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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. What I think is that your site was the one I had seen before and was looking for. Thanks!
  2. I live right next to a container port. It would be way cool to open one of those things and have it be full of christmas lights. I wish someone would do an order like this in Canada.
  3. I had forgotten that he was working on a new product. I think I'll wait for that one to become available. Thanks for the reply. Anyone know when the new tree design will be for sale?
  4. I've searched and I've searched, but I can't seem to find the post. I remember a while ago, someone posted a design for a mega tree that was made entirely from PVC. No centre pole per se, but a frame design. Anyone have a link to it handy? My eyes are burning from looking through so many mega tree threads.
  5. Thanks for the reply's folks. I think I'm going to give it a try and see how they work out.
  6. If I didn't already know what it was I might think that picture was of a big pile of pot sitting in your garage..lol
  7. I am guessing I know the answer to this but I have to ask. How does a cord made with spt2 and a vamp plug hold up in really wet weather? Are there any tricks of the trade to preping them?
  8. Anyone out there know of a place to buy spools of rope light in Canada? Or know of a US based company willing to ship USPS? I'm hoping to avoid having to talk a US company into shipping USPS to avoid customs and brokers fee's.
  9. I've been reading about how people are making thier own extension cords from vampire plugs and spt 1 or 2 wire. This was my first year and I now realize that even on sale, long extension cords are cost prohibitive. My question is, how to these home made cords do outside in really wet weather? I live on the northern west coast of Canada and it get's VERY wet here. Especially in the winter. It rains constantly. Will these home made cords hold up in that kind of weather? I've tried to search for the answer but if it's already out there I'm not using the right keywords.
  10. Yes, please do. I'm looking to make my first tree next year and I've been considering different approaches to how to do it. I'd love to see more about how yours is done.
  11. Yes, please do. I'm looking to make my first tree next year and I've been considering different approaches to how to do it. I'd love to see more about how yours is done.
  12. Thanks for the idea's folks. I like the idea of turning it into a big present since basically it's my dad's toy. It would be cool to do the trailer up with white lights and then create a red center stripe to make it look like ribbon. That would take a lot of lights though and I live in a small town with slim pickings for lights on sale.
  13. Thanks for the idea's folks. I like the idea of turning it into a big present since basically it's my dad's toy. It would be cool to do the trailer up with white lights and then create a red center stripe to make it look like ribbon. That would take a lot of lights though and I live in a small town with slim pickings for lights on sale.
  14. This was my first year so I went pretty light. One LOR controller and about two thousand lights. Nothing crazy.. a few mini tree's, some strobes. This was just a kind of proff of concept year. Next time I want to go bigger. One of the things I'm struggling with is my dad's camping trailer that's in the driveway. If I don't do something with it, it's going to stand out like a big albatross. It sits such that from the front of the house you see the trailer's front. Has anyone decorated a trailer or done something special with one? I'm struggling with idea's.
  15. This was my first year so I went pretty light. One LOR controller and about two thousand lights. Nothing crazy.. a few mini tree's, some strobes. This was just a kind of proff of concept year. Next time I want to go bigger. One of the things I'm struggling with is my dad's camping trailer that's in the driveway. If I don't do something with it, it's going to stand out like a big albatross. It sits such that from the front of the house you see the trailer's front. Has anyone decorated a trailer or done something special with one? I'm struggling with idea's.
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