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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.

John Kaz

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    Barrington USA
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    Love XMas lights!
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    Zamboni Driver
  • About my display
    85,000 light that dance to the music!
  1. From one of my previous posts: I bought 25 cases of M6 from Brian last year (2012 per sale). They were delivered before I expected them. Only 2 strings out of those 25 cases (600 strings) were defective. He had the replacements out the next day. His service and communication is A+ Will order from him again! John
  2. I bought 25 cases of M6 from Brian last year (2012 per sale). They were delivered before I expected them. Only 2 strings out of those 25 cases (600 strings) were defective. He had the replacements out the next day. His service and communication is A+ Will order from him again! John
  3. I can help you out. I have a few MB/Mp3's laying around (grey Brick type). PM me if interested. John
  4. Could not eidt PM me if interested. John
  5. I have the following incandescent light strings for sale: All lights and trees are new in box. All prices include shipping within continental us. Green Wire (100 count) 50 Red $2.50 ea. 24 Green $2.50 ea. 50 Clear $2.50 ea. 8 Target Pearlized Gold (110 count) $5.50 ea. White Wire (100 count) 141 Red $2.50 ea. 76 Purple $2.50 ea. 27 Clear $2.50 ea. 49 Multi $2.50 ea. 18 Green (200 count) $5.00 ea. 22 Clear (200 count) $5.00 ea. 17 Wal-Mart White mini trees $15.00 ea. (not sure on shipping price) Ramsey FM25B (tested and working) $175.00 Ramsey 100B (tested and working) $300.00 Tru-Match TM100 (tested and working) $75.00
  6. I built a mame machine 10 plus years ago and love it. Even the nieces and nephews play it when they come over to visit. The hardest part is getting all the ROMs, sitting hours at the computer downloading isn't fun. Find a rom burner. They charge very little and you get all the ROMs at once.
  7. Hey John I am interrested if you still 1. You mentioned more than one, how many do you have for sell?

  8. Bump Still available $200.00 OBO. PM me if interested with a email addy and I will send you pictures. John
  9. I have 5 assembled in enclosures with a Rainbow Brain. All fully tested. $225.00 includes shipping. PM me if interested. John
  10. Animated Lighting LC16's for sale. $150.00 or best offer. We can talk discounts if you buy more than one. PM me if interested. Thanks John
  11. If you get to the Chicago area you are welcome to all of my used 500 strands of 100 count incandescent mini lights for free! The catch is you have to take them off of their frames. There are approx. 200 red, 200 green, and 75 clear. John
  12. Have the following that I will bring. New still in their bags. C6 70 Count full wave red $8.00 each. C6 70 Count full wave green $10.00 each. Please PM me if interested. Sorry I tried but dont know how to make the pic. bigger. IMG_4677S.bmp
  13. Bill .. I agree. I built the attached a few years back. There are only 2 elfs and 2 stars that are attached to the “arch” portion of the display. I started with
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