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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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  1. WOW, all I ever see are those cheap plastic ones that aren't worth the plastic their made of.

    I wish there was a Menards near me.

    I recind my offer knowing this,but if someone is willing to buy me a bunch of thess when the clearance sales come I would be willing to make it worth their while either in trade or cash.

    I would like to get a good 50 or so flakes in all sizes.

    Just got the new Menards Christmas decor sale flier. 12" LED $8.88 18" ropelights ones, $11.99 and 24' Ropelight ones $14.99


  2. Not having such a good day and thought I would ask what others do when they are stressed out almost past the point of no return?? I am sure there will be many interesting responses. lol

    Drink large quanities of Alcohol, Go out and put up your Christmas lights and tommorrow you will have something to laugh at.


  3. I just got my first inflatable today, I really like the look of it, and I was wondering what I should know and do with it. Thanks.

    I think if you plug it in it grows bigger.

    What else do yo want to know.

    Oh, and make sure the area where it sucks in the are is completely clear. **** up a leaf and that fan could cook.


  4. So what would you do with this much money??? Some would buy a house, some a start a business, while others buy clothes. So what would YOU spend that amount of money on???

    I love these "what would you do" (interpret 'how would you spend') threads.

    If you have $220,000 to spend on clothes, spend it. In my case if somebody walked up and gave me $220,000, I would add it to the $1,000,000 I have saved for retirement in the last 35 years of WORKING.

    Then I would be able to retire at 62, instead of 65, or 67 1/2 or by the time I get there probably 72.

    I currently own 3 business's, work 60 hours a week, have all the Christmas lights I want and yes, I do make more than $250,000 a year so I will be donating to the new president.

    That kind of money probably is a lower % of that persons total budget than any of us can ever imagine. Food too. I watched Anna Nicole Smith eat $600 worth of food on tv once. It was gross.

    Ok, so now how does this have anything to do with Christmas Decorations?


  5. Seems like it comes and goes with me. Maybe it is just stress not really sure. I mean what could I have to be stressed about. LMAO For those of you who know me you can attest it would prob be easier to say what I don't have to stress about. So when you can't sleep what does everyone do??

    So when you can't sleep what does everyone do??[/

    Ambien CR


  6. So how young is too young to sequence? I have a son who will be 7 in FEbruary. He listens to Christmas music with me in the car, asks about sequencing, has a good ear for good sequencable songs, and wants to help with the lights.

    So I was thinking after this season maybe trying to teach him how to sequence. What do you all think, is 7 too young to start??? He has basic computer skills, can use a mouse and type, and piks things up fairly quick.

    You better watch it, he will be taking over from you. Somebody here had their wife try one and now have not been able to touch the computer.


  7. Ok so I have a laptop with a dead bat. Off brand and cannot find a replacement so I though I'd give the rebuild a shot

    Got it open and they are 2 1/2' by 5/8" have the part numbers

    ICR18650-22B

    Sansung SDI

    453

    The case on the pack says

    PST-75210

    and it is rated at 14.8 V 4400mAh

    Tried allelectronics, can't seem to match them. Anybody got a source?


  8. For those of you waiting to see what kind of smack I would be posting right about now...

    Sorry to disappoint you but I'll just say that this is a great day for our country and we should all join together and fix the problems we face as Americans.

    God bless John McCain and Barack Obama. They both performed admirably.

    Go USA!

    Go decorate your homes for Christmas!

    Bump Chuck


  9. In just a few days all the lights will be up and I will be able to post photos,.....................so I am anouncing a contest for the best syncronization of my lights. It will be 162 channels and you can use any music you want. Just send me the sequences and on December 25 the winner will be announced. Grand Prize winner gets an all expense (provide your own transportation however) trip to Potsdam, Mn for New Years Eve


  10. Hi Everyone,

    I'm looking for an odd product. A 2 foot long 3 way outdoor extension cord. Does anyone have any that they would be willing to sell? I'm in the market for about 18 of them.

    Or is there an "easy" way for me to build them. I'm not really electrically inclinded when it comes to building this type of stuff.

    Please let me know.

    Thanks,

    Chris

    Do they need to be axactly 2'? Menards has 18" and 36" both orange and green. Have a standard molded male and a molded 3 receptical female end. But they only have them in 1 1/2 ' and 3 ft' About $3.99.


  11. Not sure where to post this so I just thought I'd say Hi. Im in SE Minnesota and we have quite a few really BIG displays in our little town. Seems my dad started something here and folks just ran with it. He put up his first display in 1978. In folowing years he decortated the Water Tower, city buildings, library and main street light poles. People also caught on. In 1998 we took a guess that there were 15,000,000 lights in town. Then it just went away.

    I've been trying to fire it up again, so we'll see if it grows from last year.

    Well enough, I just wanted to say hi and let you all know I've been reading this stuff for years. Just thought I'd jump in. Probably won't be here much until after Christmas. The crunch is on and light up day (Thanksgiving) is less than a month.

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