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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 Storeytime

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  • Birthday 03/03/1954

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    Rockdale, Texas, USA
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    God, family, music, Christmas and everything that goes with it.
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    Electrical contractor. (Texas Electrical Services)
  • About my display
    Static and 16 channel LOR. Snow machine. Radio broadcast.

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  1. I'm doing my first mega tree on a flag pole. It will be 17' high with a 6' diameter. I was going to do 16 channels of each color with 2 strings per channel. I've noticed a lot of you do 8 or 12 channels per color. Is 16 channels too much for a tree this size?
  2. Does anyone know of a long lasting, durable shingle clip for C7's? I have a customer who leaves her lights up year 'round so she can light them for different holidays. This year after about 40 days of 100 degree temperatures we had to go replace about half of the shingle clips due to the high temperatures baking them till they were brittle and breaking up. If anybody knows of something for this application, I sure could use some help. We've got to have an answer for her soon. Thanks, Tim
  3. Storeytime

    C7 LED's

    Thanks all. I got a quote from Reinders today.
  4. Storeytime

    C7 LED's

    I've never used any LED's so I'm unfamiliar with how they look. I'm pricing lights for a customer that has amperage limitations, so I'm looking into C7 LED's. If it was my own house, I'd just try them and if I didn't like them, take them off. But, I have to sell these to the customer and I want to be sure they look right. This is just static and it's a basic "lining all the roof ridges and eaves". Do the LED's look similar to the old C7's? I would normally use clear C7's. Would I use warm white, cool white? Also, can someone recommend a good place to get the 1000', 12", 10amp C7 strings, lamps, & accessories?
  5. Michael, It's August and I'm just reading this thread but I wanted to respond to your question. I am a Christian who loves everything about Christmas including shopping and Santa. I've always had a sign in my yard that says: "He left angels and glory to lay in a bed of hay, He came to pay a debt He didn't owe, To save us from a debt we couldnt pay." Last year I was busy doing a float for our local Christmas parade which inlcuded LOR and a snow machine. By the time I was able to start on my house, I was already running way behind schedule and in addition to all of this, I had to cut down a tree that was the central part of the whole theme. Long story made short, I forgot about the sign. By the time I remembered, it was too late and I left the sign out. I felt terrible about it ever since then. That sign brought a man to my front door one Christams Eve who had never heard the gospel and wanted me to explain what the sign meant. I'll never make the mistake of thinking about the "message" of Christmas last again. Having said that, I just believe you can have both secular and Christian, but once you start using faith in your display, don't ever leave it out.
  6. I've used an inflatable snowman (Walmart version) for 2 years. I keep it connected 24 hrs a day because I don't like how they look when the power is off. It's still going strong.
  7. I'm very sorry to hear about your accident. Please count me in for a sponsor. I'll contact Jeff for mailing address.
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