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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 athlon

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    • Birthday 06/27/1972

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    • Location
      Iowa, USA
    • Biography
      Second year with LOR controllers. 17k bulbs or so this year.
    • Interests
      Muscle Cars and Christmas Lights
    • Occupation
      Instrumentation Tech.
    • About my display
      48 LOR channels
    1. Hello, I have a 6' or so inflatable Santa that is in very good condition. It has no rips and is very clean. The bulbs that light him up need replaced. I can send pictures upon request. $15 plus shipping for the Santa. I am going to be selling a large quantity of stuff very soon. A few more inflatable and a large quantity of home made plywood cutout that have some very nice detail. I have 100% feedback on my eBay account. I do not want to list my stuff on eBay if I can help it. Feel free to email me with any questions. Thanks, Shawn
    2. JBullard Could you please post the website or information for "Betty's" where you get your clips from. Thanks
    3. athlon


      As of 2 days ago that is all that was left on the shelf in 100ct minis. I have not been back in. I got the last reds that they had.
    4. Is anyone in need of Red 100ct mini's? Our Menards had about 100 boxes when I left tonight? I wanted to clean them out reallly bad but could not justify it.
    5. I got to quit. I went to Menards, Lowes, and Home Depot and bought lights at all 3. I did score some green, red and clear though. Lowes was the best deal @ .50 a box. I believe that I purchased 150 boxes total for next year and I don't even have a plan yet. It about killed me to leave some red left on the shelf at Menards. My wife is going to have to talk me down from my frenzy. I still need 2 more lor controllers this summer and more dedicated power from the house. I need help?
    6. athlon


      I just came from the WalMart in Waverly, IA. They have about 400 boxes of multi colored mini's left for $1 a box.
    7. I just got back from WalMart and loaded up on 75 boxes of 100ct multi colored mini's. I don't understand their pricing game. They had signs all over "50% of all Christmas stuff" and the mini's were tagged at $1.15. I got to the register and they rang up at $1.15. I asked for the manager and expressed my confusion to him. And the best he would do is $1 a box. I already had them in the cart so I took them. Not the best deal but better than in the begining of the season. Anybody else have a similar experience with WalMart?
    8. I just wanted to share an item that I found on the net. They look like they could save some troubles during wet weather. A person could spend a bit on large installations but might be worth having some around. What do you guys think? http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/accessory/electrical.shtml
    9. I should be carefull of what I ask for.We now haveblizzard conditions and where ever my electrical leakages are, they are still there, re-frozen in ice and 5 inches of blowing snow. I have been searching the net for some sort of cover and came up with this. http://www.littlegreenhouse.com/accessory/electrical.shtml They would be kind of pricey for large installations but have a pretty high coolness factor. This is exactly what I had pictured in my head while I was searching. I work in a facility that requires us to do an OSHA "Lock out, Tag Out" on portable electrical devices and the clamsh
    10. I would love to do that, but everything that is on the ground is encased in 3 inches of ice that came before the snow came. I wish that I would have put more thought into protecting my ground stuff before our weather turned. As it stands, everything that I have on the ground will be there until I can see grass again. Does anyone make a cool little weather resistant cover?
    11. Hello, I have a couple of GFIs giving me grief. I understand what GFIs are for and that they are code, but it is raining and melting snow here. (If it would just stay frozen here I would be set) This wetness is getting into my connections and tripping my GFIs. It has crippled all of my static yard lights (cordsdirectly on the ground)and is tripping one side of my LOR controller power. I would love to hear what everyone else does to protect there extension cord to light connection from moisture. Or, do most people not run GFIs. Thanks, Shawn
    12. Hello, Please excuse my ignorance. I am new to the Christmas light animation scene. I just purchased my first LOR 16 channel controller and am looking for a way to control more lights yet this season. I was wondering if any of you have a schematic or plans to build a multifunction light control box and how they function. I am an instrumentation technician and have a fairly good understanding of individual components but no vision or knowledge of how to design at the circuitboard level. I can solder and follow direction very well. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks,
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