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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 schristi69

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  1. Yes, I pulled all of the bulbs and there are 100 of them. The label states 2/50 strings, 12v input, 2.5v .34A bulbs. Some kind of standard would be nice. LOL Guess I will just use all of the bulbs from this other string and see what happens
  2. Yes, but now am more confused. When I used those 0.42 watt replacement bulbs it made the whole string light brighter. White instead of the yellowish glow and then a lot burned out. So now not sure what could have caused this. Thanks for the explanation though.
  3. Ahhh. That explains it. The light string says .34A, 120V and there are 100 bulbs. The replacement pack says it is .42 watts. Hence my confusion. I do have some mini light strings 100 count, 2.5v .34A, so those should work I do believe. Do I need to convert these to watts? 120v * .34A = 40.8 watts/100 = .408 watts per bulb? So still a bit confused. thanks
  4. I tried to fix a burned out bulb on one section of my artificial tree. I replaced the bulb with one of those 2.5v bulbs from a 5 pack of lamps. All of the lights burned really bright and then blew out about half of the bulbs. I suspect that it was a super bright and I need something else. i found a bunch of bulbs on Bulbsamerica, but am a bit confused. The bulbs on the tree burn with a nice warm glow. Anyone know what (K) bulbs are? They also have (CEG) bulbs. Thought about using the lights from a mini string, but they are all super bright. Any idea what the correct bulb is I need? The tree section is 100 bulbs, 2.5v
  5. When I researched my Lincoln, I had this same thought about quality and the different models and contacted Lincoln Electric. There is no difference between the HD model and the same welder you get anyplace else. They are just packaged and branded differently according to Lincoln.
  6. Just like any business these days the key is to diversify. They are just trying to extend their retail season. They were also advertising costumes for Christmas....Mrs Santa, elves, etc.
  7. You could make signs that say something like Santa's sleigh parking only, put them in buckets filled with sand or something like that. Not as obtrusive as orange cones. Or paint the cones in a festive pattern....
  8. Ok, I got a bit confused there. Thread started talking about PAR LED floods, went to mnkyboys site and found none of those, but a totally different product.
  9. And that URL would be????? Never mind. It is buried under the links. Might want to move that to the main page.
  10. Looking to add the dripping lights to my display for next year. I am looking for recomendations for brands amd suppliers. Looks like a lot of variety out there from tubes to lights that actually look like ice. What have you tried and did they work well?
  11. This is what happens when you start posting start and end times. You set expectations. Instead post "Lights will be on starting when I **** well please and off when I **** well please. If you get here during that time, enjoy the show."
  12. Nope, that pic is not in his PDF instructions. That would have cleared up a lot of confusion if it had been or a diagram showing that.
  13. I see a lot of chatter about what to call these, but not much on construction. I thought I saw a thread someplace where 3 in PVC was used. Places around here seem to only carry 2 in PVC, but do carry 3 in ABS. What is everyone else using? Is PVC stiff enough to stay straight in 10ft lengths? How did you put yours together? Anyone sleeving these? Is there a minimum pole diameter that looks good? I was thinking of 10ft poles with either 8 channels and no top or 7 channels and a topper.
  14. I notice a common problem with mega trees and that is light string failure. I had some icecicle lights start to fail on me after 3 seasons. Sections would not light up. I installed with those push on plastic clips that attach to the fascia board using a pole. To remove, I would just take one end of the light string, pull and the clips would zip right off. This probably was not wise as I expect it put a lot of stress on the socket connections which are not that stron anyway. I am thinking this could also be the cause of a lot of light failure on mega tree strings. Supporting the weight of the lights, wind, hot/cold cycle can also put a lot of stress on the wire and the sockets. Has anyone tried zip tieing rope or a larger guage of wire along with your string groups? The rope would would take the stess of being hung and take it off of the lights. Any toughts?
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