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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 don frevele

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  1. don frevele

    Multi Color Mini's

    To answer the original questions of this thread: Yes it can be done and yes I have done it. It is a ton of work but I did it off season, during the summer, while watching TV. It can be very tough on your hands. I found it best to wear light gloves and that a wire stripper, like the one below, can make bulb removal easier. The wire stripper's jaws fit nicely abound the base of the bulb - just make sure you use a gentle touch. http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Cooper-Tools/101S/?qs=Hhg2FDnq%2fEdt%252bEEwBZidqg%3d%3d Be sure to check that the wires on the bulbs are aligned properly when inserting them back into the string so you will have continuity and the string will lit when finished! I also give each finished string a gentle 'shake' when lit to find and remove and intermittent connections. Don