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  • 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.
  • 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.

toytrains25

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About toytrains25

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  • Birthday 05/25/1951

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  • Location
    Wisconsin
  • Biography
    Love to tinker with stuff and play with my grandson.
  • Interests
    Toy trains and sports
  • Occupation
    Retired
  • About my display
    Usually, I put out at least 300 plastic 1/2 gallon milk bottles with a light in the top as a border along the front of my yard and along one side of my driveway. Other parts of the display vary from year to year. Have put out lighted arches made from PVC pipe, plastic snowflakes, molded figures, wreaths, etc. Not computerized yet (but definately thinking about it!)
  1. LED Tree Lights Too Bright

    Found the perfect solution! A friend of mine had a variac (variable ac transformer). Plugged my lights into it and turned the dial down until I found a voltage that gave me the brightness I wanted. Turned out 89 volts ac is just perfect for our tree. This wouldn't work with outside lights, since the variac I have isn't weatherproof, but it is great for my indoor tree lights. Just thought I'd pass along this information. Thanks to everyone who tried to help me! Happy New Year!
  2. LED Tree Lights Too Bright

    I'm 99% sure the lights aren't dimmable. I don't have the boxes anymore. What would happen if I tried to dim them using some sort of connections like I drew?
  3. LED Tree Lights Too Bright

    I have changed my indoor tree lights from the old bulbs to C6 LEDs. Unfortunately, these new LEDs are way too bright and I'd like to know if there is an easy way to dim the LED lights? My idea is to have an enclosed electrical box with a normal plug, a dimmer switch of some kind and a cord with a plug that will then plug into the wall outlet. I've read other posts that seem to indicate a special type of dimmer switch is required. I've attached a crude drawing showing what I've been thinking about. If someone can tell me what components I would need, and how to connect them, I can probably do the rest. Thanks!
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