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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. Was just at one of my local WM's. They were re-arringing things, and nothing had prices. The stuff I grabbed (400 CT Multi-Minis) rang up full price, and when I asked about 50% off, they gave it to me. The had LOTS of 100 ct multi minis, few 100 ct solid minis (red, green, blue), some 400 ct multi minis on white wire, 300 ct icicles in clear and multi, and 200 ct heavy duty icicles in clear and multi. I price checked some of the other stuff, and it all seemed to be coming up full price, but a person working in season said to "remind the cashier things should be 50% off"....
    2. Sam's Club usually has the "buckets" of Bob's mini candy canes. This year there was something like 288 in a container, and it cost between $6 and $7. Each year, the bucket seems to get a little smaller, but the price stays about the same. Four years ago, there were 330 in a bucket. Chris
    3. I rented from them as well. I felt their prices were reasonable, but I think the camera I got needed some maintenance. On the first tape I used, during the first 10-15 minutes, there are "blocks" that missing or random colors appear. The best thing I can compare this to is when the Dish starts loosing signal, and the picture on the TV gets "blocky".....sorry don't know the technical terms for that...LOL.. The second tape I used, when I went to rewind it, it tried to "eat" it. I eventually got it rewound. I'd be curious to know what settings you used on the camera. I thought I ha
    4. Erik, Thanks for passing on the info about us. RiscIT, our display will be running thru New Years Eve if you would like to pass that information on. Thanks, Chris Hoover
    5. Home Accents sounds like the Home Depot brand. For the last two or three years, all of their 300 count strings have been "energy efficient", only using .6 AMPS instead of 1 AMP like regular minis. Check the tag by the plug, it will probably say .6 AMP. Walgreens has also had energy efficient minis that last few years (both 100 and 300 count), and the Wal-Mart 400 count boxes are energy efficient as well. I checked the tag on some 100 ct mini's at Lowes the other day, and this years lights also appear to be energy efficient, as it says they only use .2 AMPs. Chris
    6. Not sure I would say their mini's are "junk" either. I did have a number of strands purchased in '04 and '05 that didn't have the "spades" properly installed in the sockets, but that is a fairly easy fix. Now when a section goes out, that is one of the first things I look for, once I determine which bulb/socket is causing the issue. BTW, I was checking the mini's at Menards this year, and based on the tag, it looks like they are energy savers. The tag says they are 0.2 AMPs / strand, not .33 AMPs like years past. So maybe they used a different manufacturer this year. Chris
    7. There have been some posts on here about modifying the female plugs to allow the wire to be passed through them. You basically have to cut a notch in the side of the plug to allow the wire through. I think Creative Displays sells some that are made so that the notch can be snapped out to allow the female plugs to be attached anywhere along the length of the wire.
    8. For the plugs/receptacles you also have to take the wire guage into account. Even though the plugs/receptacles say the are for SPT-2, they likely are designed specifically for 18 AWG SPT-2. 16 AWG SPT-2 will be a very titght fit into plugs designed for 18 AWG, although you can get it in there with some patience (and sore fingers).
    9. Just wondered how everyone keeps their wire/twig trees from blowing over. I had eight of them in this years display, and I must have had to stand them back up after we had any amount of wind. I tried heavier stakes, but that didn't seem to help, especially when the ground thawed a bit.
    10. Here is what I did to insulate my mini-trees from the ground to prevent GFCI trips. I basically made a "track" using 3/4" PVC pipe/electrical conduit. The pipe is held in place by being zip-tied to large plastic stakes driven into the ground. The mini-triess are held in place by being zip-tied to the pipe. I have ran my LOR show in two heavy rains with 0 GFCI trips. The trees have also withstood 30+ mph wind gusts without tipping over or coming detached from the track. Thought I'd share how I solved my GFCI tripping problem with mini-trees. Chris
    11. I went to my local Lowe's during lunch yesterday and they had not yet gone to 50% off. They had signs up everywhere indicated that things were 25% off thru December 4th. Anyone else run into this? I'll probably check again today, and tomorrow, and the day after that.......
    12. A couple years ago someone posted that the "perfect" Christmas tree had a base diameter to height ratio of 4:7. So a 20' tall tree would have a base diameter of a little more than 12 feet. Don't recall who posted that, but that is what I have used.
    13. Saw the following article in yesterday's paper. Thought I'd pass it on... http://boilerstation.jconline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080727/NEWS0501/807270375/1034 Chris
    14. There are some strobes on this site: http://www.hauntedventures.com/ChristmasCostumeDepot/ElectronicsSpecialEffects/StrobeLights/MerchandiseFiles.htm Chris
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