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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. yes you can cut a bad led out and either have a set that has been bad and sacrifice it to splice in another led also you can troubleshoot to find a bad led by ' taking a about 3 feet of a wire and pushing a tack through each end and going every 5 leds and probing into the wire , of the led set this bypasses the bad led and will find the place that is bad usually, I have had about a 98% success rate in repairing my sets that went half dim or totally dim!!
  2. We love to have more people, the more the merrier!!
  3. I agree with Justin 12' spacing!!
  4. I have retrofitted my wire deer with leds with awesome looking results
  5. I feel so bad for you, its awful to have things stolen, !!!
  6. I started to hang lights last week,!!, boy it feels so good to be doing it again, and so nice when we have nice weather to do it in !!
  7. wow, the poor guy, anywonder he is behind and having a rough time filling orders
  8. anyone have TSO Nutrocker sequence they would be willing to share with me, thanks
  9. I know the feeling, Last night we had a really bad windstorm with gusts over 120km/h, The wind damaged alot of stuff , rearanging alot, I spent alot of time repairing the things today and by the time It came time to light up, one of the controllers kept tripping the GFI After another 2 1/2 hours of frustrating trouble shooting I finally concluded it was a faulty GFI, I replaced it and the lights came back on
  10. has anyone else had problems with the LED retrofits for ordinary household lamps, made by "Lights of America" I have had a number of the flame tip shaped ones go out as well as the small mr16 styles as well as tonight I had half of a regular floodlight one go out. It is not worth my while sending them back for a warentee for shipping costs would out weigh the worth. I bought these at walmart.
  11. very nice <I wish I had one in my display, I have no inflatables unfortunatly
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