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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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    Tampa, FL
  • Biography
    Married, 1 little girl
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    Spending time with family and friends
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    Real Estate Appraiser
  • About my display
    2012 Debut
  1. I stopped at my local electrical supply house today and they confirmed that I was fine with doing it as planned but suggested I use grey pvc conduit rather than the white pvc to meet code. They also suggested I use large junction boxes underground that can be sealed and are weather resistant rather than the sewer clean-out. Now I'm trying to figure out how large a pipe I need for each run. If I use 16/2 wire for extension cords as many have suggested do you know how large a diameter 12 wires zip tied together is? I'd like to do a mega tree so 32 wires together would probably be a good 3 inches so I'm thinking a 6 or 8 inch pipe. Any responses would be helpful.
  2. Thanks guys for the advice. I do appreciate it. I just bought my controller today and am now trying to figure out the various light counts and size bulbs I'm going to need. Planning on C-9s on the house and thinking either M5s or M6s for the Mega Tree and running around the trees. I'm trying to read up on so many topics so I don't make a major mistake. I was hoping to get in on an early purchase discount but it seems February may be too late. Paul your display looks great with the fake snow, thanks for sharing.
  3. I am planning on making my debut this year. I am wondering whether anyone has run their extension cords through pvc piping underground thus avoiding running them everywhere throughout the yard. I thought I would place clean-outs at various points around my landscaping and yard with the cords run underground in the pvc piping. I thought at the end of the season when I need to take down my display I would simply screw back the clean-out and leave the cords in there until next season and avoid the time to wind-up and store them. Has anyone done this? The two issues I thought of is water getting into the pipe and creating a fire hazard and the second is the cords getting very hot from running so many cords in the same pipe. If anyone has any suggestions/advice I'm all ears. How does everyone hide their cords?
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