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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 elmochamp

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    • Birthday 01/18/1946

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    • Location
      Oregon, Ohio, USA
    • Biography
      Have always loved Christmas lights.
    • Interests
      golf
    • Occupation
      Accountant
    • About my display
      Have always loved Christmas lights and used 224 channel with 50,000 in 2007
    1. I would not twist the red and green together, having them separated makes the tree look fuller. If you are going to add white then I would definitely not put them together.
    2. My problem may have been caused by two things. I did not use turn buckles to keep the ropes tight and the quality of the rope may have allowed it to strech. I do think however that the bigger the tree the more problems you will have with ropes. Also if you use wire, shop around on price. The wire I used cost me 9 cents/ft but I also saw it as high as 42 cents/ft.
    3. I tried an eight foot tree with ropes and they sagged too much. The ropes seems to be tight until you put all the lights on and then lose their shape. I am now using wire - I believe it is 3/32nd.
    4. Yes - They will fit anywhere under the sofit.
    5. I put mine under the sofit as shown in this photo. The photo is from Richard Holdman's display.
    6. Bill, Jeff and Scott: Thanks for a great expo. It was nice to see old friends and make a few new ones. Gary
    7. Walmart carried these in 2007-2008, but the stores in our area have not had them since then. From what I understand these are hard to find and if you do they can be somewhat expensive. Good luck. Gary
    8. ChrisL1976 posted this calculator:
    9. I have used these since 2007 on my eves and windows and everyone asked how I get my lights so straight. Well worth the money. Gary
    10. The calculator is asking for the dimensions in feet. I have used it and the results seem reasonable.
    11. Two or three years ago an engineer explained here on PC why three guy wires were actually better than four. I am not sure I understood it at the time and can not remember the exact reasons. One option is to use three wires from the top and three more attached one-third of the way down from the top (at opposite angles). Also make sure the pole is perfectly vertical so the weight of the lights is evenly distributed.
    12. You just need to build the apprpriate frame for your roof. I just used a 20 pound sand bag to hold mine in place and had no problems.[ATTACH=CONFIG]42054[/ATTACH]
    13. I purchased from Christmas-led and put the lights (m6s) on myself. This wireframe folds in the middle for easy storage.
    14. For a 15 minute show I would rather have 10 songs at 90 seconds each than 6 songs at 150 seconds each. I have found that shorter is better and that you should always agree with your wife!!!!
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