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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 HoosierSteve

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Driving around with the family looking at lights.
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    Married father of three
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    Gardening, fishing, landscaping....
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    Service manager
  • About my display
    Really just now gettiNg "serous" about doing a significant light display

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  1. HoosierSteve

    Light balls

    I use tomato cages, the really large ones with a 3/16 wire. I cut the top/middle/bottom circles off of 3 or 4 of them, then form a ball from that, using wire and epoxy. Just slide them inside each other and move them around til they are round. I added a wire hook as well to hang it with. I have both free wrapped the lights and used light clips for wireframes, and clipped m5 leds on them. I have maybe 30 balls that vary from about 10" to 18". They've held up to the weather really well, and I hang them from the rafters in my barn for the summer, using the wire hooks I added to them. For the wire, I used the verticals I cutoff the tomato cages and bent them around the top junction of circles. The really big cages have 4 rings each so you can make 4 sizes of balls.
  2. I do some really large Spruce trees 20-30', with 2-3000 C6 in each. I always go vertically first, and then wrap in circles. I think it provides better coverage on the tree, but it also keeps the horizontal strings from getting blown or pulled into the tree. For what it's worth, I also wrap some trees just in circles and I like the way that looks too
  3. I agree that "cool" white is too blue for me as well. "Pure" white is white that I like though, and I've had really good luck with multiple sources of Pure White LEDs looking the same. I do like warm white as well, and I use both, but to the OP, the Cool whites coloring are all over the map in my experience.
  4. HoosierSteve, can you give me a cost for 10 strings of the c6 red led sent to Ocala, Fl. 

    P.S. my home town is Greencastle, In.


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