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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 highonlights

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  • Birthday 03/10/1964

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    Farmerville, Louisiana, USA
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    Store manager in a grocery store
  1. I am thinking about making some shooting stars next year, maybe 4 or 5. What is the correct way to do this? My display is not computer controlled so I'm thinking that a light controller would be the way to go. I want to use strobe lights on the ground to give the effect that the star is exploding on the ground. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. You just want to make sure that you don't overload the wire. Spt-1 is rated at 7 amps. Spt-2 is 10 amps. Place plugs anywhere on the line.
  3. I get mine from Action Lighting. The female plugs have one side that is notched, just use needle nose pliers and you're good to go.
  4. I'm building a 15' mega tree what is the best way to string the lights? My tree in going to be static the pole is already up w/base. I am currently using the St. Nicks choice telescoping pole but I'm not having much luck. Is there a better way? I'm using 95 light strings. I have 6 on so far Help!!!!
  5. I am planning on using 100 light strings, and we do sometimes get strong winds in the fall/winter season. I am thinking of anchoring the tree about 5 or 6 feet from the tree.
  6. I am putting up a 15' tree this year, I am going to use 4 guy wires. What size and load limit should I be looking for? I saw some 1/8" that had a load limit of 340 lbs each.
  7. Hello, I would like to make some snowflakes to put on my roof this year. Would it be better to make them out of pvc or wood? Has anybody done this before? I have a 4 point controller that I am going to use.
  8. I am using Wal-mart C-9 led light this year and I have 8 string connected together. Some of the fuses are blowing out. What could be causing this?
  9. Hello, I have a Santa's Runway that has stopped working a couple of years ago. I have tried to take the controller apart but have not been able to. I have thought about trying a 4 channel controller but I'm not sure if that would work or not. I would like to get this working again as it is only a few years old. Any help would be appreciated.
  10. Josh, I just wanted you to know that your family is in my prayers. God does answer prayers.
  11. Hey, what's up? Just wanted to say hi!

  12. Hey, has anybody thought of having a mini-plus in Louisiana and if so when and where. I'm located in the NE part of the state and would be interested in attending one, please let me know if anyone else is interested.
  13. I am planning a 10' mega tree for 2010, how many light strands will I need to make it look full? I want to have a skirt also. I feel like 100ct. clear mini's would look pretty good. thanks. The radius will be 5 feet.
  14. You can buy plastic caps that cover the sockets, Hobby Lobby has them. They fit C-7 and C-9.
  15. Ok, I wanted to get have a mega this year(aint gonna happen). I have 3 or 4 different size led's that I want to try next year, how would that look? They are all multi lights.
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