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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 have a set of those RunWay Lights from TARGET I bought awhile back. When I was taking them off the roof one year they slipped and broke one of the sets. I glued them together and a few lights are blown. I tried replacing them with 3.5 Volt mini's I bought from Walmart but they won't light. If I move working lights into the non working sockets they work. So I am assuming I need the right Volt light but don't know what to look for? AnyOne Know what I need for replacement bulbs?
  2. Made this 9 channel snowman. Running on vixen and ren 24's.
  3. Noisy like a Christmas display brings? Can't really complain when doing the same thing
  4. My 5 neighbors all complained I didn't run the display this year LOL. So now I have to dream up something new for next year.
  5. There are headaches when doing DIY believe me LOL. If I could go back to LOR I would. But I am dedicated now to my DIY equipment. I use the ren 24's so for around $80.00 I get 24 channels where with a LOR for $100.00 I think you get 16 channels with the PC board. So you can see I gain more channels but also headaches LOL. I also had to buy a PIC programmer where you can just Flash with LOR thru your computer. With the support from LOR and the cheaper PC board if I could do it again I would of stayed with LOR.
  6. You can also use clear MINI's and paint them with stain glass paint.
  7. My neighbors all complained I didn't decorate this year LOL. At least she was trying to be helpful. I am always nice and pretend to listen no matter who it is.
  8. After a hard days work I can see the guys point. He wants in his driveway for a house he pays for. Why does everyone make it look like he is the problem?
  9. Always wanted to make a carolers seen but never got around to it yet. Nice work.
  10. Keep an eye on your wire this year! Some people already started chopping wire from a display in CT. They are after the copper.
  11. I did all my frames with a 20 OZ framing hammer and rocks and trees. The benders make life easier but it can be done without them. Hardest part would be making a circle.
  12. Anyone remember the guy that made the dancing/marching Frosty the snowman? Was there ever a thread on how he built it? Would be interesting reading.
  13. Is your case of gold lights still available?

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