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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 vincerules

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  • Birthday 04/01/1979

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    Oxnard, California, USA
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    salt water aquariums, holiday decorating, sports
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    network admin
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    I have 64 channels of LOR, this is my first year and I am very much looking forward to it!
  1. I have a lor DC controller I am getting ready to sell. Let me know if you are interested
  2. Which flex strips did you use to do these? They look great!
  3. vincerules

    Zip Ties

    What are the length of the zip ties? Monoprice has pretty good prices on different size and colored zip ties http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=105&cp_id=10520
  4. I will check the brand when I get home, I think she got them from Kohls. These particular ones do not have a plug fitting
  5. Just wanted to give an update that I received the buzz box yesterday and fixed my mini trees in no time! I think I will be getting a stethoscope to help narrow down where the buzz is coming from on closely wrapped lights though.
  6. My wife has a collection of houses, most of them run off plugs, but she just got a couple smaller things like a fountain that runs off of AAA batteries. Is there any possible way to make these things run off of of a plug instead. The reason behind this, is so that the entire village can be turned on with a once switch rather than having to lift these other ones up and turn them on manually.
  7. That is pretty slick, and seems very easy to do.
  8. Christmasdonebright was out of stock. I ordered one from http://www.rileighsdecor.com/minilights.htm You have to call them, but they were very friendly and took care of me very quick. Shipping out today
  9. I called them and they said they do not sell them. I told them they have them listed on their website, and she said sorry but they dont sell them. She was nice, but still doesn't make sense to me. Oh well... moving on
  10. Anyone have a buzz box light tester for sale? Or know a good place to order one?
  11. This is ridiculous! My shopping list for next just got bigger.
  12. That looks awesome! Good job! Would love to see a video with some color changing going on, I love RGB!
  13. Is this still available? I wanted to check before I show it to my wife.
  14. We want to get some of this style of icicle lights, but would like to use them with LOR so I don't want to get these gemmy lightshow ones. http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07111060000P?keyword=07111060&sLevel=0&redirectType=SKIP_LEVEL&prop17=07111060 Anyone know of anywhere that has these? We want multi color, I have found a bunch of just white.
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