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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. I had a few as well, I think its just LEDS in general these days.
    2. I always think about next year when I start putting up lights. I just do a static display but I enjoy it and people seem to like it.
    3. Yeah now I notice inventory is gone 2 weeks before Christmas and I can't find 1 string when I need it.
    4. As much as I prefer a cleaner display and I am not a fan of blow molds or blowups. I think if you could incorporate a little of last years into this years it will look much better. This years looks a little underwhelming compared to last years.
    5. Mu biggest problem to any of these Text Donations is that its always a fixed amount. Sometimes you just want to give a few dollars.
    6. That makes no sense coming during the day.
    7. Awesome, you definitely have one of my favorite displays this year. While I might not like some of your song choices your animation is top notch.
    8. This is one of my favorites from Epcot. Not sure what you could do with it.
    9. Living in NJ and not having power since Monday and losing last weekend to the pending storm i decided yesterday To check my icicles lights running on my generator. Luckily everything worked, so I went on the roof today and hung the lights. It felt good to actually be doing something and now I just need the power to come on to start staging the rest of my lights.
    10. I use only red and green so its about 60% green and 40% red. I will look into the led keeper.
    11. bgraham34

      Led Failures

      I have just about finished testing my strings for the upcoming season. I was amazed that I have had 18 strings that either have completely failed or half the string is out. About 8 of them were from vendors that I purchased here in the last two years. The others were purchased at Walmart or other stores. I only have about 125 - 150 strings in total so the failure rate is pretty high. Is anyone else experiencing high failure rates?
    12. I really wanted to get these last year but the funds were not there. Now you have a sale and I really can't get them. I was hoping to get a few this year and some more next year. Well maybe if my wife can find a job. They look great though.
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