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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. OH, yeah, I figured (hoped) I could run that further from the tree. Oh well. I guess if that is the only way to go, I may have to do it that way!
  2. Would I dare running something like that the same distance?
  3. That product seems like a good idea. My only wonder is how near I would need to be to the control box in order to make changes...that may be something inwould need to dig into more as that posting didn't seem to say. I hadn't given a lot of thought into how much of the tree I was going to light until I saw \/ that reply... Excellent point... I don't know if that lends more or less credence to just focusing on lighting the trunk...
  4. Hello folks, I am very new to this and, to be fair, don't PLAN on getting too deep into lighting decor. However, I have a plan to light ONE tree. I would like to use LEDs that would allow me to leave this tree lit year round and change the colors depending on the holiday/season (aka have it change color to be a st patricks tree, Valentine's tree, etc). I can't seem to find a decent light set that will do this, though. So that would be my first request...any input offered from anyone's research would be great! Just to add one final, difficult spin to this relatively straight forward situation...the tree i want to light is about 400 ft from the nearest power outlet/wifi source. I can't seem to figure out exactly what will go into running power that far for the fairly small amount of lights I am looking to run. This also is why I have found my search for lights to be so difficult as I am also searching for a decent way to change the colors... By app? In which case, is the app worth while/dependable/etc? Do the lights require wifi to change color/run a schedule/etc? So....yeah, input from the experts would be great! Thanks!
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