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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 clafournaise

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  • Birthday 04/29/1920

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  • Location
    Carlsbad, California, USA
  • Biography
    No longer an animator!
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    Sunsets, long walks on the beach, the usual. What is this for?
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    Sales Engineer
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  1. OK I fat-fingered one of the model numbers. I have five ELD-30s which is a 16-channel, 30-amp controller. FYI I have literally a dozen replies saying "how much?". I am not giving them away-- as I mentioned, AL Inc. sells them used for $330.
  2. I have five ELD-16s and one LC-64 for sale. Lightly used for four seasons. Animated Lighting usually gets $330 for a used ELD-16. If you are interested please e-mail me with an offer! chris (at) lafournaise (dot) org. Chris
  3. Hey Northern Nevada, Northern California folks are getting together for a BBQ in Stockton June 28th. For information, see this thread: http://talk.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=21612
  4. CaliforniaChristmasLights.com Stockton and Sacramento Chapters are happy to announce the 2008 Northern California BBQ: DATE: June 28th, 2008 TIME: 10 am to 3 pm LOCATION: New Day Community Church - 7525 Oakmont Drive, Stockton, CA 95207. We will be having workshops, displays and vendor donated door prizes. The cost is FREE, meats and buns provided, please bring a side dish or drinks to share. Your whole family is invited to this fun, non alcoholic event. Please help us by letting us know if you
  5. I know! I know! It is a strange combo! But I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit and add an evening gathering for our local friends - Everyone is welcome to join us! WHEN: Sat. May 17th TIME: 6pm WHERE: Rosa's Cafe' 28134 Jefferson Ave., Temecula, CA http://www.rosascafe.net/temecula.html (map) RSVP: Kerilyn and Chris by PM (clafournaise or mrslafournaise) Email: [email protected]
  6. I can't say that I've ever seen a piece of wire WEAR OUT (UV or not). What are we talking about, 30 years in the sun vs. 20 years? Oh, but at only a month a year. I'll take the cheap stuff and risk it! Thanks for the tipon Skycraft. Chris
  7. Yes, if you have "200 Amp" service to your house, that means you have 200 amps at 240v. That also means you have 400 amps at 120v, or however you want to think of it. That's a LOT of power to work with. Chuck is right, you aren't going to be happy with your power bill if you actually figure out how to burn 200A/240V all night.
  8. Good grief! Do I understand the site correctly that they use 100 controllers to make it all work? WOW!
  9. Here you go: http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/forum13/6397-1.html
  10. cotrill wrote: I do it all the time. I have plugs for both SPT1 and 2, and usually one of them fits close enough. Keep in mind that your C9 string is probably protected by a fuse, so "connect 3" still applies.
  11. Ride the ferrys, including the JetCat! Enjoy your Bridge Climb! Go down to the Rocks and have a Tooeys Old while the Rugby or Cricket game is on (especially if they're gonna spank those 'bloody Pommys'). Go shopping at the Queen Victoria building. In Port Douglass, take Quicksilver out to the reef platform, THEN the next day take a small private snorkling tour. Advantages to both. Check out the Croc farm just outside of town. I never made it to Tazzy. You will have such a great time!
  12. AndyB wrote: AndyB, by "we" I infer that you are an electrician? I live in Southern CA in a tract house. My main circuit breaker says "200" on it. So, 200A service. Tell me, is that 200 amps at 240v? Does that mean I actually have 400 amps to play with at 120v? Hypothetically, if I had 200a service to a panel full of 120v breakers only (I know, hypothetically to keep the math simple) could I keep adding those breakers until they added up to 400?
  13. Becky_Racioppo wrote: 3,668,307 + 50,000 (-ish) 3,718,307
  14. ...you are at the store buying more lights, and other shoppers in the section are talking about YOUR house...
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