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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.

BaldEagleChristmas

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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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    Twin Cities, Minnesota
  • Biography
    Attended re-PLUS 2009; first time attendee; Attended 2010 Chicagoland Regional - Wow!
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights, Golf, Boating, Hawaii
  • Occupation
    Purchasing
  • 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. # 8 may be the longest post I have ever read — takes a while but lots of information ! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I don't do pixels. Heck, I don't even do LED. And I do not do lights to music. And yet, I still find lots of things of interest at Christmas expo! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I keep mine on through the weekend after New Years. It is too cold to take them down anyway. Then I turn off everything except a 40 foot spruce decorated with red and clear Incandescent C-9s and minis that the neighbors like to see a little longer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Looks great! If you have more molds than you can put out – consider adding a second story! Look on planet Christmas for "blow mold maga trees." I saw Carrie Sansing's in person and it was spectacular! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. My display is mostly incandescent because I like their look better than LED including warm white. But I have found that I can mix in red M6 led lights and they look fine with my incandescent mini lights.
  6. Sorry, that is a new one for me. But maybe my response will give your question a boost.
  7. Where did you get the giant light bulbs? They make my "giant bulbs" look pretty puny! Thanks!
  8. I make my own "light balls". I have two. "Big Ball " that is about 18" in diameter and "little ball" that is about 10" in diameter. Each one was made from wire frame baskets sold by a garden store to put moss in and then a plant I guess. Ha! One upright and one up-side-down wire tied together makes the world's cheapest light ball. I use incandescent mini lights. I would have to go to the barn to see exactly how many lights are on each ball. But I would guess that the "little ball" has about 1,000 mini lights and the "big ball" has about 2,000 lights. I used to use strings of red, green, and clear bulbs. As strings become un-fixable, you have to strip the ball and start over I now have only red and clear strings on the balls as this is more in keeping with my theme. The balls are so over strung that some strings are buried by others and the balls are solid lights with no "daylight" showing . IMHO they look great!!
  9. We have winter here too. I have a lot of wireframes. I put some of the larger ones directly into the ground. These are large enough that I use guy wires for each wireframe. I have to leave these in the ground until it thaws. Even if I am not Johnny-On-Spot to remove them when the ground thaws, they usually remain standing because of the guy wires and I have not had any damage. Also I don't have to worry about bulb fading since these wireframes use clear C-7s. For smaller wire frames or those with colored bulbs, I put a rebar stake into the ground and then cable tie the wire frame to the stake. I only put the wireframes into the ground an inch or so. After Christmas I just remove the wireframe and leave the rebar stake until the ground thaws. I don't have many blow molds but I have a neighbor who puts blow molds over stakes. The molds and the stakes are totally separate so the molds can be removed, leaving the stakes in the ground until spring. Another technique, that I use, is to put sand in the molds so you don't need any stakes. Hope this helps. Welcome to Planet Christmas!
  10. If I am picturing your tree correctly, I would suggest assembling it on the ground, adding some guy wires, and then raising it. After it is secure, you should be able to add lights by using a long pole. You will probably have to make the pole. Use metal tubing and the end off of a store bought pole. Here, you can buy store-bought poles that will telescope up to 11 feet. I decorate a lot of live trees and have settled in on a homemade 25 foot pole and an 11 foot store bought pole. Good luck and welcome to Planet Christmas!
  11. I like the idea of flying reindeer. You could put one or two on a post that would be taller than the zip line. Then some on the zip line. And then maybe one on the ground.
  12. I have had 2 door covers for about 5 years and they are great - even in cold weather. I was going to suggest that you ask Chuck Smith how to get included in the PC vendor list. . . .but now I can't find the list. Hopefully that is temporary as I use the list a lot when looking for something different. Also all of the vendors there are reliable because if you don't treat PC members well they will complain to the community and Chuck will delist the company. Good Luck.
  13. If 2 separate strings will work, that would seem to be a lot less effort. It also would have way fewer connections for moisture to get to and trip your GFCIs.
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