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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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  1. Can't wait to get up there Saturday. Don't buy up all the lights everyone, leave a few for me !! LOL That palm tree looks awesome. Might have to splurge and get one for the back patio.
  2. The Trolley that services Gatlinburg just announced that they are going to provide FREE service until August 14th. It's normally $2 for a day pass. Read the announcement here: http://www.wbir.com/news/article/174475/2/Gatlinburg-offering-free-downtown-trolley-service
  3. *BUMP* to put back at the top for everyone to see.
  4. You probably hit some of this past weekends traffic as well. Today thru Thursday should be better for arriving in Gatlinburg. There is plenty to do... just make sure to have that second mortgage ready for the house for some of it... LOL.
  5. I'm posting this in a separate thread for all to see. Here's a local report on the traffic in the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg areas to make note of.... Also, on Friday the Traffic will all be going INTO the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlingurg area from all directions. On Sunday almost all the traffic will be LEAVING the area (it'll probably bleed over till Monday due to the holiday). Traffic can be anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour to go a few short miles. I just looked and there are no Street-Rod or Antique car shows supposedly going on that weekend, so the traffic should be pretty tollerable. TRAFFIC ALERTS!!!!! If you are coming on from I-40 down Hwy 66 into Sevierville BE AWARE OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION, and the SPEED LIMITS!!! The cops WILL get you if you speed, especially on the holiday weekend. Most of the traffic delays will be in the construction area which is the first 2-3 miles once you get off the interstate. The next area will be right before you get to Sevierville. They are changing the traffic lanes in/out of the area to accomodate heavier volume, so make note of this. As you get close to Sevierville, stay in the straight-thru lanes. There is one lane of traffic that will try to take you to the left, but it's ONE-LANE thru part of town. If you stay straight, it's 3 lanes. As you get close to Pigeon Forge the traffic will build again around the Tanger outet, The Titanic Exhibit, and the Christmas Place. From here it will remain heavy thru about 1/2 of Pigeon Forge. After the 1/2 way point it will start to thin out and be light till you get on the road to Gatlinburg. As you get close to Gatlinburg, the traffic will build again near the by-pass and as you enter town. Once you get past the Aquarium it will thin out again. When you leave.... Traffic will be light as you leave Gatlinburg, and enter Pigeon Forge. Near the end of Pigeon Forge it will build in the same areas as entering until you get close to Sevierville. TAKE NOTE: As you get close to Sevierville - STAY STRAIGHT. Don't take the same road as you entered on. This again is the re-routing of traffic to allow more volume. The straight lanes are 3 lanes, the lane they goes left is only 1 lane. Also note on the straight lanes, stay in the left or middle lane as the far right lane will END before you re-merge onto Hwy 66 due to the construction. The flow of traffic after this is hit and miss. It'll slow up for no reason in areas. Just watch your speed again. As you get close to the interstate (I-40) - THERE ARE NO LEFT ENTRANCE LANES TO I-40. I-40 EAST is a normal right onto the interstate, and I-40 WEST is ALSO a RIGHT entrance lane into the interstate. Hope this helps.
  6. The eatery @ The Christmas Place is called The Partridge and Pear, is excellent. We ate there one afternoon a few months ago, and the food was wonderful and fresh. Be warned - The Inn at Christmas Place and The Christmas Place are across the VERY BUSY HIGHWAY. There are no cross walks in the immediate area, and the traffic can get quite heavy on the weekends. If you want to go from one to another I do suggest you drive it. Also, on Friday the Traffic will all be going INTO the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlingurg area from all directions. On Sunday almost all the traffic will be LEAVING the area (it'll probably bleed over till Monday due to the holiday). Traffic can be anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour to go a few short miles. I just looked and there are no Street-Rod or Antique car shows supposedly going on that weekend, so the traffic should be pretty tollerable. TRAFFIC ALERTS!!!!! If you are coming on from I-40 down Hwy 66 into Sevierville BE AWARE OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION, and the SPEED LIMITS!!! The cops WILL get you if you speed, especially on the holiday weekend. Most of the traffic delays will be in the construction area which is the first 2-3 miles once you get off the interstate. The next area will be right before you get to Sevierville. They are changing the traffic lanes in/out of the area to accomodate heavier volume, so make note of this. As you get close to Sevierville, stay in the straight-thru lanes. There is one lane of traffic that will try to take you to the left, but it's ONE-LANE thru part of town. If you stay straight, it's 3 lanes. As you get close to Pigeon Forge the traffic will build again around the Tanger outet, The Titanic Exhibit, and the Christmas Place. From here it will remain heavy thru about 1/2 of Pigeon Forge. After the 1/2 way point it will start to thin out and be light till you get on the road to Gatlinburg. As you get close to Gatlinburg, the traffic will build again near the by-pass and as you enter town. Once you get past the Aquarium it will thin out again. When you leave.... Traffic will be light as you leave Gatlinburg, and enter Pigeon Forge. Near the end of Pigeon Forge it will build in the same areas as entering until you get close to Sevierville. TAKE NOTE: As you get close to Sevierville - STAY STRAIGHT. Don't take the same road as you entered on. This again is the re-routing of traffic to allow more volume. The straight lanes are 3 lanes, the lane they goes left is only 1 lane. Also note on the straight lanes, stay in the left or middle lane as the far right lane will END before you re-merge onto Hwy 66 due to the construction. The flow of traffic after this is hit and miss. It'll slow up for no reason in areas. Just watch your speed again. As you get close to the interstate (I-40) - THERE ARE NO LEFT ENTRANCE LANES TO I-40. I-40 EAST is a normal right onto the interstate, and I-40 WEST is ALSO a RIGHT entrance lane into the interstate. Hope all of this helps. I'll also post this in a separate thread on here so everyone sees it.
