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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.

    Nate#2

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    About Nate#2

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    • Birthday 03/06/1991

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    • Location
      Linn
    • Biography
      Electrician student, first year as of 2009
    • Interests
      Christmas lights (obviously), RC cars, and other stuff.
    • Occupation
      High school sophomore
    • About my display
      Just indoor stuff.
    1. I'm definitely going to come by next year, Geoff. Heck, if I can, I might even come and help with labor....I'll be that bored.
    2. Looks excellent, Geoff. I'll see if I can get my parents, or grandparents to go down that way, because I've been itching to see an animated display. Definitely going to bring my camera, I might see if I can get some more pictures for you.
    3. I believe that would be the Force 4 LP lightbar from Code 3. Not a bad bar, I don't think. A bit crowded under the domes, but it's not bad. I'll take it
    4. Or, you could send them to me I like the idea of putting it under the snow, but I have two concerns: 1), the thing will get hot enough to melt the snow around it, since it uses halogens. So, you need to have enough snow for it not to melt, I believe. 2), I'm not sure how well sealed it is. When I got it, it was draining water in the back of my truck. I don't know if the gaskets need replaced, if there's a leak somewhere I don't know about, or what, but I am concerned about that. Oh, JJ: Do you happen to have a Streethawk packed away? I need a center grille, or something to go in the
    5. Hey, that ain't a bad idea. Have it set up with a camera to watch them run off, too. Anyway, for an update: I got it all working, I just need to put a new flasher in it to make the lower four lights flash....that, or rewire it to work. I'll have to figure out which.
    6. Daniel, I like the way you think. Though I probably would have never thought of any of this stuff myself, I like the way you think. I've been working on it lately, and I found out I've got a short on the rotator system. All my other lights work perfectly, just my rotators don't work at all.
    7. I got it free, I couldn't stand to see it just wasting away in the weather sitting in the back of the dude's truck. I tore it open and took a good look, doesn't look like it'll need too much work to run once again, maybe just a bit of rewiring, that's about it. If I used it for christmas lights, I'd have to change the diffusers on the moving reflectors, along with the lenses below, but that wouldn't take very long at all.
    8. I know, I just had the random thought. However, if you changed colors of a police lightbar, (Such as this one that I just got today: http://www.majhost.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=189357 ), would it be possible to use it for some sort of christmas lighting? Thanks -Nate
    9. Looks to me like it was a bucket at first, then they just added a light in it. Either way, that looks pretty cool. I'd love to do something like that at my house.
    10. Hey, Chuck, whatever happened to being able to record your own PCR promo?

    11. If you're talking about the ones with 5 per string and 8 functions, we've got a set. They are nice.
    12. Texernie wrote: THere's someone who actually makes that: http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=6970&productId=1050064&R=1050064
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