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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. Junkie, I had thought about that.. I have seen videos on people using water pressure to dig out the trench .. Just not enough time to get it done this year. I think I am going with the 2x4 and the plywood cross over. Sounds fairly simple and inexpensive... Time for a run to the sawmill.
  2. I had thought about building a "Speed Bump" out of 2x4's in an U type pattern. __ ==0== type of thing. But I think the 2x4 and 1" PVC would work well. /=O=\ Maybe a bevel off the edges to make it a little easier on the cars. I had thought about the arch up and over. I am not sure I have time to build all of that. I would have to make 4 of them. thanks for the ideas.
  3. I am sure we have some people out there with some great ideas on keeping wires safe. I moved my display to a whole new location this year and it is causing me to cross the driveway in several places. There is a main spot coming off the road and a circle drive in front of the house. Then a Y that goes around back. I need to cross wires over each of these location. I had thought about splitting some 3" or 4" PVC pipe and anchor it on both ends. How are other people handling this? Thank You
  4. What I have done is to put 8 PVC T's on the tubing. the 1" T's slip right over the 3/4 Conduit. Then I took 18" pieces of 3/4" PVC (the T's are 1"x1"x3/4") I drive 6"into the ground. Next I take 8 pieces of 24" rebar and pound those in the ground outside of every T. I then took Rope and tied around each T to the Stakes. The tree just went through 70MPH winds and did not move. If you are looking for Pics and instruction, take a Look at Monkhouse stuff @ http://www.magicchristmasnews.org/ Good Luck
  5. Thanks Guys... After Lots of reading and following this list. I finally got LOR talking to my E682 talking Native DMX to talk to the HolidayCoro Floods. I think I lost something in translation through all of that. But it is working now.
  6. I had the CCPs for the first time last year. I used two of these. http://www.lowes.com/pd_274123-55449-BELLW1600014736_0__?productId=3692152&Ntt=plastic+tote And simply Screwed the controller to the bottom of the box and turned the whole thing upside down. they sat on the ground we had plenty of rain and snow, I never had an issue with them. I did not do any more sealing just made sure the controller was off the ground.
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