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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.

Push Eject

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About Push Eject

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  • Birthday 12/29/1971

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    Lancaster, CA, , USA
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    Beer brewing, Halloween, Christmas
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    Sound Mixer
  1. Ha! True, true. Well, everything was shot in-place. The only photoshopping was to remove what was holding things up. Oh, and to turn me upside down.
  2. Thanks, guys! I chuckle every time I look at it. Can't wait til it starts arriving at friends' homes.
  3. Merry Christmas, all. Here's our card this year:
  4. Super Descriptive Reply to RichardH's Kick Butt Donation Box A really great reply with lots of adjectives, great verbage and monsterous grammer RichardH, As always, great work, man. I am so glad you do not live on my street. Cheers, Charlie
  5. ChuckHutchings wrote: You are such a stud, Chuck. Charlie
  6. Seems most of us are loners and I am no exception. The kids *want* to help... maybe someday when they're a bit older: Cheers, Charlie
  7. David Balch wrote: I'm glad you see my point!
  8. I hadn't shopped at Creative Displays before so I put together a quick shopping cart there: 1000' zip cord - $125 20 Female attach-on plugs - $16 20 Male attach-on plugs - $16 Ground shipping - $37 Tax - $0 Total: $194 for (20) 50' cords or $9.70 each (plus two other factors worth figuring in - your time to make them and on the flip side, the convenience of any-sized cord) I'm sticking to my $8.50 store-bought cords. Cheers!
  9. McMaster Carr has 1000' of spt-1 for .14/ft = $140 + shipping + tax. Home Depot/Lowes has 50' green landscape cord for $8.50 + tax. So for me: - make my own 50' cord = $9.58 + my time - buy it = $9.20 Easy decision. Cheers! Charlie
  10. I epoxied these guys to the stucco and wire-tie lights in place: Cheers, Charlie
  11. ChuckHutchings wrote: Only if you draw more current than you have available. Many people use a spreadsheet to keep track so they know exactly what their power demands are.
  12. WYDan wrote: OH! I get it now! Thanks, WYDan!
  13. Here I am wrapping minis around pvc for our light arches with the help of our twin three-year-olds: Cheers, Charlie
  14. :laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing:
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