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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.
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  • 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 medman2000

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  • Birthday 04/08/1969

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    Waconia, Minnesota, USA
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    Golf, poker, Christmas lights
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    Pediatrician
  1. Very cool, thanks everyone! Great ideas for creating the right mood, and appreciate the song suggestions, thanks!
  2. re: animated light show - I am sooooo enjoying my transformation into a Christian Christmas display a few years ago. Only including songs written by Christian artists, and usually only those with a pretty strong Christian message. Over the last few years, my Halloween show is becoming more popular (just one night, I use it to test my lights and try new animation techniques with LightORama). I want to make it Christian. I am tempted to use Skillet: Monster - well, it is the only Christian artist I can find so far that has a song that would at least fit Halloween. Any other suggestions? It isn't a show meant to scare anyone, lots of strobes and fog machines and candy and such, but Alvin and the Chipmunks or Monster Mash and such just don't fit for what I am trying to accomplish. Safe, Christian Halloween experience. Any recommendations?? Thanks!!
  3. For us, we've decided to go 100% Christian display - and traffic is actually up this year compared to past. Two main aspects really, 1) we blink/flash everything, but the nativity stays on and bright all night, and 2) only Christian songs (either Christian message or at least Christian artist singing traditional song). This year, we have This is Christmas (Kutless), Christmas is Here (TobyMac), and Let There Be Light (Point of Grace). Videos on our website if anyone wants to take a peak: www.waconiachristmas.com - nativity is in the center of the display but actually a little hard to see from where we recorded the videos this year. I think the coolest thing is that instead of trying to amaze people with the lights, we toned it down a bit this year so the songs and the message were the focus. Feels so much better!
  4. There was a great discussion on this several years ago. The consensus opinion was "yes" you count the lights - the definition that helped me the best was "any individual point of light" counted. The discussion also included comments on whether or not a flood light (as an example, a 150W light) should count as one or 150 - got complex at that point
  5. http://www.menards.com/main/search.html?search=extension%20cord&page=7&sortby=priceAsc I like the prices on 6', 9', and 15' extension cords plus some other good deals. And a note, the green cords are listed as 12' but I ordered then and are actually 15' as expected.
  6. Just wanted to post a public "thanks" to Jacob and Magicinthesky.com - there was a slight miscount in my order. I emailed Jacob and I received a prompt email reply to resolve. This was on Monday afternoon. This morning (Thursday) FedEx showed up with the correct strings. Amazing customer service, much appreciated. Already looking forward to next year's pre-order! Thanks! Bob Z
  7. Is Paul/CDI the only one this season offering the LED C9 retro bulbs as part of a pre-order? (LED Holiday Lighting is excluded from the question, don't even want to go there!)
  8. I think the biggest red flags for me is that if/when he actually ships out MORE replacement lights than what you sent via warranty transaction, he claims he has the right to charge shipping and full retail price for the lights he sent you by mistake... and... he states that if the warranty string you send in is "working" he'll charge you a 15% fee, plus charge you AGAIN for the string you purchased in the first place from him, and charge you shipping to send it back.... ????? So I buy a $10 string, and I claim it is faulty. I send it to him. He says it isn't faulty. He charges me 15% ($1.5) plus the retail price of his string (now $19.75 because it isn't presale) plus shipping (??? $5 for a string knowing him). So I paid $10 + now $1.5 + $19.75 + $5 - and at the end of the transaction, I get back the original string (or more likely, another person's faulty string so he can use my string to fill someone else's order?). Ugh. Oh well - staying positive for 2011! I have a nice new vendor with great prices and a good vibe - awesome!
  9. I'm sure many of us received this email - but as a former customer who is still waiting to receive part of my shipment, I just had to shake my head at this one and move on. However, I have to highlight this part because I still can't stop laughing: "If the number of replacement strands we send is greater than the number we pick up from you, you will be charged for the difference in the number of strands at their retail price. " (from LED Holiday Lighting) Greetings, As 2010 has winded down we know there are always some products that did not make it through the season. Our email today is about warranty items from 2010 purchases. Our Warranty policy is below and as long as the product has not been modified in some way and was used as it is intended we will get it replaced for you. Please do note that if we do not have the product in stock currently it will be replaced this summer 2011. All warranties will have an order put in the system for tracking purposes and so that you have a copy of it as well. We need you to respond to this email with your order number - the number of strands - color of lights - what is wrong with the strand etc. We need this information NO later than January 30th - so please reply to this email as soon as you can with the appropriate information. Example: QTY 2: C6 Green 70L 1/2 the strand is lighting up Order number 13XXX Warranty information: Our warranty policy states that if the product is defective in its first season of use (within 90 days of install) we will replace it for you if notified by January 30th. Defective strands will be picked up by UPS and verified for deficiencies. If none are found, you will be charged a 15% restock fee, the cost of the strand and the cost to ship it back to you. If the number of replacement strands we send is greater than the number we pick up from you, you will be charged for the difference in the number of strands at their retail price. If we do not have any replacement strands available at the time, the warranty strand will be sent the following summer when product arrives for the season. Strands that have unchecked blown fuses, that have cut wires, excessive damage or are altered in any way will not be eligible for warranty. Thank you and Happy New Year
  10. Couldn't resist the urge to go back again today (75% at Target yesterday). They still had a lot of cool white LED M5 and the pink LED G12. I bought the rest of their blue/warm white/multi LED nets, and somehow had missed some warm white G12/M5 so bought the rest of those. In total, all at 75% off ($3/string - net lights were $4.25 or something like that?): warm white: G12 - 46, M5 - 10, net (G12 - 90 lights) - 4 pink: G12 - 50 cool white: M5 - 28 multi: G12 - 13, C6 - 11, M5 - 2, net - 8 blue: G12 - 3, C6 - 17, net - 10, and the some 5m 4X6 nets (70 lights) - 15 I left all of the C9 and I think they were G30 size - bigger plastic covering with still just one LED, yuck. Soooo tempting to go back and get the rest of the cool white, I probably left behind 40 boxes of those. Happy New Year!
  11. Our Target went 75% today too - the manager told me "we never know which day, we just find out in an email that morning" - tons of blue/white/multi/pink LEDs - including quite a few net and icicle lights which was cool. I think my total was $400 and at the end the receipt said "You saved $1200 today" (which I guess makes sense, at 75% off). All the extension cords were long gone by clerk's report. If my wife didn't stop me after I filled up the 2nd cart, I probably would have ended up with all of them. Once you start grabbing so hard to stop!! Even had a few of those snowflakes left, added bonus. Do the Target Phillips lights dim with LOR ok? I'll still use them if they won't dim, but much more fun to just throw them in the mix. Happy shopping everyone!
  12. I just wanted to offer, this being Christmas and all, that you can put them in my yard if ya want. Just trying to be helpful
  13. sorry if i missed it, but are these prices case quantity only or individual strings ok too? I'm sure everyone is doing the same calculations I am right now (comparing vendor prices for same spec items) - and with you offering shipping at cost, pretty cool! Thanks for putting this together!
  14. Ok changed to IE and it works, was using Google Chrome (adding to cart didn't work with Chrome either) - thanks!
  15. It might be just me, but your website background is black and text is black, I can only see the text if I highlight the entire page as if I was going to copy/paste. Just an FYI.
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