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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.

Hoodcom

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About Hoodcom

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    Digital World
  • Biography
    I'm not very good with biographies. lol
  • Interests
    Christmas, lights, computers, games, vintage stereo gear, cars
  • Occupation
    Office work
  • About my display
    I can't really explain well, except that I do like to mix things up a bit between mini light sets, multifunction, and C7/C9 lights. Some rope lights, and I may give LED strings more of a try at some point.
  1. I'm a Christmas light fanatic, I always have been, but I'm finally admitting it to more than just my friends. Lol Also some proof... Right now I don't have the Christmas tree pictured, I'm waiting to finish decorating it. Sets unaccounted for, in the pictures, are: 1.) 3 strings of C9 Ceramic Lamps on the tree plus a lit tree topper. 2.) Second Merry Christmas animated sign. 3.) At least two strings of multi-colored incandescent rope lights 4.) Some lit Candycanes, small and large. Four large, and if I recall, two sets of 10 small ones. 5.) Two lit up reindeer 6.) My only blowmold, a candle 7.) Snowman 8.) A very hard to put together tree with LED lamps for outdoors. Chances are I forgot something on the unpictured list.
  2. Thank you very much, I do greatly appreciate it. Last year, all I had to work with was two in-use circuits, that had outlets on the porch. One ran off the garage, and one off the dining room. I ended up tripping the breaker to the garage since we have a freezer out there and a electric heater. This year, I got this problem fixed with the new dedicated circuits.
  3. I had bought some icicle incandescent light strings from Walgreens, which have 200 bulbs per string. Tag says the power consumption is 48 watts, and the plug itself has a 5 amp rating. The box claims heavy duty, and you can connect up to 8 sets end to end, for a total of 1,600 bulbs in one run. However, I keep seeing to stick to the rules of three in PlanetChristmas power needs section. Should I go ahead and stick with this rule to play it extra safe or trust what the package says? I recently added two 20 amp circuits to my meter box, with two 20 amp, weather resistant GFI outlets in an outdoor box. So I have plenty of power access and extension cords to stick with the rules of three as needed. I just would like some advice for the case of these icicle lights.
  4. Thanks! I wish these bulbs weren't so hard to find. Well, I'll give them a try, and I'll report back to mention how the transaction goes. Would be helpful to everyone else in need of bulbs of this type.
  5. I tried searching last year, and this year, but I am having trouble finding spare multi-color mini incandescent Christmas bulbs for my Merry Christmas sign. This sign was made by a company called Holiday-Glow in the early 1990s. I really love this sign, especially since the one we have was my Aunt's before she passed away a while back. I'd love to keep this going, while most bulbs are operational, some are burned out. The sticker on the power plug says the bulbs must be 7 volts.
  6. They really are. I took some better pictures too!
  7. Very recently I heard that Walgreens sells Christmas lights, and I never knew they ever did. So I took a look in their store, and I actually was impressed at their selection compared to our local Walmart. Even Lowe's in some cases. Whether or not the prices are a deal or not, I am not certain since I have not been able to compare what I did buy with any other store. Me, for my personal use, have bought one box of 100 Musical Lights, two boxes of Indoor/Outdoor 150 Multi-color chasers, two boxes of Indoor/Outdoor 300 Multicolor lightset (Says you can connect 3 of the same sets with each other, so there would be a total of about 900.), one box of Indoor/Outdoor LED C6, 50 bulbs of Blue, and a blue tree topper. (Sorry for the poor camera quality, I didn't bring my good camera to the office with me.) All that I paid $69.81, that's with taxes. Is this a good price, at all for all this? Reason why I liked their selection is, because I hardly find much as far as incandescent mini-lights goes, in bulb quantities like in the past. They had icicle light sets of 200 bulbs, that can connect up to 9 sets in one run. I never found any like this in Walmart or Lowe's before... last year I had bought some 150 set at walmart, that limited you to three setts in each run if I recall correctly. So I'm tempted in buying some sets at Walgreens so I can have longer runs with less extension cords on the roof this year. Also, as an addition, I went ahead and got my mom one of these! Now I thought that was too cute. A good friend of ours bought some herself to give to her mother and grandmother. I thought I'd share my experiences today. I'll have to check back in a week or two though. Lady told me that they still have a lot more Christmas stuff to put up after they move all the Halloween decoration off the shelves to make room.
  8. I'm going to have to redo some of my setup since we got our drive way poured between the house, shop, and road. I'm hoping to finish by the end of this week, but then again I may not ever feel it's complete, as I'll always want to add more. lol
  9. Closest one is about 3 hours away, however I checked out Home Depot yesterday, and I wish I had checked them sooner, but they did at least have 12 inch stakes. I have a new favorite shopping place too for my lights and supplies. Heck, they are the only place I found that sold commercial grade mini lights in 400 count (200 count per string). General Electrics brand. So I was quite happy with them!
  10. A few years ago, at our old house we had some nice Christmas light ground stakes we used C7 lights on, they kept the lights at least 12 ~ 16 inches above the ground, however... I have no idea what happened to these since we moved. I had bought some light stakes, but they were no where near the height of the ones we once had. These things are like... tiny... short, no more than 3 or 4 inches off the ground. I looked around at Lowe's, Walmart, Garden Ridge, Sears, Hobby Lobby, Dollar General, and none of them even have the stakes like we once had. So my question is, does anyone even make the taller stakes anymore?
  11. Thank you, that helps! Thank You! Thank you! That's great to know! So far I'm finding some helpful information! Hi! Thank You! Thank You! Hi and thank you!
  12. My dad's business moved to a building a couple years ago, and just a few months ago we found about four to five of these large Christmas Wreath's on the roof, and I was thinking about restoring a coulple of them for this year at least, and just use them as lawn decor at the house. First thing to do is remove all the old lights, but I'd like some tips and opinions for these, and how to get some green back on these wreaths. Here is a picture of one of them
  13. Hello, I found this site via some google searching on Christmas lights and decorations, since many local stores (mainly walmart here..) doesn't have much good selection on lights nor out door decorations. I looked around on here and liked what I saw, and I like Christmas, I'm a fanatic when it comes to decorations and lights...especially the lights. I do have a question though, where at on this forum can I post a thread asking about restoring giant Christmas Wreaths?
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