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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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  2. I just purchased 5 strobe lights that fit in a C9 string. Looking for tips on how to put them into a sequence. Thank you
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  4. I have two vintage Empire Noel Candle blowmolds and I use the 40 watt LED bulbs.
  5. Just bringing this request back to the top. I had the utility program, firmware, and manuals all on a laptop that had coffee spilled on it. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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  7. dchackert

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    Congrats Jerry. Always nice getting free advertising for the setup. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  8. Thank you so much. I figured my only other choice was 3.5 bulbs, but that was too much (43 x 3.5). I wondered why my Walmart sold out of all silhouettes before Thanksgiving. I bet buying an extra silhouette or 2 for $6.98 is worth having the extra bulbs!! I'll have to do that next year!!
  9. With series bulbs the bulb voltage is chosen so that if you multiply the voltage by the number of bulbs it will add up to line voltage or approximately 120V. 43 X 3 is 129. If you replace all of them with 2.5V bulbs it will give you 107.5. This means you will be running them at a higher voltage than they were designed for. It just means the life of the bulb will be much shorter. I would not replace all of the bulbs at once. If you replace just one bulb it will mean that all of the other bulbs will only get a slight increase in operating voltage. It's much easier to replace just the one bulb and expect it to have a shorter life.
  10. Bought my first 250ft this year. I'm hooked! Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  11. Here is one of my lighted window silhouettes. There are 43 bulbs for this lantern. The tag attached to the cord says replace bulbs with 3 volt super bright bulbs only. The problem is that there aren't any 3 volt bulbs except on ebay for very large quantities of single colors. Is it possible to change the bulbs to 2.5 volt super bright if I change all the bulbs on the lantern? Would this be an option?
  12. wireframes and pvc pipe display
  13. Well done!! The miles and miles of spt2 we all have!!
  14. I toke a few picture of STP1 wire and set up. The sheep and shepherd use one cord with 8 of C7 sockets and 4 outlets. Also I use C7 yard stakes and wrap the plug on them so that the plugs stay a few inches off the ground. I have found it cuts down on tripped GFCI outlets.
  15. Scott Rob

    Local Paper

    Congratulations it looks great!!!!
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  17. xenon

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    they cam back yesterday for more pics. we will be a feature in the Sunday paper
  18. Congrats Jerry! WELL DONE!!!!!
  19. xenon

    Local Paper

    http://www.daily-tribune.com/stories/dtn-12_4_2019,23772#.XekRyNgfjM8.link not sure I added tis link correctly
  20. Those are cool pcs to have.. I would snag them up
  21. You know, I didn't consider that. I did have PVC frames for the previous house, but they were different sizes. i want to do the same thing, but I don't have the little ledge that brick creates under the window.
  22. A couple of nice TPI blow molds showed up this morning on our local CL. They are probably more than I would spend on them though. Dates given are 1988 to 2003 and match the dates shown on blow-molded. TPI bear 30” $80 TPI Santa with reindeer 41” $70 TPI blue nutcracker 38” $50
  23. xenon

    Local Paper

    So I m out in the yard working and I turn around and there is a guy taking pictures. little did I know....
  24. Charlie, I did not think you ask you if you made those. If there is a next time I will remember. Mel
  25. I make replacement noses If you end up buying them
  26. A little late to the game on my reply, but I do 16 channels per color on my 20' tree, with 2 side-by-side strings per channel (32 strands total)
  27. Ugh, thanks allot guys! Two more to store away! HD in Destin had about a dozen left when I went in, liberated two. Been wanting candy canes for a while actually, so good timing! Converted to LED... Pics never work so well when it's too dark out. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  28. My attempt at classing it up a bit this year Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  29. Those look to be the large Santa's Best Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I have occasionally seen replacement noses for them on eBay. Mel
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