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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.

Stan Z

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  1. John ... do you think you could convince your Brother to have another Fresno get together? Let us know. Stan
  2. You could add vampire plugs along the way on a C7 string as long as the total connected load does not exceed the ampacity of the protective fuse located in the cord connector. Hope this helps to clarify a little.
  3. u on FB or Myspace??

  4. Hi Rod, Interesting cover unit you found. I'm thinking it will work great but was wondering if anyone can comment about heat sinking. Can a LOR user (ie - Newbie like me) expect more heat generated from using primarily C9 light strings VS minature/LED strings? Z
  5. Thanks Chuck ... I will keep a look-out for some pre-made stuff. Appreciate the offer of connectors! Z
  6. Hello, I was thinking about utilizing/purchasing a roll of SPT2 wire with a bunch of connectors, seems simple enough. Does anyone have any suggestions on how I should proceed with purchasing CAT 45 connection cable? As a novice, should I try terminating the ends of this cable myself? Is the term tool expensive? Any recommendations from out there would be most appreciated! Thanks, Stan Z
  7. My thoughts and prayers to you and your Mother. The road to recovery/physical therapy may be challenging, but I am sure she will be pleased with the end result. Hang in there with the job situation, as something will come to you when you least expect it. Stan Z.
  8. Nice job on the spead sheet ... thanks Luke.
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