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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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    About CSURam

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      The Grinch
    • Location
      Union County, North Carolina
    • Biography
      FNG to the synchronized Christmas lighting world.
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    • Occupation
      Construction Manager
    • About my display
      Basic display with warm white mini lights.
    1. I use black 1/4" 2:1 heat shrink tubing for any repairs I do to my mini light strings. Unless you are on top of the repair both during the day and at night black tends to blend better with the dark green wire. The green heat shrink is much lighter than the standard SPT wiring and tends to stand out when you are within 10' of the repairs especially during the day and within 5' at night with the lights off.
    2. http://www.cabletiesandmore.com has a bunch of different heat shrink options including colors and bulk rolls, pretty cheap too. Most colors up to 1/2" are less than $1.00 per foot. Spools come in 100, 250, and 500 foot lengths all in different color choices.
    3. If you are looking for LED's, give Reinders.com a shot. They sell only 70 bulb LED M5 strings. You will have to "request a quote" on their site and they will get back to you within 24 hours. With the amount of lights you need to order (about 42 strings) they might be able to work on some sort of a price deal with you. I have ordered from them numerous times in the past and they are excellent to work with.
    4. Here is a bogo deal and they are specifc to snowglobes.... http://www.yardinflatables.com/Bag-of-Snow-Pellets_p_1296.html
    5. Pumpkin King thanks for the help and tips
    6. Between my Halloween and Christmas displays all of my M5 mini-light strings are sealed LED's and I have gotten them from a couple of different vendors. I have used 1000bulbs.com, Reinders.com, and christmas-leds.com for my lights. The quality, brightness, and functionality all seem to be relatively equal IMO and have only had lights fail from one vendor (not one I listed). All have great preseason sales and good prices throughout the season.
    7. Pumpkin King - when you made the foam plugs for the bottom of your fun-kins what color did you paint the outside (Delta Ceramcoat - Pumpkin?) and what color, if any, did you paint the inside? I have a couple of pumpkins on ground level and want to make sure the plugs can't be seen when up close.
    8. Very impressive! Would love to see a picture of the Grinch when you get him finished.
    9. Hobby Lobby is including Fun-kins in their 40% Fall Decore sale. Large Fun-kins regular price $29.99, on sale for $17.99, Medium Fun-kins regual price $25.99, on sale for $15.59. The one over by me had Large, medium, small, pink, and white Fun-kins.
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