  7. There is no shortage of places to eat in Gatliburg, Pigeon Forge, and Seveirville. Check out the Smokey Mountain Moonshine distillery (very close to the convention center). Also check out The Pepper Palace, it's a hot sauce shop in the Mountain Mall adjacent to the Ripley's Aquarium. Also, The Village shops, near the mountain mall. For the women - Go to the Tanger Outlets in Pigeon Forge. I'm not affiliated with those places, I just like them and will be visiting them myself on Saturday. I'm only driving up to the Expo on Saturday to visit the vendors. I can't get Wed, Thurs, or Friday off to attend the seminars, but that's OK. I'm just glad to be able to attend, and meet up with some of my fellow enthusiasts. I hope everyone really enjoys Gatlinburg, and the surrounding area. As far as Identinfying others, how about wearing the Christmas Expo logo on your shirt? Maybe clipped to your shirt, or on a lanyard.
  8. He's a lurker. What's the problem with that? I was a lurker for almost a year before I started posting. It took me a while to soak things in and, gather info and then jump into the Christmas decorating world Head AND feet first.
  9. The prices are on his site..... Visit www.holiday-light-express.com for more details.
  10. I emailed Ryan, and he said hte white wire would be the same price. BUT, he did say they've only got 50% of the amount needed to order the white wire.
  11. The lights I've got in my cart on the 100% price list are still the same price. Either he fixed the problem, or I didn't have the lights in my cart that went up. EDIT - nevermind. I went to check out and the prices updated. Oh well. At least my order is kind of small and didn't go up a huge amount. It still hurts....
  12. Ryan - Please save a little room. My order is coming. Just need another day to get my details right and my 100% payment ready.
  13. Ryan - I tried to send you a PM, but the forums gave me an error. I'm interested in white wire strings. 18 stings of 100ct, M5, multi-color will be on my order (I'll place the order by the end of the week). IF the white wire will be available, I'd like to get those 18 strings in white wire. Thanks. P.s. I hope your dad is doing well.
  14. Ryan - I don't remember if you answered this question or not.... I know the C9 retro's are not dimmable, but for those that don't care about that can we still order them? I have a static display and want to change out some of the ugly/not-so-great colors I got from "that other vendor" for other colors. Also, will the 100ct M5 multi-color strings be on only green wire or also on white wire? I'd like to get them on white, if you can get them. So far I'm thinking about 18 stings of M5 - 100ct Multi on white wire (green wire will be OK, if white is not available or if it costs more). Also, 9 strings of 70ct warm-white on green, and 8 strings of 100ct, warm-white on green wire. And of available an undetermined amount of C9 retros (possible 40 or 50 bulbs). Thanks. P.s. - I hope your father's surgery goes well, and he makes a speedy recovery. My father-in-law had quadruple by-pass almost 2 years ago, and spent 3 months in ICU after due to complications. He's great now, but it was a very tense and emotional 3 months.
  15. Gee, he puts up info about warranty this year, but what bout the 2009 strings??? I've been lucky and haven't had any issues with the lights I got from him, until tonight.... 1/2 of a string of net lights just went out. I've not had a chance to look at them yet, but I'm taking everything down this weekend. I guess Travis won't be able to do anything for me on the 2009 lights...... Like I really wan to tempt fate again with him....
  16. Well, after calculating what I want to do and the number of strings I need, I think I'm going to end up ordering 2 full cases of 100ct Warm White M6, and 2 full cases of 100ct multi M6. SO, I guess I won't need to split any cases at this time, but I'm not 100% sure that's what I really want to do or order. I'm not going to submit my order until the last few days of the sale. Yes, I will be going to PLUS this year.
  17. The wife and I are planning on attending this year. Since we only live about 1 hour away it's a real no-brainer for us. We just have to figure out if we are staying at a hotel or driving back-and-forth each day.
  18. Anyone in the East Tennessee area want to go in on a split case of CDI lights? I don't know exactly what I'm ordering yet, Probably 1 case M6 Multicolor, 1 case M6 Warm White, 1 case C6 Warm White OR Multicolor 1 spool or SPT2 (either color) Male and Female SPT2 end-of-line plugs (either green or black) (I may need all of the ones I order of these). Like I said, I'm probably going to order from Paul this year, but don't need ALL of the lights in each case I'm buying. I won't place my order until the final week of Paul's sale, to give anyone time to get with me and figure out what we can do. Thanks
  19. Profile pics of the light bars? Part numbers of the bars? Pics of how they attach? Come to my house and make light bars for my display next year....????
  20. Merry christmas to us.... Thanks paul !!!!
  21. I have noticed that my LED Retro C9's are changing a little bit. The Red, Yellow, and Orange seem dimmer this year, and Blue, Green, and Purple are brighter. These were 2009 lights. I'm gonna have to watch them next year. I might have to replace most of them in either 2011/2012.
  22. No failures on any of my 2009 lights from LED HL.
  23. Talk to them and see of they could ask the drivers to kindly move their cars. then before the next party, post signs and keep an eye out as they arrive.
  24. After I got all my lights up and running about 1-1/2 weeks ago. I woke up the next morning to find all my trees and deer on the ground. the stakes didn't hold so I had to get larger stakes for the deer and big anchors and guy wires for the trees. Since then... No issues at all. Rain, Snow, Ice... it's all up and running.
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