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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.
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  • 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.

webejpn01

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When my inflatable snowman got slashed and was caught on camera and then went "viral" (not a term in 2006) worldwide!
  • Location
    Appleton, WI
  • Biography
    X-Mas Lighting Rookie, but had my 5mins of fame when my inflatable snowman was slashed.
  • Interests
    Jeeps, radio control trucks, holiday lighting
  • Occupation
    Technical Deisgn & Rapid Prototyping Manger
  • About my display
    new house, new display.

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  1. Sorry, i should have been more clear. They are indeed C5 LED's (i'll edit original post). ChristmasKitten, while i like your idea, i unfortunately don't have any trees in my front yard that are worthy of doing this as they are skinnier flowering crab apple type trees.
  2. Let me start off by saying I have a simple display, no computer stuff, light controllers or anything fancy like that. When we moved into our current house 2 years ago, i decided to step it up a notch. I bought white C9 faceted LED bulbs and all the supplies from Christmas Light Emporium to build custom strands for my house. I also made PVC frames that snapped into my windows to trim them out as well with those same bulbs. So i've got trimmed out gutters and windows with all white C9's and then my blow-molded reindeer and santa setup running across one of my roof ridges. So i thought about changing it up and buying some colored C9's and swapping those in, but i really don't know if i want to spend another $200-$300 on bulbs. So i'm thinking i've got bins full of unused C5 LED's (from Menards, came in red box). I've got a mixture of multi-color strands and white strands...i would guess 2-3 dozen strands off the top of my head. So i'm trying to think of a nice little project that'll make use of those strands and not cost a ton of cash. I was thinking maybe trying out a mega-tree, but not sure it would look all that great with the strands i have and no controller of any sorts. Also thought about finding an old artificial on Craigslist and throwing them all on there and sticking that in the yard or on the patio. So....i'm soliciting ideas from you the experts! Let's hear them!
  3. So all my LED's were purchased at Menards and are the Enchanted Forest L.E.D. brand. I've had pretty good luck with them aside from not being as bright as I'd hoped....i've see other LED's on neighboring houses that appear much brighter. Anyway, the bulb/shell or whatever you want to call the colored crystal part that goes over the LED itself are becoming very dull. It's a combination of UV and storage i'm guessing. Some of the clear/white ones are starting to yellow. Is there anything i can dip the shells in or spray on them to bring the clarity back again? Thanks in advance! Matt
  4. burnt orange for reindeer? do you have a compairson picture of this color vs. original?
  5. Sorry if this topic has already been discussed(point me to the right place if it has). I want to give my empire reindeer a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. What do you reco for prepping procedures and then what rattle paint do you suggest? Also, what glue have you found to work best for repairs?
  6. I know, fill that bad boy up with concrete
  7. Will do. I know they are not as fancy or offer nearly as many bells and whistles, but I dont think i can get a 16 channel system w/ must sync. for less than $500. I just can't afford that this year.
  8. since it's telescopic, i was worried about how the "joint" lock the next section. If i did do it, i would probaly sleeve the inside with pvc or something cause it felt very light. comes with a flag too
  9. where on this site do I find info on the light controllers you get at menards, walmart, etc? Not sure that I can afford a fancy LOR unit or the like. Plus, i dont have tons of power available either.
  10. Saw these at harbor for under 40 bucks for 16'. Curious if it's strong enough for hanging lights?
  11. are those first two the same size, just different ear/antlers ? does anyone sell those currently besides on ebay?
  12. so which ones will be indentical to my empires? or is empire exclusive to itself?
  13. so this is like those tiki lights you can buy for your landscaping? can you find this stuff at home depot?
  14. ok, so I am trying to get my cookies straight. How many different blowmolded reindeer are there? I thought there were just 2 sizes, the larger ones that go with the 2 piece santa sleigh (i believe Empire made these ) and then the smaller version which goes with the 1 piece santa sleigh. But I think somewhere along the line, someone else bought the molds. So can someone please set me straight. I need to get 6 more of the larger ones for the 2 piece santa/sleigh, but want to make sure i am getting the right ones since ebay (probaly where i am oging to end up finding them) isnt always descriptive enough. Thanks in advance Matt
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