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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.

Don Bixler

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About Don Bixler

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  • Birthday 06/09/1961

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  • Location
    Holland, Ohio, USA
  • Biography
    Motorcycle rider and Lights enthusiats.
  • Interests
    Motorcycles, Camping, RC's, and Computers.. OH... I almost forgot.... Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    Rail Fleet Maintenance Coordinator
  • About my display
    2007 had over 65k lights 16 channels of LOR and 9 inflatables. More to come in 2008 with 64 channels.
  1. I recently have acquired a christmas song that would work with Linus of the peanuts gang. Wondering if anyone knows where I can purchase this? Thank you,
  2. Just got my notices on the replacements yesterday. Can't wait till Tuesday. Great job Paul and a great BIG Thanks.
  3. I bought 10 and plugged them all in. The do in fact fire differently from each other. The effect is pretty cool.
  4. Check out the Barebones kits from Tigerdirect.com. They usually have some pretty descent kits for a real good price and some are now coming with Terabyte drives.... Don
  5. I will leave mine lit through the 11th. I usually run mine through the first FULL week of the year. If the first is on a Monday or Tuesday then mine runs throught the 13th or 14th. This year I will end on the 11th at shutdown. 10:00pm
  6. I know you can get them from ebay fairly cheap.... Most of the manufacturers that sell on ebay are from Hong Kong and can be found by the hundreds.... Check out this link.... http://cgi.ebay.com/100-White-5mm-LED-Light-Lamp-14000mcd-12v-Free-Resistor_W0QQitemZ150318569667QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item150318569667&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50 Don
  7. I agree.... How can there be a special sale if we have not yet received our original order:confused:
  8. Chicago !!! I was just there.... You mean I could have picked mine up and save the shipping also....
  9. After the 2007 season while we were blowing up or\ur globe to dry it out for summer storage My daughter noticed the snow blowing around in the bottom and not throught the tube. We deflated to investigate and found 3 or 4 holes in the seams in the bottom tubes inside the globe. She proceeded to sew them up and reinflated the globe. Everything works correctly now. No snow blowing around in the bottom of the globe and now it snows..... Might want to check the tubes in the bottom for holes.
  10. Chris in Ct wrote: It's been about 10 years..... I am looking for the pictures.... As soon as I can find them I will post. Last year that I did that it was a double tree. A green tree for the full height and a red inner tree that was only half height. Looked pretty good...
  11. Peggy13 wrote: 141,657 +2000 143,857 Edumacated quess......
  12. RayNMesa wrote: Better yet... go have two.... can't type with two beers in your hand....
  13. bstepp1 wrote: It's multiple strings of different colored lights. It takes 3 strings to do the 3 different colors.
  14. JIMMINECHRISTMAS wrote: We had a couple of days that the wind was pretty bad. At times 45-50 mph. We also had over a week in the single digits..... They are still standing. One other thing.... Each verticle leg has a 5/8 rod anchored into the ground. The arches are just sitting over the rod. They are not attached in any way. You could probably use 1/2" grounding rod available at HD or Lowesand cut it in half. It helps add a little stability.
  15. My driveway arches are made from 3/4" pvc. Everything cut to 5'. For added stability you can add +'s in the middle of the tops and connect them using 2.5' peices. I live in NW Ohio. Winters can get pretty bad and I have had mind for 2 years without any problems. I even added to them this year. Planning on adding more for 2008. Almost forgot.... My driveway is 12' wide.
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