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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. Hi Everyone: I run a holiday light show event for a charity, and we're doing the clean up right now. We currently have a pile of extension cords (close to 10 dozen I'd say) waiting to be wound up, and for the past 2 years we've done that by hand. This year we've added ALOT more extension cords to the mix with the LOR addition, and I'm trying to find a reel of some sort that will help us wind it all up, rather than wrapping it all on our arms (very tiring after the first couple dozen 100 footers to say the least). Can anyone suggest a reel, hand crank &/or motorized, that could help? Thanks! Scott
  2. Any recommendations to an inexpensive amplifier?
  3. I'm trying to setup some speakers for my LOR (16) system that I'm still trying to learn. I thought that the speakers I purchased (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10298567) would have some sort of power source, and I assumed that I could just run some speaker wire to them, throw some RCA connectors to the ends of them, and then add an adapter to plug it into the headphone jack of my laptop. Unfortunately, it wasn't that easy. The speakers didn't have power ran to them...apparently they need to get them from whatever they're connected to. So, my question is, before I return these, is there some way to inject power into them and still have them work with my laptop? Thank you for any help & advice that you can provide. Regards, Scott
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