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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.
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  • 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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Everything posted by rgroves

  1. What about M5 Multi on White wire?
  2. Paul - Any any of the M5 available with white wire? Looking for 100 light Warm White and 100 light Multi strings.
  3. I see you've already put it on the list. I was looking for M5 Warm White on White wire. I'm interested in 9-10 strings (or a whole case, if cheaper). How about Multi color M5 on White wire? I'm interested in about 9-10 strings (or a case, if cheaper). I'm also looking for C9 retro bulbs in Red, Green, and Blue ~ 25 of each. The rest that I think I'm looking for would be green wire, and those are already on your list. Thanks for all the work in getting the list ready (and still adjusting).
  4. You did not indicate what will be available in white and green wire?
  5. Might be and unadvertised in-store only special. Someone might want to stop by their Wal-greens and double check.
  6. Off to the company Christmas party....Drink on!.....responsibly, of course...

  7. I agree with ernie18 - Take the video to the parents, or send out a neighborhood email stating "Who knows these angels?" with close ups of their faces, then say "They are now on Santa's Naughty list" and them post the pics of them making the gestures.
  8. I'll try to get a pic once the rain stops around here. The cable I'm using is coated clothes line cable. If someone gets thru it, I'll get thicker cable....etc.... The zip tying....Just fold the wire from the light string back along side the extension cord and wrap a zip tie around that. They might be able to unplug something, but to unplug and walk away with an item will require them taking several items and extension cords as well.
  9. Still up for sale....A black Nintendo Wii, with Sports Resort, Extra controller and nunchuck, dual charging station (with battery packs), wired network adapter, and a 6' component cable. Only hooked up and used once. Asking $240, will consider other offers.

  10. I'm looking to sell a black Nintendo Wii, with Sports Resort, Extra controller and nunchuck, dual charging station (with battery packs), wired network adapter, and a 6' component cable. Only hooked up and used once. Asking $240, will consider other offers.

  11. They'll need to bring some decent sized bolt cutters to cut this cable. It's not of guy wire cabling I'm using. And even if they get the stakes out of the ground, they'll have to drag whole sections of the display around. Either that or cut live wiring.
  12. I put my lights up on Saturday, and sometime during the night someone took my deer and make them do nasty things. The lights were on all night, and then even unplugged some of the deer to move them around. I'm going to use cables and very long stakes and secure them to the ground, as well as zip tie the plugs to the extension cords. I'm researching security cameras.
  13. Time to look for security cameras. Damn neighborhood kids wrecked part of my Christmas display over night. Nothing is destroyed, just messed up. Had to pull some of it back into the garage to fix and wait till things dry up.

  14. It's time to Deck The Halls. Time to put all of the outdoor Christmas decorations out.

  15. Ugh, I was going fine until I got everything cleaned up and put away. I grabbed a beer, sat on the couch, and now I'm stuffed and about the pass out. Time for bed...

  16. If anyone is wondering...yes, Sandy is now on FB. We have to behave now. Lol

  17. I watched all 3 Toy Story movies today and I must admit, I was little bit surprised that none of Andy's Mom's 'toys' appeared even once. Do you think it was because they thought it might confuse the kids that there is more then one Buzz and Woody?

  18. Did anyone in the East Tennessee area see the Deal Chicken deal of the day yesterday? it was 1/2 off Shadrack's @ Smokies Baseball park. $10 for the deal, normally $20 per vehicle.
  19. Ordered from All Things Christmas. Thanks everyone for the links.
  20. rgroves

    Twig Tree

    Our local Kroger has 7.5' twig trees this year, but they want $135 for them!!!
  21. rgroves

    Cdi Pre Sale

    The wire might have a ridge or ribbing on the neutral wire.
  22. Yeah, I have not had the time to call or email either HD or Lowe's. I'm going to make the time tomorrow to do it.
  23. HA... lower price..... HD $12.98....Lowe's $12.97. That's a HUGE price difference. HAHAHAHAAHHAA. Here's the store I used: Lowe's Of West Knoxville, TN Store Number: 0486 210 N. Peters Rd. Knoxville, TN 37923 Phone: (865) 690-9770 Fax: (865) 690-6455
  24. I don't see why they can't honor it. It's a "PRICE MATCH" to sell them at the $12.97 - $4 (or $5) discount. This would then match HD's price, then apply a MFG Coupon to that. Technically, if you read the fine print on HD's light trade-in flyer, it says cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts. But if the store is facing loosing a sale vs. taking a mfg coupon (which they get reimbursed for my GE), they would be wise to TAKE THE DEAL.
  25. Thanks for all the links. I do plan on doing static displays for many more years, I know I "could" use the wire for many years down the road, and if I can find a great deal, then I guess I'll get it.
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