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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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  1. I printed the prices from earlier and they have gone up a lot.....I do not remember seeing anything about the earlier you buy the cheaper they are.
  2. Ryan.....I know the 5mm are the same price as the M5 but will they also come 50, 70 or 100? Dave
  3. Also note that there is a 3 year warrenty on these as was the same for 5mm's that I bought 2 years ago from walmart. I had 2 strings of those fail, sent them back and had 2 new strings in under 2 weeks. Many of the LED's bought from vendors here only offer a 90 day warrenty and I have lost close to 10 strings of those that would of been covered under Walmarts warrenty
  4. I have about 56 boxes of Walmart 100ct and 23 boxes of the Lowes 100ct clear mini's. I will sell them for $1.00 a box. Would prefer not to ship them. I live in the Tampa area. All are brand new in the box. PM if you are interested. Thanks Dave Huseman
  5. I bought a bunch of ties from them a couple of years ago. Had no problems so I actually just placed an order yesterday for more!! Dave
  6. Does anyone know if Travis is getting lights from the same place as last year? I have 12 strings of white wire green C6 that are only good if I use them together, if I try to add a strings of Pauls lights then Pauls lights only come on about 50%. I have 35,000 led's from Paul and Travis and they do get mixed, so if I get the same kind of lights as last year from Travis they do not do me any good. Dave
  7. Huseman Family Lights 18928 Nest Fern Circle Tampa, Fl 33647 This is in the New Tampa area. We are just a few miles away from the Wiregrass Display. Dave Huseman
  8. I placed an order late Sunday night with him and received it on Wednesday. He does not send out an email to let you know it has been shipped. He has always been very fast at shipping out though. Dave
  9. I think that I am going to forget the welding part. I think I will just drill a couple of holes through the pipe and attach the winch directly to pipe. Thanks for everyones help. Dave
  10. Thanks to everyone for the great info. I am using 1 1/4 inch Galvanized water pipe. I am using it to pull about 90 strings of lights. When the strings got about 1/4 way up the winch started moving. The way I set it up was I used U bolt to mount a piece of wood to the pole then use 3/8 inch lag bolts to mount the winch. What is the recomendded size wire I should be using? Dave
  11. I used u-bolts and cannot tighten them anymore and the winch slips on the pole. Is there a better way to mount to the pole? Thanks Dave
  12. Paint a piece of rebar black and pound it into the ground and then I zip tie the tree to the rebar.....it has never moved. I put up the white 3, 4 and 6 ft spiral trees and do the same thing but I paint the rebar white. Dave
  13. I agree and I have no time to wait. We were up on ladders in the trees yesterday and today with some pretty strong gusts. So for us it is business as usual. Dave
  14. Hey Dave.....Welcome to PC and to the addictive world of Christmas Lights. I am just across the bridge from you in Tampa. My first year I used the Mr Christmas 6 channel controller to control everything. It took a lot of extension cords and Tri-taps to get everything hooked into 6 channels. Take a look at my website......look down the left hand side to video's 2007. This was the only year that I used Mr Christmas. Let me know if you have any questions. www.husemanfamilylights.com Dave
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