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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.
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  • 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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Everything posted by uptownguy2000

  1. I have to go to bed early so it was actually easier to take the photos this morning after I woke up Lol. It looks somewhat different, though I do believe I enjoy the 14 spot lights shining on it though.
  2. Sorry, I just reread and answered my own question- per usual. GFP lol
  3. Thank you, I'm a little curious to see what it looks like without the projection lights. I'll try to add another photo tonight.
  4. Cute little guys you have there; I like your gardening as well lol
  5. Very pretty! I love how crisp the paint is! I've been wanting a Mr. and Mrs. Bunny myself for a few years. The alternate paint scheme baby bunny- where did you find that by chance, I really like it! I used 2 or 3lb. stones in my eggs last year.
  6. So it's kind of a psychedelic Easter tree but I went with it lol. Last year I had them scattered throughout the yard and tree's lighted as if they were hidden. I try to doing something wierd or different fairly often. I added the bunnies the next night, the red one is slightly too bright. Here's also a photo of the March bell's (forsythia) with eggs I strung up for quick display and take down. They're from last year- I actually repainted the orange and purple eggs, which was made much easier being strung up.
  7. I highly advise against this endeavor- permanent marker is not the least permanent. From experience- sharpie on blow molds fades within weeks, sharpie on C7 incandescent burns off in an odd manner. Sharpie for a quickfix may work- but the sun will fade it rapidly. I just use krylon paint for plastic for my fades wireframes that have rope lighting. Taping off certain areas, spraying at night time or in a dark location even if closed while frame lighted, spraying as near lightly as possible until the desired color depth.
  8. Ebay, they're even thinner than a C7. I was searching for led filament bulbs when I came across them. I paid $3 for it, and waited about 6 weeks for it to get here.
  9. The giant oil lamps are really, REALLY cool too! One of my favorite pieces you have, along with everything! Lol
  10. Thank you so much, I love the extra photos!
  11. I use butcher knives! LOL These little guys help a whole lot too-----> They're called LED corn bulbs. The 9W really seems as bright as a 100W incandescent.
  12. Welcome and enjoy! I might try clear Silicone caulking or rubber cement myself. Use some masking tape over the front of the crack to create a seal and remove it afterward. I just thought that up, there could a different, easier alternative, or something more difficult and longer-lasting. Or easier, and longer-lasting . Not sure, and it would totally be an experiment. You could definitely add, or change out the lightcord. Probably be a good idea to modernize the cord anyway given the age.
  13. Way cool, Is it fiberglass? Merry Christmas!!
  14. Very very beautiful! What about the snowman with tuxedo jacket and red vest?
  15. LOL people are odd creatures, I feel really sorry for his lost soul actually.
  16. Thank you- I actually got told by someone that the display looks half-hearted, except they used a different portion on the body lol. After prying into their mind a little bit I discovered they were projecting self-hate. I Can't tell you the amount of compliments I've received from the passerby's. I actually had a church bus come by this year!
  17. The lights sets themselves would have to have a memory feature within the functions. I'm not sure anything can be done to make remedy. Someone else may have some insight, but I believe that a memory feature must be something included with preset sequence lights from the manufacturer. What type are they and where did you pick them up from?
  18. I used two of the three rings, and intend on making a couple other combinations next year. The preset lights are black duct-taped to the rings, and I was able to space a set of 24 lights around one ring fairly evenly. 2 sets total. I thought about trying it around the first week into December and then attached it to the line with a separate power cord. There is a color-change led flood in the background. Taping lights uniformly in place around the rings provides a lighted geometric platform. I need to experiment with wrapping loose lights around one of the frames with uniform taped lights. Each ball contains 200-250 led and incandescent mix lights depending on the ball.
  19. I love it! It is very, very high on my to do list now!
  20. Oh my gracious that sounds like a nightmare you all are dealing with! What about any of the audible high pitch devices that keep animals away, I believe they vary in decibel creature dependent. No idea of reliability though. I'm assuming they're munching it up while powered down correct? We did, and do- have trouble with squirrels eating the wire for our invisible dog fence. One of the reasons we no longer use it.
  21. I thought I would see how a video might look online- here it is! I wanna get around to some music played from some Bluetooth rocks or something similar.
  22. That was a good one! Thank you to both of you! Merry christmas!
  23. I have two sets of the exact lights I got last year at home depot. I took them apart and hanged them from our deck with plastic Easter attached to the lights. I had to cut large holes in the plastic eggs. Same for some GE color-change lights; I ordered white eggs which I painstakingly cut holes in to be able to see the color-hange effect. It looked really awesome, unfortunately I have no photos.
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