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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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About Joel

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  • Birthday 05/08/1956

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    Macon, Georgia, USA
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    Woodworking, Christmas planning
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    Increased usage of LEDs and trying to learn how to set up LOR.

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  1. Screw one of those stakes that come with the inflatables in the ground behind him and use wire to attach him to the eye of the stake. or Pull the bulb out temporarily, pour some sand and shake it to the opposite end from the bulb and reinsert bulb.
  2. Are you repairing instead of replacing for a reason? If you have a Target store near you, they have their pumpkin trick or treat buckets for .10 each. A few years back I bought 85 for $8.50 and gave them to the kids at our party. Kathy stacked some and wrapped them with garland to use as decorations at school and I thought about punching a hole in the bottom and making an arch with lights.
  3. Kathy went into Target and the decorations were marked down on Monday 75%. The workers said it was supposed to go down more but wouldn't say when. Well, I went by first thing after work Tuesday morning and it had been marked down to 90%. They had some plastic pumpkins for $30 that did not look like much until you pressed the "TRY ME" button, It had LED lights inside that lit up and the lights for the mouth were synchronized to "Thriller" by Michael Jackson. They had 4 left. They are motion activated. Pretty neat. I bought all 4. Hard to resist for $3 each. I don't think most people realized what they did. Unfortunately, the candy was only 50% off. RATS.
  4. Well, a box here and a box there. We are up to 5 boxes, Just need one more to completely go across the front of the house. Kathy wants to take the Gemmy LED bulbs we had been using for the last 3 years and put them on arches on the picket fence. I told her we won't need as many sets for the fence. We have had a Gemmy 3 tree light show set from Lowes' that we used for the last 5 years but last year we had some problems with it. Did not get a chance to work on it to try and get it fixed. There were not many in the stores, in fact we had to drive 50 miles to find one. The display ones were even being sold.I'm going to be off for the next 9 days so I hope I can get some stuff put up. The tape lights is one of the first things Kathy wants up.
  5. You might need to add some of kind of padding if you slide the molds over rebar or pipe to prevent the bulbs from being busted. Water pipe wraps works good.
  6. Kathy saw these on QVC and got really worked up about them. She bought 2 sets and wants to put them across the front of the house. They actually only have 10 ft lighted the rest is the plug and lead wire. She ran them for a while yesterday and they are pretty cool. Just don't know about buying 4 more sets. That's over $200 even with a discount.
  7. Joel

    My 1St Guard

    Kmart advertises them online for about $24.
  8. Uh Michael, try to keep from cutting up the feet this year. Blood is not a food special effect for Christmas.
  9. Check the price for getting them from the junkyard. If they charge for the labor, it might be pricey unless you find one where you take it off.
  10. Christmas Light Show has just come out with a new ad. http://www.christmas...4&cat=26&page=4 This should get you to the Led fixer. I wish I had known there would be one of these out before I threw about 1/2 a trashcan of leds away prior to 2011 Christmas.
  11. Looks good to me, once you restring all the reindeer. Might add a ropelight from sleigh to front of reindeer for reins. Maybe a sack of toys or stacked of wrapped boxes in the sleigh. Have you got any elf blowmolds that you can put around the sleigh to load up the presents?
  12. How many lights do you have so far? What you might do is run some more sets from the 6 foot mark down to the ground to fill up the gap, instead of all the way to the top.
  13. Lowe's in Milledgeville starting setup. Nothing big yet. Only inflatables out right now are Halloween.
  14. Lowe's in Milledgeville, Ga is just starting to set up their Christmas display. They have the layout for different lights, looks like a lot of space for LEDs this year. Haven't seen their big items yet. Kmart looked like they had at least half of their Christmas up and waiting for Halloween to move out so they can bring the rest out.
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