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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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    Post Source: New* Pvc "heli"
  2. Love my strobes from CDI, five years now and they look great every year.
  3. Mine are 20" incandescent folding shimmering snowflakes. I cant remember where I ordered them but I will start replacing the with the led ones. Christmaslightsetc.com has them. [sharedmedia=videos:videos:506] This is last year.
  4. Wow I am so behind, I am only 15% done with mine, to much work.
  5. Bowen


    I only have the video
  6. Yes, they are up there until they fall off or the ridge shingles need replaced
  7. Just took some quick pics
  8. Post Source: Roofline
  9. Roofline: I wanted to share how I installed my lights on the roofline this year utilizing www.liteclipstrip.com I had five goals 1. not to damage the shingle seal by placing clips under the shingle year after year 2. faster installation 3. even distribution 4. keep the lights from blowing off the roof 5. little to store off season The lite clips strips solved all these issues I used exterior liquid nails and the strips are on tight.
  10. Bowen

    Green Lights

    I could not find green lights at Lowes, Hobby Lobby or Garden Ridge so I ordered them online. I have not tried Ace Hardware and Home Depot has not got their lights yet.
  11. Has anyone tried making these with rebar? I am thinking about trying it.
  12. Ramsey fm100b fm stereo transmitter with antenna 275.00 + shipping I also have four LOR1602W for sale 225.00 + shipping Richard Bowen
  13. I just pound the center # 4 rebar into the ground, then i just wire the pvc to the halo, I just set the pvc bases on the ground.
  14. I did add a halo to the 10' tree's as well. it kept the stems from all swinging to one side. I just took a ten foot peice of #3 rebar and bent it with my foot and attached it to the #4 rebar with rebar wire. Worked great.
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