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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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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Christmas story movie
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      Valdosta, Ga
    • Biography
      Retired AF that loves to put up christmas lights
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      Photography, Lights
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    • About my display
      Just starting to get into the music displays.

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    1. Do you have pix and brief description of how to build the topper for your North Pole column?

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        The light for the top is a C7 light socket that I took out of a old ceiling fan that the fan didn't work anymore.  It had the base and a mounting bracket so it made it real easy to attach to the PVC.  The globes I got from Home Depot.

    2. Finally done for the year. I have changed it up a little since I made this video. I turned off the controller for the mini trees and the posts on the porch. It just looked a little to busy for me so now they are static and the only thing on controllers are the ball tree and arches.
    3. They are pretty nice, I have two on that tree because its so big. You want to have a dark area for it to really show up.
    4. Home Depot had 100ct for $5.50 and 50ct for $3.00 plus Military discount made out pretty good.
    5. Are you panning on having C7 retro fit bulbs anytime soon?
    6. Next year I hope to get them on all the poles on the porch
    7. I wish I had more trees and snow in my yard. Your lights look great.
    8. Here is a way I came up to add lights to the posts I have on my front porch without having to nail or screw into the posts. I start with a 1X6 treated board that I painted white to match the existing post and to make the lights reflect of the paint and seem brighter. Next I divided the board into 4 sections and installed screws to string the lights on. I attached the board to the post using a nylon rope and zip ties. Here is the poles in action along with years display https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD0PEjX07rI
    9. I had them in my yard last year and they worked great. The only thing is you have to watch the UPS and Postman they have a tendency to walk through the yard to get to the front door. They have a 9in stake that they set on and the spacing between lights I think is about 10ft so you can space them out and make it look random. I wish we had snow in south GA so I could see them glowing under the snow.
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