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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.

WYDan

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  1. From Gillette here....
  2. I bought out all the clear 100ct lights at Lowes. They had just under 200 boxes, but no red or green! It looks like I will be unable to find reds and greens for a project I wanted to complete this summer for next year. Am I the only one that is unable to find many colored minis? Dan
  3. Doug, I used them for trees and misc bushes and have not experienced many issues. I have one set of Green wrapped around my donation box and 1/2 of it quit the other night. Been WAY TOO COLD to go out and fix it. 14 below is a little too cold to be out wokring on the display. Dan
  4. We will light up ours on Sunday evening as well. Gotta go to the inlaws for Thanksgiving, so the show sits ready to go for Sunday evening! Dan
  5. I'm in the same boat with the weather.A foot or so of snow on the ground here. Everything is frozen, my mini trees are burried in drifts... And my (Wooden) snowmen are frozen to the ground.. It will be another month before I have 100% taken down...
  6. I just returned from both. Neither were marked as 75% off, they were both still marked as 50% off. I checked the pricing and both are ringing through at 75% off here. When I checked at Home Depot, the Assistant Managers reply was, well they didn't tell me. She scanned an item and was suprised when the lights were 50 cents a box. I stocked up at both. :laughing:
  7. We're doing the same this evening. Candy Canes and Hot Chocolate until we run out tonight. Snowing and windy here, so we will see what happens. The show starts in 10 minutes or so.. Merry Christmas everyone!
  8. I just returned from HD and bought all of their 100 CT clear. The sign still showed $2.00 per box, but the register put them through at $1 per box. So it appears things are in the computer at 50% off already. I bought the 70ct's for $1.14 as well.
  9. WYDan

    Walmart

    I have started cchecking daily as well. They have quite a bit left and have a few items I would really like to have...
  10. I was just at Home Depot and the lights (other than the 70 ct.) were still not on sale.. :? Another day, another trip to the shops...
  11. Just returned from Home Depot and select Christmas items are 30% off. Very small selection left. No sign of 50% off yet..
  12. We love the snow here! Especially the first of the year, so beautiful and peaceful. We received about 5" or so yesterday and the display was great last night with the reflection off the snow..
  13. Great idea Chuck! Like the box... Number 150 on the "Things to get done this summer list": Make boxes that look like Christmas gifts for the yard and "hide" LOR controllers.. :waycool:
  14. Just posted a new sale on the trees at KMart in heads up.. :laughing: http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/view_topic.php?id=18765&forum_id=61
  15. KMart Spiral and stick trees are 50% from 11/28/07 through 12/01/07.
  16. Thanks for the idea! I started laying them flat and hated it, so I moved them somewhere else in the display.. Now I can use them where I wanted for next year. Menards has the rope light snowflakes as well. I have a ton of them.....
  17. Karl, Radio Shack carries a generic power adapter that you can use different ends and different power outputs. The hard part will be matching the + & -, and what the tip is, without blowing up the motor.
  18. Same thing for us. Our preview is Sunday night at 6:30 PM. Then the lights will go live. We are hoping that the preview wille ease any problems.
  19. Push Eject wrote: 326915 6200 - (For push Eject) :laughing: 9000 - Mine! :waycool: ____________________ 342115
  20. yurevn wrote: KMart had them onsale through today for $14.99 Each. I bought 11 of them and they were basically cleaned out. They are the 7ft variety..... Dan
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