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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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    1. I went with stainless screws, that had white painted heads and am really glad (so far) I did. Obviously it was more expensive, and time consuming, but I'm hoping in the end it will be worth it. The only place I could find those screws was True Value's Nuts & Bolts stores, which we are lucky to have 2 of their 3 "test" stores in this area. I bought all of these screws both stores had! LOL
    2. I used LiteClipStrips from Colonnade (http://www.liteclipstrip.com) this year and so far have been super happy and glad I got them! We'll see how they hold up over the summer, but I've heard from people that have had no problems. I can't wait for next year to see how fast it is to put up my lights all on our house in perfect placement! I'm using 12" spacing of C9 LEDs, two colors. Here's a photo: http://christmas.tysonh.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/G-Town2009_red-green-1024x682.jpg
    3. Does anyone have any side-by-side comparisons of mini trees using the wide-angle 5mm lights and M6 lights (or used them for one)? I'm wanting to redo mine with LED's next year and hadn't thought of the 5mm's until watching that Disney special with the Osbourn's display, where almost all those lights are the wide-angle 5mm. Hmmm...wondering if that's a nice "fuller" look.
    4. My red and green C7's are working fantastic. And yes, I'm fading them, and they are on after the show, all night until 7:15 AM...everyday since Nov 28.
    5. Hey Kent, Does your map only include your display? That's all that comes up for me, so I don't know if the link is incorrect or that was where you started. But, like Tim said, I have a fairly comprehensive map of the HAM-PLUS and KC area displays (including yours) so if you want me to add any, let me know. Also, what is your FM frequency, and if you have a photo, let me know so I can include it on your listing. Here's the map BTW: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=115745397958919521187.0004610943562c5d8373f
    6. Jason- What is the name of your display, and your FM frequency. I'll add it to the big Google map too. If you have a pic, please send it and I'll include that as well. Thanks, Tyson
    7. Davester- What's the name of your display? I'm adding it to the big map too. Thanks and Merry Christmas! Tyson
    8. Created this map which includes the better displays in the KC area, as well as surrounding PC members that were part of our Heart of America PLUS. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=115745397958919521187.0004610943562c5d8373f
    9. Yeah, UNREAL!! All I can do it laugh! I'd be pissed though if I didn't have everything from him, like several of you here. That's just unreal!
    10. Our cat, Blue, is always wanting to "assist"! I'll be up 20' on the ladder and hear or feel something, and there she is climbing up! Or she's up on the roof, from another ladder, checking things out! Here she is on the small step ladder, checking out the C9 LEDs and icicles. Goofy pets!
    11. I just got all my stuff yesterday finally. He overnight shipped my last order, as it went unnoticed for a while, and all was well. Now hopefully there are no problems!
    12. I have a bunch of green extension cords I'd be willing to get rid of though if any of you are interested. Send me an IM and I'll let you know what I have left. Most of them have the locking female end, and were only used one season! DOH!
    13. SPT and Vampire plugs is the way to go for sure! I converted most all of my extension cords this year over to Zip Cord from Creative Displays...LOVE IT! http://creativedisplays.com/siteresources/modules/webstore/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=310 http://creativedisplays.com/siteresources/modules/webstore/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=472
    14. Lets get the CCR going on here again. Share your thoughts, codes, tricks, etc. These are taking some experimenting, so I thought we could all share info and make the most of our time. So how are you using your Cosmic Color Ribbons?
    15. Sorry for so many questions, I just ordered my LiteClipStrips. How did you screw your lightclipstrips to your house? Did you just screw into your wood molding, or use plastic anchors? Did you try Goop or another adhesive? What size/length screws did you use? Are you leaving the strips up all year or taking them down?

    16. FANTASTIC!!! How many lights are on the C6 models?
    17. What in the world in wrong with you Richard?! HAHAHA....that's freaking awesome! I can't imagine the amount of work you put into all that one night extravaganza! So what did the neighborhood have to say? And I'm sure everyone was asking if you were doing the Christmas display on your house this year?
    18. Awesome...thanks for giving me a reason to be thankful I haven't sequenced anything yet for this year!!! These are fantastic! :santasmileyitty:
    19. So who has used these for at least one season? I'm wondering how they held up, and they they bowed from expansion in sunlight. Also, what installation method/tools did you use? What size bulbs were you using?
    20. This is what I do too. I need to stake them down though this year, as stronger winds blow some over. Zip ties are a good idea. I was trying to figure out how to weld a washer on the legs so I could put a tent stake through, but I like the zip tie better, since I don't have a welder, nor time! :-)
    21. Awesome! Yeah I'm all for supporting artists and all, but $38 for one song...yeah, NO. I for sure want to buy GRYMG. I can just send him PayPal if that's easiest. Or I can wait a few days if he's setting something up. Thanks!
    22. Nobody out there in need of these brand new lights at a much cheaper price than new??!!
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