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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.

Steve H

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About Steve H

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  • Birthday 09/19/1969

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    Chino, CA
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    machinist
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    65000 lights
  1. I love that movie. Here is there web site. You can buy alot of stuff there. http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/
  2. I am sorry to here you are having problems. I know exactly how you feel. The last two years as soon as I get the show going I get a note left on my yard or my mail box threatening to come back and vandalize. That happens that same time my neighbors is vandalized. Last year they kept there promise. On New Years eve they stole one of the mini trees an arch and attemped to pull over the mega tree and tossed a bunch of stuff into the street. I didn't know if I was going to put it up this year until about September. This year one note and some cut strings. The other nite I woke up and someone was throwing firecrackers at the house. I have motion lights, yard alarms and video survalance cameras. With all of this stuff going off all nite I don't sleep much and half the time it is on the couch in my clothes. I can't wait for it to be over so I can take it down and not worry about it. Sorry if I sound negitive. Like I said, I know how you feel.
  3. Richard, I was wondering.. If you get snow and later things warm up without rain does the melting snow cause alot of problems?
  4. I have noticed that if you reset a GFCI while the show is running sometimes the controller will not "reset" itself right away. I have had to stop the show and wait for the led to return solid red and restart, then everything is normal. I will admit that I am not normally that patient and will just reset the stupid GFCI at any time. I havn't hurt anything yet. I am locking for a piece of wood after that last sentence.
  5. Mine are only tripping because of that wet stuff falling out of the sky for the last two days.
  6. I was expecting a lecture. I wanted everything to be "legal" so I put in GFCI breakers as well as GFCI recepticals. The breakers were more sensitive than the recepticals so I changed them first, now I get to walk through the mud to reset the aggervating GFCI recepticals. At the sametime people are asking me when the lights are going to be on. Next time we are having a "drought" I should put up Christmas lights. I know it will rain then.
  7. I am taking mine out. It wasn't raining last nite and I couldn't keep everything on. Ticked off after all of this work and can't turn anything on. Everyone with static displays had theirs on and mine was dark.
  8. Why are the time stamps on the posts off by over 4 hours?
  9. I used electrical tape on several stars I built to black out what I didn't want to see. Worked fine for me. I think it is safer than trying to splice rope light together after you cut it where it wasn't intended to be cut.
  10. I used 1 x 3, primered them and painted them flat black. I have four light strings on each board with plugs on one end and recepticals on the other. I stapled the lights on the boards using an electric stapler with a wire guide so I didn't run a staple into the wire. To stabalize them and keep them from sliding down the roof I screwed "I" hooks into the edges and zip tied them together. That's my suggestion.
  11. They look cool, but expensive. The way I would use them would set me back alot of controller money.
  12. I agree a group buy on mini's would be nice. I use a combination of after Christmas sale lights and some I ordered from CDI (close to 20000 from CDI). I had the best luck with the CDI lights because they a not wired in series. So that one I steped on and broke while setting up my mega tree and couldn't find later, I never missed. The hard part is that they cost about 4 or 5 times more than the after Christmas sales.
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