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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.

Kilivolt

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About Kilivolt

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  • Birthday 06/10/1964

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Seeing all the kids faces going thru our display.
  • Location
    Rogersville, MO
  • Biography
    Self employed electrician that started collecting inflatables about 15 years ago.
  • Interests
    Airblown Inflatable display
  • Occupation
    Electrician
  • About my display
    We currently have a display with almost 300 inflatables. You can check it out on our facebook page B Highway Christmas Display

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  1. We take 2 liter soda bottles and cut the bottoms off of them for weatherproofing our extension cords--don't know if that would work for your data connections or not. We then stake the bottles down with a small stake like comes with landscape edging. (we make our own stakes out of the wire that is used for hanging acoustical ceilings). It keeps the water out of the connections and keeps the gfci from tripping.
  2. Option # 3 is what you need to do. I would also spend the extra to get cat V that is rated for underground. It will be more expensive, but it will save you from having to pull it out in a few years from moisture getting into the cable and messing up the signal. Even with the wiring in conduit, it will still get moisture inside it.
  3. We had pretty good luck at one of the Lowe's near us. We made out pretty decent at a few different Wal Marts and Walgreens also. I think we've got enough to replace the ones that we're probably going to have to retire after this season.
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