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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 Frank

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  • Birthday 12/06/1946

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    League City, Texas, USA
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  • Interests
    RC airplanes and Xmas lights
  • Occupation
    Aviation Safety inspector
  • About my display
    18000 light with LOR
  1. Frank

    LED Frustration

    Both this year and last I have had failures in LeD icycles blue snowflakes. Most of the case I bought do not work or half don't work. I replaced one section or strand 3 days in a row. No more LED icyces for me.
  2. I wonder why anyone is still dealing with him after last years mess. He still owes me warrenty light from last year and I have not received any responce for two months?
  3. I have had my replacement up for more than a week and working great. Thanks Paul.
  4. I added about 300 strings of M5's this year. So I am about 90% LED's. I went to LED because of the colors and they don't lose there color being out in the weather. Also I did not have enough power to add more lights. I had about 6 strands of icicles fail right away but they were replaced in warrenty. I had just one M5 failure. My mini tress are M5's and this is there third year with no problems. I plan to buy more LED this year.
  5. Maybe I got a bad batch? I was thinking these were new this year. The cover over the LED bulbs is shaped like a snowflake.
  6. I have had 6 strings fail on icicles LED snowflake I got from CDI. They are blue LED snowflakes. When working they are Wonderful. They have been working since 11-27 and I am using LOR. They start to fail with half the string and a few days late the complete string. CDI has been great in offering replacements but these may failures in lest than two weeks is very high? Any comments
  7. This one arch goes across my sidewalk to the front door. I was hoping it would be high enough for someone to walk under it. I could let it sit in the sun. I took it straight from the garage. I am think of using a piece of 3/4 inside the 1 inch and see if that bends? Or do what Ryan does and use fittings.
  8. My first arch is history I am trying to make a 20 foot arch out of gray PVC, 1 inch, using two 10 foot sections to cross my sidewalk. I cut a few notches in one end so it would be easy to remove and drilled a 1/4 inch hole for a bolt. My first placement of the re bar had the center too low. I moved the re bar closer and POW, it broke as I tried to bend it. Any idea how close I can place the re bar on a 20 foot arch? Rather than start over I am think of using a gray 3/4 inch pipe and place on the inside were the two 10 foot pieces meet?
  9. I ordered retro replacement bulbs for my C-7's. About 250 in Red, Blue and Warm white. The blue are red are outstanding especially the blues. I have the blue c-7's agong my rood ridges and they look much better than lat years 5 watt bulbs. I don't have enought warm white up to make a opinion.
  10. Has anyone experienced C-7 Retro bulbs not working? I have found a few and just started installing lights.
  11. I received the last of my order from Travis yesterday. There were mistakes but he made everything correct. I was able to contact him on his web site.
  12. I ordered about 300 strings and 600 bulbs in Feb. Got a shipment in Sept 25% wrong. Looks like the boxes were mismarked. I was able to return them, got two shipments last week and I am about 99% there. Still need 125 C-7 Blue retros and I will be 100%. I think having your own business is very hard. My sister in law has a picture on the wall " If you think natural child birth is hard, try owning your own business". I am sure Travis has learned a lot from this experience.
  13. I guess I am to late. But I want some mini LED's in green and C7 size in blue.
  14. Being new to this I was wondering if any of the online retailerbut light on slae after Christmas. I want to buy some C7 andLED's for next year.
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