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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. Paul (or anyone that may have the icicle lights) could you tell me the length of each of the drops. I read the discription and it only says the drops have 3, 5 and 6 lights on each of the drops. I need to know the legth of the drops. Thanks for your help. John
  2. thanks Max-Paul, that is what I was leaning toward, but did not know if that was the best way. I will post there.
  3. thanks so much...that is what I invisioned, but I was not sure. That helps tremendously...thanks again
  4. I am planning on adding "shooting stars" to my 2011 program. I have the stars already and have seen several references to a "wiring harness". Could someone explain the steps to making the harness or if this question has been discussed before, point me to the post. thanks in advance
  5. I am seriously considering jumping into the LED world this year. I need 15 strings of icicle lights. Since there are 12 to a case I would like to see if someone would like to share the cost of one of the cases. I don't want to hijack the post, so I was wondering where is the best place to post that type of question?
  6. What is the deadline to get orders in?
  7. I registered today for the Workshop. See everyone in a couple of months.
  8. Geez Chuck, can't you see it hiding behind that black marker??
  9. Hi Chris, I work in Anaheim, CA which is not too far from Santa Ana. Can you give me a few more particutlars. Is the item very big? Is is already boxed or would I need to box/prep it for shipping? If you would prefer to PM me more information that is fine and we can see what we can work out.
  10. I ran 50 of the "regular" strobes on one channel with no problems. I have seen a couple of posts saying they ran even more, so unless you are doing a lot more than that, you should be OK.
  11. Marty, I used the floral easels my first year but personally did not care for the shape. The second year I switched to the tomato cage method. There is a "how to" somehwhere around that explains how to use two cages, cut them and then put them back together for more of a "tree" look. I like this design much better. Takes a little more work, but they look good during the day also, which was part of my goal. You can read more on this thread which has some pics also: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=29171.
  12. It may not be worth the trouble for $10, but one option would be to take everything back and get your credit and then purchase everything again. It is a 21% savings after all.
  13. Thanks for the replys everyone. I ended up not getting the cut off saw. I didn't even get in to see what they had. It was one of the weirdest "estate" sales I have ever been to. I wasted about 2 hours of my life this morning, and finally had to leave to get to work....oh well, maybe next time. I really appreciate all the great feedback everyone has offered on here. Makes me want to start making sparks fly and metal melt.
  14. I am at work but if you do not have an answer by the time I get home, I will pull one out of the box and measure it for you.
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