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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.

Dave in Wichita

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    Wichita, Kansas, USA
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    Fly fishing, fly tying and Christmas lights
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  1. icemanodo wrote: icemando, there is a difference between westlake ace and the ace hardware store they bothhave differentpricing and different merchandise. I found the led's at Westlake ace but not ace hardware if that makes any since. Thanks, Dave
  2. icemanodo, The Westlake ace stores have the 50 ct c9's with 12" spacing. I bought 12 boxes each of red, blue and clear in c7 and am going back for red c9's. The stores I called said they put their lights away today but would get out what ever I needed at the 75% off which is $5.50 for c7 or $6.25 for c9's all in the 50 ct. These are the forever-bright brand or sterling which is the same brand.
  3. Thanks guys for the info and what does gobo stand for I know its the disk with the image but cant figure out the acronym.
  4. Joe_Petrowski, Does the one you use rotate back and forth? Scuba Dave, What about the one you are using? I saw Mike Z's video and wondered how he did this. Also are these water proof? Thanks, Dave
  5. I was trying to hold out on cords from Hobby Lobby for a better price. I started looking around and no one had any 16-2 ext. cords left and the norm price for 15 footers were $4 to $5. So I bought 18-20 15 footers for .99 and 30 of the 9 footers for .66 each, they also had the 2 foot triple tap 12 gage for $1.64 not to bad. So check your store if you need cheap cords. Dave.
  6. K-mart is always the last to drop. In years past they would only drop like 10-15% a week. It seemed like forever to get to 75% off. Dave.
  7. The Home Depots here are the same way all electrical even in Christmas packaging is not going down. I was told it is electrical and not Christmas. Last year I bought several dozen cords in different lengths at 75% off the day after Christmas along with all there lights etc. HD seems to be running Christmas different this year. During the rest of the yearthey seem to be very disorganized and low on help for the last couple of years. Lowe's always has 2 or 3 times the customers in their store.
  8. Kent glad to see some one else from Kansas on here I see a few up around Kansascity and just 2 or 3 around the central part. There is a house around here that has an all white led setup, roof outline and some professional looking snowflakes that hang like icicle lights except they are about 8-10" snowflakes very cool looking setup on a huge house. I don't like the color very much it has a blue gray tint and is not very bright. I bought enough clear led'sto replace all my clear c-7 roof lights Im not sure how it will look they are the forever-bright brand.
  9. I just bought a bunch of sterling which is the same as foreverbright. I would like to cut some of the lights off like I would on a normal c-7 string to fit a roof line. Looking at these they look like they have a device molded in the wiring before and after each set of 25. So a 50 count set has one at thebeginning and end and one in the middle. What is this device and if this is series parallel it would be like the standard minis and you cant just cut a random number off if I understand right. Does anyone know for sure? Also these lights dont flicker that I can see I did have 1 or 2 sets that looked like they did once or twice when first pluged in but nothing after that.
  10. Me too, That is a good deal on LED's. I picked up 600 footeach ofc-7 in red and clear. Some were 100 count and some were 50 count. Might go back later this week for blue. I'm not sure though because the blue looks so neon. It seems like the biggerthe bulb is, the less intense the blue is maybe my imagination.
  11. Check westlakes ace hardware today they go 75% off and all the stores I have been to have lots of sterling and forever bright leds in all colors no minis c-6,c-7, c-9's.
  12. All the Walmarts around here have lots of 50 count multi left. Is there something special about 50 count in the way you use them instead of 100's?
  13. I can find hundreds of boxes of red on white here but no green of which I could use 50 to 75 more. There are quite a bit of blue as well. It seemed like one store would have red and another blue but not both and the green I got was at another store. Most all from Walmart
  14. jfelix, I'm cheap to, I went to HD yesterday at 6:00 am when they opened and nothing was below 50% off. I was disappointed they didn't have much any way but would have picked up maybe 75-100 boxes of solids. I asked one cashier when they would go 75% off and you wouldof thought I was trying to rob the place. She said she didn't know when. I found the lady in charge of that dept. and she said she didn't know yet and usually doesn't know until less than 12hrs before the mark down some times. She was very friendly and said I could call back and ask for her and she would keep me updated. I also talked to a couple other Hd's and they thought maybe after the 1st. I wasnt going to buy untill stores went 75% and then I started watching inventory fly of the shelves at Walmart. I was standing there and debating about solid greens a 99 cents and missed several boxes so I started buying. It killed me to spend a $1 a box but every store I went to was getting wiped out. I normally only buy at 50 cents or less but this year is different as everyone has seen. I ended the day with 437 boxes of red blue and green. Only found 76 greens and need at least another 50.Dave.
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