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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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vette-kid

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  1. 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
  2. Looks pretty cool. I might look into something like that as opposed to blow molds. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  3. I have been using the ecosmart C9 LED strings for three years now with no issues. I think HD is the only one that carries them. They are a step above the store brands for sure. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    I'd love to find some molds on sale! Really want a Nativity. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    Nice! I still have had a chance to make it into our other home Depot. I'm guessing they are picked clean at this point. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  6. I'd be interested as well! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  7. Outline entire roof, up to the peak, new bows for garage, wrap palm tree and possibly an oak, hang star from another Palm tree and put Nativity below, do" something" with street light, more pathway markers. Sounds like a lot, but really I just didn't put as much out this year as the year before. New house, new baby and upcoming deployment left me with little time. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  8. Holy crap that's excessive! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    Nice, wish I would have gotten one of those. Is out the same height as the Walmart reindeer sign? I also wish I would have gotten some large ornaments for outdoor trees. I need some new ones, maybe some flashier design. Was also hoping for some lighted bows to go under the garage lamps. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    Pics of the Merry and bright? I don't recall that one. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    Pretty much nothing at our Walgreens. In fact, I'm not sure I saw those lights at all this season. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  12. Yeah, it's pretty high. But it's really not too bright. Not ideal, but not awful. Wander if I could find a municipal decoration to put up on it. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    Crap, forgot about Walgreens. I like the C3 net lights they sell. Might check tomorrow. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    A few possibilities, given the condition of the packaging I think the most likely is that they received it a while ago and it feel behind a shelf somewhere and never got inventoried properly. While cleaning out the seasonal areas for clearance, it was discovered and put out. The other possibility is that it got shipped on from a warehouse or another store with lower sales volume. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  15. Anyone have a street light in their yard? Any ideas on what to do with this? The light isn't too bright, so my lights are visible. But if like to dress it up next year. Assuming I don't get in trouble for doing so, what could I do? I thought of wrapping with red ribbon to about 10 or 12 feet up, but maybe there's something better? Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    I like that sign. I tossed the battery powered fixture with a color changing bulb. Gives a nice effect. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk Our Lowe's, home Depot and Walmart are all pretty bare. Interestingly, home Depot was still at 50%. They had some lights and trees, but it was the cheaper lights and a few of the ecosmart M5, which I don't care for. I remember just a few years ago most of the stores had a fair selection through New year's. Is it just cyclical buying habits? I refuse to believe that all of the sudden about two years ago, all the retailers got their act together on inventory. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    I just checked our Lowe's, they are pretty much out. Might make a run to HD and check Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    Well, my wife was on call and I wasn't going to brave the trip in town with the little ones, so I settled for 50%. Ended up with 6 strings of the ecosmart C9, 4 sets of applights candy canes and one little Santa that matches the snowman I have. Would have liked more, but trying to stick to my budget! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  19. Pretty cool setup Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    Do you recall if they went to 75 online as well? Some of it is at 50 now, but I know some places the online stuff doesn't get as low as the stores. Not sure I'll be able to make it to the store on Christmas Eve Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    Home Depot is at 50% already. Anyone have any insight on when they make the next drop? I really want some of their C9s and the applights candy canes. Both of which are at 50% and sitting in my cart online. 75% would make me giddy! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  22. Brighter isn't always better. I actually like the brightness of the ecosmarts. When I wrap trees with colored LED C6 bulbs I actually hook up a dimmer as they are too bright. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  23. Yup, a 500ft spool with 12" spacing, 500 extra sockets and 1000 bulbs is $1000. It's essentially the same If I go with 8 inch spacing. Even if I cut that down after getting actual measurements, it looks like it's significantly more than I originally expected. 10 stands of the ecosmart gives me 660ft for $500 and I already have a jump on that. So I'll just figure out a way to Black out the overlapping portions. I was really hoping this would be a little more affordable, but I can't justify $1000 for just the roofline. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  24. To be fair, some of us are still wearing shorts and flip flops! And thanks for reminding me...I need to mow! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  25. I know, I seem to pick expensive hobbies! C9 bulbs look too be about $1 each, that adds up REAL quick doing a roof line! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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