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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. I used 3/4 pvc and built two 8' sections over the Summer, painted them black. They are much too warped to be put up this year. I'm thinking of using angle iron like a big erector set.
  2. Jerry has some http://www.youtube.com/user/jerryb721?feature=watch
  3. Andy, what size drill bit works best for mini lights?
  4. What is the optimal size hole for putting mini lights through coro? I plan on making a figure and putting the lights through the coro. What spacing between bulbs works best?
  5. I am also looking to get my bulbs nice and straight and the J-channel looks like a great fit since I just installed new rain gutters around the entire roof line. My problem is where do I find J-channel in Southern California?
  6. I re-did the facsia on my windows, they were previously wood, there is now styrafoam covered in stucco. How do I mount lights around my windows with nothing to attach it to. I would also like to mount something between the windows. The facsia under the eaves is also stucco. There is about 1 inch of wood available behind the eaves. I have attached a picture of the windows in question. The construction just finished so I am planning this for next year. Ideally I would like to mount something with straight lines, probably RGB, and easy to put up and take down. thanks for your help.
  7. Cajun, I built the single stage 20' footer, Portable hole 1. I couldn't have done it without Walters help. 10 minutes after I put it up it all came down. Completely my fault, it wasn't tethered well enough. I thought I had time to continue tethering once it was up. Nope. Tethered again at 8 points. It has been windy and we have had more rain than usual. The top sways but the bottom goes nowhere. As long as you tether it per the instructions it works great. Chris
  8. I'm one of the houses in Simi Valley Jerry referenced. You can find the address on my website. woodglenwonderland.com
  9. Welcome. The spreadsheet I use came from here. http://www.quartzhillchristmas.com/12.html Rick has done a great job with this. Chris
  10. I was also part of the wrong manufaturer fiasco. The issue I still have is I did nothing wrong but ended up paying more than retail for my lights. Why? I have also purchased LED strings from Paul because they are commercial grade and should last for many years. I once asked Paul if he could replace a couple of stringers that did not last two years. His reply was "They don't last forever, buy another case". I was hoping in light of the problems we had previously he would try to accomodate us a little more. I will also say Paul has never failed to respond to a phone call or E-mail, but he is right I didn't like what he was saying. Chris A.
  11. I have left 11 messages and about 8 phone calls. I usually get an answer every third attempt. I have received about 5 seperate shipments, some containing one string of lights. Each shipment I get closer to getting everything I ordered, although I have been told everything will be shipped, I'm still missing items. The only thing I have not heard about lately are the net lights. I don't know if Travis has them yet, so I don't know how much I should bug him about them. I had the same issues last year. I have spoke to him on the phone twice last year. He seemed like a real nice guy, he just didn't follow up on what he promised. I don't hate Travis I just wish his communication was better. I still have time. I do appreciate the advice Meaker and the well wishes. Chris
  12. Has anyone received any net lights from Travis? I was originally told they would be arriving later than my other lights. Like everyone else, after several attempts to contact him, I was told my order would not get overlooked. That was two weeks ago. I'm just wondering if anyone has received net lights from the pre-buy. Thanks, Chris
  13. If you are asking me, I just place a sandbag every fifteen feet or so. They sit partially on the 2 X 4 and partially on the roof.
  14. [ATTACH=CONFIG]36198[/ATTACH]I mount clips to a 2X4, then mount the lights to the clips.[ATTACH=CONFIG]36197[/ATTACH] Chris
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