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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 elcommandante

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  • Birthday 09/21/1963

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    New Braunfels, TX
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    Married with 3 kids. Lived in Texas most of my life.
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    Family activities, college football, DIY projects
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    Law enforcement
  • About my display
    Just getting started. Have a small yard with no mature trees. Interested growing my display annually.

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  1. So sorry to hear about this. I too, hope you'll come back next year bigger and better. As for your deductible. You can reduce that by paying a little extra in premiums. I live in Texas too, and Texas has nothing to do with it. We had to replace $5,000 in flooring due to an over run bath tub. I was dismayed to find that my deductible was $2500. Come to find out, for about $50 more per year, I could reduce it to $500. Call your insurance back and see about reducing your deductible. It won't help now, but will later if something else happens. Best wishes, Mark
  2. Darryl is great! I have ordered from him three years in a row now and his products are excellent as is his service.
  3. Try the corkscrew dog tie stakes.
  4. Very nice! How about more info on that frame? Got any pics?
  5. FYI, I tested combo clips with the Target/Phillips LED minis and none of them fit due to the little latch on the light that holds the bulb in place. The clip will not slip over the light. I have since looked at LEDs at Lowe's, HD and Hobby Lobby and found them to have the same latch system.
  6. Our Lowe's was at 20% off all Halloween, not much left.
  7. Got the major roof stuff done this weekend. Great weather here in Central Texas for hanging lights this weekend!
  8. If $3.29 bothers you then don't go to Garden Ridge where they're $5.99, LOL.
  9. Get yourself a set of cheap rabbit ears at Big Lots or Lowes. I've used those the last 2 years with my Ramsey and I get a block away with the antenna behind the garage door.
  10. My plan is to use this pattern for the lights but not cut out snowflakes. I will use a square piece of black coro. I plan to attach this to wood on two sides and place them on my roof. These should blend into the roof fairly well during the day and be invisible at night until they light up. I think this will solve the problem of them being too flimsy with the lights attached. I may put sandbags on the "runners" to keep them from blowing. My inspiration for this are the "nite light" patterns sold by Windfield. I'm going to do the same thing with their poinsetta nite light pattern.
  11. Thanks Sniggle! That's what I was looking for. Dale, the view new content only shows new threads since your last visit. I use that as well but couldn't figure out how to look at the newest unread posting within a thread. I don't read this forum by category. I click view new content and scan from there.
  12. I have looked through the forum and haven't seen this addressed. Is anyone else missing this feature within threads?
  13. Why not try rope light like Walter and Jackie Monkhouse use? Check out their videos, the big trees are lit with rope light running up and down the trees, not around them. They look terrific. http://vimeo.com/18749087
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