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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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  1. Lowe's just got a HUGE two thumbs up from me this year.

    in shiort - HD tried to screw me out of the deal. No combining of the HD and GE coupon, AND only 4 strings per sale. Also, they only had 50ct C5 multi or warm white GE lights, and only 10 ww, and 15 multi in stock.

    Lowes not only honored the HD deal, BUT combined the GE coupon....The honored the HD coupon @ the $5 off for GE lights. Yeah, I got GE's for $7 off per string. :)

    And Lowes did not need or want the old lights. They siad I could put them in the recycle bin, if I wanted to get rid of them. HA!!!!


  2. Got to Lowe's and asked the store manager if they'll honor the HD deal AND the $2 GE coupon. The manager lookeds at the two coupons and said, sure - no problem. I then asked if I needed to bring in my old lights and the cashier and manager looked at me and said "No, we don't need them. But you can put them in our recycle bin if you want to get rid of them".

    I got my new lights, went to the register, told the cashier, and she rang them up at the $5 off + the $2 GE coupon. :) I walked out for $5.97 per string.

    Now I have to decide if I need any more strings for next years projects and get Lowes to honor the deal again before Nov 14th.


  3. Well went to HD and turmed in my old lights, grabbed my new lights, went to the register, and they tell me " no stacking coupons & deal, also the limit is 4 not 5." I questioned this, and the manager got sort of angry at me, so I grabbed my old lights out of the box and walked out of the store. I'm now on my way to Lowes.


  4. I've got a small Halloween display. It's mostly a wood/pvc fence, a few spot lights, a few tiki torches burning the colorflame fuel (red green, and blue), and a few misc tombstones, and cobwebs.

    Nothing animated or running off a controller. I wanted to get a few animatronics, but the budget didn't allow it this year.

    That reminds me I need to get some of my stuff out and go thru it. I need to get new flood light holders with the spring clamp on them for my gutter. And touch up the paint on my fencing.

    Anyone have about 20-25' of Orange or Purple rope light and a power adapter/cord they're not using? I need it to "rope" off my sidewalk to keep the kids from trampling the display area.

    I'm only going to put my display up for that weekend (including Monday), because of possible vandals and such.


  5. Even thought we are locals to the area (Knoxville), the wife and I decided at the last minute to stay overnight at the Inn at Christmas Place on Saturday night. Anyone going to be around Saturday night at the Inn?

    We're coming up to the vendors hall on Saturday to look around and then hit a few of our favorite spots in G'burg, then come back to the Inn and go to dinner probably at the Partridge and Pear (maybe Carino's). Then Sunday morning get up and head the short drive back home.

    Maybe we'll run into some of you up there.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. 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....


  10. UPDATE: We are quickly running out of space on the contianer! We need to leave room for the 5% bonus for people and for additional stock items. While the sale is slated to end on Jan 31st we may have to close early if we fill up the rest of the contianer before then. I just wanted to make sure everyone knows that we are getting close so they don't miss out. If you mailed in you order not to worry we are taking that into account as well. We don't want anyone to miss out, but if we fill up we fill up. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

    Thanks,

    Ryan

    Ryan - Please save a little room. My order is coming. Just need another day to get my details right and my 100% payment ready.

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