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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. Thanks for all the kind words and emotional support. I haven't been at the computer much this week, too demanding to sit too long. I had an accupunture treatment Tuesday, its helping alot with the inflamation in my lower back. I had the 1st good nights sleep last night.since the accident . I took a trip to Walmart and Kmart to pickup my prescriptions today and some comfort food, think it was too much too soon. I need to to take it easy for a bit still and let the healing process work. The family still won't let me drive so that shouldn't be a problem. Thanks again, for all the support, I appreciate it.
  2. Being a very indepedent person and someone who doesn't like to ask for help, this year I had to bite the bullet. I had to ask the family, grandkids and kids for help in getting the light display up and running this year. I did something very stupid, I did something I shouldn't have and know better. I forgot to anchor the top of the ladder. Everyone knows to do this or should do this. The ladder decided to slide and gravity took its course. What's really bad is I compounded the first error by positioning the ladder over the AC unit. Thats what I landed on and caused most of the damage to my body. I don't recall anything about the fall except watching the ladder start sliding as I reached the top. I ended up breaking my wrist really bad (3 pins and a cast I get to wear for at least 2 more months), tearing my ear bad enough to require surgery to fix it, bruising my back and leg really, really bad, and bruises and scrapes over the rest of my body. It had to be my right wrist, I am right handed. Thankfully Cindy does daycare in our house and heard the ladder and me come crashing down. I can't believe how much the ER bill and all the other bills are, I didnt pay that much for my new Ranger. I had a temp job that ended in August, and finally found a new job. I was suppose to start the new job the next day after my accident. Thankfully, they will hold the position, bless them, but I will need both hands so that will probably March until I can start now. This is getting to be a long post typing with one hand but I wanted you to know what I am thankfull for. I have no job, no insrance, a savings account that has seen better days and while I am not completely helpless, I am darn close. I can't do alot of things using one hand, and walking is still painful even after 2 weeks since the accident. Even with all that, I am very thanful for my family, freinds, my future job, and God for looking out for me that the fall wasn't much worse which it very well could have been. I have been humbled and though I still have trouble asking for help, I am getting better at it.
  3. I started putting up lights the first year after I got out of the Army, about 15 strings of lights. We never had any outdoor lights when I was growing up so was never really exposed to the lighting bug. The first Christmas home from the Army, I wanted to brighten things up and it has grown from there every year to 40k leds and 178 LOR channels this year And yes, the paper boy did it. I have a candy house that I put out every Christmas that holds about 2 1/2 boxes of candy canes. Last year, I would leave for work in the morning with it filled with candy canes and when I would get home late afternoon, it would be empty. I know the neighborhood kids aren't that greedy so I was puzzled about who was taking them. My neighbor gets home about 3 in the afternoon everyday and one day I was talking to him. He asked if I was going thru alot of candy canes. Come to find out, he had seen the paper boy stop and fill his paper bag with all the candy canes. He knew the paper boy, his mom and his grandma and told me who his grandma was, who I also knew, so I mentioned it to her. She talked to mom and paper boy, and told me it was a "friend" who was helping that day. What irks me is it wasn't a "friend" and the mom was driving the boy around to deliver the papers and watched the whole thing. Kids are just kids and don't know any better until they are taught right and wrong, apparently the grandma never taught the mom. It happened a few times this year also, but not the paper boy. I had just stocked the candy cane house and was watching the light show when a van pulls up, 2 kids get out and run to the candy cane house and get a candy cane, and then get in the van and leave. I thought, hmm, could have watched a little of the the show but whatever. I walked over to the cc house and low and behold, over half the canes were gone. I started going the previous night's video footage from the security cameras and that same van and kids came most evenings about the same time Monday thru Friday. Well I just quit stocking the house during the day and waited until after that time everyday to fill it up. Why are people so ignorant? I almost let the really small majority of morons ruin for everybody, was thinking about not doing much of a display next year but its the other 98% of the people we do this for and thats why I will continue until I can't do it anymore.
