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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. I wouldnt trust it. They are made for SPT wire - parallel lines, not twisted.
  2. I have a similar issue. When the temp drops to the 20s, i loose sections. Its a expand/contract issue. I have to reseat all the bulbs until i find the culprit. sometimes the section is dimly lit, which makes it a bit easier. Never use a Keep on them.
  3. Clearing out some stuff. Ran across 10 strings of red, white, blue incan minis. 100-ct 23.5' lighted. Some of them are brand new and some were used only indoors a couple times. Looking for $2/string. The are packed in a large USPS flat-rate box ($20 shipping). Any takers?
  4. I actually use my iPhone and look at the color palettes to find best match. They really don't have Grinch green or elf blue on the shelf, I asked. Lol
  5. Please do. Check out my PineRidgeLights FB page.
  6. 1/2" BC plywood. Primed both sides. I sanded the good side and applied a second coat of primer. Gives a good drawing and painting surface. I use indoor paints, easier to get in samples. I have some that have been out for at least 4 different seasons. I touch them up as necessary.
  7. Here are my additions to this years show.
  8. I have a 2" steel pipe 18' tall with 30 strands that i pull up with a winch. No guy wires. its in the ground 2'.
  9. Funny, I use the same method to make the sockets. U been spying on me? lol
  10. Has anyone tried just squirting in some dielectric in the wire opening and the bottom?
  11. I also use dielectric on a lot of things, but pulling out several hundred bulbs!
  12. Starting to work on some of my mega strings, converting a few to LEDs. Is it worth and whats your best method in sealing the wire lead in area.
  13. The only static parts are my motorized deer, using x10 modules.
  14. My power connections are 60a 4-wire dryer plugs. Basically really heavy duty extension cords. the ones that are on the outside panel, hidden behind the deck box are the males and the females are in the garage off the sub panel. I run a little over 45k lights, mixture of LEDs and incans, I'd say about 10% LED at the moment. Slowly switching over. My bill this year was about $125.
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