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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 rgroves

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    • Birthday 08/09/1970

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Don't really have a favorite.
    • Location
      Knoxville, TN
    • Biography
      nothing much about me, I like Christmas, Computers, Antique cars, cooking, and family.
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      Computers, antique cars
    • Occupation
      PC Tech
    • About my display
      Small, simple... Icicles, and net lights. Hope to grow up to lit trees, and other stuff once I get power issues resolved.

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    1. Thanks, got signed up. Would LOVE to win a Christmas door cover, but the Halloween ones are pretty awesome too,.
    2. There are plenty of hotel/motels right around the convention center. A few of them are within 1-2 blocks of it, others are a few blocks away, but still within walking distance. Pleanty of restraunts, shops, entertainment as well. I wouldn't mind meeting up with a few people Saturday afternoon for lunch or a drink. I live 45-55 minutes away, and will only be coming up there to walk thru the vendor area on Saturday. Unfortunately, I've yet to start working with all of the LED's I bought on last years vendors sales and I really, really should be working hard on that. But, I've pick
    3. I would LOVE to be there, but I'll be cooking a St. Patrick's dinner for about 15 people on Saturday, and then spending all day Sunday helping a buddy brew 40 gallons of homebrew beer.... = NOFREETIMEFORCHRISTMASLIGHTS
    4. I'm only 1.5 hrs from Chattanooga, but I do not have anywhere to store something that big.
    5. Yeah, seriously crazy winds in East Tennessee. I only had 1 twig tree fall over. Only had 2 supports on it, and they really need 3, so this just added another thing to add to my 2013 Christmas to-do list.
    6. I'd have the electric comp come and check the connections on THEIR side of the meter. If you know you've done all your connections correctly, then hopefully it's a problem on their side of things.
    7. Did they disconnect service at the road when you replaced the panel? Maybe they've got a bad connection somewhere. I'd call them to check the service up to your meter. It's their responsibility to ensure their service works, I'd just keep calling them and complaining.
    8. no lights or connections on the ground. cover the connections with something to shield them from direct rain. I had GFCI trips all the time on my static display until I got my plugs off the ground and covered. Now it has to be a torential rain for it to trip.
    9. Quality, and that the big box stores are selling half-wave LED strings, and on-line they are most likely full-wave.
    10. Just got the email from Home Depot. THey're doing the trade-in program again. The even bigger question....WIll Ge have their discount coupon again this yeat, and will Home Depot honor it with their discount?
    11. I was wondering that too BIll.... Hey Jacob.... what's the scoop on the "bad" container?
    12. Sorry, just trying to persuade a forum TROLL to leave without actually telling him to "GO THE F*** AWAY". I'm anxious to get my lights, but I know Jacob come throug in the end. He's been up front with us the entire time, and above all.... MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
    13. When a vendor ships a container FULL of the WRONG lights, and they have to be re-made and shipped is not something Jacob can control personally. If it was not for the container of incorrect lights, we would have received our lights in June right around the time we were expecting. Anyone that DID ORDER from Jacob, and had a problem with the delays were able to contact him directly, work out the problem or cancel their order. Those of us that did order, and stuck with Jacob did so FOR LOYALTY. Yes we also saved money, and YES we are receiving our lights later than expected, BUT maybe WE DO
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