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  • 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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    Nice LED bulbs

    I had been searching for some low watt LED bulbs to replace the 25W icans I have been using in my molds. I saw these at $1.35 each on ebay and bought 4. These fit nicely in the sockets without any interference that some other people report with other LED bulbs. I went with the white which is a 4000K color temperature. These made my penguins look more white, but not that cool white of a 6000K bulb. The only unanswered question will be bulb life. Now I just need to find more molds! https://www.ebay.com/itm/E27-E14-E17-Corn-Light-Lamp-30-165Leds-5736-SMD-Bulb-Candle-110V-220V-Cool-Warm/222800979483?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=521651201379&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649
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    Question about 1972 Empire Santa holding present

    Menards sold these this year and they are marked General Foam. I picked up two of them.
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    Need help between LED light sets

    I always tell my neighbors that I will take non working strings. I remake them into short patch cords just like everyone is talking about. Cost is $0. I like having the stacking style male plugs for inline junctions. I cut to length and solder back together with heat shrink over the solder joint. One tip is to offset your joints so even if something happens to the heat shrink they won't touch. I also use zip cord and vampire plugs. I just force the polarized plugs in too.