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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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    ...The Christmas Story, of course!
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    Niceville Florida
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    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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  1. I just looked those up. Send they get mixed reviews at best. Several claiming strings lasted only one season, poor customer support, no Android support unless you are in an older device/version. Applights have their issues as well, but I'm still using several and managed to pickup several boxes of the candy canes last year for pretty cheap. IMHO, these toe of things are great for driveway markers or three either larger decorations (tech tree, it similar), but just too costly and unreliable for the regular strings. I have a few strings that I used to backlight some pumpkin cutouts and an Easter cross. But that's it. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  2. And a color change c7 of at least 300 lm The ones I have now are a cool white and they are pretty bright. I wouldn't be surprised if they got the 500 lm Mark, or close. I'm going to order some more and test some differences, since I can't be sure which ones I ordered last time. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F173685959174 Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  3. LED corn bulbs Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  4. I use a tote and a 5 gal bucket. Not near as many cords as some I'm sure. Next year I REALLY want to switch to spt1. Custom lengths and less bulky (not running that much amperage on each one, all LED). Twist ties help a ton and avoid tangles. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  5. I have my roof lights on and the palm tree was lit the other night, mostly because I forgot to unplug it after setup testing. I'll leave the roof on and turn the rest on after Thanksgiving. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  6. Here is what I use for white in blow molds. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  7. I can't find them in my purchase history. I'll get a pic of one when I get home. I can tell you the Olaf is BRIGHT with two of them in it! They look very similar to what rich posted. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks, it did not show up for me in the I started or contributed in??? Strange Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk I forgot about those c7s, they ended up in my kids nightlights. I have some corn style bulbs for blow molds that work great. Seems they could use rgb LED pretty easily. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  9. I'm pretty sure there was a thread about this last year, but I can't find it. Does anyone know of a color change LED bulb that will fit into blow molds? I think they would look good on Olaf. Maybe on candy canes too, but I can seem to find any. I have some regular size bulbs that are great in my reindeer parking sign. Just need to find smaller ones for the regular blow molds. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  10. Looks great, exactly what I want to do. I'd use color changing light bulbs to give it that sort of magical feel! Actually been wanting to do this for a few years, just no time. How did you paint the pole? PVC? Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  11. Actually, no I didn't notice that. Thank you! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  12. Looking for something interesting for the sconces outside on the garage. Not a fan of the solid red and green look. I found these on eBay, anyone have feedback? Or something different? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F401734012600 Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  13. Several of those were out last year as well Looks like they just changed it from "reindeer parking" Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  14. Great, now I'm going to have to go look for Olaf! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  15. I've not had that problem with my C9s. Ecosmart brand. I'd guess the brand had a lot to do with it. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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