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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    One year growing up, our furnace went out around Christmas and we a couple days huddled in a single room with a wood burning stove. Had to retreat to a hotel eventually.
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    Lisle, IL
  • Biography
    Married father of two in IL
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    Music, invertebrate animals, auto-didacticism
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    Stay-at-home Dad, stock trader, Musician
  • About my display
    I do a big blue tree wrap every year, but looking to expand for 2018!

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  1. Hey, thanks for the help everyone! I am continuing to explore this... called the zoo and found out they ordered most of theirs through Windy City Lights here in Chicago (http://windycitylights.com/why-led/led-m5-mini-ice/), and actually they come that way from WCL. I would have to assume that they just OEM them from China like everyone else... that seems like a laborious customization to do on individual strings stateside... On a related question, anyone ever order several hundred strings OEM from Alibaba? Oh, and they used the weather covers from Twist and Seal... I checked them out and they are actually pretty cool too...
  2. Hello all! I've been a member of dozens of forums over the years, but only now have joined a Christmas light-themed group. Kids are old enough now that this years display provoked a lot of "can we do XYZ next year??", so.... I've gotten bit. We are members at the Brookfield Zoo here in Chicago, and they do a gigantic Christmas light display every year. Of course I snooped around some of it, and it appears that most of the strings are faceted M5's, and I believe the brand was Wintergreen. What all these strings had that I'd never seen before, though, was "Quick Connect" plug ends that made for a very streamlined and attractive presentation ... you could tell they had 30 or 40 strands connected together, and I personally love the idea of weatherproof connections. Granted, they're not stackable, etc, but I thought I'd try to find some. I've looked now on all the major wholesaler and retail sites, and contacted Wintergreen directly... no one has any M5's with QC ends. So now I'm curious, is anyone using similar strings, and if so where'd you get them? I didn't get any good pictures (too dark), but I think we all know the basic style I'm talking about. Thanks in advance, I look forward to being a part of the community!
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