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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.

Santasean

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About Santasean

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    20-30K lights
  • Location
    Marshalltown, Ia
  • Biography
    Instrumentation technician and Electrical background
  • Interests
    Hunting, fishing, Christmas lights
  • Occupation
    instructor
  • About my display
    About 20 to 30K of lights and more each year. I add one more display every year. I have converted to mostly LED lights.
  1. Stefan I am also new the the site but my two pennies are to add some light around that cool front window with the arch. Looks cool.
  2. Just got one last night at menards where I live. They did not have them a couple of days ago, so I am gussing that they are getting them in. Hope that helps.
  3. I just wanted to introduce myself and to say thanks. I have been putting up lights for about 15 years now and every year it seems to get a little bigger. I found planet christmas a couple of years ago and I just looked at the information under the how do I section. I did not find the forums until this year I cant say how much they have helped. So to the people that ask the questions and to the ones that post the replys thanks and have a wonderfull holiday season. I tried to add some pictures to the post not sure if this will work.
  4. Thanks for the information I will have to look at the resistor since I did start with both red strings and white strings. The strings do not seem different in brightness between them and are working except for the one bulb one each string weather it was a white or red to start.
  5. What happens if you dont blend at the 2:1 ratio on the same string will you start to burn out LED's or will the resistor go?
  6. I am fairly new to the world of LED lights so I am looking for some help. I have built several candy cane cuttouts and I am putting led lights in them. I have taken a strand of white and a strand of red and mixed them so that each candy cane has one total stand of red and white led lights.I have been reading many of the sites and I am concerend that they will not last they year since the operate at different voltages. Has anyone done this before or are there things that I can do to make them last. I have powered them up and they look great but I have one light at the end of each strand or in the middle that doesnt light up so this is what concerned me so and help would be greatly appreciated. I know that some sets have a resistor but I cannot find the resistor on this set. They are 70 count L.E.D. enchanted forest brand lights bought at Menards.
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