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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 tlangley2000

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  • Birthday 03/25/1952

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  1. Accidentally stumbled on this discussion. I would like to attend. I can be flexible with any weekend in August. The last one was in Smyrna. Cumming is quite a bit farther out than that. There are several people in the Fayette and Coweata county area that would attend if it was a little closer in to Atlanta as well. Tom
  2. I am Looking for at least 50 strings of 100ct clears/white minis incans. on white wire. Prefer new but would consider used. Thanks, Tom
  3. An annual giveaway by Amazon is: Amazon.com MP3 Downloads 25 Days of Free - Daily Free Downloads in December http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_354706082_2?ie=UTF8&docId=1000453281&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=right-2&pf_rd_r=0XQA9XCY6Z13WE1YMEDK&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1282780142&pf_rd_i=2474740011
  4. If you are not up and running now you are a dime late and a dollar short. Even as few channels as that takes some planning and work to make look good. If you are really in a big hurry you can run to Wall Mart and get a Mr Christmas box. It's already programmed and all you have to do is plug stuff in. Not very creative but would work on short notice. Otherwise save that mone for lights at after Christmas sales and go bigger next year. Next year is a better bet. Best of luck
  5. I was considering looking at LEDs but pricing like this just dosen't justify the transition. Just replacing one of my 13 arches with 8 segments would cost $104.48 for just the lights. I paid about $10 for the incandesents. My electric bill for the season is about $100 so it would take me 8 years just to break even. That just dosen't make sense. Thanks for your attempt to bring us LEDs at a lower cost but China needs to get much more agressive.
  6. New info here: http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10228&cs_id=1022801&p_id=5283&seq=1&format=2 You need to have a lot to make it worth doing. Tom
  7. I PMd you but have not heard back yet. I need the final cost please. Thanks,
  8. Package received. It really had an adventure getting here via ups. I didn't know UPS would put a package through that many ground stops. Lights arrived in excellent condition. Thanks, Tlangley2000
  9. PM Sent for whites and some blues.
  10. Aren't these at least a year or two old. I believe that they are overpriced for the resale market. If they were priced at or close to $1/box I'd take all the clears he has. Tom
  11. Joey Good, It'll probably be my luck is that this is the off year that they don't do it. Somebody may decide to keep and reuse them next year. I'll keep an eye out as well. Tom
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