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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.

Ken-in-CT

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About Ken-in-CT

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  • Birthday 05/11/1964

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    Woodbury, Connecticut, USA
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    Sailing, cooking, gardening, family, and of course - CHRISTMAS!!!
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    Accountant
  1. Depending on how bad it is, I have used sail repair tape to successfully repair inflatables. If you search amazon.com for "sail repair tape" you will get several options -- may be cheaper elsewhere, but readily available. Good luck!
  2. Anybody have an affordable source for bulk candy canes? My wife is looking to purchase 2,000 6" candy canes for an elementary school PTO project. I have contacted Spangler Candy and Kencraft, but have not heard back. I was also going to try the local Walmart. Any ideas greatly appreciated.
  3. Have you considered dry ice? Check out this link: http://www.dryiceinfo.com/fog.htm
  4. Ken-in-CT

    For free!!

    Chris are these still available? My kids would love to add these to our decorations if they are. We are in Woodbury. Let me know. Thanks, Ken
  5. Think Memorial Day decorations, not July 4th. You might get some stuff on sale in a couple of weeks. Good Luck!
  6. Thank you for the info on hanging the Meteors upside down -- it should work for what I am thinking. Now I need to determine how many. Also, sorry to hear about your troubles with the group buy. I am not an attorney, but I have been told by our company's attorneys in the past that in order to protect a trademark it must be noted with the "TM" whereever it is used. I checked what could be the websites you were referring to and saw no mention of a trademark anywhere regarding the "LED Snow****" or "Snow**** LED". So I think whoever is harrassing you may be in the wrong here. IMHO. Any legal experts have an opinion?
  7. Would it be possbile to have the tubes made with a hole at the bottom cap also? I would like to hang some of the tubes upside down for a different effect I am visualizing. Don't know how it would work.
  8. Has anyone tried one of these? http://www.garrettwade.com/product.asp?pn=41B03ddd01&bhcd2=1233960103 The price doesn't seem too bad if it works!
  9. I found a way to locate which Walmart stores may still have lights. It worked for me last night -- found 2 Walmarts that still had some according to Walmart.com and scored about 30,000 for about $150 including about a dozen boxes of LED's for $0.70:cool:. I searched Walmart.com for commercial lights - should get the following http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10136037 then typed in ZIP CODE and clicked find in store -- sure enough 2 stores came up. I went after work and was very happy -- it sure beats wasting time driving to all the local Walmarts only to be disappointed. Good luck to anyone still searching for lights, hope this helps.
  10. Local Walmart went to 90% overnight , no good lights left, but I did get five sets of the large inflatable Christmas Ornaments that I wanted for a total of $20 --originally $40 each set -- I call that a good score. Now off to other Walmarts!
  11. You could plug in a timer between the switch and the light/alarm to shut off after a whatever time you think is necessary. Only draw back is you would then need to reset the timer and the switch, unless you get really fancy with stuff that could do it automatically. I had a lighted Happy Holidays banner stolen off a tree this past season (in addition to other stuff) but I think a trip wire set-up with strobes and and alarm on a timer connected directly to a new banner might be handy! Might be just enough to scare away the theives before they actually get away with anything? Definitely on the "to do" list.
  12. A bunch of PCer's got 50 foot 12ga cords for $14.95 with free shipping from overstockdeals.com last fall I think it was, don't remember exactly and they sold out quickly, but I was lucky enough to get 6 or them!
  13. Ken-in-CT

    Plus 2009

    Chris: Sorry to hear that, I hope things improve as the year goes along. If things change please post on this thread. I know for the last PLUS I didn't sign up until a couple of weeks before, because my wife was having some medical issues during the first half of 2007, fortunately she got over them and insisted that I go to PLUS -- how cool is that? Ken
  14. This may be a dumb question, but did you make sure all of the zippers were zipped? I had one I bought at Target a year or two ago and it wasn't working right, it took me 2 days to find a 4th zipper where I didn't expect it - once I closed that it worked perfectly! Good luck.
  15. Ken-in-CT

    Plus 2009

    Any people from Connecticut headed to Kentucky for PLUS? How about setting a time and place to meet-up while we are there? Ken
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