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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. Dude, busted bulb out of the box.... that sucks. I think I'm going to wait on my LED's till the sales next year. When do they generally start...Jan, July, Sept? I do think I'll get a couple wire trees from walmart. They had them for $25 ~ 2 weeks ago. Maybe they've got them for less this week. I still didn't get a chance to stop by the Christmas Place (a pool store in warmer months), but will this weekend. maybe I can find something really neat there.
  2. How much to those run compared to the non-commercial LED? My guess is that they are way more expensive than other LED lights. I'm really having a hard time convincing my wife that replacing the incandescents for LED's is the best thing to do....Of course, she doesn't pay the electric bill. And the "toys" come out of my money, not hers!
  3. Intersting development with my lights the last 2 nights. First, my GFCI keeps popping. Second I found out why. It's been raining ling crazy here for many days. I took all the precautions of keeping the female ends pointed down to avoid water entering. I kept lights off the ground and kept cords and connections off the ground. Well, even though the female ends were down, the amount of rain and wind was actually blowing rain into the sockets. The last two evening I've been using electrical tape to seal any and all my connections. Last night the display ran for 3-4 hours before the rain got real heavy and seeped into a connection and POOF. Tonight, I found the leaky connector and, finger crossed, it's still running. BUT, it still does not change the fact that I want to change to LED's for next year.
  4. Thanks for the info. I too don't want trees in my front yard. It's too small for trees big enough for shade, and then I'll have to decorate them every year and as they grow bigger and I grow older it'll be harder to do.... LOL Fake trees don't grow..
  5. The trees I've seen so far are 6ft. I'd like to get a few different sizes 3ft, 4ft, 6ft and maybe a larger one. I don't want to get too large, but just a small grouping of trees to add to my display. Do you have any suggestions of where to look (other than big box stores)? We do have a pool store that becomes a Christmas store from October to January. I bought a lot of wreaths and my garland from them one year right after Christmas for 80% off. I think I'll stop in and see them on my way home tonight.
  6. Thanks Hotrod. I emailed christmas-led's but I might pick up the phone and call them tonight. I looked over your "sale" inventory and what's on your site. I don't think you have any items I need.... YET! I'm trying to talk the wife into putting up some trees in the yard. I've seen at the big box places, the wire trees (they look like a tree with no leaves. Just branches wrapped in lights), and I like them, for a static display. But, I do also like the mini trees that everyone does for their displays, with multi strings of single colors (red, blue, green, white, etc..) but I'm not sure if I'm ready to go to that level.....yet (give me a year or two... or maybe after the PLUS 2009. LOL). If I do talk her into it, I'll seriously consider your selection first.
  7. well, I got 702 with a short break near the end to regain my sanity.
  8. Thanks for the tip about the manufacturer. I'll email\call them and find out. Any brands to steer clear of, or one to look for as "better" than others?
  9. Well, I just found this site http://www.christmas-leds.com/ It's one of the vendors on the Planet Christmas site and right now they're running a 30% off sale form 12-16 till 12-31. They've got pretty must most of what I'm wanting, at least the Icicles and net lights all Full wave and the warm white icicles. Any thoughts????
  10. Well, for several years now I've used the traditional incandescent mini lights for my icicles and net lights. Now this year so far I've had no less then a dozen tripped breakers and GFCI's for my very modest and simple light setup. I'm not running a show, music or anything fancy. Just icicle lights, net lights, and lighted garland on the front of my house. It's only 6 strings of icicles, 8 nets, and 4 garland, and I realize that it's probably a little too much for a single circuit and in years past have not had any issues. Now, like I've mentioned, my GFCI has tripped at least a dozen times on me. THe only thing I've changes was to move from a shared circuit on my garage to a dedicated circuit that used to be for my hottub (now shut off and disconnected). It's a 20A circuit with a GFCI in my outdoor shed. So, anyway, I'm over the power issues and want to move to LED's. I've looked at many of the vendors on PlanetChristmas.com and am not sure which one to go with. What I'm looking for (all Full Wave LED, of course): 8 - 120+ light multi color net lights (if they have white LED's they ned to be Warm White), green wire. 10 - Icicle lights (with 4" spacing, and long drops) Warm White, white wire. 4 (or 8) - Lighted garland - Warm White, green wire. 4 (or 6) - Warm White wire trees, white wire. And someone to help me hook up the lights and give me a ladder so I can finally get lights on the second floor guttering. I've been trying to 4 years to get up there, but just never do it. Oh and in return, I'll share a tip I figured out for storing my icicles and keeping them relatively untangled and straightened out. on each rafter in my garage I put in a open eye bolt (the kind that look like a ? mark). then lay each string across the bolts (like hanging them on a gutter), and then take each drop grouping and put one end of an "S" hok in the wire at the end of the drop then place a large metal washer on the other end of hte "S" hook. I do this as soon as I take the lights down each year and leave them light that all year, and come Winter..... Perfectly straight icicle lights. Thanks everyone for any assiatance you give. I've read a lot of threads and got a lot of ideas (all of which have been voted down by the wife), but it's fun to live vicariously through everyone else.
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