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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.

Colonel Christmas

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About Colonel Christmas

  • Rank
    New Member
  • Birthday 03/06/1958

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  • Location
    North Dakota, USA
  • Biography
    Retired Military 31 years.
  • Interests
    Building Funiture, Rebuilding Cars, Making Sausage
  • Occupation
    Security Director
  • About my display
    About 120,000 Lights and 240 Channels
  1. I use a 1500 pound winch with cable. I put all lights on low and then crank them up.
  2. I use a 3/16 inch steel cable. I fasten all my lights to it with zip ties. At each corner of my house I have a bracket that the cable hooks into with a trunbukle on one end. No clips and my light go up and down in about 10 minutes. For me it is all about speed and low to no maintenance. It takes me about 30 days to get it all up or out.
  3. Rob, Here are a couple of pictures of the one I just finsihed. Next year is will be up on the roof. Greg
  4. Rob, I am just finishing up a to scale (3'x5') flag but I made it out of 1/4 hot roll steel (wireframe material). Hope to have it up tomorrow night. The hard part was the 50 stars all cut from 18ga steel. It looks good and can be seen from distance. I have not counted the lights on it but it is around 1000. Greg
  5. Thanks for feedback, I will most likely pull the mega tree, the arches, and contollers. The rest will have to wait for a melt. I hope not much gets ruined. Thanks again.
  6. I have been an avid reader for the past three years and have learned a lot of great stuff from you all. I was wondering if anyone has some advice on take down after you have had 3 blizzards, about 40 inches of snow, and drifts about 4 feet deep. Even though I live in North Dakota for the past 10 years our Decembers have all been mild with maybe eight inches of snow. Even my contollers are under a foot of snow and they were all three feet off the ground. I am thinking you do what you can and they wait for spring. With about 4 miles of extension cord out criss-crossing the yard I might be dragging out a big knot. If this is not right area for this post, I appoligize. Thanks for any feedback you all might provide.
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