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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.

Brian Mitchell

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About Brian Mitchell

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  • Birthday 07/08/1960

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    http://www.claremontchristmaslights.com
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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Every Christmas from my childhood.
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    New Hampshire
  • Biography
    I am alive
  • Interests
    shiny things
  • Occupation
    Grocer
  • About my display
    2007 Winner in the Light-o-rama Display Contest

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  1. I have an eight foot bumble that I use two seven foot green fence posts to secure. Never have had an issue from winds.
  2. That is a wonderful find. There is always a story when finding old vintage pieces.
  3. Hasn't seemed like it has mattered to me. I use them in all spots.
  4. If I was to start over again, I probably would not go with pixels because of the extra programming involved. I do think I would go with dumb RGB lights so I could still have every color that I wanted.
  5. Just take them in one deer at a time and work them out with a Light Keeper Pro. Cannibalize a spare set of lights to use for bulbs. It will be a lot less work than replacing all the lights.
  6. It’s a good stepping point. It Will let you know if you want to go further or if you are satisfied with what you have. It’s like taking a taxi before you actually drive the car.
  7. I remember my mother having a set of these. I seem to remember they had just three bells, they were red. I would hang them over a doorway and yes, the chimes were very quiet.
  8. I find the buzz box is also a very useful tool to have when dealing with lots of incan lights. It is kind of expensive but to me it has been well worth the money. Maybe you can find a used one from someone who has switched to all LED's. Here is a search result for the Light Keeper Pro https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=light+keeper+pro
  9. Make them cookies! It has always helped with us.
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