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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.

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  1. I just upgraded from 100 amp to 200 amp service this year. It cost me about $1,200, but I supplied the panel and the breakers. So total cost was around $1,500. The electric company did not come out to run a new drop. The power was out for about 5 hours, but they ran a temporary line from where the drop comes to the house so I was able to power refridgerators and some computers I needed for work.
  2. I got 10 of them at Sears last year and another 5 this year. They have 600 lights. You should be able to get them pretty cheap now. Last year I got the 10 on sale (50% off), around this same time, for $25 each. The price went up $10 this year. I think I paid $30 or $35 a peice for them about a month ago. K-Mart had the same ones (600 lights) this year, but they were more expensive.
  3. NJMyWay.com did an article on Christmas lights and they mentioned my house! The article is mainly about Mike Antreassian (PC memeber?), but at the end they mention some other displays in NJ with links to thier websites and one of them is mine! You can check out the article here... http://www.njmyway.com/content/view/317/101/ My house is the third link down (127 Hidden Trail, North Plainfield) The artice was also featured on http://www.NJMonthly.com (scroll to the bottom on the main page) and http://my9newyork2.securesites.net/njmyway/1214.html
  4. I have sprayed watered down hot pepper on my plants to keep animals away. It needs to be re-applied if it rains though... I also have a spray I bought in a garden supply store that smells terrible, but it works great. I think it is called Fox Urine, but I am not positive. The bottle is in storage right now. Good Luck!
  5. 1,680,547 + 6800 (previous post) ------------- 1,687,347 + 41,770 (mine) ------------- 1,729,117
  6. I would do what Joseph Ayo said and run the wires myself and just have the electrician make all the connections. I just upgraded my service from 100amp to 200amp and it only cost me $1,200. Good luck with everything!
  7. Is this the picture you were looking for? Fourth post down is a sub-panel in a garage with outlets around it... http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/forum13/3256-1.html I was going to add a sub-panel this year. Instead I just upgraded my main panel from 100 amp, 20 circuit to 200 amp, 40 circuit. Now I have to start putting in the new outlets! I have 6 outside now, each on their own breaker. I am adding another 9 this year each on a dedicated breaker. Good luck with your upgrade...
  8. I started about 2 weeks ago... Only working on the weekends and a couple nights per week though. Got most of the lights on the house... Electrician is coming this week to upgrade our service to 200 amps. This weekend I will be working on the bushes. I wont put anything on the lawn until after November 11th (my sister is getting married and for some reason she doesn't want a sleigh and reindeer in her wedding pics!). Will light on Thanksgiving night!
  9. As previously mentioned, X-10 definitely seems the way to go. I use X-10 and it works great. All my outdoor outlets are X-10 outlets... You can also go with inline modules which get wired in between your outlets and the breaker or the appliance modules someone else mentioned. I got really good deals on a bunch of X-10 stuff from this eBay store last year. http://stores.ebay.com/The-Home-Automation-Store I have been using X-10 for a number of years. If you have any questions, I would be more then happy to help.
  10. As previously mentioned, X-10 definitely seems the way to go. I use X-10 and it works great. All my outdoor outlets are X-10 outlets... You can also go with inline modules which get wired in between your outlets and the breaker or the appliance modules someone else mentioned. I got really good deals on a bunch of X-10 stuff from this eBay store last year. http://stores.ebay.com/The-Home-Automation-Store I have been using X-10 for a number of years. If you have any questions, I would be more then happy to help.
  11. Joseph Ayo wrote: Where did you find these prices? I went to AL's website which links to thier Yahoo store and looked at thier PDF catalog, but the prices didn't look that great to me. Also, where did you see 28' strings? The longest string I saw they had was 23' 9". -Jeff
  12. Thanks for all your input... I am probably going to go with the LEDs. It seems thats where the future is heading, so I will end up switching over at some point anyway, so why not now. I emailed Paul and he said the deadline for getting in on the bulk order is Friday. Does anyone know where I can get LED icicle lights for cheap?
  13. I was planning on buying 300 strings of LED lights through the Creative Displays LED group buy thats going on. I was getting ready to place my order when I started thinking... If I just buy regular minis, I can get a like double the amount of lights for around the same price... What would you do?
  14. Vic Fortenbach wrote: If you check out the sellers other items they have white ones too... As JonB said though, shipping is killer.
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