
    10. still testing here got 2 boxes of mini lights,Box of LED's,and Rope Light left to get through hoped to be finished this week or early next week.Then once Black Friday comes everything goes up and should have it up and running by the end of that weekend.
    11. I guess I'm the only one that leaves them on and why you may ask because I like to see what year the lights are from,I found one set that was from 1988!
    12. We've used 2 100' strands the past 2 years 1 went around the house where it would take 4 25 count sets to do it before,then the second one covered the ridgeline of the roof and the front facing gutter.they took a while to put up but,I think it was easier than doing the single 25 count strands.As others have said do what ever is easiest if 100' is to much cut it to 2 50' sections and adjust from there.
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