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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 Anthony_In_Houston

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation
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    Houston, Texas, USA
  • Biography
    Retired and have not displayed Christmas lights in a lot of years
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    I retired from working on Fire Trucks
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    No longer doing a display

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    Two new air operated cylinders. Overall length approximately 16 1/2 inches without the clevis. Shaft diameter approximately 1/2 inch diameter. Stroke about 5 1/2 inches. Piston diameter approximately 1 1/2 inches, the rod is threaded for a clevis Includes 1 stationary mounting bracket, 1 pivoting mounting bracket and one clevis. $50 for both and $15 shipping PayPal only Please email me if you have any questions Anthony


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  2. Make a Mega Ball Tree. Segment it like a mega tree and sequence it like one too. Anthony
  3. You can get this at most paint stores. Depending on where you get it the paint will run18 to 30 dollars a gallon. If you go to the local high schools that have football they may be able to direct you to the dealer they use and get a better price. This paint will wear off when put on grass meaning it will last a long time on grass without traffic or rain and the grass will have to grow for the paint to go away, it is permanant on any hard surface. Let me know if you need any other info Anthony
  4. Get the atheletic field marking paint and paint it. Use a flood light to light it up and make it show better. Anthony
  5. What kind of grass do you have? Does your grass go dormant during the winter? Anthony
  6. This is the best stuff around. Krylon Fusion Works great on coroplast Anthony
  7. How about using the sensor for the garage door. its an optical sensor! Anthony
  8. You can check bulbs with a multi meter and see what the resistance is. to translate thie you woil need the following....good known voltage bulbs and then check the resistance of these bulbs and record you readings. different voltage bulbs will have different resistance. once you have checked the new bulbs and recorded you readings you can check you unknown voltage bulbs and see what the resistance is and this wll tell you what you have. One common mistake people make when using the LKP is to not have the plug for the string orientated properly. If you insert the plug in the outlet and use the LKP to check for voltage you should have a reading at the very first bulb, if there is no voltage there one oftwo things is wrong, the plug to the outlet is not turned properly or there is a problem from the plud to the first socket. Flip the plug over to reverse the plug and try again. I have use the LKP to repair many strings and in a very short amount of time. Understanding how a light string is wired helps you to understand, light strings are connected in series meaning the power runs from one bulb to the next and then back to the outlet. Here is a good article to help explain http://www.ciphersby...ES/XMSLITES.HTM when used properly the LKP will do its job no matter what is damageg or how mant lights are burnt out. I hope this helps Anthony
  9. How about this What ever type of light you will use figure the amps per channel. Go ahead and run your 6 foot extension cords and then buy some C9 or C7 strings and use that as the remainder of your extension cords. Either put burnt out bulbs in the sockets or leave them loose. A burnt out bulb would be the best way there would be no chance of the socket becoming empty and creating a shock hazzard. That will keep you in code and your bulbs are just burnt out. One way to get around the code. Anthony
  10. Best thing to do is set everything behind the hydrant. Fire Marshalls can and will ticket you if you block access to a hydrant. Also think about how hose is laid, it will need lots of room on all sides. I guarantee you that if that plug is needed they won't care anything about your display. Anthony
  11. The easiest way is to use a lever. Get a pipe or a 2x4 long enough and sturdy enough to pull it out and use the ground as the pivot point. you will be amazed at how much you can do with this. depending on the diameter of the rebar you can use a chain or a rope to latch on th the rebar and then tie off to the lever. much easier that beating something with a sledge hammer. Anthony
  12. Mount it in a box decorated to look like a present and set it on the ground. Anthony
  13. Drill a hole in te end of a 2X4 to the depth you need for the J hook end and stick the rod in the hole and bend it over to the side of the 2X4. Or If you need a really tight bend get two lag bolts place them in the side of a 2X4 and bend the bar around the bolts. Set the bolts at the distance you need to make the tight bend. You may have to cut the lag bolt heads odd to get the rod off. Anthony
  14. Any of the fluorescent paints will fade. We use this paint on the tips of our aerial ladders and even the best paint fades over time. The products available at the local home stores are not high quality and will fade even faster as you can see for yourself. Try to find paint for plastic and not the fluorescent type and it will last longer. The yellows and oranges in plastic paint are very bright. Anthony
  15. Your wiring is wrong its all tied together the switch turns everything on no matter which position its in. Anthony
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