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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 stoplight

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  • Birthday 11/15/1955

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  • Location
    too close to Los Angeles to far from Orange County
  • Biography
    little this and little that
  • Interests
    Outdoor illumination, fishing, hiking, blah blah
  • Occupation
    landscape and swing trader
  • About my display
    basic at this point but oh what plans I have
  1. I decided to go back to the old school c9 and 7s. Gave the LED c9 and 7s a chance to work their magic but just did not give that warm glow I was used to. So back go the led and will be adding to my vintage c9 and c7 collection of ceramic bulbs and strings.
  2. Thanks Hotrod, Wonder how many have switched over to LED and who have are satisfied with the look and warmth? I understand there is a company that has manufactured LED c-7's to reflect like incandescent bulbs or is that a just a rumor? Being new to the LED scene not quite sure what is out there and what can be tweaked to look similar to incandescent bulbs. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have a basic set up at this point..no LOR or animation using roughly 15 strings, c-7, c-9 and icicle lights on different part of the house with 8 strategically located outlets...using on 2 strings of led's but thinking of taking down.
  3. I purchased 4 boxes of multi-colored LED c-9 lights from Costco..good deal and all but when I put them up and turned em on I was sadly disappointed with the lack of a color footprint. In comparison to the old c-9 incandescent strings the new LED lights paled in comparison to brightness, color reflection and warmness of glow. Did I do something wrong or is it just the way they look?? 2 strings together, 100 lights on a timer.
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