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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 cenote

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  • Birthday 03/23/1971

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  • Location
    Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Biography
    Raised in Springfield, PA
  • Interests
    Wine tasting, Christmas Lights, wood working
  • Occupation
    Landscape Construction Supervisor
  • About my display
    LOR Controllers, 60,000 lights in stock, 80 amps of deciated power

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  1. Agree, mig welding alum is a pain, high cost to setup if your not all ready. Your better off migging stainless, only wire change for that, same gas ratio used.
  2. Awesome looking, how many seasons have you had this out?
  3. I have a little stand-a-lone prop that is just a animated set of bears clapping bells together to make a song. I have figured out a basic circuit which when triggered, will play the bears for 20 seconds. My question, has anybody figured out a way so when money is dropped past a sensor, would activated something? My donation box is an 4" pvc pipe that looks like a Candy Cane that people drop money down. The sensor would need to be good for coin or paper, so I am guessing a micro switch is out. Needs to me a sort of Photo eye, just not sure on type and ciruit to make it work. Any Sugguestions? The circuit that activates the bears is a simple 555 timer with delay. Thanks, Chuck Attached is a shot of the 3" cane I built last year, is getting up graded to 4" this yr due to much money getting stuck in tube.
  4. Looking at some options, and looks like a will be selling off my LOR DC cards next month. I have 4 of them I purchased last fall. Drop me a PM with an offer if you are interested in them. Not selling them tell I receive a new product being produced next month or so, being I am using them nightly to control my landscape lighting. I am switching to all DMX based dc controllers.
  5. No wonder why my dogs and wife are nuts this weekend
  6. Hey, just came across this site, might be something to look into. Looks like they have the flakes your are talking about. http://www.corochristmas.com/
  7. I hear it only takes 10 hrs to create one, frank
  8. Come on, spill the beans, I heard you were planing on using cozzi's...
  9. Same thing, isn't it.....
  10. That's a funny one... [ATTACH=CONFIG]34053[/ATTACH]
  11. (bump) 55 Days Slackers...
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