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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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About chearns

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  • Birthday 11/13/1984

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    Macomb, Michigan, USA
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    Golf, Christmas Lights, Halloween decor. too
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    Library Assistant
  1. hearnschristmas www.hearnschristmas.com 52195 Maurice Macomb MI, 48042 This is my 4th LOR year. 40-50k lights 80% LED this year. 130+ channels Running Dec 1st 2009 - Jan 3rd 2010 4:45pm -Midnight Looking forward to help fill up the map. Chris Hearns
  2. I have my Ramsey FM100B and the parts needed to upgrade it to 1watt. I lost my link to the PDF that tells how to upgrade it. Does anyone have the PDF or the link? Thanks. OK, I found the instructions, but I am having another problem. I solder in the parts and transmitter will not come on. I de-solder everything and it starts working again. I tried once again and re-soldered the pieces and again it doesn't come on. Any ideas?
  3. Just for the fun of it, how much of each type of lights did all PC members buy total, and what was the total cost from PC Just wondering.
  4. looks like the orders are still flooding in, maybe you should extend the deadline, otherwise I think there is going to be a group buy 4 later this year, LOL
  5. I got 18 last year in GBII, want to add just a few more. 3 red 3 green 3 blue Thanks, let me know if you need a PM.
  6. I too am going to be adding as many houses in my neighborhood as I can get, and to save money I think I will be buying a cat 5 spool, but at least I know for what I can't the wireless will work.
  7. In my neighborhood people throw out wireframes all the time. I have so many!
  8. Last year I missed out on the savings of the group buy. Can someone send me an email directly when the group buy thread starts for led mini lights. I know that the order is placed early in the year, but since that is my off season, I try to relax, thus I visit PC less, so I don't want to accidentally miss it. If you guys can keep me in mind. [email protected] Thanks.
  9. For who ever answers the question above. What would happen if someone plugged an MR-16 into an AC outlet, just wondering becuase I put plug ends on them, to connect them to extension cords and the DC controller, but what if someone plugged it directly into an AC outlet, what would happen? Anyone know?
  10. I am selling my FM25B. I have been meaning too put it on ebay because I am upgrading to a different one, but I just haven't gotten around to it. I bought it last year fully assembled, so it has only been used a month. Private message me if you are still interested.
  11. Quick question: I don't want to have to go on top of the garage and seach for my c9s. What type of wire do c9's typicaly have, 16 or 18 guage + do they normally have spt1 or spt2 insulation? As, I said typically.
  12. Are there plugs made for 16 guage wire? I think the ones sold on those sites arefor 18 guage. Thanks.
  13. Just bought 6 myself. Highly recommend them.
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