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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 bert-nc

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  • Birthday 09/23/1955

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  1. I have had a lot of lights lost in the last year or two. Thinking that tension on the lights from stretching them putting them up, and wind blowing during the season, was causing my problem. This sounds like a possible solution. My original was to attached the lights to "paracord" to give them strength, and take out some of the tension from stretching the light strings. bert-nc
  2. I was glad to get some Lowes brand clear minis the day after thansgiving for $2.00 a box. not much of a savings, but some. I was at Lowes yesterday and shocked to see that virtually all the lights were gone. bert-nc
  3. my luck with finding clearance items at Lowes has been almost nill. Especially the really good deals. Seems that each indivual store has room to decide what they want to clear out. However it never hurts to look. bert-nc
  4. I know that would be a good to do: 1-but the cost for me is still prohibitive, 2- I live a good ways from the road and leds just don't have the brightness I need to really stand out from a distance. I have a wreath with probably 200 or 250 c-5 leds, and from the road it just does not stand out. Up closr yes, but not far off. bert-nc
  5. was wondering how everyone was doing their light strands for their trees. my tree is small compared to most, 13 or 14 ft counting star. I use light strands 24 ft long , and double them. this year I seem to have a bunch of lights with half of the the not working. they were working when I took them down, and rolled them up in a ball at brakdow. was wondering if wind and weather placed to much stress on the wires, or light sockets. does anyone re-enforce their strand before placing on the tree. bert-nc
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    Roof Lights

    I will admit that living in North Carolina I do not have the snow issue that you do. However on the rare occasion we do have snow, the c-9s I use will melt the snow around it. do not know what size lights you use. bert-nc
  7. have put up most stuff that goes on the house, and have the lights on now to see if everything works. mega tree to put up, and more arches to build and put up. looks like cold weather will be her for the friday after thankgivings. I am behind. I am getting slower I think. bert-nc
  8. though I do not have nearly the amount of lights that most of you do, I am going to start putting up lights this week-end also. bert-nc
  9. I know that a lot of folks use the 6 foot extension cords that if caught on sale can be bought for 99 cents. However this is not the way I am thinking of wiring my controller. I am thinking of using 18 awg spt-1 and place a vampire plug on the end. My question is how long of cord do you have coming from the controller. I fixed one for my son using the 6 foot extension cords, and cut the cord just behind the male plug. To me they were to long. However as I prepare to wire my controller, I thought I would fine out what others do. bert-nc
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    c9 light strings

    need to purchase some c9 light strings and would like some advice on where to purchase. I have purchased from Action Lighting before, and their products and service has been great. However, the c9 strings I have bought, seems like you are going to break the bulb while placing the bulb into the socket. have actually broken some strobes removing them from the sockets. I want to buy them in 100 foot lengths, and also would prefer 18 gauge spt-2 wire. any advice would be welcome bert-nc
  11. I done an on-line check, and the lowes in k-ville is suppose to have it in stock. Now I have to find where they have it located at. My wife suggest I ask a clerk, but that is taking the easy way out. I believe I should be able to find what I need, without asking a clerk. even if it takes all day. Any suggestions on where to look would be appreciated. Just don't tell the wife!! bert-nc I'm not lost, I'm just exploring!!
  12. I checked in Lowes today and was unable to find the sheeting you used. Looked beside the plactic sheeting that comes in rolls, and all I found was sheets of material like you would put in a drop down ceiling. None as cheap as you described, or as small of size either. do you have an sku from the piece you bought? or maybe I was in the wrong location, and any you can direct to the the propper place. thanks bert-nc like your idea, thinking of using the frnce post idea from another thread of yours
  13. for those who might a smaller size of vinyl, Do It Best Hardware has these downspouts. They are not the thin ones, but thick. I have used them to glue c-9 light strings on for lights in the mulched areas around the house. Very sturdy and stay straight. http://doitbest.com/Main.aspx?Ne=4294967294&N=4294967134&PageId=365&No=260 bert-nc ps: how you do paste a link to a web site so it will open up when you click on it?
  14. question for the folks making wireframes, that I know probably has been asked before: 1- what type of welder do you use? stick, mig, etc 2- does your welder run on 110 or 220? 3- do you do much welding besides wireframes? reason for asking is that I was thinking of this welder, but was wondering if I would regret not going with a welder powdered by 220 later on. thanks bert-nc http://www.lowes.com/pd_256722-1703-K2480-1_0_?productId=1072945&Ntt=welder&Ntk=i_products&pl=1&currentURL=/pl__0__s?newSearch=true$Ntt=welder$y=10$x=21
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