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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 fdunham

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  1. NoveltyLights.com has several to choose from and they are on sale. You said you preferred LEDs and they mostly have incandescents but some LEDs (they are sold out of many of their LEDs). I have several of these and they are very nice and well made.
  2. Texas has been deregulated for several years. The answer as to switch or not is "it depends". Longer term contracts are more expensive on a kw-hr basis, but they give you peace of mind by removing the market volatility aspect. Most states that go to deregulation have a website that will allow you to shop and compare prices, terms, etc. My personal choice at this time (and the cheapest at this time) is the "variable rate" plan. The reason being is that the price of natural gas ultimately drives the price of power (for the most part, natural gas power plants are the largest portion of generation) in Texas. I keep an eye on gas prices (which have been steady or declining for some time) and if I feel like this is going to change, then I will look at one of the "fixed rate" plans. Hence my answer of "it depends". I hope this helps!
  3. Lory, I used a 25 watt standard base bulb from Home Depot http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xgg/R-100476633/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053. It is pretty large but so are my reindeer. Hope this helps.
  4. Has anyone that ordered icicle lights received their order of them yet? I got the rest of my order but no icicles. Are they coming in later??
  5. If your order is like mine, you got charged shipping, it just doesn't show up on the bill as such (i.e., look at your original bill for which you paid 50% - then look at your most recent credit card charge for the remainder).
  6. I saw that they had metoer tubes in 40 cm, 60 cm and 80 cm lengths. Rated voltage 12 V 24V. Hmmm, sounds interesting. It did not show what the minimum order was for these....
  7. Woo hoo! I gotta have some of that!
  8. OK, I am still looking for anyone that may want to sell 100 ct clear minis with white wire. Even if you have fewer than 10 boxes, any number would be appreciated. Thanks, Fred
  9. Wow, you guys really have it good. Here in Texas where electricity is deregulated (and of course has more competition!), my summer rates are $.142 per kWh. BTW Tyson H, I think you meant $.0984 per kWh or 9.84 cents per kWh...... everybody here sounds cheaper than mine! (sigh...)
  10. Looking for anyone that may want to sell 100 ct clear minis with white wire. I would normally not be picky on the wire color, but they are going on white wireframe reindeer. I am needing ~ 10 boxes. Thanks, Fred
  11. LED Holiday Lighting has them as pre-order (available in August). 70 ct M5 half wave - $11.30 per strand. http://www.ledholidaylighting.com/index.aspx
  12. P.S. 128 cords = $93.44 Shipping (to TX zip) = $22.90 Total = $116.34$14.54 per 16 channel controller shipped - $0.91/channel Sweet!
  13. I ordered 128 on the 17th, got tracking notice that they had been shipped and will be delivered on the 24th....woo-hoo! Thanks for the tip Scott!
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