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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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dchackert last won the day on November 21 2018

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About dchackert

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Being told others enjoy my lights
  • Location
    Terre Haute, IN
  • Biography
    young kid still learning to get bigger and better light display
  • Interests
    christmas lights
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    2,000 lights last year. have 15,000 available to use this year

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  1. dchackert


    Anyone vaguely remember when Big Lots goes above 50% off? My two have a lot left Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
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    My next big add which will take a while is deer. The back lot is open and plan filling with a lot of deer. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
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    Well then sounds like it's time to start on 2020 display purchases haha Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
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    Stupid Menards is always only 50%. Hobby Lobby is 90% my wife said and has a lot left. Guess where I'm going tomorrow now! Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
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    Walmart failed me today. Still 50%. I had a nice gift card to burn too Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
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    I'm hoping tomorrow. That's my next planned trip there anyway. My Aldi's still have stuff left. I know they go 75% Jan 2. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
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    I've got a reindeer crossing sign. Shouldn't be a spot for a cord since it's battery powered. I am switching mine to have a cord though. It's a royal pain to get to the on off switch. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
  8. Two things I know already will be putting three colors on my front 6 bushes and getting a controller to cycle through each color and then completely cover the roof. I may have gone a bit over board at Walmart this week with more lights Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
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    Almost forgot about Rural King. Luckily I had some stuff to return and spent the whole gift card there on LED multi color lights. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
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    Can't forget about the smaller stores. I've found many people forget about them in the rush of the big box stores and leaves more for us fine decorators. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
  11. My wife got the display on here for $5 a few weeks ago. Small crack on the bottom but not noticeable at night. I will pull out that battery crap and put in my own bulb. What a royal pain to turn on and off each time. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
  12. If the lights to bright I hear your neighborhood kids just accidentally on purpose hit a baseball into it. I'd seen someone the other night in my area wrapped it with lights and also used it as an anchor for a flying sleigh. Pretty neat. Looked like he just wrapped tight his wire so he wouldn't have to drill into the pole. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
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    Even though it was onky 50% off Walmart was the place to get lights here. Plenty of lights left. Lowes and Kroger were pretty well picked over. No HD here sadly. Still need to check out some of the smaller ones Dollar general, big lots. Menards I know just stays at 50% forever. Wal greens and CVS barely had anything even before christmas. I cleaned up a few years back at Wal greens. I got a TON of red lights for .48 a box. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
  14. Give it time. You will be trying to figure out where you can pull more power from and unused outlets will not exist in your vocabulary. I am already trying to find an electrician "friend" to pull me a few more outlets around the yard on open spots in my breaker box. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
  15. dchackert

    We Won!

    That's great. Hearing the comments from the kids that asked to see our house year after year feels great. Makes all that work worth it. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
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