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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. All of the mini lights are from China and if you don’t know the bulbs are installed by prisoners in exchange for food. But that’s another story. There are no standards or no quality control when it comes to mini-lights. When I buy minis I always by a string or two extra to have spare bulbs Fiinding the “right” replacement bulb is a matter of trial and error even if you have a name brand like GE. II gave up trying to find replament bulbs years ago as I was never succeful. Hate to not be more positive about this but we are living in a disposable world. These things are meent to be thrown away not repaired.
  2. It all depends but probably not much. Have a power meter and the difference between minis and LEDs is not much. Based on my experiments I have found the minis are really made for the 220v market but they put a 120v plus on them. Try runnng them at 220v and you willl see they are the “right” brightness. The super right minis are the correct voltage for 120v which is the reason they are “super bright”. The energy draw for the superbrigh and the regular minis would be exactly the same.
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    Crummy computer programmers. Or poorly trained staff or probably a bit of both.
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    Anyone tried Target?
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    Noticed yesterday, Dec 24 several stores including the local Home Depot’s had already cleared out the Holiday items and replaced them with Valentines Day items.
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    Sorry, don’t know. Highly doubt online stuff will drop much more. It’s the stuff in the store that’s taking up real estate that they want to get rid of quick. Highest discounts will be in the stores.
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    Last year it was on the 23th or 24th. Late on the 23rd and on the 24th they began clearing the shelves and move in the Valentines Day stuff. The five HD stores by me didn't have anything left by the 27th. In years past it was after new years. My guess is HD is using Big Data to maximize profits and has come to the realization if Holiday stuff has not been sold by the 23rd there's no money to be made. You can also play lets make a deal with the store manager or price. I think after the 27th they toss what's left in the trash. HD Is all about maximizing profits.
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    C7 Bulb Colors...

    I remember seeing those deep blue as a kid. They are C9s. Are you looking for C9s or C7s? All the blues I’ve seen for th past 20+ yers have all been the sky blue color. Look on eBay or Craig’s list for vintage Christmas lights or garage sales. I think the dark blue weren’t bright enough and were replaced by the sky blue because they were brighter. If you want something right away your best option will be LEDs.
  9. Looks nice. 40 watt (eqv) appears to be just right. Are you willing to share the cost and source for the bulbs?
  10. I’ve had a lot off brightness issues with the LED bulbs. The LED strip light appears to me to be a bit more consistent. You would have to modify your blow mold to accommodate an LED strip light. Maybe something like 1” PVC pipe sticking up inside the blowmold with four of the LED strips attached to it. The strip light has an adhesavie tape which would stick to the pipe. Good luck.
  11. Had similar experiance. I would try the LED strip light, would be plenty bright,, if not too bright. They have a brightness setting which can be adjusted or they can be cut to reduce the number of LEDs.
  12. The thing with all of these bulbs is there is no consistency. What you order this time may or may not be what you receive if you re-order.
  13. Just trying to give you some ideas if what you receive doesn’t work out. You might want to take consider something like strip LEDs. I have some of these and you can program to any color of put into demo mode which cycles though all of the colors. You could mount the LEDs to a pipe inside the blow mold to give you better light distribution. They might be too bright so maybe use half the strip? I just tested the ones I have to make sure the programming “sticks” if power is removed. I can confirm it does for the ones I have which are like the ones on eBay. Default program is to transition through all of the colors. Or using the remote you can program specific colors like red and green, have a specific intensity, or have the LEDs fade in and out or flash. Hope you find this helpful. https://www.ebay.com/itm/5M-RGB-5050-Waterproof-LED-Strip-light-SMD-44-Key-Remote-12V-US-Power-Full-Kit/302383732527?epid=691533819&hash=item466779972f:g:67wAAOSwpINZaTDj
  14. Gald to see if you got what you were looking for. I wonder if they will be bright enough for a blow mold. I’ve purached some LEDs where the light output has been very disappointing. Looks like you will have them in a few days and will be able to tell us. Hope they meet your needs.
  15. Over the years I have purchased 100s of items from Banggood. LEDs, tools, clothing, light bulbs, all kinds of things. Everything I have received is of good quality and is a much better value than anything I can get locally. I too was reluctant to purchase items from them. But after several purchases my fears were gone. Give them a try. Aren't you looking for something like this? https://www.banggood.com/B22-10W-Dimmable-RGB-Color-Changing-LED-Light-Lamp-Bulb-Remote-Control-AC85-265V-p-1114839.html?rmmds=detail-left-hotproducts__5&cur_warehouse=CN
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