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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. If memory serves, this has happened before at this time of year. Perhaps PLANET-CHRISTMAS just needs to have off line "scheduled maintenance" every year during the second week of January so everyone can decompress.
  2. Well my only question is when? Since the stores will be open tomorrow ((01/01/08), does that mean they change prices at the strike of midnight? Or 3am? Or 6am? Anyone that actually knows please advise.
  3. I love this thread! Someone needs to compile all of these that have been posted through the year and publish it. I can see it selling out at the next PLUS faster than L.E.D.s at 75% off.:waycool:
  4. Whenever I do an interview, one of the points I stress, is that one does not need to go crazy with decorations for Christmas to be appreciated. When I drive by a home, and it just has one or two strands of lights, I'm happy because it shows they care about showing the spirit of Christmas by brightening someones day with those lights. Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone did that?
  5. I'm not a "light guy" (nor do I play one on TV) but I'd like to see this question presented as a poll. BTW I would vote for the continued dominance of L.E.D. lighting and the affectsand effectsthey've had on the hobby.
  6. pnewcomb1 wrote: :waycool:HOORAY:waycool: I found one in Watertown S.D. A big thanks to everyone that helped all the way to Chuck Smith for establishing PLANET CHRISTMAS.
  7. While I don't have any pickle buckets, I do agree with your post. Another way to look at it, ice and snow that is, why fight it? Leaving things inflated seems to be asking for trouble. I just use plastic tarps to cover mine and then everything is good to go after the storm.
  8. When you have figured out (and don't think twice about it any longer) the time of dayby looking at your countdown clock. i.e. 14days, 3hours, 15minutes = December 10th 8:45pm
  9. vegasryder wrote: I have that as well and I thought it would look nifty to have his head come up out of one chimney while his legs go down in the other. So no one has even seen what I'm looking for?
  10. Can anyone tell me where I might find an inflatable that portrays Santa's legs going up and down (or in and out) of a chimney? I can't seem to locate one.
  11. ChuckHutchings wrote: Thank you for the kind offer. I use just one "strand" of rope light as well. This one came with a regular 110v plug so I have it lit, I just want it to "chase" as well. Can anyone suggest a good place to purchase chasing rope light so I can use it for next year?
  12. So I've been using a rope light in oneplace for about ten (10) years now and I decided it was about time to change it out. I purchased a new one, set it all up and was about to plug it in where the old one had been :devil:WHEN:devil: I noticed the new rope only has two connectors (pins) and the old one has three. Is this another case of planned obsolescence? Previously I have connected the rope light to a black box that had the ability to turn theindividual lights in the rope on and off giving the appearance of "chasing". Is there a device available that can do this with rope light? Myblack box is no good because it requires a three pin rope, not two. Is there an adaptor out there that I canpurchase?
  13. http://www.dailyherald.com/story/print/?id=88277
  14. Peggy13 wrote: Me too. I have a bunch in the basement I never use. You do realize that this item doesn't light up.
  15. Scott, You're not "getting out", are you?
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