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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. You could do an online magazine. Costs are a little more manageable. You could also do a .pdf magazine that people could download/email and print.
  2. That would be a "carabiner", the d-ring shaped thing that mountain climbers use. You can buy cheaper versions (not rated for climbing) at your local home improvement store. If you look closely enough, you can see them at the top of the light strings.
  3. It got mangled. It should be http://www.hyloft.com/ thyno z wrote:
  4. The house is ~100' from the evergreen, so I doubt I can go from the house to the tree. I was thinking about using a an aircraft line. The only ones that would drive under it would be the two neighbors to my left, and us. Everyone else drives around the other side. Oh - and the snow plow, too. I can certainly go higher, but don't want to go so high that tension causes the evergreen to lean towards the maple. I was thinking that I could use a pole on the island and just go from the maple tree to the pole, then down to the ground. That would minimize the overhead distance to less than 20', and sagging would be less of a problem. My brother in law is an electrician, and will be doing some work to increase available power for the coming season. I'll check with him as well.
  5. This year, my static display included 21 strings of C9 lights on a 30' evergreen out front. The problem is that the evergreen is on an island across the street (cul-de-sac). My neighbor and I ran extension cords across the street without issue. The one concern we had was everytime it snowed, I had to run out, pull the power back across to my side of the street so that the city could plow. Fortunately, that only happened a couple of times. I have a good sized maple tree near the curb of my property and was thinking about running the power overhead next time. Just go ~15' up the maple tree and run it from there to the same point on the evergreen tree (I hope that makes sense). I'm curious if anyone else has had to deal with a similar issue and and advice you might have. If the island was part of my property, I'd bury some power out to the tree. But it's city property... Thanks!
  6. The only thing I have left is the lights on a 30' evergreen tree. I gotta catch my next door neighbor so I can borrow his ladder. One of these days, I'll get a Little Giant ladder that will let me do everything.
  7. Here's how I (very luckily) dealt with the HOA when I lived in my condo: "I make a motion that we disband the association. All in favor?" "Aye","Aye","Aye","Aye","Aye","Aye","Aye","Aye" "Motion carried. Let's go to the bar" (heard from the back of the room:) "Hey, wait a minute...."
  8. ok, I've been bitten by the bug to start doing wireframe stuff for next Christmas.... I'm looking at doing one of those tree top stars that appears to spin, but I'm looking for some close up photos to show detail. I need to build a good size one for my 30' mega tree. How do you handle rope light that's crossing each other? How do all the points for the various sides come together (hope that makes sense)? How are you mounting them to the tree? I have some ideas, but would appreciate any comments before I start building. (actually, I still need to buy a welder and figure out how to use it....)
  9. I use the 30 gallon version of these Sterilite containers - only the red ones with the green lids. This helps me keep them organized and separate from the rest of the stored stuff in the basement. Meijer had them for $7 each for a while, but they're back up to $8.99.
  10. Meijer had a ton of amber minis... M-Class wrote:
  11. Does the LOR controller have a loop, hole, or other mechanism that lends itself to being secured via a chain or cable? I'm likely going to be purchasing a bunch of the 16 channel controllers, and want to make sure they stay where I put them. Ken W. Good wrote:
  12. You really can't. CD is read-only. Hence the issue. Even a CD-RW will flag files as READ ONLY. My setup consists of a lot of computer hardware. I'm a computer network engineer by trade (and web developer). My home network includes 5 servers (and 4 workstations) that all have RAID 5 and tape drives. Tapes are stored in a fire-proof safe, as are some DVDs & CDs of data. I have to do disaster recovery for clients all the time.... You'd be surprised how much damage is done just by poor power. Get yourself an APC Back-UPS ES 500. They're 50 bucks at most. Clean power goes a LONG ways to keeping your drives happy. In nearly 20 years, I've had ONE drive go bad. But I wasn't surprised - I bought it used, and the AC went out in my apartment. When I got home, it was nearly 90 in the place, and the drive was just clicking..... :-(
  13. You could use Snap-N-Glow Letter Panels to make your sign.
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