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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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  • Birthday 10/18/1965

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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  • Location
    Corpus Chrisit , Texas
  • Biography
    My wife and I retired from the Army this year. Our first year to computerize was 2008.
  • Interests
    Christmas Lighting, Travel,
  • Occupation
    Director Of Operations
  • About my display
    We have one LOR 16 Channels with 12000 lights and 4 statis dispalys that we made.

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    Texas Newbie

    Hello Zach Welcome to the family. I am also in Texas , Corpus Christi. If you have any questions just drop me a line. You will find an abundant of information and help here. Elmer
  2. http://www.stringlightsstore.com/Incandescent+String+Lights/C+Bulb+Raw+Materials/ Here is a link for you. They are higher price but they have free shipping and 25% off until 09/21/2013 so that brings the price closer to what we usually find.
  3. Hello Great job. It is fun to watch. Thank You for posting
  4. I am glad to see you are going to decorate. These are the people we need here. I am sure it will be an inspiration for others.
  5. I emailed Jason and he sent me the info. Just drop him a line.
  6. I have not recieved anything either. I emailed Jacob and he is probably just behind.
  7. That is what I am talking about. Now everyone can get going and lets have a GREAT SEASON EVERYONE. Raise some money for your charity and brighten someones day. Thanks Jacob
  8. Hello I understand everyones fustration over the issue. I also know that Jacob is feeling it even more. His hands are tied and has been very infomative the best he can. Ever since 9/11 we wanted better protection at our boarders. We have it now and YES at times it is unpleasent for us. Retailers expect to do more sales at this time of the year and it realy cloggs stuff up. I am not writing anything that is new to us. I support any small company. Here we have a company that has decided to try something to expand their sales and at the same time offer a better product and price or at the very least compete for sales. I think we need to keep a positive approach and this is what makes this forum great. If you have a problem or a suggestion then pick up the phone and call Jacob and express your thoughts. I feel that if it is that much of a concern for others or worth your time then you would stop and dial. Maybe I am old school but I beleive this is the best way and at times the internet has made it to easy for us in some ways. We will have our lights just as soon as MTS can get them. I am glad that the shippment appears to be correct and that it is in customs and that is where the hold up is. How do I know this? I picked up the phone and CALLED Jacob. I will buy from MTS next year to support small companies , this is what makes our country great.
  9. Thanks for the update. I hope it will clear customs quickly. The drop date usually will not count the time in customs. Sometimes it can clear in a day or two or can be plled for inspection and I have had loads set in customs for 5 to 7 business days.
  10. Thanks for the update. I understnad the issues dealing with China. I was in charge of over seas purchasing before retiring. When you deal with less than a full container it is a toss up. You are really have to rely on the manufacture to treat you right , then deal with the loading broker at the docks then hopefully you have a good broker here at the port to get you through customs and on a truck to get it to you. You are trying to get product to your customers at the time you are given but unless you are there you can not control what happens. Less than full loads might get shuffled to another container and you have to wait to get with an order to fill the conatiner. They will not send one to prot that is not full. I have had product left at the manufacture since it would not fit. It is just one little problem will follow you all the way. All of this cost you profit and more impotantly upset customers. It sucks to have this happen but I have been there , done that. This is the nature of the beast. Unless you ove alot of product or at least a full container will help with part of the problems but not all. I use to get up in the middle of the ight to deal with China. Again I understand and this happens, I hope the product will be a good quality and will not cause any issues since it will be a push for some of us. Next year we hope the stars will line up for us.
  11. Paul Looks great. Easy to use. I would agree that a preview when you move over the product would be a great addition. Than you for all of your help last year also. Elmer Fleenor
  12. Hello I got the same email. I did email Travis 3 weeks ago about 5 strands out. I plan to send in for the warrenty and then if he takes care of it I will order from him again. I have placed two order from him in the past without any problems.
  13. Hello Brother I retired 2 years ago from the Army. Welcome to the family and enjoy. Elmer Fleenor SFC U S ARMY (Retired)
  14. Welcome I am in Morristown off of I 81. We retired here after our militay service.
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