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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. Huh, that’s strange. I went from a fresh browser and got to the site again.
  2. Has anyone ever bought anything from a website www.ccohwv.org? Is it legit? They have some good deals, but it looks a little sketchy and came up as “website not secure” on my iPhone at checkout so I voided the transaction. Thanks
  3. Actually this sold this week. Sorry I was late posting.
  4. I outlined my roof in white based on my wife’s choice, but I prefer more color so I am deciding whether to convert to candy cane red white. I haven’t created window frames yet so I’m also considering keeping the roof outline white and making the windows red/white, red/green, or even multicolor. Too many options. This is a great question though.
  5. Walmart here in Cleveland is 50% off today. Found 7 boxes of the easy push Adams 10 inch path light stakes. Seemed to be a fair amount of items still available.
  6. At one time they made a set for LEDs. I agree it seems uncertain now. Boscoyo closes for a few weeks on the 20th so I’ll email him today for clarification and report back here.
  7. Any update on how these snowflakes are working out? Do one of the 4 designs look best lit up? Thanks in advance!
  8. Thank you diamondkilo, love your display and now want to make those DIY gift boxes. What light color would be best on lampposts? The last few years I wrapped with red rope but left it off this year for no real reason. Stick with white minis? Also what are you using for your ground lights? C7s/c9s with stakes or something else? That is what I am doing. Thanks.
  9. Finally finished today. So happy I rewrapped the bushes from white to red and green this morning. Also happy with my first try at a mega tree and the roof outline, though I wish I did the verticals also. Want to do the windows but could not commit as we are thinking about moving. Great displays everyone!
  10. Selling new in box Plug-n-Show Black Pixel Tree which has 15 strips of pixels. Also included is the Mini Director MP3 with SD Card Reader/Writer. I bought during the after Xmas sale but cannot use. Asking $525, plus you pay shipping, or best offer. The tree alone currently retails for $599. PM me with question.

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    LOR Plug-N-Show Black Pixel Tree Kit - 16 strips of 25 pixels. Also included is a Gen 3 Mini Director Card with Mp3 Player that has the SD Card Reader/Writer. I bought these after Christmas last year but never used them so they are new in box. Decided I'm not quite ready to enter the world of pixels. Combined these items are selling currently for $725, I will sell for $625 and you pay the shipping as well.


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