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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
      Rudolf - original animation
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      Granbury, Texas, USA
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      Navy Nuclear Reactor Operator, Electronics Technician
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      Computers, Electronics in general
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      worked at a nuclear power plant, now retired
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      Almost 100% RGB now. Over 115k channels. xLights and Falcon Christmas

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    1. No testing like destructive testing !!! Thanks for the info and the laugh.
    2. http://www.diyledexpress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10&products_id=65 These look like what you are asking about. They would need a DC controller. They are 5volts, not 12volts. Most DC controllers can output 5volts as long as you provide higher voltage to the control circuitry.
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    4. Great Tip on the Nylon Rope and Safety Pins. If you used 16 light strings and 16 nylon ropes, you should be able to get one string "perfect" and then duplicate the other 15 by using a tape measure. Though it might be prone to tangling, I should be able to build in the back yard, pull my stakes and then re-stake in the front yard. The safety pins would prevent shifting during transit (and storage!)
    5. The D-Light website says that they are out of stock on Firefli strings right now. I don't think they have anything to send to you.
    6. from the D-Light website: D-Light Designs, LLC (D-Light) warrants unconditionally, to the first end-user, all hardware and parts thereof against defects in material and workmanship for a period of one (1) year from the date of purchase. D-Light will remedy any defect via repair or replacement during this period. The end-user must contact D-Light for a return authorization and ship the defective unit back at customer expense. When received, the unit will be repaired or replaced at D-Light's discretion and then returned at D-Light's expense. - note from JonB - if you are not the "first en
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