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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 marksk

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  • Birthday 09/18/1968

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    Mustang, Oklahoma, USA
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    i'm here!
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    lights, music, computers
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    analyst
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    just starting
  1. Bill, I'm new here and just started reading this thread. The link to your video is dead, can you please post (or PM) a working link? I'd love to see this as I have a bunch of the same chasing lights from Target I'd like to modify. thanks!
  2. Bill, I'm new here and just started reading this thread. The link to your video is dead, can you please post (or PM) a working link? I'd love to see this as I have a bunch of the same chasing lights from Target I'd like to modify. thanks!
  3. bob0001 wrote: he's trying to see how believeable it sounds to see if it will work on his wife
  4. target in okc is 75% off. was there late yesterday and they still had quite a bit left. picked up some 100ct clear minis, chasing multis for the tree ($2.50/box), a heavy extension cord with three outlets on a spike for 1.75.
  5. i'd be interested in 2-4 depending on price and shipping.
  6. i got 14 candy canes to line my driveway and some of the big lighted ornaments at walmart for the front of the house. i plan to hang four round ones in a row with the longer (teardrop?) ornaments hanging between and lower and alternating colors.
  7. SirNicholas wrote: really?!?! he was on the air when i moved last january. i guess he felt the same way i did - if rick shaw was going off the air, it wasn't worth sticking around
  8. anyone know if walmart will be dropping prices before christmas?
  9. does the target site put this stuff on sale after the holidays? i'd love to get a menorah for my yard.
  10. Other than the size of the bulb, what's the difference between C7 and C9 bulbs? I know with minilights, it's recommended not to connect more than three strands. What's the most I can connect when it comes to C7 and C9?
  11. Other than the size of the bulb, what's the difference between C7 and C9 bulbs? I know with minilights, it's recommended not to connect more than three strands. What's the most I can connect when it comes to C7 and C9?
  12. Jeff, are you in Coral Bay? It looks like where I used to live.
  13. i know tropical park used to have something. if you get up to broward, coconut creek has a nice display in tradewinds park on sample off the turnpike.
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