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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. Very nice! Now I'm wondering where the sausage maker http://www.sausagemaker.com gets his cabinets.:shock:
  2. Forgot to mention I bought 150' of rope light at HD last week for $0.63 /foot, including tax. (2-48' ropes white, 3-18' blue). The longest strands they had were 48' white (clear) - no spools. BTW they are VERY proud of their vampire plugs - right at $2 each. :shock: -Jon
  3. Thanks guys. JR, it's just something I put in the side yard for the wife & me to look at when we sit outside. Not really anything I planned as a Christmas decoration, per se. Just something kinda flamingo funky, you know. However, after reading Jerry's post I got to thinking a nativity scene for Christmas (minus the flamingos LOL). Jerry, I'm a newby at welding and building wireframes. You can see from the dates of my posts it took about a month for me to do the tree. I would say the actual work took about 2 days (someone like Robin could do it in a day easy, I expect). The rest was thinking about it, I guess. Wife says I think too much. :/ I have a couple (unfortunately not very good) pictures of the process, if you want. Also, I learned a few things. I'd be glad to help any way I can. Don't know what your level of proficiency is. -Jon
  4. This has helped me a lot. http://www.planetchristmas.com/RopeLight.htm
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    Aaah... OK. Thanks, Ryan. I see the list sorts by city; guess I should fix mine to 'Austin area' or something instead of 'near Austin' like I have it. Jon
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    Jeff, sorry if this is a dumb question: Where is the PC map you mention above? Jon
  7. Thank y'all for your kind words. -jon
  8. Wow, Carrie - finer 'n frog hair! The angel especially just blows me away. Painting is not my long suit, so I really enjoy seeing the work of those who are good at it. Very -Jon
  9. Mvipond: Finally got er done! I agonized forever over the color of the tree trunk. Experimented painting rope light, etc. Ended up just going with the dark yellow rope light I had from hobby lobby.
  10. That's a good idea - just weld flat bars edgewise on the back of the wireframe. Thanks.
  11. Robin, don't know how good they are... http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7314523&type=product&productCategoryId=cat03051&id=1118843685964
  12. Thanks, Jeff. Sometimes we get a lot of rain in winter, the last couple years notwithstanding. Just wondering - do you not GFCI these SPT homemade cords? The other day after a little rain my GFCI drove me nuts until I unplugged the minis, is why I ask. 'Course, the minis were on the ground, which may have been most of the problem.
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