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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.

    timpwk

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    About timpwk

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Muppet Christmas Carol
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      Covington Township PA 18444
    • Biography
      Like to decorate without sequencing
    • Interests
      holiday decorating
    • Occupation
      teach
    • About my display
      static display of fabrics, inflatables and blow molds

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    1. I use colored electric tape for length, use 5 gallon buckets to store and velcro ties to bundle at the end of the year. I do not label where anythng goes as every year is a different set up as I keep adding! I make some from SP1 as needed and also make "mini" cord by cutting the ends off of old light sets I am getting rid of and using soldier and shrink tubing turn them into small extensions for those times a single decoration needs a slight extension to reach a plug junction.
    2. The green ones are 90 online also......
    3. I have been doing this for years. I always try and buy unlit or if I do buy prelit I remove those lights. I wait after Christmas and buy them when they are 75% off....usually get the 6-7 foot trees for 5 to 10 bucks.....
    4. timpwk

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      Was at a local garden center today for their 60% off sale. The manager of the store saw me with my card load of blow molds and I mentined to her that I thought it was the last chance to get them with the closing of GF. She told me that their supplier just informed them that there was a buyer for the GF molds and he expected to sell them blow molds for next Christmas. She said if she got further info she would post it on their web site. Do not know if anyone else is hearing this rumor.....
    5. I had luck last year using a mix of fabric softer and water. Worked well, but needed to be reapplied after rain.
    6. If you do not have the funds for a PC you could always make a windows partition on your MAC HD.
    7. Probably another person trolling the prices on ebay and adding a few more bucks to their sale price. Watch ebay for a while and you see the same things constantly relisted at insane prices over and over again without selling.
    8. Thanks for the post Giga, went to mine and scored some red LEDs and some sets of 35 multi LEDs for my 24' pathway trees!
    9. Have you tried using the LED keeper? Twice this year I had the same issue you describe with LED icicle lights and the keeper helped me locate and replace the bad bulb in less than 5 minutes. If your bulbs are sealed the keeper comes with pods you can use to fill in for the bulb you need to cut out.
    10. Try reading the below: http://www.holidayleds.com/are_your_c9_leds_bright_incandescent It may be that each bulb is pulling almost 1 watt each, which is way higher than the "traditional" LED lights which pull around .09. That may explain the two set limit, which would factor in the watts used by the set and gauge of the wire. There are many people way smarter on this then me, so maybe someone else can give you a more thorough understanding. The good news is that these sets will be much brighter! We offer two kinds of C9 LED Christmas lights: 1) the prelamped C9 strings with n
    11. I went to my target and all they had left was Justin Beiber wrapping paper! Good find aja123
    12. I also use many "indoor" trees outside. Just picked up three 6 footers at walmart for $5 a piece. I stay away from pre lit as in my experience trouble shooting the lighting on them is a real pain. Never tried any of the LED pre lits though.
    13. Have you tried getting another one from lowes during their clearance sale. Do they sell any other inflatable that you can get cheap that is approx. the same size that you can swap blowers with? You could also try finding any other inflatable that is approx the same size and try to make that blower work. http://www.yardinflatables.com/ does sell some replacement blowers, do not know if they sell for holiday living. Good luck!
    14. I have noticed that my Scooby works great in temps at 30 and above after spraying, but at temps in the 20s and below he does not hold enough air to stay rigid.
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