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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.

Chris in Ct

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About Chris in Ct

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  • Birthday 10/19/1965

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    Meriden, Connecticut, USA
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    fishing,reading, and off cours Decorating for Christmas
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    Emergency dispatcher

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  1. Last January I was at Walmart checking out was was left of the holiday stuff this is when it was at 90% off. As you can imagine all that was left was the odd ball one or two boxes of lights left. As I was circling the whole department there on a top shelf as far as you could get from the lights were 20 spools of 15' multi color led rope light. Of course I bought them all, but I have no idea what to use them for. The only thing I can think of is when I finally make my train I could use it to outline the track. So what would you do with 250' of multi led rope light?
  2. I was in Target last night they had all their summer type patio garden lights on clearance 70% off. The had some Incan clear rope light and lots of other stuff. Just a heads up you might be able to repurpose some of it.
  3. Thank you for the tips. I'm going to attempt the repair in the link. Thanks Robert Thank you also BigDPS i will also make a dimmer switch Should also cut down on the power consumption which will be an added bonus.
  4. I strung 15' sections end to end so Merry is made of three lengths . It would'nt be able to do just one letter. I wish I could .
  5. Three years ago I built a 15'x32" Merry Christmas sign. It came out awesome if I say so myself . After only the second season two one foot sections went out. I'm pretty sure there is nothing that can be done to get these sections relit? Is this correct? My question is if they can't be fixed can I purchase one foot sections of incandescent rope light to fill in the burnt out areas? I'd really hate to tear down all the work I had done and start a new one. Thanks for any input.
  6. Do any of the group buy's going on here have green LED nets? If not can someone point me to where I can purchase them . Thank you
  7. Does anyone happen to have 8 boxes of the Phillips LED G40's in white or clear sold at Target? I picked up 8 boxes of red hoping to find 8 boxes of white or clear ,but was unable to do so. If I can't find 8 boxes of the white or clear I may sell off the red if someone is interested?
  8. Anyone have any background on maker or when produced? Is this a true blowmold? http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Vintage-Plastic-Lighted-Christmas-Decoration-22-5700305.html
  9. Hey Chris, Where near 691 do you live? I use that road every day to go back and forth to work. Ron

  10. Never scene that candle before. http://www.shopgoodwill.com/listings/listByCat.asp?catID=18&ending=Items&orderby=itemEndTime&page=10
  11. This posting reminds me I have quite a few candy canes I need to take apart and replace some bulbs. I'm guessing it's probably more trouble than they are worth. Did you get what you needed?
  12. I like the warmth incandesent bulbs give off , but it's hard to argue with the utillity cost savings and not to mention not having to add a second electrical service on my house . I can live with LED's just fine.
  13. Really nice. I want one
  14. Thanks for the suggestions. My first thought was bleach,but I was worried it would damage the fabric or cause discolorations. I have it set up outside, it is pouring out today and quite a bit has come off on it's own,but I see I'm going to have to do some scrubbing.
  15. I have a bouncy house for my grandson which for the most part is nothing but an inflatable on steroids. Apparently the last time I rolled it up and stowed it away it must of had some moisture on it. When I pulled it out yesterday to get ready for his 4th birthday party this Saturday it has black molds spots in quite a few places most importantly the area where the kids will be jumping/landing on. Any suggestions what I can use to remove the mold without doing damage to the fabric? Thanks for any help in this matter.
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