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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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    About stanward

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    • Birthday 08/30/1975

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    • Location
      Keaau, HI
    • Biography
      I am a beginner at synchronized lighting
    • Interests
      Working on my truck, spending time with family, anything electronics.
    • Occupation
      Electrical Engineer
    • About my display
      Very small, more than 4200 lights, 16 channel LOR
    1. I had a lot of problems with the LED strings from Home Depot, Ace Hardware, WalMart. I only have one type of LED strings that lasted 4 seasons. I purchased commercial grade LED strings from LED Holiday Lighting, Creative Displays Inc, and MITS. Unfortunately, I have had problems with strings from all 3 vendors. However, not as many problems as the big-box store LED strings! When the LED string goes out, I have to troubleshoot to find which LED is bad so I can splice in the new one (solder and heat shrink). Stan
    2. I lay them flat on the roof. I have the standard 4-12 pitch (roof angle) and the roof is made out of corrugated steel. I then used fishing line to tie them to the ridge cap. I wouldn't know how to prop them up like what you are saying, since the roof is corrugated steel.
    3. I think most, if not all, LEDs from local retail outlets are crappy. I only have 1 type of WalMart LEDs (purchased back in 2009) that is still working till this past season (2012).
    4. I believe the manufacturer is the same as what CDI uses, which is of the best quality (I ran both in the past). Jacob, will there be another sale for those of us who are too broke to purchase now? I am in the recuperating mode from Christmas presents and what not. Thanks, Stan
    5. Your biggest expense will be the contractor cost or labor cost in digging the trench. The cheapest cost will be the actual conduit itself. With that being said, you should run conduit that is large enough for spares, etc.
    6. Hi MITS! Thank you for the update! I was a bit worried about the orders. Hope it makes it over to Hawaii before the middle of October. Stanward
    7. Your store is not working. I get an oops message.
    8. In the years past, I used binder clips to hold the light strands along the roof line. The binder clips rust in the wet weather and I need a better alternative. Does anyone have a good method (rust/corrosion free) to attach several light strings along the roof line? I live in a very rainy area. Thanks,
    9. Cool! That looks just like the Christmaslightshow one from Daryl Brown.
    10. Hello, I am wanting to purchase 17 strings of 100 count LED (color can be all red, or all white or all blue). I am wanting them to be sealed units. Thanks, Stan
    11. Not sure why a 50 count string would be broken into 3 sections. If all else fails, you can build your own full wave bridge circuit and cut out the "blobs".
    12. Time for MITS to go onto facebook as well!
    13. I seriously thought that light tester would fry the LEDs and/or rectifier.
    14. I had to file a claim with the BBB. That seemed to work for me.
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