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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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    Bronx, New York, USA
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    I am 60+ and love Christmas. Wish I had more property for decorations, but not for cutting the grass.
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    I have about 6 annimated decorations that I built myself. Santa going up and down a chimney, a pair of skaters going around a "pond", a dump truck, a bulldozer, a see saw, and a crane.
  1. What I've done is to keep the spare bulbs seperately by wattage. When I have to change a bad bulb, I take the bad bulb out of the socket (keeping the socket) and insert the good bulb only-disregarding the socket it came in. Jimmy
  2. I checked with Paul about his net lights-the bulbs are not sealed in their sockets as in the rest of the lights he sells. I am also looking for some net lights that have sealed bulbs. Jimmy
  3. Hi Paul: I didn't see this question asked-are all the LED bulbs sealed in their sockets, including net lights (can't come loose) ? Jimmy
  4. If one of your concerns is the cost of ground stakes-why not make your own out of wood. For example you can use furring strips, I think they are about 2 inches wide. Cut them in half and you can make them any length you want-and not too expensive. Jimmy
  5. I understand about being overprotected with GFI's circut breakers etc, but my main concern is if something shorts out on the high stuff (second story roof) it will also take out several other lighted displays on the same circut. Since I still have my old C-9 light strings I will cut off the fused plugs and put them on the new C-9 light strings. Honestly , of all the years I have been decorating for Christmas I have had only one light set blow a fuse in the plug and it was low enough on my porch that I just replaced it with a new set. Jimmy
  6. Several years I purchased thru Action Lighting a 110-120v fused connector, 7 amp maximum. I've been using C-9 bulbs for my rooflines and around my windows mounted on removable frames. I am purchasing new C-9 wire to replace my aging current C-9 wire. I have no problem custom cutting the wire for my needs. What I am looking for, and can't seem to find it, is the fused plugs that come with the C-9 light strings. I have looked around and no one seems to carry these anymore. I like the idea of a fused plug especially along the roofline. If a short develops I would rather it blow the fuse on the light string instead of the entire circuit breaker. Any help would be appreciated Jimmy
  7. Hi Ryan: I haven't seen any mention of LED net lights. Will there be any offered? Jimmy
  8. I have several animated displays that I built,-dump truck, bulldoozer etc . They are about 2 to 3 feet long and about the same height. I would like to use spot lights to light them up but not too bright to take away from the rest of my Christmas lights. Something just bright enough so that they can be seen. Any suggestions. Jimmy
  9. I use C-9 twinkle bulbs outlining my 2 peaked roofs, and ceramic C-9 bulbs on my railings. I use M6 LED and 5MM LED's for everything else. Jimmy
  10. Following this Forum for a few years and trying to educate myself about the various types of LED lighting, Full wave vs half wave. I'm not sure but the full wave LED's have rectifiers which convert to line voltage to DC. (I think) Why do the retro C9 and C7 bulbs just use the existing AC voltage to operate. No need for rectifiers which seem to be the main cause of failures. I have purchased from Paul and Travis in the past few years and have had very few light strings ( just a couple-really not worth mentioning) fail. Jimmy
  11. I just realized that except for my wire frames and blow molds, everything else is LED's. With one exception-my roof lights are still traditional C9 twinkle bulbs. I tried some sample LED C9 bulbs but I they were not bright enough for me ( I didn't use them for my decorations) even though they had 5 LED's in each bulb. Maybe in the future twinkle C9 LED's will be available. Jimmy
  12. Since someone besides myself has had problems with Paul & Travis' lights, I figure to try and ask this question. Why can't, (or will not), an American company make LED Christmas lights for us Americans who take Christmas decorating very seriously. Today between rain drops I started installing my driveway arch lights. I usually set them up while plugged in. I use both Paul & Travis' lights, and low and behold one half of one set did not light. Needless to say I was not a happy camper having to take off the bad set and restring it again. I'm guessing there is some kind of quality control in China but my guess that it would be much better here in the good ol' USA, -General Electric are you listening? There, now I feel much better! Jimmy
  13. You might try http://www.environmentallights.com/ They may have what you may need. I know what it's like to run short of lights at this time of the year. Jimmy
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