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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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    • 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
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    • About my display
      2,000 lights last year. have 15,000 available to use this year

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    1. Making the jump to all LED is pricey to start with. There is certainly a different look to LEDs too. I have always found white to be hard to match up. I rarely buy used so usually buying clearance from the big box stores after Christmas and each brand I have noticed has different verbiage for their styles of white. I have my old C9s I will not convert to LEDs. I only have 6 strands and they go on one bush but they are ones my dad gave to me when i got my first house. They were ones we used on his house years ago.
    2. Big J Sounds like a perfect year to get a Grinch and run one strand off the roof. Simple yet says a lot. I've got 14 wire deer that I have always had issues keeping from falling over. I got them all down about a month ago and made some bases for them out of wood I had in my scrap pile. Does not look fancy but I keep them on a hill about 100 yards from the road and they will do the job. I have a pile of old lights that are busted or half working on that I have been messing with to try and get working. We do quite a but for Halloween so nothing officially goes
    3. Here is mine. We added the pumpkin pails on the landscape light this year. Ill try and get some darker ones later. We've got a few projectors going too around the place.
    4. Is this upgrade possibly the issue with Tapatalk? I usually do all my forums there and have been getting an error message for the past week when i click on Planet Christmas. As always, thanks Chuck for everything you do for this. My Christmas game has gone up 10 fold since finding this site.
    5. Any pictures by chance? I have some drivers that go right through there.. Trying to decide if there is enough room in their bunk for this. We go up to Manistee, MI about twice a week. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    6. Nice! My CL is always junk here. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    7. I randomly found this 2 or 3 years ago and have learned a crazy amount of stuff. Some I have used and others I am keeping on reserve for years later. Just last week I was searching through some old posts learning new stuff.n Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    8. I can't say I've heard of that but I like the idea of it. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    9. That's what this place is all about. Sharing ideas spreading our addiction. Hobby Lobby has tons of sizes too so we can makeal different sizes depending on where they go in your display. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    10. Finished my second while my daughter was in her dance class. Green one will be next. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    11. I will hit Clark Griswold status at 25k+ this year. My house backups to another busy road so I get to display in both sides. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    12. 120/240V - 2 Plug is checked and I have 2 20 AMP fuses in the box connecting to the timer. How would I convert that to 120V or would I be good stripping down a heavy duty extension cord to plug into the timer? Or by asking all these questions am I out of my league? Lol. Trying to keep this one safe for sure. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    13. Made this up tonight. I took three wire wreath frames. 2 12" for ears and 18" for the head. 50 count blue strand and just zip tied it all up. Plan is to make a bunch more and then "hide" them through out my entire display. We kind of are a big Disney family. I need to get a few to make smaller and maybe one large one for the roof. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    14. Luckily I disconnect the pool pump every season so it's no biggie. I know it can be done since those are also used for just low voltage landscape lighting just didnt know how "safe" using an extension cord would be in there Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    15. Not sure why I didnt think of it before but i have a pool. It has it's own 30AMP breaker that's not used in the winter. Anyone see any issue with using this timer and cutting off the male side of 3 pronged extension cord to plug into this like I would my pool pump? Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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