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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. 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.
  • 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.


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    "You know when so many people can recite lines from a movie that it was a great movie!" Donna, What you said is so true! Every time I hear the song "Deck the Halls", I think about the version in "A Christmas Story". Deck the harrs with boughs of horryyy, Fa-ra-ra-ra-raaa, ra ra ra raa! Tiis the season to be jorry....
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    This was posted by a Guest. I have never seen such a unique and beautiful pole fixture. Two thumbs up to whoever restored this fabulous piece!!
  3. 1 point
    What are the meanings of these? I don't know what these mean
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    My son and I got started on our 2017 display. San Diego weather was near perfect. New house = blank canvas
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    Love it !! When that kid gets his tongue stuck to the metal pole I just cringe. That lamp is iconic for sure and it looks fabulous in your window. Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story are two of my favorites. You know when so many people can recite lines from a movie that it was a great movie!
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    Love "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and "A Christmas Story"! By the way, I just won my "Major Award" this year! The Official website for A Christmas Story: http://www.redriderleglamps.com/products/leg-lamps/all/a-christmas-story-50-deluxe-full-size-leg-lamp They sell merchandise for "A Christmas Story" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation". Here is my "Major Award in my window! Sorry for the bad picture. I used my phone instead of the digital camera.
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    Not sure why it couldn't be. No different than mixing bubble lights and regular c7 incans.
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    "We're gonna have the hap hap happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny &$/@?!# Kay!" Sorry....now back to the OP
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    Oh dear, did I break wind...lolol Now back to what HVACR was asking, have you looked on Letgo,OfferUp or Craigs?There are lots of them near the 60515 zip by me, pricey, but available
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    Old school lights as Big J pointed out are 120vac. The sockets are all in parallel, meaning every light was 120vac. The LED MUST have a ballast/voltage dropping resister as LEDs are about 2vDC. LED strings are in series. Crud math here but 120 volts divided by 2 volts dropped per LED means you need 60 LED bulbs in series to drop voltage. If one bulb in a series string ƒlashes they all do. Some LED strings have circuits in the plug which drop the voltage to 12 or 24 volts and convert the AC to DC. Incandescent bulbs can use AC or DC but LEDs can only use DC, (That’s why a ballast or AC to DC circuit is needed if an LED light is used in old school). If there is a voltage dropping and AC to DC current circuit in the string you will see a box at the AC plug. Unlike C7 and C9 old school there is no standardization for LED lights. And I am sure no LED light with out the voltage dropping circuit would have a screw (edison) base so it can screw into an old school string. If you were to find one, it would catch on fire in seconds. When it comes to LEDs I know they make flashing LEDs. But don’y know if they ever made there way into a Christmas light bulb. With high voltage old schooll using AC and a parallel circuit and new school LED using low voltage DC current in series/parallel configurations. Unlike old school, nothing is standard with LEDs. You are going to have to play detective and figure out what you have, what’s available and what’s possible to see if you can get what you want. It’s not like it use to be is it. For fun I just looked for flashing LED. For $7.00 you could buy 100 flashing LEDs if you are a DIY. https://www.amazon.com/Multicolor-Flashing-Changing-Electronics-Components/dp/B01C19END2/ref=br_lf_m_8vwacw52xj629ko_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&s=hi I think you will find the strings with blinking LEDs alll use these flashing LEDs. Funny thing is the flashing LEDs cost no more than standard LEDs yest the strings sold in stores cost 10 to 20 times as much
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    Santa was blow mold. The deer were paper mache. And now I have the star spangled banner stuck in my head - specifically Aunt Bethany's rendition
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    Here's a sneak peek at ours, lawn lights not lit, a squirrel got the wire, Dh fixing now, I will post my video soon, I hope? my Nutcrackers are new plus more not on this pic.
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    I know he punched santa in the face and kicked it. But if it's paper mache, and he destroyed it then...when Uncle Louis, throws a match to the sewer gas that Cousin Eddie caused....Merry Christmas Sh####s Full....shows a blowmold set ,flying up from the explosion...is that the same one?
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    Yes, as the ballast is built into the base of the retro fit bulb. It's only looking for 120v A.C. Using an old string of C7/ C9 stringer..yes
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    deleted...thought you were referring to old school screw in C7s.
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    The segment on my house starts at the 50 seconds mark
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    Here are final pictures of the carousel.
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    Here is a photo captioned "Main Street Christmas Display, Bel Air Maryland, 1961". I am posting it her because I am wondering about the deer in the photo. Are they molded latex/early blow mold or fiberglass? They don't appear to be the ALF, 1958 Mold Craft, Heller, or D*ck Wiken Mold Craft deer. The set doesn't appear to have a Santa and has a wooden sleigh. Anyone seen this before?
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    I just took this daytime pic. of our new giant nativity 10'H X 10' wide life size figures. 590 LED's
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    Don't take this personal...but I hate you! Okay, just kidding. I've bought thousands of LED's from Walmart over the past seven or eight years, and most of mine have kept working. To me, it was always the cost verses the failure rate. I've hit a few of those sales you're talking about, and I always figured if 20, 30, or 40 percent failed after five or six years, it was still cheaper than the high dollar stuff. I'm curious, am I the only person who enjoys fixing broken Walmart LED's at night while watching Charlie Chan movies on the youtube?
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