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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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    • My favorite Christmas story
      As a child, letting my parents think I still believed in Santa Claus so they could keep enjoying Xmas.
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      San Diego, CA
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      Of Caribbean origin.
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      Jack of all trades, master of none. Christmas, Halloween, gardens, pathology, sculpture, photography, art. Tried guitar, but failed miserably.
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      It pays the bills.
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      Little city display. Made my nice neighbors happy.

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    1. Yes. He did Pac-man vs Jaws. Quite funny and cute.
    2. Ha ha. That is true. My pole is a 1 1/4 galvanized steel water pipe. I am using Darryl Brown's design from last year with a 5-way screw in base. My guy wire stakes popped out of the ground like a champagne cork, them the pole bent ever so slightly at the thread and then.... bam! Took me two days to get it back up. (I just finished and am ready to collapse). Today I went to my day job to "rest" from the Xmas lights setup, ha! I am back on track and will be done with the entire show by tomorrow (minus the season long tweaks). I am happy.
    3. The windstorm from Wednesday knocked my mega tree to the ground. Alas, not the best way to begin the season. The structure is back up, the lights detangled, the extension cords.... still tangled, and I am coooooold! The lights will go up today or tomorrow or the day after but they go up. Sigh.
    4. What are dirt daubers? Some sort of insect? Pardon my ignorance.
    5. You have a good Walmart. My local Walmart looks like it is about go go bankrupt. It is not, because it is always full of people. They just do not stock it well. Alas! Thank heavens for the internet. It is always well-stocked.
    6. Try this link. If it does not work. Google internet archive and it should take to to the "way back" page. Have it look for phantasmechanics and it should retrieve an old backed up copy of the site. Good luck! http://web.archive.org/web/20080217050407/http://www.phantasmechanics.com/index.html
    7. I also built one a few years back. When I did, I did not even know one could use a hacksaw to cut aluminum stock. I used the phantasmechanics instructions and this web site as well because it has very good pictures of all the steps and "dumbed" everything down. http://www.kickthefog.com/crank_ghost.htm I display it on the window and used this frame: http://www.edyeb.com/fcgframe.htm Good luck!
    8. Wow! This is like Ticketmaster, but worse. I have never encountered this problem in years past. Summer sale it is... or not.
    9. They look gorgeous! thanks for the picture.
    10. I see. Hmmm. I am not too far from the road though (~20 feet). Do you know how much brighter the C9 would be over the C7? I suspect it will look good no matter which one I use.
    11. I would like to line my roof with either C7 or C9 LED lights. Does it make a difference whether I use one or the other. They will be spaced at 1 foot. Would that make the C9 a better candidate?
    12. One, mine. That works for me. New Yorkers are not impressionable people. I do this for myself and always end up dancing in front of my house every day. :121_reindeer:
    13. I will be moving to long island soon. Albertson or Garden City. To be determined.
    14. Greg, Thank you very much. I took some new ideas with me as well. Loved your ribbon tree idea. I am going to try to make one for this year! I wish you sucess!
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