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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. We cleaned up on 100 ct light strings of warm white led's, some light spheres, snowflakes, net lights, and village pieces....first time for those things.
  2. You know, I didn't consider that. I did have PVC frames for the previous house, but they were different sizes. i want to do the same thing, but I don't have the little ledge that brick creates under the window.
  3. I recently moved into a house that has one window surrounded by stucco/mortar. It doesn't have a shelf at the bottom, like a brick surround does. I'm not sure how attach the lights on this window. I want to make a pvc frame for easy install and removal...dont know. Any ideas would be appreciated!
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    I got a deal that kicked me right into the retro fit C-9 bulbs. I was in Home Depot this weekend looking for storage boxes for my reindeer. I was walking around the area, and looked over at the Christmas stuff still left. I went to the shelf and looked down and saw 2 beat up boxes that held 500ft spools of C9 sockets at 12" spacing. They never have those! I opened them to make sure they were what I was thinking and they were, still wrapped in the plastic wrapping! I got excited, then i looked up and saw the price...I about had an accident. They were priced at $49.50 each!!! I grabbed both boxes and put them in my cart before someone else realized what they were. I went to the register and had them verify the price; it was correct. I had been looking to upgrade after this year, but it was going to be pricey. Now with that purchase and the pre-sale going on at HLE, it's very workable! All i could say, was "Thank you, Jesus!!!" I just had to share the story with Planet Christmas.
  5. Are the champagne smooth C9's close to the old school incans? How does the plastic cover feel? i tried some from another seller and the cover felt very thin, like it would not hold up. Any info you can offer would be greatly appreciated!
  6. I have a birch tree in the middle of my yard that I wrap with lights. Last year, it looked the best. I was able to wrap the 3 trunks and part way up the canopy, wrapping branches. I couldn't reach all the way to the top though. I want to try a different style this year and drape the strings. I don't want the swirl effect be wrapping the canopy, i want it to look sort of like it was covered in a huge net light, but more of a natural, random pattern. I've seen examples of this on a website called Light Up Your Holidays. I've tried to contact them, but never got a response. Can anyone shed some light on how I can do this. What kind of tools to use to hang the lights way up at the top, etc.
  7. Here's my 2 cents. I ordered 25 of the clear covered warm white SMD C9's from the Christmas light emporium, just out of curiosity, as I am searching for the LED equivalent to incandescent C9's. They were very bright, with just the single diode in them. The negative for me was the thinness of the cover. It seemed almost like the glass of the incandescent bulbs. I was concerned they would break too easily, and the way they were molded, seemed like they could allow water intrusion. They were also slightly smaller than the faceted C9's. I prefer the more robust feel of the faceted cover. Just my opinion. Anyone else tried these?
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