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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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    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
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      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
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      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
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      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) us
    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 ot
    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
    16. Now if you can just find one that changes colors! I even found a adapter to screw into E12 and allow you to plug a G4 or 5.3 into it. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
    17. 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 E
    18. 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
    19. LED corn bulbs Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
    20. 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
    21. 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
    22. Here is what I use for white in blow molds. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
    23. 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
    24. 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
    25. 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
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