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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. I run all inflatables on WiOn 50049 & 50053 WiFi timers. I can be 1,000 miles away and still control my inflatables thru my phone. I used to turn them off when a shower/storm come through but then I sometimes end up with flat inflatables (dead fans). Now I leave them ON all the times except in severe weather (strong winds). Fans struggle to run if they are covered/clogged in snow or inflatables filled with water. By leaving inflatables ON, I rarely need to buy and replace fans. No matter how you set them up, they always need adjustments. Ropes and stakes always get loose becaus
    2. Last week I took out the weak 0.5a fan and put in the 0.85a fan + 3 LED lights. Now the inflatable is fuller and brighter. I should have done this LONG TIME AGO. Old: https://www.yardinflatables.com/Gemmy-Airblown-Inflatable-Replacement-5a-FAN-w-Adapter_p_1862.html New: https://www.yardinflatables.com/Replacement-85a-Fan-w-Adapter-For-Fabrique-Inflatable-Football-Helmets_p_3252.html
    3. Shop Rite 75% off Christmas lights. I grabbed 2x 25 C9 LED string lights.
    4. This inflatable was the last to go up then 3 days later it was flat on the ground. Luckily I have a similar larger Halloween version (same designer / manufacturer) so I took the adapter from it and use it to power this one. Now its up. I still don't like the blower.. 0.8a fan blowing up 6ft size. Fine when dry but it struggle to inflate and stand upright when wet. After Christmas (if it last that long), I will replace the 0.8a fan+adapter for the gemmy 1a fan+adapter.
    5. Green - Orange. I can change LED colors through the app on my smartphone. No more stepping up on the ladder to change bulbs every holiday.
    6. It seem they are still active on eBay: http://www.ebaystores.com/Seasons-LA The website (seasonsla.com) is very old. They have not updated their pages since Nov 2011.
    7. Yeah they just sit there. I'm thinking about upgrading the adapter plug (more power) and adding another small fan to blow the snow.
    8. Yep it is working now. Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
    9. Hope you don't forget to update the forum address in the tapatalk app. It still trying to connect to the old address.
    10. I saw this back in early December but didn't buy it because the lowest price I looked at was still too much. They are priced from $80 to $130. Decided to wait until after Christmas. Googled (under Shopping) for it for days until I found it at Groupon for $69.99. I gave in. The lowest I have seen. Total $74.63. The reason why I was interested in this was because I have wanted a inflatable/airblown snow globe but they cost more than I would like. So I thought I would buy this and see if I could somehow put the fake snow stuff in it. https://www.google.com/shopping/product/32742897759354617
    11. Recently I bought 3x 25 C7 "Christmas" LED string lights from SuperBrightLeds.com. Orange, White, Green. Finally arrived today. I'm thinking about getting the 3 Channel 8 Function Chase Controller. https://www.opentip.com/product.php?products_id=1997539
    12. Back on Black Friday, I bought 7x C7 Multi-Color LED string light set from monoprice.com. Left them outside for the entire month of December and currently still out there now. Went through a lot of heavy rain storms. I'm happy with them. Last week, I bought 3x (1- Orange, 1- White, 1- Green) from superbrightleds.com to be used for Saint Patrick's Day. They arrived today.
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