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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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Everything posted by AlanMChristensen

  1. This is great. You spent a lot of time on this for sure. I"ll add it to my arsenal.
  2. Greetings PCers! I spent 25 years in Michigan then took a job in Minnesota for 1.5 years only to lose it in January. Well I'm happy to announce that after 200 days of unemployment I have accepted a job in Washington DC! How soon can I get back to designing my show now that I can afford it again!
  3. Living out of state is causing issues.. I am on my way back to town Friday night to begin setup on Saturday morning... still will go live on Black Friday.... Whoah! Am I behind?
  4. That's what I use. I use both 14/2 and 16/2 for all my snowflakes on the roof. It really depends on how big your wireframes are but you should be fine.
  5. Nice! Gotta love a good Friday joke. Can I leave work now?
  6. They will be out of the box but still wrapped up. No need to ship the cardboard.
  7. How many 100ct strands fit in a Large USPS Flat rate box? Anyone with any experience? http://www.usps.com/shipping/prioritymail.htm
  8. Do you still have a box? Can you take a picture of the Box and or the Clip?
  9. I'd be up for something. I'm in Eden Prairie.
  10. I checked Target today too. Did they have any extension cords in your Target store? I plan on getting all of my cords in after season sales as they have been the only ones to discount them due to branding them "HOliday Lights"... Thoughts?
  11. Red and Yellow really makes Orange in light form? I learned after hanging lights in 07 Red and Blue makes a cool purple!
  12. They had one this summer. I missed it.
  13. Greetings experienced Mega Tree pioneers! I am using 2 20A boards for my tree this year with the (DYC LOR) system. Right now I have the SSR's in a metal circuit breaker box but I don't know what to put the 20A boards in. I had visions of hanging the setup off of the pole itself to keep things neat and clean due to the Michigan winter. How are others mounting their boards and does anyone have experience hanging the 20A boards outside? Thanks!
  14. Anyone know if the 20Amp boards will fit in any of the enclosures?
  15. I could get that to you. Call it 4x 25ct Case of 100ct white mini's on green wire... $1/box plus shipping?
  16. How many is a bunch and what is your budget?
  17. One of the great businessmen and sports enthusiasts has passed at the age of 86. http://www.freep.com/article/20090314/SPORTS03/90314055/1051/rss16
  18. no problem. its a good chart that I've also copied into my excel spreadsheet for my show.
  19. Remember there is a great chart on planetchristmas.com which I use as my guide everytime. http://planetchristmas.com/FigurePower.htm
  20. For example 17 watts/110 volts = .1545 amps....?? So I got a great purchase of 6 florescent fixtures with bulbs from lowes and ebay and they have 17 watt bulbs in them.. Is my math right?
  21. I haven't seen much as to how people are anchoring their arches to the ground. Can someone clarify what they are using and how successful it is?
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