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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.

tomsocal2000

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Rudolph
  • Location
    Carlsbad, CA
  • Biography
    CPA and CFO for general contractors.
  • Interests
    Football, basketball, golf and this Xmas expensive hobby
  • Occupation
    Chief Financial Officer
  • About my display
    Mostly LED multi color lighting. My big purchase in 2013 was changing over from C9 old bulbs to C9 5 diode retrofits. This are installed on the outline of the house. Have 4 large palm trees that take up many c6 lights. Bushes, etc. Have 2 santa inflatables, penguin, rudolph, Xmas tree, and the star, Thomas the Tank engine

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  1. I cut the wires close to the defective bulb and then use a wire nut to connect, wrap in electrical tape, and then use shrink tubing to seal. I do not use the Pods. Am I doing anything wrong??
  2. They are pretty common now. I find that it works pretty darn good. ONe thing is to trouble shoot in a darker area so you can see the bulbs better. http://www.creativedisplays.com/siteresources/data/files/2013%20ledkeeper.pdf
  3. There is a led lightkeeper that does identify the bad led bulb that you have to deal with. http://www.creativedisplays.com/product/1075/ I have had very good success with this. If the bulbs are replaceable, then probably the leads are rusted and can be replaced. If the bulbs are not replaceable, once you find the bad diode, I cut the wires and use a wire nut to connect them and then use heat shrink tubing. Net lights are challenging.
  4. What do you mean by a regualr socket? Do you mean that it fits a C9 bulb which is a standard intermediate, E17 base socket. If so, then the led pure white led will work. Search for retro fit led christmas lights If you are talking about mini lights, it will not work to my knowledge.
  5. Thomas the tank engine gets a lot of positive giggles from the little kids. Lots of pictures with him although that screws up the lights on the grass sometimes. But that can be fixed.
  6. I have 2 queens with about 420 on each, then 1 queen has about 210 and the king palm has about 490. This year, the 2 queens grew a bunch as I had to add about 140 more lights on each. I would not mind some snow some days....for an hour or two. San Diego does not get much snow.
  7. I am looking at building my first tree. I was going to make a center pole that is 10' foot high or so. I guess it depends on the length of the c6 LED lights that I will buy. My question is what is the normal suggested width between lights attached to the base circle. I hope I described this ok.
  8. Net Lights have to be worst ones to try and fix. If I had more patience, I probably could do it, but I would trash.
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