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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 Kevin_317

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  1. Coloring book? That's AWESOME! Do you have a close-up pic of the snowmen?
  2. I love the tree!!! But where did you get the little snowmen and big snowflakes?
  3. Here are the criss-crossed candy canes zip-tied together. They are held up by wooden stakes that I painted flat black. If you look closely, the north poles made from 4 inch PVC, line the sidewalk near the house. Good luck at whatever you decide.
  4. I used to use the candy canes as well. This year I took out the incandescent lights replaced them with LED’s. I then crisscrossed the candy canes and lined the sidewalk and drive way. They look pretty cool. I’ll post a pic in a couple of days after I finish the display.
  5. I ALWAYS cut mine off! I believe the better question is, "Who leaves light tags on their strings?"
  6. Plain ol' binder clips that you can buy at Staples or any office supply house work best for me--no nails, no glue, easy to take down. I wish I could take credit for this idea, but learned this here on a fourm at planetchristmas.com. I paint the clips the color of the roof. I do like VK's method; if I had a tile roof, I'd definitely go that route.
  7. In the end I opted for both epoxy AND silicone as a remedy. I reapplied the epoxy to the metal and glass and reattached it to the bulb. When dried I then screwed the bulb in the socket and sealed it with 100% silicone. I did removed the “O” ring—which I believe is the culprit somehow breaking off the base from the lights. It's a permanent fix, but LED's are supposed to last forever, right? The lights still work and I will be putting them up tonight. Thank you everyone for all your help and suggestions—saved me a bunch of bucks
  8. The one I used was indeed rated for metal and glass
  9. I'd like to see it, can you post a pic? Also, a pic of "zip tying the plugs?"
  10. Didn't work I couldn't find Devon 5 Minute Epoxy at HD so I bought the Loctite brand. I applied the epoxy and after 24 hours of sitting the end still broke off in the socket. If Epoxy is supposed to be stronger than silicone, then I doubt the silicone would work either. I really don't want to buy new LED floods--they're expensive. Any other suggestions?
  11. These are LED floods--pricey! They still light, but are broken off. Can super glue or some other adhesive seal these? I'd appreciate any help.
  12. I don't see pics either. Definitely frustrating
  13. I just bought some warm white GE icycle lights from Costco. They all lit and no variation in "color" from one string to another. I plan to put them up this weekend. I bought some "regular" warm white LEDs from Walmart in the after Christmas sale last year and about 20 of 50 boxes the lights had a yellowish tint. Definitely ask if you can test the lights at the store where you buy--I've NEVER had a manager tell me "no."
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