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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 adg71

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    Far Rockaway NY
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    Trying to learn more about Christmas lights.
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    just regular incandescent lights, looking to expand
  1. I found this on Youtube, really nice...
  2. Thanks Dave I will check it out....
  3. This is the answer I was searching for. I am a newbie and I was afraid of asking a silly question. I have a bunch of incandescent c9s but they break all the time, I wanted to know if I could buy LED c9s and use it on the existing string. Any suggestions on who I can order these from.
  4. adg71

    C6 Icicle Lights

    I typed something else out but my 18 month old kept pressing the keyboard (he is sleeping now, thank God) Thank you for answering my question, I am really new at this so any help is greatly appreciated .
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    C6 Icicle Lights

    as Thanks for your help Mike.
  6. adg71

    C6 Icicle Lights

    I wanted to ask this question here instead of in the Lights section because I must be missing something obvious. I am looking at pre ordering about 12 strings of c6 icicle lights. One vendor has 12 strings per case for $201 the other Vendor has 24 strings per case for $266.20 Am I missing something why is one product almost $5 more. They seem to be very similar products. Thanks in advance Description number one the more expensive item. https://www.creativedisplays.com/product/746/C6-LED-ICICLE-70-LIGHT-BLUE/ Description number two. http://www.magicinthesky.com/lighting/2012.pdf
  7. Thanks for your response, I will restring.
  8. I have two old incandescent Reindeers can I switch out the bulbs for LED. Please forgive silly question, I am very new to this....thanks.
  9. Looking to order some icicle lights, I see that the box store ones are longer, while online they are 7 or 7.5' Is there a reason for this. I am very new at this. Thanks
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