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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 bdeditch

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    • Birthday 06/02/1958

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      Oroville, California, USA
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      Canadian by birth, American by choice.
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      Building wireframes for myself and for others
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      This year it will be 48 Channels of LOR. Built a 24 foot megatree, Me and a friend design a new megatree head so it will get a test run hopefully in the next couple of weeks

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    1. Yes, but his 2014 presale starts tomorrow.
    2. I had a couple, but I am using the LED Keeper and I have found it is the green ones that go, I replaced them and kept going.
    3. They have the same Energy Star rating as the ones in Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, etc.
    4. I rellay would like to attend, but now I am scheduled to be attending a class in Bakersfield, but class ends on Sat afternoon.
    5. Nope not coming. Besides last year I brought stuff to show people how it worked, and the videos got more time than I did.
    6. We are still thinking about it. Note to self: Don't let your wife see the price of Hotel rooms.
    7. OMG David I just noticed the email you sent me for my Payment. It has been made so sorry for the delay.
    8. LOR 3 does support the 1.31 I have 3.80 and if you go into advanced network preferences you can set it.
    9. Its aliexpress http://www.aliexpress.com/store/701799
    10. Another thing you can do to get the RGB Strip light look is use high voltage led strip lights. I ran 12 of them this year and everyone called them neon lights.
    11. Jacob I emailed you with an add on to my order as well.
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