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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.

STEVES

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  1. Easy. Return and buy again. End of problem
  2. I have 6 new ones...still iln box. Didn't use as intended. Call if you are interested, 407-628-2059...Steve Or, email to [email protected]
  3. Looks like we have chance to get blackout caps again. ...but they come in 1,000 count bags. I don't need 1,000...but could use 200-300. Anyone in Florida interested in sharing a bag ? 54.95....from CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW. SEND NOTE IF INTERESTED
  4. We have about a dozen....they are all over 38" and all have 300 lights each. Really neat to line sidewalks, etc.
  5. Do You Have Any Of The 300 Ct Clears Left ? Also Need Some Red Sets. Steve Slack
  6. Anyone know how to reach Noma for their garland lights ? As described for the sidewalk arches a few days ago ? Thanks
  7. IFyou go on line, Home Depot is still showing 30% off as of this afternoon. Could change tomorrow, of course. Lowes's is just about out of everything now. Anyone seen movement at Walgreens ?
  8. LOWES WENT TO 50& OFF IN CENTRAL FLORIDA YESTERDAY...THEY HAVE SOME REALLY GOOD MINIS A A BUCK FOR 100...IF YOU GET THERE ON TIME
  9. CHECKED OUT TWO STORES HERE THIS AFTERNOON. NO DIFFERENCE IN PRICING UNTIL THURSDAY,...SO THEY SAY.
  10. JUST ONE QUESTION....WHAT IS "SNOW" ? (83 DEGREES HERE TODAY)
  11. sure isn't all WalMarts. Went to two here in Orlando this morning. No special sale prices yet.
  12. Would appreciate suggestions on best way to get good pictures of our lights. Have heard that starting at dusk...before full dark is best. We are using digital camera. Thanks
  13. Have noticed that Home Depot, Lowes andWalMart inventories are showing a "picked over" look....which tells me they might be shutting down earlier than normal, cutting into possibilities for any post Christmas closeout steals. Anyone agree ?
  14. Looking for a "light nut" (as most of us are !) who has a LightKeper and knows how it works. We have tried it all..including leaning on the people who make it. No luck with their help...or others who have sent along ideas. We have a rather simple, basic light outage...can't imagine what it would be if it was a big problem If you live in Central Florida...and know something about these things, would appreciate some help...at your convenience. Thanks
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