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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. Jason Rose

    C9 Lights Indoors?

    I agree, they do get hot, and depending on what type of materials the tree's "needles" are made from the hot C-9's could melt it if they are touching the glass of the bulbs. Fire? Highly doubtful. Remember Mythbusters some years back? They packed like 1,000 clear C-9's on an artificial tree trying to get it to spontaneously combust, and if I recall it wouldn't on it's own. Personally I think the C-9's would be overkill, C-7's would probably be a better fit for an indoor tree.
  2. I believe, in order to get your cost down lower than what you could buy them from CDI, LED Holiday lighting, etc. you would need to purchase in full shipping container quantities, as they do. Probably nearly a half million dollars worth of lights fit into one of those containers... Buy them on an early order sale from one of the above and get them for around $1.00 each (green C-7 retrofits)
  3. They make clips for your tiles! http://store.christmasdesigners.com/Clay-Tile-Roof-Clip.html
  4. I'd use them but I need most of the green I have left for my mega tree spirals.
  5. If the lights are going onto a wood frame you could use a staple gun and pop a staple on either side of the sockets over the wire to hold them perfectly straight as well...
  6. Ok, don't know why I ended up with multiple posts of my last reply... Anyway, I put the tree outside and took some pics of it with my old blackberry so they aren't very good...
  7. I guess I should add, though it's probably obvious, that each color will be independently controlled via LOR.
  8. I guess I should add, though it's probably obvious, that each color will be independently controlled via LOR.
  9. I guess I should add, though it's probably obvious, that each color will be independently controlled via LOR.
  10. I guess I should add, though it's probably obvious, that each color will be independently controlled via LOR.
  11. I guess I should add, though it's probably obvious, that each color will be independently controlled via LOR.
  12. I guess I should add, though it's probably obvious, that each color will be independently controlled via LOR.
  13. I guess I should add, though it's probably obvious, that each color will be independently controlled via LOR.
  14. Ok, I've FINALLY got around to starting on my new mini trees for this year, and I'm using C-5 LEDs in Red, White, and Green. I wrapped one and I'm not real pleased with the results. Too many of the unlit 'bulbs' are visable and there's not much POP to it. I found that 150 actually fit perfectly, just by accident I suppose. I started wrapping at the bottom and ended up at the top with about a foot extra, lol. I'm just not thrilled with the amount of light from them. I have enough LED's to add 50 or each color, but I'm not thrilled about using my entire supply (and like $1,500 in LED's) to build 8 little trees... I'm using tomato cages, 2 per tree, nested on one another so there's 6 uprights to make them round. The top, which is now the bottom, ring is cut off and 3 wires left to stab into the ground, so the total height of the finished lighted portion is about 3 feet. My trees from the years prior are single cage trees so they are really a triangle, and they have 300 mini incandecents each but just one color each. These suckers are BRIGHT.
  15. FrostNsnow; If you are doing sequencing for free now, I've had a rough year myself and don't have a lot of extra money for my display and I'd be thrilled to have you sit and slave for 20 or 30 hours doing 5 new songs for my display this year!
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