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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.

BamaFlum

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About BamaFlum

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  • Birthday 10/30/1970

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    San Antonio, Texas, USA
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    God, Family, Alabama footbal, and now Christmas lights
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    Teacher
  1. BamaFlum

    Led Keeper?

    My lovely wife got me one for Christmas! I haven't needed it yet but I'll be ready.
  2. BamaFlum

    Led Keeper?

    For sealed bulbs, what's the best way to wire in a replacement after cutting out the bad bulb? Does it matter where the replacement comes from (different strand, different manufacture, etc)? In other words, if I buy a small strand if LED's to use as replacement bunks, what's the best way to splice them in?
  3. Thanks. Please excuse my ignorance, but what is a drip loop and how do I make it?
  4. Did you have any problems with condensation inside the bags?
  5. Where do you find Holiday Creation lights? Any particular store?
  6. I got tired of Youtube and I'm moving my stuff to Godtube. One of these days, I'll get my own website. The only reason I posted is for out of state family members (like my 86 year old grandmother) to see my lights.
  7. Here are my thoughts on my sampler pack. I got a sample pack of C7's (red, blue, cool white) and G20's (sun white and green). I'm very impressed with all of them except the red. The red just isn't that bright compared to incandescents (I brought down a string of white, red, and green just to compare). The sun white is fantastic and mixes very well with the incandescents. The green is a lighter cooler but very bright. Of course the blue and cool white are very bright. I actually used the cool white in a night light for the kids bathroom and, WOW!, is it bright! I will problably be slowly replacing the incandescent clears first and then go with the greens. When I have time, I'm going to place them outside to get a better view.
  8. Just FYI, the C7's retros have 3 diodes and the strings have one also.
  9. Thanks. I noticed that the icicle lights weren't as bright as a standard set of minis. I'm trying to make an accurate calculation for my LOR boards using the excel spreadsheet so I'm added two new light strands to compensate for the less power.
  10. I wanted to have an accurate power count for my Hobby Lobby icicle lights. The strand states that it uses the 2.5 volt bulb with a total of .3 amps for a 150 set and .6 amps for a 300 set. I'm using the LOR calculator so I need to put in the watts per bulb. If I put in .25, I get .31 amps and .63 amps for the 150 and the 300 sets respectively. Is that about right?
  11. Paul, are going to include any dimmable C7/9 replacements?
  12. Isn't the going price for replacements around $1-$2 a bulb?
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