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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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  1. I know we all have tons of extension cords. How does everyone store them in the off season? I currently just wrap my smaller ones up and throw them in a bin. Kind of a mess come this time of year. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  2. I've thought about doing nightly teasers as I setup. Whatever I'm working on that day stays on then dark until everything goes on. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  3. Always Thanksgiving night. Hope to hit 20,000 this year. I'm at about 16,000 right now. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  4. I just ordered some vamp plugs and SPT wire today. For some bushes that have a ton of lights. Looking to buy a big spool next year when they go cheaper. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  5. I keep an eye on ours but it's usually slim pickens or over priced for used lights. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  6. How does everyone secure their wire reindeer? I've got about 9 nine. One I just picked up had a base made out of wood and seems pretty easy to then just drop some stakes in the keep from falling. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  7. I've seen ads like that before here then show up day of and they say they sold it days ago so as a buyer I have said the heck with it and at least asked in case they want to move it. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  8. Very nice. Did you end up being able to sell this? My neighbor told me he made one years ago and it is just sitting in his barn now. He gave me 3 inflatables free last year so trying to find the right words/time to see about letting me use it in my display for his viewing pleasure. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  9. Dang, my Walmarts did not have any at all even during Halloween. I would have bought that whole bin. Where are you at? Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  10. I've been trying to find tons of buckets like those. Hardly anyone sells those on the shelves anymore. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  11. dchackert

    Huge score

    I did. Sold enough of the extras and stuff I was wanting to get rid already that it more than paid for it. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  12. Looks great! Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  13. Really like those big bulbs man. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  14. I officially started today. I have about 5% up and will turn on Thanksgiving night. As nasty as Halloween week was Friday-Sunday have been perfect for Halloween tear down getting xmas up. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk 12ft tree went up Friday night. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  15. I'll get some night photos. We just got some of the flickering lights for the house lights that look like actual flames. Pretty neat since we put the plastic pumpkin buckets over them. They were like $8 per light at Walmart. Dont get the as seen on TV ones. Not as realistic. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  16. Anyone in the Paris, IL area may be a good sale. I'm busy during the sale and cant get over to it. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2662164770494783/ Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. One cheap thing I do is to take old none working strands of lights as extension cords. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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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