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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.

JimGso

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About JimGso

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  • Birthday 01/01/1950

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  • Location
    Greensboro area, NC, ,
  • Biography
    Part time real estate and insurance consultant and full-time Christmas afficianado.
  • Interests
    Golf, sailing, canoeing, camping, gardening, landscaping, reading, music.
  • Occupation
    Consultant
  • About my display
    Over 150,000 lights on 300 plus live trees.
  1. At the present time, ALL of these lights have been spoken for. Thanks for the interest from everyone.
  2. I have several hundred boxes of brand new Walmart 'Holiday Time' 100 count mini incandescent lights for sale. Green Wire - 23.5 Lighted Length Colors Available: Clear, Green, Red, Blue, Amber Price: $1.50 per box Plus shipping (PayPal accepted) Shipping From Greensboro, NC 27455 (Will ship in the box or remove and bag individually to lower shipping cost) First Come - First Served by PM please I also have a limited quantity of brand new Clear 100 count on White Wire @ $1.50 per box Plus shipping
  3. Chuck, I have a large surplus of mini lights, including several hundred boxes which I picked up yesterday, and at some point want to sell them. It seems to me that this year it is a "seller's market" and that prices should be way up, and not particularly cheap. On the other hand, I am concerned that some on Planet Christmas may think that I am trying to gouge if I price these sets in the range of $2.00 per set. It isn't just what price I pay/paid for them as an expense, but all of the time, effort and gasoline to drive to dozens of stores trying to assemble dozens of sets of particular colors. Any thoughts you might have on an appropriate way to sell these without coming across as a greedy capitalist? Would it be appropriate to post them for sell and ask for "bids"? Thanks for your help. Enjoy reading your diatriabes and wildly humorous comments on Facebook. Sorry I couldn't be there when Jill Wiedman came over. Bet that was a Hoot! Jim Flynt

  4. Maybe I am just lucky or else relentless in the pursuit of lights, but I went out to 3 Walmarts here in central Piedmont NC yesterday and walked away with over 30,000 mini lights in reds, greens, blues, ambers, and clears at 75% off. I also picked up several boxes of LED's. When I left these 3 stores, there were still several hundred sets left including multi's, clear and assorted colors. In two of these Walmarts, by looking around, I found two shelves of lights which were two shelves removed from the Christmas aisles (as if someone somehow forgot they were there) and I also uncovered a large stock behind a bunch of other decorations and stuff. I have always found additional lights in many stores simply by looking behind other decorations for sale and browsing in areas adjacent to the Christmas clearance sale areas. If anyone in Piedmont NC is still looking for lights, I would suggest you check out the Mayodan, Eden and Reidsville stores. There were still lights a plenty there last night.
  5. I'll be there this year no matter which weekend you choose. Please let me know what I can do to help!
  6. Well if you really have to do that, at least drink GREEN BEER. Green beer ROCKS and ROLLS.
  7. This will be my first year using LOR. Until now, I have had a static display with 125,000 lights on at one time. I actually have around 250,000 lights, but my purchase of lights has exceeded my available power. I have been loading up on lights in the after Christmas sale for the past two years while planning for the day this year when I could add LOR. The Pascal family, two counties over from me, in Casville, NC have an almost entirely static display with nearly 2 million lights on at one time. Their power bill is in excess of $20,000.00 per month. They mostly cover the electrical costs through various donation buckets scattered around their 4 acre walk through display. It is a sight to behold. They probably average around 1,000 walk through visitors during the week and as many as 2,500 walk through visitors on weekends. Cars park up to a mile away from their display with visitors walking to their home to see and walk through this one of a kind displays. This elderly couple spend their entire year working on their display and purchased a bucket lift a couple of years ago to help with decorating larger trees. Here are a couple of links to news stories about this display: http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=114516 http://www.godanriver.com/gdr/news/local/danville_news/article/caswell_county_light_display_a_sure_sign_of_holidays_on_the_way/7727/
  8. Chris, I don't need any more Christmas lights. Nor do I want your lights or any of the other items in your Christmas display. But I do understand the difficulties and challenges any of us can face at times from the hands that fate have dealt us. While I have been through my own share of trials and tribulations from time to time over the years, I also have been more than abundantly blessed with many wonderful blessings from above, and I would like to make a small personal contribution to you and your family to at least provide some support, comfort and hope while you are getting resettled and getting your feet back on the ground. Simply consider it as nothing more than my good deed for the day for a friend. Do you have a PayPal account where I (and perhaps others similarly moved) might be able to send you a donation? If not, can you post or PM me a mailing address where a donation can be sent. If there are others in the Planet Christmas family who are or have recently been blessed in their own lives, perhaps you too will consider making a small donation out to help one of our own!
  9. Check out the Chauvet SF-4005 2/4 channel controller which you can buy for $29.99. I have two of them and they work wonderfully. Here is a link: http://123dj.com/lighting/controllers/sf4005.html
  10. I just ordered 25 and got a sale confirmation so they must have more.
  11. That's pretty neat. How did you make your Flying Santa work?
  12. JimGso

    Tripwire Alarm

    One of the concerns that I would have about several of these suggestions is that many of these outside alarm/sensor units are battery powered. Since batteries don't seem to work or hold up well in cold weather, how do you get around that shortcoming?
  13. I think you meant to say: 501©(3) organization.
  14. Word is that 'tarts' are going for well over a couple of hundred pounds a night over in London............
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