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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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About rjm12rjm12

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  • Birthday 03/02/1966

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Seeing the look on my kids faces Christmas morning.
  • Location
    Wilmington, Massachusetts, USA
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    Hockey, Xmas lights, Gadgets
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    Software Engineer
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  1. I started putting some up a couple of weekends ago, just as a test. The neighbors are looking at me strangely, one asked if he had missed Halloween and Thanksgiving. I'll get started for real this weekend or next.
  2. I really like this song, although it's very long. Thanks for sharing. Rob
  3. Hi All, Last year I had a 14ft tall tree with a 7ft base diameter. I had 16 channels, 8 red 100ct m5's folded and 8 green 100ct m5's folded. This year I decided to buy 12 each 70ct red, green, purple and white., not well thought out I agree. My height will still be 14 ft, but I'm struggling with how many channels to use and the base diameter. Where I have 12 of each, not sure if I should group them two colors of 12 and have 24 strings or just have 48 separate strings, seems like to many to me. I'm looking for a few thoughts, ideas to get me started. Thanks, Rob
  4. For 2010 I used 16 channels, 8 red and 8 green. My tree was about 14ft tall and about 7ft diameter, and I used 100ct 5mm. I went up and then back down. I am planning to change something for 2011, it was a pain to go up and down. I am trying to decide if I should switch to 50 or 70ct C6 lights and just go in one direction. I'm also thinking of upping my channels. You can see my tree here, http://vimeo.com/user2832208, definitely needs something. Rob
  5. B_Regal, Could I get a copy of that calculator? I'm thinking of adding 8 more channels to my tree and was wondering about spacing. I'll now have 24 channels 12 red and 12 green. Thanks, Rob

  6. Thanks for the info Guys and Gals, just what I needed. From Wikipedia: # Guy, slang term for a man, although sometimes (particularly in the USA, usually in plural) also used to refer to women[1] Thanks, Rob
  7. Guys, This is my first year with strobes, so far I have 10 for my mega tree and I am thinking of getting some more for some of my other trees in the yard. My questions are how do they get sequenced and how many can I put on one channel. My guess is that I would put them all on the same channel then put them on for sometime and they would just fire on there own. Thanks, Rob
  8. I went to my Big Lots but they didn't have any. I found these online. I'm sure the more expensive ones would be better, but I'm wondering if I could get by with the cheaper ones. I was also thinking about putting a strobe in the middle. I'm thinking of hanging them in three trees that I have. I just have to decide on how many to get. http://topiaryartworks.com/wirhanbas.html http://topiaryartworks.com/sphagmoshanb1.html
  9. I went to L.L. Bean in Freeport Maine and they had a bunch of white gloebs in trees. I have been looking for wire frame globs to do the same thing. I will defiantly check out Big Lots. Thanks, Rob
  10. Last year when I wrapped my trees I needed a bunch of the three outlet connectors because I could not daisy chain them together.
  11. Got mine yesterday. I haven't read the whole thread, but it looks like the design has changed from last year. Last year the rectifier was in the plug. The ones I got yesterday are back to the previous year when they were in the wire. I like these better.
  12. Rich, Just saw your house on the front page of the Boston Herald today, congrats. Rob
  13. I actually do have some old stands. I think I'll try that approach. Thanks for the replies, Rob
  14. I need more vampire plugs, does anyone know if Lowes or Home Depot sell them? Just wondering if anyone new before I make a trip. Thanks, Rob
  15. I started last Sunday, just got the lights up on the front of the house. I got a bunch of strange looks and comments about it not being Halloween yet. I'm tired of being on the ladder when it's cold out.
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