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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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      Director of Sales and Installation for Holiday Light Express
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    1. Greetings, Our 2020 pre sale is live! It's a great time to buy lights at a great price. We also have a huge selection of lights ready to ship at pre sale prices! https://www.holiday-light-express.com/
    2. The thing to watch out for is surging. You're going to want to run your controllers at 80% output, if not, what can happen is that you surge the bulbs in some cases when turn them on and off quickly. When we see systems with large failures, 9/10 times, having them change to 80% output fixes the issue. Also, LED's are going to be max brightness at 80% anyway, so you don't lose any output to your eyes.
    3. We have some of the old style C7 and C9 bulbs (non-SMD) on clearance. https://www.environmentalled.com/Clearance--c29/
    4. Today is the last day for the sale!
    5. Just a couple weeks left to save! Sale ends Feb 28th!
    6. Are you worried about snow covering the lights? If you angle them you should be fine, but, if it's deep snow that might be a different story. But as far as snow hurting the lights, you should be fine. The floods we sell work fine in the rain and snow. https://www.holiday-light-express.com/RGBlights.php
    7. Well, looks like you are in Florida, which gets a lot of sun. Unfortunately, sun and plastic don't mix well. So if your lights are out in the direct sun, they are going to discolor faster than if they were not. UV rays eat plastic!
    8. Yes, but in full case quantities only, with the understanding that there are no warranty strands if something goes wrong. You would be better off using 50 count strands instead.
    9. Depends a little on the string, but generally 25-35% off regular price. For example, 100 count Red M5 is on sale for $12.95 and regular price is $17.99, so that one is about 28% off.
    10. The retros are the more expensive way to go. But, a C9 SMD will be significantly brighter than the ecosmart bulbs, so you do get what you pay for in this case.
    11. The opaque bulbs (we call them ceramic style) would be your best bet if you don't light the harshness of LED's. The opaque bulbs lens absorbs the light instead of reflecting it, as shown above. We have our pre sale going on now which has some pretty good pricing on C7 bulbs. https://www.holiday-light-express.com/C7_SMD_Ceramic_Bulbs.php
    12. I would buy the 12" spaced spool, then buy the bulb C9 sockets. Snap them on to give you 6" spacing. No need to buy a second spool. https://www.holiday-light-express.com/C9_stringers.php Pre sale is going now, so under $1 a bulb if you can buy in 25 packs. Gets under $0.80 if you buy in 500 packs.
    13. I dont stock them. But I can get them, you would just have to order in full case qualities. And I'd need to know ASAP. They are the same manufacturer than all our other bulbs, so the quality is real good. I'd say they look close to incandescent. Keep in mind, LED will never look the same, as it is a totally different light source.
    14. 1. Yes, we sell in-line SPT plugs so you can put a female plug in the middle of a section. https://www.holiday-light-express.com/SPT-1_Plugs.php 2. We have our pre-sale going on now, so it's the best time order lights.
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