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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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About ChuckHutchings

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  1. ChuckHutchings

    people asking for national anthem or similar songs

    Which national anthem are you looking for?
  2. ChuckHutchings

    spt-2 vs. spt-1 vampire clips?

    I think it's always best to order the plugs and the wire at the same time from the same vendor to be sure they work together. Without seeing what you have, I would suggest you make a short "test" cable and see if it works. I've been able to jam some pretty heavy zip line into CDI's vampire plugs using a pair of pliers to crimp the wire in the slot. And I don't think the teeth going all the way through the wire will post a hazard. (But I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.)
  3. ChuckHutchings

    Cheap extension cords

    I also have a bunch of indoor brown cords (the ones with three outlets in the molded end) that are 6' to 12' in length.
  4. ChuckHutchings

    Cheap extension cords

    I have about 50 outdoor extension cords left. They are all green (grounded). 15', 20', 25'. Might have a 50'er or two. Where are you? Edit: Probably not good for MAKING arches.
  5. ChuckHutchings

    Tell me what kind of arch this is??

    I'd provide a link but LOR's site is still wiggy at the moment.
  6. ChuckHutchings

    Tell me what kind of arch this is??

    It's probably Cosmic Color Ribbon.
  7. ChuckHutchings

    CDI Pre Order Teaser

    And there was much rejoicing...
  8. ChuckHutchings

    2008 CDI Replacement LED Question

    You did. Get over it.
  9. ChuckHutchings

    An incredible show in R.I.

    That display is awesome!!! Where is my $20?
  10. ChuckHutchings

    PLEASE HELP!! Blue LED's flicker when fading....but not all???

    Maybe Terry's suggestion?
  11. ChuckHutchings

    Wal-Mart C-9 led's keep blowing fuses

    I don't have any idea either so I won't bother posting and wasting bandwidth. Oh, wait...
  12. ChuckHutchings

    2008 CDI Replacement LED Question

    On a positive note, the ones that failed did so pretty quickly. The rest are still working this year. Keep your fingers crossed...
  13. ChuckHutchings

    2008 CDI Replacement LED Question

    Note: Mine are all the 100-count M5s. I do not have any net lights.
  14. ChuckHutchings

    2008 CDI Replacement LED Question

    The replacements are better than the originals but they also suck. The blues are the worst. They will work a while, then dim or go out entirely and then work fine when you go to replace them. I have had better luck with the red, green and warm whites but they are not 100%. The new lights (not the replacement ones) from last year are fine.
  15. ChuckHutchings

    Nutcracker and Sandstorm

    Uh, I simply stated an opinion. I personally don't care WHAT songs you have in your display.