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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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    Posts posted by joesmoe2013

    1. I had some big dummy plow through the cable on my pathway lights last night, I really laid into him when he did it but as the big dummy was me i won't be getting reimbursed. :blush:


      You should fire yourself.

    2. Got the chance to pick the brain of the guy running the show last night. Talked to him for about 45 minutes gathering info and insight on the show, set up, maintenance and break down. I was amazed when he said all lights are stripped down for recycling every year. 5 million lights brand new every year. Also they put up the 70' mega tree in only 2 days. That's pretty quick for 100k in lights. No connectors were taped, only zip tied together. All lights were sealed. Overall I took a lot of pics and will use the ideas next year at home. (He actually said they try to make their display so it can be replicated at home). Great time, sucks today is the last day they have em up.

    3. Those little light-show kits Lowes had on clearance for $36 (reg $144) looked interesting (not to mention a little bit tempting) didn't get one though...

      Same goes for the set of GE ColorEffect(think that was the name) RGB lights for $12.50 tempting, but didn't get. Since I'd already gotten some of the RGB SynchroLights at Home Depot for $7.50

      I actually picked up the $36 controller and some of the rgb c9's and icicles. Can't wait til next year

    4. I'm always keeping a list on what I want to add, and check the sales as they come up.  Time and money always come into play but I'm always thinking about what I want to add.  If I'm driving around and see something cool (or on here), I add it to the list.  Same thing in stores, snap a pic of item and price and start planning and saving.

    5. Updated pics, really can't stop adding stuff:
      Added color icicles and white and color changing shooting stars.  Also added a couple hundred dome lights to the tree.
      My first mini tree, I thought it came out great.

      Arches courtesy of my step-dad, sucks he's no longer doing a display but they work great for mine.


    6. My 2nd year doing lights. Still have a ways Togo and have many many lights still to put up (especially on the ground), but got the main display set up. Hopefully I'll have lor controllers next year and at least one mega tree. Thoughts and suggestions are always welcome.






    7. I guess a better question would be, what are your favorite vendors to buy from.  I'm looking to stock up on c3, c6 and mini lights in both color and clear.  Thanks again.

    8. Just found this forum.  2nd year hanging lights.  Bought a lot of lights last year before and after Christmas and already got a decent amount of money in lights and cords this year.  I'd say I got atleast 15-20K lights on the house and yard right now.  I really have been hitting the big box stores when the lights are on sale but I'm hoping you guys can shed  some insite on how to build my inventory.  Best deals instores I've seen is like $15 for 200 count led strands on a reel and maybe as low as a $1 a box after Christmas for non led mini lights.  I'm looking to find the best places to purchase lights & chords in bulk.  I want to do atleast a 20' mega tree next year and I'm thinking nice arches over the driveway and maybe even wrapping the house.  My brother had a display 10 years ago with over 40K white lights on his ranch and I wanna destroy those numbers.  I'm also planning on starting the whole LOR next year.  Any help or suggestions is appreaciated, especially with black Friday coming up.  I'd rather spend the money buying in bulk than chasing 50% off sales at the big box places.  Thanks in advance.

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