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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. No I'm putting mine in the wood molding on the sides and parts of our house. For the roofline I'm sticking with the shingle clips. I'm not doing anything along the crown of our roof (at least this year!) The holes I was drilling are in the molding itself so I can put a screw through into the house. You have to drill through the groove first so the screw head will fit down through, then I put a smaller hole through the bottom (which will be against the house) for the threaded part of the screw.
    2. Mini's are actually too big! They fit, but you have to spread it with something to squeeze the sockets in. They are like 1 or 1.5mm too big to fit nicely.
    3. A few of the ones I got were warped, but not bad. I've drilled 3 or 4 holes (depending if that piece will be vertical or horizontal) to put screws through for mounting and that keeps them straight. Of course I just did it tonight, but I don't see why it won't stay straight. I love it though, going to get more tomorrow. I wish it were on sale...it's $7 for 8' right now. I'm also trying to figure out the best way to put two sets of lights in them. Weaving the two strings together first keeps the best distance between bulbs, but it gets to be a challenge getting all that wire in flat.
    4. Ahhhh yes! Welcome! This is my first year, but yes I already know before lighting anything up that more is necessary for next year.
    5. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Paul say he would pay the shipping of old lights back to him? "If for any reason you are not happy, return the product (shipping prepaid) in January"
    6. Agreed that Paul and CDI are invaluable and I just hate that this manufacturing process had to happen. I'm on my way to replace my bad strings today...the other good thing is I drive by CDI at least twice a day! :-) Here's to a much better product for everyone in 2009!
    7. Excellent!!! I had the same feeling last Friday night...but only with about 12 channels and not a full song....and just somewhat setup in the basement. Can't wait until I get to see it dance on the house! Nice job!
    8. These do fit my CDI C7 LED's perfectly! They are so awesome I can't believe it! The only thing I'll have to do is drill about 3 holes for screws to fit down the groove and through the back (the groove isn't as wide as a screw head) to then mount them to my window/garage frames. But these are an awesome solution....even for curved windows or whatever, you can curve them w/o any problems! Just to clarify, these are used for the plastic lattice panels...my Home Depot had them out in the garden center. THANK YOU MIRA!
    9. You said those are C9 LED's? WOW they don't look like that big of a socket. I was hoping they were C7, with the smaller (mini?) sockets? These C7's probably would be too small for this wouldn't they? What an awesome idea though!
    10. My heart and prayers go out to your family Michael. The post where you described her signing Christmas songs, and you doing so recently to her was very touching! Your display will have an extra glow to it this year for your mom.
    11. Paul, I too can swing by any afternoon on my way home and get anything you need further testing on.
    12. Good stuff Richard. I think this block of trees will really be fun! Especially how amazing you wrap your trees. I'm sure the MAWF building will come alive with your creativity next year too....the architecture and curves has your name written all over it! :-) Glad things are working out....and I'm not the only one who is in the time crunch of getting a display done this year! HAHA Can't wait to see it man!
    13. Very awesome!!! What are your white individual bulbs in front? There's tons of channels there, but the effects you use with them are really awesome. Love the straight lines too...will be interested in seeing how you do it in your driveway. Thanks for sharing!
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    15. Oh my! I'm at a loss for words here. I just read this for the first time this morning, have been out running errands today and haven't stopped thinking about this. What a loss we have all taken here. I just created a flyer for Bill's neighborhood's "Back to the Future" block party they are having Sept 6th....it's hard for me to stomach he's not around with us any longer. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, community, and all of us here that had the pleasure of his display, and all his wisdom. What a great youngster! Godspeed Bill...
    16. Awesome Steve...I'm glad it was lite up some! :-) Congratulations again!
    17. This is very yummy punch that we've been making in our family since my Grandma started it. We do it for almost every holiday, just changing the color by the Kool-Aid used! 2 pkg. lime (green punch) or cherry (red punch) Kool Aid 1 6oz can frozen orange juice 1 1/2 pts (3 cups) Pineapple juice 2 qts (8 cups) water 1 large bottle Ginger Ale (add this right before serving to not loose the carbonation) 2/3 cup sugar 1 cup Grapefruit juice
    18. Nevermind, I should have searched, or known it would be in the PC Store! DUH! May have to ****** one of those babies up! COOL!
    19. Too late now, but I saw some leftovers at Kohls and WalMart here. I'd do come google, ebay and craigslist searching...bound to find someone with goodies!
    20. LOL Chuck...let's hope he doesn't need a reminder of this after ONE-DAY! I'm proud of him though, he hasn't gotten back on the forum yet!
    21. Chuck- Where is this little gem of a book you speak of??? This sounds YUMMY!
    22. Thank's all....I just bought one (Colson Legrand) and it's on it's way!
    23. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews of these no-name transmitters coming from China. Some work great, some have issues (static, poor range, don't last, etc). I personally have the Ramsey FM30.
    24. Yeah those are pretty sweet! More-so than I was expecting. Great tutorial resource too, thanks Michael for posting and Ron for the resource!
    25. OMG! They are proud of those babies aren't they!
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