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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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  1. I have used them for years and have had no major problems. Ihave always used5 sets plugged in together without a hitch. I HAVE NOT used them on my AL controller. They are a neat effect, however, be careful of the following: 1. If the ground is hard the stakes will break easily. 2. If you pull them up by the stick, the stakes will come out. 3. Kids play around them and they break easily. I have many of the bottom stakes cabled tied to the candlestick portion. I continue to use them, they make a nice effect. I try to keep the lines straight, and I start a hole with tent stake before I push them into the ground. Good Luck.
  2. There is a famous horticultural showplace in my state that has a beautiful massive Christmas display each year. I found out that they replace all their minis, c7's and c9's every year. They do this because it cuts down on the number of dark lights in the display.How often do you change out your lights? I have some strands (non-led) going on 6 years. I do however change my C7 roof line lights each year just for this reason. Any thoughts or idea of the average life of lights in (season) years?
  3. I purchased an LED sign. You can get them at BJ's or Sams.They are a little expensive but I have had it for 7 years now.I actually havepeople look for a new message each year. I put it in the window next to my Virtual Santa and it works great. I also send greetings and the like. My house sits about 45 feet from the road so it is visible. I also have a sign that cost (if I remember) about $45.00 from Signs by Tomorrow. It is metal, has a holy leaf design and I have used it for 3 years and it still looks new. I put a spotlight on it at the front of my house. This is like a metal realtor sign you might see. Best of Luck Steve Bromley
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