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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.

vette-kid

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About vette-kid

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    ...The Christmas Story, of course!
  • Location
    Niceville Florida
  • Biography
    Husband and Father of 2 kids, I love to share the Christmas message and the real meaning for the season with my little ones and those around me.
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    Running, Cars, tools, holiday decorating (a new one, but its taking)
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    Be the best husband and father I can be!
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    ...working on it!

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  1. Sadly I hadn't had time to make it to Lowe's or Home Depot. Our Walmart was pretty well picked clean today. Some mini lights, but I really wanted some rope lights. Completely out. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  2. Nice thing about HD ok you can ship to store for free even on clearance items. I did it last year with Christmas stuff. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  3. Waiting for 75% to get more of the app lights candy canes. At $15 a set I'll just replace a few each year. Easier than changing brands entirely. I have 8 sets now Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  4. Checked one of ours this afternoon and it was pretty well picked over already. IIRC last year they got another shipment a few days before Christmas. Maybe a fluke. If they don't get more this year then I'm done. Nothing but string lights and a few odds and ends. One reindeer and sleigh. That's it. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  5. You should be able to ship to store for free Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  6. I thought the same thing! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  7. Ugh, thanks allot guys! Two more to store away! HD in Destin had about a dozen left when I went in, liberated two. Been wanting candy canes for a while actually, so good timing! Converted to LED... Pics never work so well when it's too dark out. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  8. My attempt at classing it up a bit this year Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  9. vette-kid

    Applights

    1:. Only works with apple 2:. Only available as C9 lights I believe, no candy cane or pathway markers 3:. Where in there heck are you finding them for $10!!?? Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  10. vette-kid

    Applights

    Don't have any I phones, might have an old Android laying around I can try though. Thanks Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  11. vette-kid

    Applights

    Well I'm 90% done this year, finally. My applights ALL suddenly will not connect. All of them worked fine last year, but will not connect. They show as available in settings and will pair, but still do not show connected. I tried resetting them and reinstalling the app with no change. I suppose it was inevitable, these things done have the greatest reputation. And if I can only use them in Christmas lights mode, that's ok I guess. But I'd prefer to be able to connect and change them. Anyone have any ideas? I have several candy cane strings and a tech tree. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  12. Thanks for the kind words. I love the classic look of it. An interesting combo with the palm tree lit! I'm honestly not sure what pitch ours is. Most of it is fairly step. One section on the back is less so. It's just steep enough to be uncomfortable. I did most of it sitting down straddling the peak. I should also mention I used the Walmart holiday time all purpose clips. They seem to work best out of what is locally available. They work well on the gutter and on the shingles. They could me just a millimeter or two taller to give clearance for the C9s, but they work ok. The other clips available locally did not have any clearance room, so while they clipped nicely to the shingle, there was no way to actually put the light in it. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  13. This year I decided to light the entire Ridgeline instead of just the gutter line. Good bit of work, and not my favorite place to be (roof), but I like the look. These are all pre-lit strings, ecosmart LED C9s. It did require some back tracking. I think next year I'll do custom extensions with spt1 to make it easier. How do other people light the roof line? Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  14. Nope, not gonna pay $45 for one shipped!! I know they are out there though, have to run a 12v converter too though Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  15. You can get plastic welding rods in various colors. Amazon has tons of them Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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