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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 DKRGoods

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  1. I keep mine above my in-laws garage where the temperature is basicaaly the same as outside. Never any issues. Tips I have followed. Never stack where weight will bend the blowmold from heat. Never lay down the big ones. Stand, stand, stand Never use sand in a blowmold. It will destroy the Blowmold VERY fast. Where ever you store make sure air does flow. Keep mouse traps out if the danger is there. They will nest and same for wasps. The biggest thing that destroys them is dampness and direct sunlight. Most of mine are from Craigslist and were stored in a garage or basement. Its fun and learn wiring. I have had to rewire a lot of them because of age. I use mostly CFLs in mine because a 13watt cfl has the same lumens as a 60 watt bulb and so on I am up to 100 this year and I have quiet a few originals that were made in the sixties. :-)
  2. I take the small rock you add to cement and put it in ziplock bags filled about half way. I then take out the light and slowly shake the bag with the rock in it so it falls in. Depending on the size it can take up to six. They do stay in place here in MA. I also add bricks from the bottom if they fit. Thats easier and three to four do the trick. Good luck!!!!!
  3. If they are C7 retro fits make sure the center contact is high enough to reach the bulb. Also, a bulb has two points of contact... make sure they are nice and shiny... any corrosion will block the current.
  4. Seek a professional. It will save your sanity along with your valuables. This is one part of creating a beautiful display where you need the professionals. Plus...they might be able to get you more power from a better subpanel in your garage.
  5. Yup.... I use Citrus stripper from Home Depot. Smells nice. Then Krylon Fusion.
  6. You have got to put a pic up of it lit. WOW!!!!!!
  7. Try this... http://www.planetchristmas.com/blow-molds/
  8. You are 100% correct. My apologies for not catching that.
  9. I painted mine to look like a candy cane. Nice red swirl all the way up and my light strings are green. Looks awesome.
  10. I use CFL's for the big guys and 4w c7's for the little. FYI..... 10w CFL puts out the same lumen as a 40 w bulb and a 13 w is like a 60 w bulb. Saves tones and no problems in the cold. About the peeling???? Never seen it and I have a set of carolers that are made from BECO, Snowmen made from Santa's Best and I can't even count the Empire. Trick to keeping them decent is to store them in some sort of shelter when not in use. Preferably someplace that breaths. I use the top of a garage.
  11. Check out your local Sam's club etc. I just picked up GE 13W CFL's that were on special for $2.98 for 8 bulbs. They are usually right around $14 for eight. http://www.samsclub.com/sams/ge-energy-smart-13-watt-light-bulbs-8-pk/164478.ip?navAction=
  12. I do the same as "gmac" . I have four trees here in MA. and have no problems. My top pieces are the inverted toilet bowl flang with wall board hooks and my bottom is 1/2" sprinkler pipe. If you send me your email by PM I'll send ya a pic.
  13. I use CFL's for my big ones and my small guys get 25w. The ones that use a c-7 I use the 4w instead of 5 or 7. Good luck and have fun. Remember there is no right or wrong its just using your imagination :-)
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