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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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    About roger1

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    • Birthday 04/09/1954

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      I guess i was about 5 or 6 when we went to Michigan to my sister's house for Christmas , and i had never seen the likes of the snow like was up there ! , but she had the best looking Christmas tree with multi colored lights,i am sometimes forgetful now , but not about that tree and the very cold weather.
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      tampa, Florida, USA
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      I was born a coal miner's son , in West Blocton Alabama(roll tide) the baby of 11 papa was 65 and retired when I first saw the light of day , i am a ASE certified auto mechanic Retired , and owner of Down From The MOUNTAIN Christmas LIGHTING here in Tampa.
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      still like rebuilding carburetors every now and then , and making Christmas decorations (such as sparkle balls)
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    • About my display
      when i do my home , i try to include the home made items like sparkle balls and blizzard tubes (love the 48" ones), never caught on to the computer control displays.

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    1. WOW ! I have never seen the 3 wise men on camels this big before , where can i find some ?
    2. looks like you put them up with my favorite light clips , so they must not be too heavy.......... are they aluminum or hot roll steel ?
    3. oh , every time i go i plan on a coulpe days to hike and try to hike a new one each time ,we would love to have you tag along , alum cave trail is a must do for the 1st time hike and so is some good hiking boots 'cause its mostly roots & rocks , but so worth it for the views, there is nothing like it, you will never foreget it , and you will return ! i don't know whats better about the abrhams falls hike , the hike itself or the drive to it , but a good way to spend the day..... so that woud be a couple day hikes that should get ya hooked
    4. hey hot rod thts what i do every chance i get to go up that way have you hiked up to mt. la conte ? abrhams falls is a real nice hike in the summer, if it get too hot just sat down in the the water and watch the little rainbow trout nibble on your toes they change colors like led lights we are looking for a cabin that we can walk to the trolly stop that takes us to the convention center now
    5. oh yes , but they will go 75% when you least expect it , so you have to stop by a lot don't know if they will go any more than that...........not a lot left here except those gitter bows
    6. 1tnvol, i had about 6 or 7 strings of lowes pop the fuses , and when i opened the the little cover to pop them out , it looked like something that had been in saltwater for a while .........so i just thought it was all the rain , but there was a problem on a tree where the light strings did not stack and it would trip the gfi , that was a new one on me too , and that happened when it was VERRY dry out , all were lowes 100 ct. incans.
    7. yup , been there ! they were driving me nuts i used lousiana hot sause in a spray bottle and vicks vaporub on all the connections and ant had any problem in after that
    8. i like ..........'nuf to make a feller learn to swim !
    9. could you let us know when you get yours and how you like it ? i called 3 of my verry good coustomers and told them they sould get as lesat one , and i had one call me back no more than 10 min. all gittie and told me they got the "frank and freinds" and "santas raindeer barn". it would be nice to get ole frank and freinds up in a couple weeks
    10. thank you brad , that is what i need to do WOOOOOHOOOOOOOO !
    11. if you need something to stack 3 or 4 high or higher with a lot of weight in them ............. check out the green ultra latch totes at target, i have them stuffed with 40 ft. ext. cords and light sets , and they are holding up real good. 25 gal. $9.00
    12. just stopped in target this morning and found about 12 cases of icicle lights green and white cord clear minis 50 ct. and the 350 ct. and the phillips clear on spools and ioo ct. boxs nets clear and multi tons of led sets I filled 2 carts full and on the way to the check out a worker smiled and gave me THAT look and I said I just can NOT belive you still have lights ! and she said i just found them in the back and put them out ! is that luck or what ! WOOOOoooooHOOOoooooo ! And there are lots more ! s, del mabry and and 275 in south tampa
    13. Well............i had found a target store that had cases upon cases of 100 ct. minis,reds,greens,clear,icicles, and i just knew where and when i was gonna pounce, went to check it out last night , and it looked like the buzzerds had landed on it, all i could come away with was a few c7s and a case of clear 50ct clear, and get this the check-out lady said some radio station had said this store had tons of clear minis, and you know the rest, so if you need them get them now , after christmas sales are a gamble, and we are NOT dealing the cards !
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