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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 bkts1212

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  • Birthday 04/15/1972

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    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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    college basketball and Christmas lights
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    cabinet maker
  1. This is our website: www.christmasatkesslers.net
  2. As far as I know, AL Christmas kit will work with the first seven controllers(112 channels) all copying the first, all with different addresses.
  3. We did four songs (7 1/2 mins). We had over 500 cars through on two different nights(Saturdays). I would say it all depends on haw much traffic your area can handle and how your neighbors feel about it. I think will do about the same this year. We are expecting more than two busy nights this year:].
  4. Pretty cool. I really liked the lamps at the end. Have a happy birthday:D Brian
  5. When you log onto the internet and PC is your home page:)!
  6. Our hub at the top was a 12" circle of 3" thick mahogany with 32 slots. Every slot had two strings in it. Every one had a clear string and then alternated blue and green. We used 16 channels for clear, 4 channels for blue, and 4 channels for green. We used 64 100ct mini strings.
  7. We finally took our mega tree pole down today. We had five people to do it. Two held on to two of the guy wires and one had a 12' 2x4 with a v-shaped top. None of the threaded joints broke but they had major rust. They will have to be replaced. We may change to led lights next year. They are much heavier so as wirekat said we will probably add an inner pipe and stagger the joints. Hey wirekat, nice picture of your mega tree. I wish we had one of those lifts.
  8. I agree with ted. #1 . Dont encourage people to get on the phone, There's enough of that already!!! Hope you get it. Mike Z's was awsome!
  9. We used a 3' plastic Santa. It had a 40w light bulb in it that we had to put a little roof over after change broke it one night. We cut a slot in the top of it for donations. We ran a 1/8" cable around his ankles and a 4x4 deck post(which was right next to the exit of our parking lot) which was then pad locked. On our biggest night we had over $1,200 in Santa and were not really concerned with theft. We still kept a watch on him all the time. Hopefully our website will be done soon and we will have some pics.
  10. 343 cords of 10 different lengths 7615' 33,385+7,615=41,000also363-ways
  11. We are going to take our mega tree down today. Our star is about 24" tall, welded to a steel plate, and screwed onto the top of the pole. No cherry picker, so we have to lean it over. I'll let you know if the joints break on the way down. The pipe has been up since July.
  12. We used1 1/2" pipe, three 10' sections, and three 1/4" guy wires to the top. We have an unusual "bonus" item, a steel I-beam 11' high that is cemented into the ground(I would be shocked if anyone else had that). We were able to put 4 guy wires from the top of the I-beam to thetree base(30'of 1 1/2"pvc).The base was suspended 3' in the air. Hopefully we will soon get our website up with pictures and videos.
  13. We are about to remove about 12,000 lights off of 8 trees. We are going to cut them off. Unless you make less than $5/hr or you dont put a value on your time, we think it is cheaper to buy new next year. Its sad, but we live in a throw-away world.
  14. Please explain this one for me...50amp breaker goes to 225' 3 gauge to subpanel. Then there is appox. 2000' of extension cord to the lights. Light count is 24,500. Should be pulling about 80 amps. When we first put the lights up, we had concerns of not enough power. We lit all of those lights fora few hours and the breaker did not trip???? It was barely luke warm.
  15. Isnt that great. We had a marriage proposal too.
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