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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.

dchackert

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  1. I always get annoyed with the stores putting out only battery operated ones. Any of them I've bought I have just yanked it out and out in my own corded light on timers. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  2. We took a ton of milk cartons, painted faces on them, cut slits in the back and used a strand of old icicle lights and shoved them in the back. I then nailed each to a 10ft 2x4. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  3. I've been slowly building frames for the windows the add lights to make setup and tear down for those easier. Right now probably do 4 or 5 arches over my side single car drive. I've got a pool in back that I've been trying to figure out what to do with for lighting. Last year I just did a single line around the fence in multi colored. Still looking for more wire deer to add to the hill out back. Found a few free ones last year people were going to just throw out. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  4. Nice! I finally got my set last year. Had to pay for a HUGE lot of store for it but sold of pieces I didn't want and it payed for itself. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  5. Nice save. Hard for me to believe people actually just throw these away. That's easy money even if you sell them cheap. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  6. One cheap thing I do is to take old none working strands of lights as extension cords. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  7. First thought is make a grid out of PVC. Each spot can have a hole in the back and that's where you insert your light. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk Maybe a sheet of plywood cut in a diamond. Couple screws in each pumpkin. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  8. Not much man. Was busy all summer with the family. School back in session I can finally get back into Christmas prep. Got a lot of little things I'm doing to make future years setup easier. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  9. I'm back Big J! Looking good. I just started getting some new builds together this week. Wi be doing more next week after we close the pool down. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    C7 or C9

    I am a sucker for C9s but I would say C7 would be good for the roof line. They give off a good amount of light to give it that right pop. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  11. I've used these the last couple years and they are great but we've moved and not sure how to accomplish it now. I cut 1/2" PVC pipe to fit each window then use J channel to hang out the window. My problem is the triangle at the top at the new house. Its not a simple 30 or 45 degree angle so not sure how I'm going to get that angle to connect my last topper to hang off the top then with the J channel. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  12. Maybe some deer and trees? I do that on the back side of my property that's sloped. Kind of a forest setting. What part of Indiana? I'm in Terre Haute Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    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
  20. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
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