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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. 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 picked up another hobby that consumes my time (and money)....Homebrewing beer. And our brewing schedule has us brewing a 31 gallon batch of beer on that Sunday.

    2. 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.

    3. 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!!!!

    4. 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 DON'T care about that, and are putting up lights for FUN, and ENJOYMENT, not for other reasons.

      Like mentioned before.... You DO NOT need to come on here and BRAG ABOUT how you got your lights months ago. Please STOP, and MOVE ALONG. There is NOTHING to see here... If you did not order from Jacob, you have nothing to talk about in here.

      All further responses in which anyone comes into the MITS Group buy thread and start talking about their order from another vendor will be reported as voilating the 3 rules of the forums, as they have NO productive or positive impact on the thread.

    5. Thanks Jacob. It'll be nice to have my lights in hand... this way I can put them in the garage and leave then until January when I plan on replacing my incandescents lights and go 100% LED for 2013.

      I don't mind all the delays and problems that have happened with the order, Jacob has kept HIS CUSTOMERS in formed of all the problems vis email, PM, and on the forums. Those that DID ORDER FROM MITS know exactly what's happening. Those that didn't shouldn't come on here and complain OR BRAG that they got their lights months earlier because you DO NOT know the entire story. I personally do not mind my lights were delayed, I SAVED a ton of money over other vendors, and even though I won't be able to put many of the new lights I purchased to use this year, I'll be able to start replacing my lights the day I take then down.

      Again... THANK YOU JACOB!!!

    6. Jacob emailed everyone that ordered lights and informed up of the delays as they happened.

      I received an email on 5/24 saying part of my order was ready for shipping. and that the rest would ship when the other container arrived. Then on 6/7 Jocob emailed everyone again explaining about the problem with the second container and a detailed list of things that were going to take place with re-ordering, rush shipping from China, etc...

      So, those that did not order from MITS/Jacob do not know the full story, therefore you don't need to come in here and act like you do, or think you know of a better way to get lights made in a rush IN CHINA, get them put into a container and ship and then get them from China to HOUSTON. PLUS..... Have them get stopped in customs for inspection.

      Give him a break. Jacob has done 1000x more than "that other vendor" from several years ago and HE HAS KEPT HIS CUSTOMERS FULLY INFORMED the entire time.

    7. If you didn't order lights from MITS, then why are you posting here??? This thread of for keeping those that DID ORDER from MITS informed of the status, not for everyone to come and brag about how they got their lights from someone else and that even thought they paid more for them.,..... Blah, Blah, Blah...

      Please don't start a posting war. Please remember the 3 rules of the forums. If you did not order from MITS, then kindly move along.

    8. At least Jacob is keeping us informed about the status, and the error in the original shipment.

      I know most of my plans for the lights this year are not going to happen, but I'll just be able to start replacing lights on things the day after they come down.

      The last time I ordered lights from another vendor, I never got the correct lights in either length, bulb style, wire color, bulb color, or 1/2 vs full wave. In fact part of this order from Jacob is finally correcting some of the wrong lights that I HAD to use, because I have no other choice unless I didn't put up any lights at all.

      Thanks for all your work Jacob.

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