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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 MichaelB

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    1. MichaelB

      A big Thanks

    2. MichaelB

      A big Thanks

      Just so you know too - NBC 5 news this morning had a little blurb about this weekends events along with your picture Carrie (I think you were standing next to a blow mold pyramid maybe)!!
    3. I live in Pingree Grove! The epicenter was less than 1.5 miles from my house.
    4. wow this is concerning - I am wondering if it is ALL of the sets or just certain peoples with the problems - i too have sets that have the s-2133 in addition i have some with s-4992 but mine are 70 count m5 on white wires...is there an easy way to tell if mine are the problematic ones? on the ones that are s-4992 i only have 1 set of 70 per channel ....but on the other type I have between 5 and 10 strings per channel (and on these they all seem to work together fine (when the male end is plugged into the femal end)) - any advice - I hatge to put more on travis but also dont want to burn my h
    5. Tim and Bill - thanks for the idea - I used the contact form on the site and got a response today - that must trigger a different 'flag' than a standard email or phone call i guess....but either way I did get a response from the contact us form on the site - my red and green lights are on the way and the ww are a little behind due to a shortage with the supplier....I feel much better now!
    6. Tim Thanks for the suggestion i will try the contact form on their site! thanks again!
    7. Man I can only wish - placed another call as well as another email and still nothing - I know Travis is sick but sounds like he has others helping him checking calls and emails - I just dont know what to do anymore - I am having faith that I am an isolated incident as it sounds like this is not the typical customer service one should expect from Travis or his company...I was charged for the balance of my preorder when the wrong items shipped to me back on August 17th, I returned them promptly back to Travis - my order shows that it has shipped but it is for the original items that were incorr
    8. I (like others) am still waiting - I have sent 2 emails in the past 2 weeks to Travis as well as a phone call on Monday with a message and have not heard back from anyone... I can imagine that they are very busy but can't figure out why I can get no response and to my knowledge I have been charged for the lights....due to a mistaken shipment....(a few weeks ago I was sent the right quantity, style, colors of light strings on green wire - but they were supposed to be white wire - travis issued a UPS call tag and UPS came to get them and send them back) I wanted to make sure he got them
    9. The young boys (and dads too) would all want to go see Mrs. Clause in that outfit on stilts - I sure hope that outfit comes with flannel shorts
    10. Okay question for all you electrical guru's out there...I am in the process of converting to LEDs I do not do it all at once each year i have just been buying a few to replace my minis (incandescents) when they go out...question is this...to save on extension cords I had this (hopefully not too crazy) idea...cut all the lights out and splice it together (only 3 places unless I get too excited with the cutters) and I essentially have a 25 to 30 foot extension cord (after doing a little splicing) I dont have a lot of power running through each of my 'home made extension cords' usually it is onl
    11. What size coro plast do you all use here for your cut outs? Seems there is anything from 2 to 10mm that is available...is there some sort of rule of thumb for a size to thickness ratio or a #lights to thickness ratio...I live in the nw suburbs of Chicago and we get a lot of wind and crazy weather throughout the winter ... what I want to make is a lighted nativity with just the silhouettes outlined on black coro so at night all you see is the light outline. Just dont know where to start sizewise any help would be appreciated....ALSO where do I get a signature that I can specify the number of c
    12. And what a great time - not sure which house is yours but we drive through there every year! and the Santa Clause with the candy canes is a big hit with our son!!!
    13. Michael Bilek - Pingree Grove, IL (far northwest suburbs of Chicago) 16 LOR channels last year, at least 48 channels this year, lots of leds and not sure how I am going to expand this year!
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