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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.

Bill & Billie

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About Bill & Billie

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  • Birthday 06/19/1957

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Story
  • Location
    Canadohta Lake Pa
  • Biography
    51 yo male who thinks he's 21
  • Interests
    snow sking
    mtn biking
  • Occupation
    Maint. Superintendent
  • About my display
    about 48000 lights
    63 trees wraped
    victorian house covered in lights

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    I have a 200 amp box with 16 separate circuit outlets. I used to put a temporary pole up for my display and used this for my main source of power for my display I no longer need it and was hoping someone might be able to use it. I know it is a bit late. I am asking $200.00 for it. I live near Erie Pa Bill


    Canadohta Lake, Pennsylvania - US

  2. Hey relxerd I'm in Lower Burrell (Braeburn Heights) 75,000 lights where abouts are you I woulld like to check your display out. Bill

  3. I have put up up a temporary elec pole for the past two years for a 200 amp service. I draw about 140 amps when everything is lit at once. Which is more than my box can handle in the house. But the price keeps going up for temp service $75.00 for elec inspector $440.00 for Allegehney Power to hook up service. Just be careful of the amount of breakers you put into your box. The doubles will fit your box but you still can over load with your amp draw.
  4. Greg I know I'm a bit late but someone sent me a nice spread sheet for figuring out the lights/amps if you want I can send you it jus give me your e address. Bill
  5. We saw that someone had this as their opening show. Ernie pushing a lever and the lights get brighter until he goes to far. Does anyone know where I can find this audio at. Bill & Billie Jo
  6. Yes that is what I meant, I will start my search thank you

  7. We have 48,650 lites 4 controllers 8 seperate breakers totaling 101.25 amps, 200amp breaker box more than enough room. Also in the box is the breaker for my furnace. When the light start flashing my furnace starts short cycling I think because of noise coming back from the controllers. Does anyone have an idea that is not real expensive how to solve this. thanks Bill
  8. i want to thank everyone, what I just received will get me thru. Hopefully I can help a newbie some day also. Bill & Billie
  9. I was reading thru here and saw that someone had a excell spread sheet made up for their lights per channel. Is there someone out there that could send me a copy of it then I can modify it to fit my display? thanks in advance Bill
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