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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.

Mike Cole

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  1. I'v had had those problems with C-9 sockets also. I found that it wasn't the tab in the bottom, but that the bulb was seating against the riminside the top of the socket. If you look inside on the angled edge of the socket, some have a "casting" ridge, and my bulbs would seat on that line, not allowing the bulb to screw all the way down. Some of these ridges were small and some were larger. I think thats why some work and others dont. I just took out my pocket knife and rolled it around inside the problem sockets to remove that small line. Now the bulb will screw all the way down to the tab..................Mike
  2. 100% animated with 112 ch last year and 208 this year, light count up from 55000 to 65000................
  3. Thanks Joe and welcome to PC. I see you fly model airplanes. I fly model sailplanes. If you need any help w/LOR or would like to talk more about it in the future, let me know..........................Mike
  4. Welcome Flashbulb........If you would like to see another computer controled show, I'm in Post Falls. My show is 112 channels with 50k of lights. I should be running another week or so. Google my address for a map.........415 Glenwood Dr. And again, welcome to Planet Christmas, lots of nice folks here with all the answers.........Mike
  5. How do you all instal strobe lights? I will have 20 this year, all in one large tree. I plan to start at the top and just plug them into ext cords all the way down the tree. Then I thought maybe I could just use one 100 ft cord and hard wire or splice the strobes into it at random locations along the cord length. What do you do?............Mike
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