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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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Everything posted by hotrod1965

  1. In planning for the Expo this year.... I'm curious if anyone is interested in a hiking or backpacking trip either right before or right after Expo. I'd be interested in a day hike or two and even an overnight (or two) backpacking trip. I'm not a hardcore hiker so 6-10 miles a day would do. I'm just looking to take advantage of being in a nice area and hanging out with some nice folks. Let me know! Brian
  2. Thanks for all the orders! We still have a fair bit of lights in stock although inventory is shrinking at a solid pace.. http://www.holiday-light-express.com/in_stock_lights.php
  3. Been getting a lot of emails about our lights being compatible with other suppliers. I can tell you that our light strands come from the same manufacturer as most of MITS and CDI strands, so there shouldn't be any difference between them as far as colors matching up and quality.
  4. I thought selling in stock inventory at pre sale pricing was blowing it out
  5. I hope everyone had a nice and safe New Year! Just a reminder, we still have a fair bit of stuff in stock at pre sale pricing! http://www.holiday-light-express.com/in_stock_lights.php
  6. 50 counts have beginning middle and end, so 3. Same for the 70 count, but the 100's have 4. It will look the same either way. The more lights per strand, the cheaper the lights are per light (barely, but there is a difference) 50's will be easier to work with because you'll have less tail to deal with when you are stringing them up. The 4th rectifier in the 100's make them a little more likely to fail (barely, but it does) I typically stick with 70 counts for installs because it's the middle ground.
  7. Nope. We have the C9 rolls in 500ft only. We found that a lot of folks that were doing personal displays only needed a few hundred feet and didn't want to have to buy 1000 for one project.
  8. Here is a quick video showing the difference between the c6, m5 and 5mm strands. http://youtu.be/0x1-lqztRRM
  9. Thanks for the feedback guys! I truly appreciate your business, and I wish all a Happy New Year.
  10. I hope everyone's displays are running smoothly! I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!
  11. We have our pre order sale going on. Best prices of the year now through Jan 31st. http://www.holiday-light-express.com/ We also have a fair bit in stock at the pre sale prices if you don't want to wait for your lights. http://www.holiday-light-express.com/in_stock_lights.php
  12. Thanks for the feedback John! I look forward to doing business with you again!
  13. Just a reminder... We have over 8,000 strands of lights in stock that are available for pre sale pricing. That means they ship now! http://www.holiday-light-express.com/in_stock_lights.php
  14. We see about 0.5% failure in the first year. Then it goes up to about 1% for years after that.... and there isn't enough data yet to know what happens after three years as we don't warrant those.
  15. You have a picture? I guess I'm not sure why you have three wires into a socket.
  16. You can never have too many controllers!
  17. Thanks for the order! Just a reminder, here is a link to in stock lights and the quantities on hand. http://www.holiday-light-express.com/in_stock_lights.php
  18. And our site is switched over! Still polishing up a thing or two, but basically the sale works the same as last year. Details are here: http://www.holiday-light-express.com/preseason-sale-features.php We do have a bunch of in stock lights ready to go at pre sale pricing. You order has to be ALL in stock to get it to ship now. http://www.holiday-light-express.com/in_stock_lights.php I hope everyone's displays are creating a lot of Christmas Cheer!
  19. I'd be happy to help and or host.
  20. Yes. Unless you un-subscribed for some reason you will get a few emails during the sale.
  21. Folks have been happy with these http://www.environmentalled.com/search_results.html?searchname=keeper&b.x=0&b.y=0
  22. Sorry, all 70 count 7.5 foot from us....
  23. More details to follow shortly! But, the sale will be run off of our HLE website again this year. www.holiday-light-express.com I will post once the site is changed over to pre-season order status.
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