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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. Rains that trip GFI's are a nuisance, but from the sound of this storm, it could severly damage some displays, especially the high winds. This is cut 'n pasted from AccuWeather: A powerful storm heads toward the Midwest, and threatens to disrupt travel. Updated: 12/17/2012. AccuWeather A powerful storm will take aim on the Midwest during the second half of the week and threatens to bring travel disruptions, damage and power outages. Cities in the path of one or more aspects of the storm include Kansas City, Omaha, St. Louis, Des Moines, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Louisville, Detroit, Cincinnati and Cleveland. The most widespread aspect of the storm will be high winds sweeping eastward spanning Thursday and Friday. Gusts in the neighborhood of 50 to 60 mph are possible from the eastern Plains to the Appalachians. There is the potential for gusts to near hurricane-force in the vicinity of the Great Lakes later Thursday into Friday. Winds of this strength have can bring downed trees, power outages, truck roll overs and major flight delays. The high winds will accompany a dramatic change to cold weather. While this change will be brief over part of the central Plains and Tennessee Valley, it can bring a rapid freezeup to part of the Upper Midwest and a major lake-effect snow event. Even a small amount of snow preceded by rain can quickly freeze, making for a commuting nightmare Thursday afternoon and evening around Chicago and Milwaukee and Thursday night around Detroit. The storm will bring blizzard conditions from portions of Kansas to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski has more on the snow in "Denver to Green Bay Snowstorm in the Works." Bands of heavy lake-effect snow and snow squalls accompanied by the high winds will also lead to white-out conditions downwind of the Great Lakes as the storm pulls away Friday into Saturday. The storm will also have dramatic weather effects in the South and the Northeast. A severe weather outbreak is possible in the South in keeping with tradition over recent years during December. The storm will pull warm air northward ahead of a strong cold front and powerful winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere. Violent storms with damaging winds are possible in the South. Thunderstorms can accompany the frontal passage in the Midwest and Northeast as well. Strong south-to-southeasterly winds ahead of the front can bring coastal flooding problems in New England. The storm has the potential to bring flooding downpours and travel delays along the East Coast later Thursday into Friday. Powerful winds in the wake of the front Friday into Saturday can also lead to flight delays and minor power outages along the East Coast. Heavy snow is also a possibility from northern upstate New York to northern Maine. One positive aspect of the storm and others in the recent past and possibly on deck is the moisture aspect for part of the needy upper Mississippi Valley. For example, enough moisture falling over the Illinois River Basin could help to stabilize the Mississippi River at St. Louis in the short term.
  2. What type of lights are they? If incandescent mini's there's a chance you could seperate them, but it would depend on how they're wired. LED's forget, very unlikely. Rope light, maybe. If not too expensive, buy a set now and experiment with it. Good idea if you can get it to work
  3. they look great. What did you use to create the fluffy snow?
  4. Richard, you certainly did pickup several new pieces this year. Great display!!!
  5. Another idea is to email the files to yourself. I email mine to my work email and save them in a folder there.
  6. I tried to use blue cfl's in some spots, but even when the show was off, the cfl's were twinkling. That was really wierd. When on at 100% the cfl's provide a much more vibrant color than incandescant's. So I agree with what others said, if a static display, yes use them; if animated, forget it.
  7. A big tent. Seriously, it a problem that frustrates many of us. I've been shut down 2 of 5 nights so far because of GFI's tripping. Keep your connections off the ground can be a big help.
  8. Are the Walgreen LED floods dimable? I use 15 - 20 incandescant spot lights, all low wattage, most 25 - 40 watt, a couple 60 watts, but these LED floods would help alot to reduce my power usage. Tks!!!
  9. I tie ours together with a plastic coated cable. Since the mini-trees are about 18" from the edge of the sidewalk and the cable between them is about 2" off the grass; if someone runs through the yard they're likely to trip over the cable and land face first on sidewalk. I'll be happy to supply a band-aid while they explain why they were messing with our display.
  10. These are nice. I bought some at Target a couple years ago. Careful with the clips that hold them together, I broke a couple trying to disassemble them. They were cold and probably brittle at the time. Now I leave them assembled and hang them in the basement.
  11. Are you able to share them? if so, I'm sure there would be lots of interest in them. Tks!!!!
  12. Very anxious to see pictures of this, sounds great!!
  13. Maybe you could incorporate the idea and theme from the song, "Where's the line to see Jesus?"
  14. Great display and mention on the news.
  15. Thanks LED Keeper. Darn!! Could I shorten a strand of blue? Does that make a difference? I'm guessing not enough that I can cut the strand in half? Thanks!
  16. Can I shorten a strand of GE 50 ct, LED's? If so, how? Even though they're C7's, they still have multiple wires, like a strand of incandescent mini's. It appears that there might be a resister in the plug on each end. Between each bulb there is either 3 or 4 wires, they alternate, 3 wires to one bulb, 4 wires to the next bulb, 3 wires, 4 wires and so on. I want to cut them down to use in sections along our roof line. Thought about cutting one strand up and trying, kind of experiement, but thought I'd ask if anyone has already tried and how to do it. Thanks!! Joe
  17. Very nice!! I like the blue coat look instead of the typical red.
  18. I like the stone background. What's it made of? Tks! Joe
  19. thanks Thorrocks for the response, the detailed "how-to" and think you're right, a hinge on one side attached to the house is a good idea. Tks!!!! Joe
  20. Cool!!! Very cool!!! Oh my, I have lots of questions, but I'll refrain and just ask a couple: 1. it appears to be set-up in a garage. Do you plan to move it into the yard? Can it be moved, it's looks so real, is it heavy? 2. Sure would appreciate a "how-to", even a brief one. The progress pictures help a lot to explain what you did. 3. Do you think something like this could be built on casters? This or a similiar concept could be built to sit in front of a garage door. If it could be built on a platform with casters and rolled so car(s) could access the garage, that would be ideal way to utilize the blank canvas of a garage door. Very impressive!!! Joe
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