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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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  1. If you are willing to go to using a 12V LED and a converter, there is a simple and cheap conversion for lights that have the opening in the back.  I used a 4W 480 lumen chip-on-board LED intended for use as car dome light to convert my blow molds.  I just stick the COB on the circular plate and run it from a 12V converter.  You can hide the converter in the base of the blow mold or as I do run a bunch of the blow molds off one converter located in my garage.  The lines can be inexpensive speaker wire since it is low voltage and isolated from line current.  My local second hand stores have 12V converters from electronics goods for a dollar or less.  My penguin was missing the light cover so I made one from a can lid.  DIY_light_for_penguin.png

    Penguin_-_lit_crop.png$.77 postpaid https://www.ebay.com/itm/48-SMD-COB-LED-T10-4W-12V-White-Light-Car-Interior-Panel-Lights-Dome-Lamp-Bulb/391615546007?hash=item5b2e1b0297:g:iZwAAOSwSclXK-na&vxp=mtr  cob_480_lumen_light_4_W_12_V_DC.jpg

    Santa using the same light.

    Santa_with_a_new_light.jpg

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