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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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  3. Scott Rob

    Picked these up today

    Below are some pictures to give you idea of wire size. SPT-1and SPT-2. Also it’s a real good idea to keep the different items in different boxes that way you don’t mix up SPT-1 with SPT-2.
  4. Rotatorman

    Picked these up today

    Yeah, I ck’d out Holiday Lights Express’ website. They have a lot to offer.
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  6. Scott Rob

    Picked these up today

    The new SMD LED retro fits are great! The ones pictured below are C7 they also sale C9. Just make sure the sockets you get match the wire size. I like holiday lights express they have good prices!
  7. Buchanan Family Christmas Lights, Hiawassee, Georgia This is a video of our lights for 2018 .Located on Scataway Road.
  8. jrbryant

    Best way to have a 8' cut out stand up?

    Hey XXNoNameXX - I know I'm really late coming to the party... but better late than never, right? I have quite a few 8' coroplast (I used to use wood based, but switched to coro) characters that I put up each year in a very windy location. I drive two stakes (either metal conduit or 1x2 pressure treated) into the ground (rather solidly). Then I screw through the wooden stake into the frame of the character. I also supplement this with guy wires on both the front and the back side. Usually two stakes and guy wires on the back and one stake and guy wire on the front. Fortunately, the wires are thin and are not seen at night time with the flood lights showing on the characters. I've included a captured image from a video tutorial showing the backside of a (shorter) character... as well as a pic of the front side of an 8' character from one of my displays at night time. You can see the stake in the ground in front of the lamppost ... but the guy wire is virtually invisible. There are two guy wires on the backside.
  9. qberg makes some REALLY good suggestion! (And your house looks really good qberg... nicely done)
  10. jrbryant

    You old pros probaly know this But

    EXCEL... WHAT??!?!?! Mind blown... I'll have to give that a try!
  11. jrbryant

    Coro vs. Plywood for Poster Projects

    If you haven't done any work using Coro, I've made a video that shows you how to make a Christmas display piece (out of Coroplast) that you might find helpful. http://www.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/forums/topic/61350-coro-vs-plywood-for-poster-projects/#elUserLink_menu Hope this helps and good luck with it. And most importantly, PLEASE post pics of your finished product!
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  13. RVOIGT

    timing

    Thanks Mikeymatic, I’ll give Audacity a try.
  14. Big J Illinois

    Picked these up today

    Thank you!! Gonna have to get some, need to count how many I need. Hopefully the cord isnt dry rotted, if so, do I just abandon it ,or??
  15. Mikeymatic

    Picked these up today

    Eureka! I just remembered... https://www.actionlighting.com/c9-replacement-christmas-socket-pack-100pc-bag-100slac9skt/ Hope this helps!
  16. Big J Illinois

    Picked these up today

    Well, another 5"-8" coming tonight...more snow, so they are in the shed in the back yard..when I do get them out, will for sure post more pics ,when they are complete
  17. Mikeymatic

    Picked these up today

    There used to be a "vendors list" here before planet Christmas was "renovated", I can't seem to find it anymore. I used it quite often and I remember one or two vendors that sold replacement c-9 sockets in both green and white. You will probably need the ones for the heavier SPT2 wire if the wire on the decoration is about the same physical size as household extension cord wire. Some new sockets and super bright retrofit C9 bulbs are probably the easiest way to go so you don't have to spend a lot of time tearing apart your decorations which look in nice condition.
  18. Mikeymatic

    timing

    I've had time markers do strange things while I was programming an LOR sequence. The cause was that I was using a mp3 file with a variable bit rate (VBR) format. Lightorama does not get along with VBR mp3 files and recommends using 128Kbps constant bit rate (CBR) mp3 format files, although I have had no problem with a few 160 and 192 kbps CBR mp3 music files. If you indeed have a VBR mp3 file you can use a program like Audacity with the LAME plug-in to convert the file into a constant bit rate (CBR) 128kbps or larger file that should work fine with LOR. Hope this helps
  19. RVOIGT

    timing

    Keep getting this message " total time of this media file has not yet been determined. What does that mean?
  20. I received a bunch of these LED SuperNova lights (snowfall lights) they’re very long (2ft/4ft) How should I arrange them this Christmas or what should I do with them? I have 4, 22.5’ strands of them. Here’s a general photo and link: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Big J Illinois

    Valentines day

    Wonder if all of them carry them
  22. Scott Rob

    Valentines day

    Hobby Lobby
  23. Big J Illinois

    Picked these up today

    As soon as I unburu them, they are in the storage shed right now. The snow is pretty deep
  24. shane page

    Picked these up today

    Can you post a pic of the socket?
  25. Big J Illinois

    Picked these up today

    Some of the sockets, have come off..they broke, do anyone know, where I can get ,just the sockets,in C9 size?
  26. shane page

    Picked these up today

    I don’t know for sure but they may have used wire to fasten the garland to the frame. I wouldn’t take it off unless the garland is shot. They sell c9 bulbs that will screw in the sockets and are LED.
  27. Musical sequencing can be viewed on YouTube Marty's Halloween in Cold Lake 2018
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