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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 BaldEagleChristmas

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      Member: I'll Take Them Down Later Club
    • Birthday October 30

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    • Location
      Twin Cities, Minnesota
    • Biography
      Attended re-PLUS 2009; first time attendee; Attended 2010 Chicagoland Regional - Wow!
    • Interests
      Christmas Lights, Golf, Boating, Hawaii
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    • About my display
      My display has 54K lights - mostly static with with a lot of red & clear C-9s on the house and barn.

      For years my display has included a 20' mega tree we call the Tree of Lights with 400 multi colored C-9s.

      In 2009 I added 12,000 red/green/clear minis as an "inner" Tree of Lights and -- for the first time -- added 32 channels of LOR to control the Tree of Lights. I think it turned out great! There are some pictures on my mega-tree blog.

      In 2010, I'm planning on adding some arches of lights, since everybody else seems to have them. OOPS! "Due to inclement weather, and the resulting 2010 high maintenance, the arches are now scheduled for 2011". That is all.

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    1. The more you read posts on PC, the further you feel behind!
    2. Welcome to PC! Come back here daily and you will feel further and further behind! On top of that, my sister is visiting for lights on Thanksgiving and when I tell her of rain, snow, repairs, etc. I get "well, you better get them up" - uggg
    3. I use C9s so they are similar to C7s. I use eye hooks on the board below the gutter stringed with 18 gauge steel wire. Fairly easy up and really easy down.
    4. I won't join the the technical argument, but in general, it's best to get your vampire plugs from the same place as you get your cord to be sure it fits and works.. I, like many here, get it from CDI because it works.
    5. 5:00 pm Thanksgiving night through the Sunday after New Years Day. I hope.
    6. How do you keep the public out on Thanksgiving?
    7. You should be able to order the pumpkin patch inflatable here: http://www.menards.com/main/search.html?search=halloween+inflatable
    8. I'm always amazed to see a blowmold display. Where do you guys keep all that stuff? Nice display; I really like the flying reindeer!
    9. Wow! That looks wonderful! Did your friend have a display that is no longer? Just curious.
    10. Aside from being sideways, it looks like a great tree!
    11. I used mini lights around windows for a few years and they bugged the heck out of me because they were always loose and crooked. Then I switched to C9s that I could keep perfectly straight and cut to length held in place with wires through eye hooks. Then we got new windows and my wife said that I was NOT drilling those. So I currently use frames from I think Frame My World with C9s and they work well. I have them situated so that they are visible from the inside and the outside and they are actually among my favorite lights because they are so festive from the inside!
    12. Welcome! To me the biggest thing is to decide on a color theme and then stick with it. Mine is red and clear mostly C9s - how original! Some folks, one in my neighborhood, buy whatever is on sale so they put up a lot of lights, but it is a mish-mash and looks terrible. Adding a little each year is a good idea and will give you a better feel for care and maintenance needed. At our house, nothing "new" goes up until all of the "old" is fully operational!
    13. Welcome to PC on your first post! You are allowed to post pictures and they would be appreciated.
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