  4. I am not sure, right now its -29 below zero with a -47 wind chill. Wind chills are supposed to be in the -40 range today so today is out. Tomorrow might get up to 21 but the forecasts have been wrong more than right around here all last month. I think I will let the display run at least until the end of the week and see how the weather turns out. There is also over 2 feet of snow out there over about an inch of ice.
  5. I was out handing out candy canes and 1 gal with her young daughter told me she need to get her mood improved because she lost her wallet that day so they came to look at the lights. She told me she felt better about the day and gave me $5 donation to the charity I am collecting for. I told her she didn't have to make a donation but she insisted. I am just happy I could do something to help her out, and make her a little bit happier. And here I was thinking about not doing a display next year, guess I need to get busy and start planning next year's display.
  6. I just used an aluminum extension ladder leaned up against the mega tree pole. My mega tree is 20ft tall and guy wired at the top and the middle. I was surprised how sturdy the pole was and had no problems climbing up and attaching the lights. I was going to use pole to attach the lights to the top but it was taking too much time and I was in a hurry so I tried the ladder and it went quite fast after that. Much easier and felt safer than using my other extension ladder, 36 footer, to do lights in my real tree.
  7. All I have to do is move 2 trees, a gingerbread house, 2 snowmen, a toy soldier, a santa, and 3 reindeer into my driveway each night. I decided last year that I was running out of room and the driveway was empty so I filled it, hehehhe. The show starts on time whether I move the stuff into the driveway or not. I have 40k LEDS and 176 channels of LOR and haven't had a problem with dead strings or LOR yet. So its been pretty much zero maintenance and set it and forget it.
  8. hmm, I have a 0 percent failure rate, but thats because I haven't gotten any of my order yet, go figure, hehehehe
  9. they are and sorry, too late, let the grandkids have em for their bushes
  10. Well its been a real busy time since the lights turned on, getting lots of traffic even with the cold and the snow. We had another 6 inches fall on Friday morning, not bad for only expecting maybe 1 to 3 inches and a 30% chance. I am running out of room to put all the snow from the driveway, and its only the middle of December. There have been a couple of days where its warmed up and melted a little, but not much. I still have 3 cases of lights to put up but not going to happen this year, going with whats up and calling it good. Its 1 degree out right now and traffic has been real steady tonight.
  11. I managed to get my mega tree up before the first winter storm hit luckily. Still trying to get everything done before opening day, but the cold and snow are making things tough. We have around 8 inches of snow on the ground, the first storm was rain that turned to wet snow and so under all the snow is frozen ice, what a pain. Thinking this is going to be a cold and snowy year again. And to think, 2 weeks ago I was putting up lights in sandals and no coat, now, fighting the sub zero windchill wearing snow boots and 5 layers of clothing. Remind me again why we live up here in the frozen north? Sure thinking moving somewhere that has a green winter. Going to be lots of fun standing out in the cold handing out candy canes again this year. What ever happened to global warming, it seems to be getting colder winter from where I am.
  12. We live alot farther north, almost to the Canadian border
  13. I have 30 strobes in a Z tree, half are LED I have 40 strobes in a Mega tree, all are LED and I have 160 colored LED strobes in a real tree in my yard last weekend while I was out working on the display, my neighbor stopped by to chat and I ended up turning on the strobes to show him how what I was doing yes, they have a bit slower strobe rate but they looked great and didn't all fire off together now this was just hooking up power to them and not in a sequence, in a sequence I do add a pre charge to them this is my second year using LED strobes and I personally like them, I use enough of them in the real tree that the slower strobe rate doesn't seem to matter this is just my experience with them, I went into using LED strobes knowing their limitations and I am satisfied with how they work.
  14. I picked up 5 cases(48 boxes of 12 canes per box) last January at Walmart for $0.22 a box stored them in the cool store room in our basement
  15. would it be green wire or white wire strings?
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