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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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  1. I just bought a 4x4 sheet of MDF and a new, fine jigsaw blade! Seems like MDF is less susceptible to warping. I'll cut a new doughnut and see how that works! I'm also trying to figure out if this vintage mirror can be mended somehow. I see there are Gorilla glues and epoxies that are supposed to be good for glass. Has anyone ever used these types of products successfully for gluing cracked glass back together? I took the motor to an old clock repair guy. He took it apart, cleaned all the old caked up grease and oil off, then re -lubricated it. It might have hushed it a bit, but still makes a good racket. It actually gets worse as it runs 30 seconds or so. Sounds like a vibration. On the rotating shaft where the motor attaches to the gearbox, there is a disc that has protruding circular parts stamped in. These circles have grooves. Not sure if these grooves are supposed to be there, but after the motor is turned on, this disc seems to make contact with the gearbox. Perhaps this is the noise? Anyone with electric motor knowledge in here? What is the purpose of this disc? Perhaps I can separate the motor from the gearbox to get a closer look at what's going on. Wondering if there is supposed to be something on the shaft to keep that disc from hitting the box.
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    7 Large commercial size lighted Christmas wire frame decorations. Frames have been sand blasted, powder coated white and lit with bulk C7 light strings. Supports and stakes made out of rebar have also been powder coated.Initially, the bulb sockets that point up were sealed with clear silicon, between bulb & socket, to prevent water from corroding socket but I have recently found rubber seals that do the same job but much easier to install. I have started converting to using these.Santa & sleigh are C7 LEDs, except ski along bottom which are C7 incandescent.Includes;Custom made ramming tool to drive support rods in to ground straightAbout 2 cases of replacement C7 bulbsA bunch of extra LED bulbsPartial spool of white C7 bulk cordTons of clips to mount sockets to wire framesCouple bags of C7 rubber bulb-socket sealsExtra plug terminalsMiscellaneousDimensions;Snowman36"w x 72"hCandy cane34"w x 60"hSanta80"w x 62"hLead Reindeer x260"w x 84"hReindeer x248"w x 70"h

    $950.00

    South Holland, Illinois - US

  3. I've pulled my grandmother's old Aluminum tree out of storage and have cleaned it up. Not sure the manufacture, but I seem to remember the original box showing the company was in Chicago. Gonna be so cool once I get this thing back up! It has a Spincraft Heirloom rotating tree stand. Has anyone ever restore one of these? The motor in mine is very noisy. I'd like to lubricate it, but I don't want to use the wrong oil or put oil in the wrong places. Does anyone know where I can get a tutorial on doing this? Also, the music box comb is missing some teeth. There was a company in the Chicago area remanufacturing these stands, but they seem to be out of biz. Does anyone know where I can get a new comb? Finally, there is a 4' diameter round wooden base that sits on the rotating stand, which holds 4 sections of glass mirrors. The old base was damaged and thrown out years ago. I cut a new base out of plywood a while ago, but it warps, so the mirrors don't sit on the base flat. As a result, one of the mirror sections cracked. First, any advice for what to use to cut a new base that won't warp? Secondly, can the mirrors be repaired? I've included pix of all I'm describing.
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    7 Large commercial size lighted Christmas wire frame decorations. Frames have been sand blasted, powder coated white and lit with bulk C7 light strings. Supports and stakes made out of rebar have also been powder coated.Initially, the bulb sockets that point up were sealed with clear silicon, between bulb & socket, to prevent water from corroding socket but I have recently found rubber seals that do the same job but much easier to install. I have started converting to using these.Santa & sleigh are C7 LEDs, except ski along bottom which are C7 incandescent.Includes;Custom made ramming tool to drive support rods in to ground straightAbout 2 cases of replacement C7 bulbsA bunch of extra LED bulbsPartial spool of white C7 bulk cordTons of clips to mount sockets to wire framesCouple bags of C7 rubber bulb-socket sealsExtra plug terminalsMiscellaneousDimensions;Snowman36"w x 72"hCandy cane34"w x 60"hSanta80"w x 62"hLead Reindeer x260"w x 84"hReindeer x248"w x 70"h

    $750.00

    South Holland, Illinois - US

  5. Ok, I went to the Home Depot to investigate MR16's. So those are the outdoor malibu systems. Will those little 20w halogens really get the job done better than a 90w flood? If so, how is that?
  6. Are we talkin' Halogen or LED? And for the uninitiated, why?
  7. Just a bump.... I know we've gotta have some lighting experts around here w/some creative ideas!
  8. I'd like to get some opinions on lighting some unlit display pieces. The ones I'm working on now happen to be a Thanksgiving theme, but I will be doing these for Christmas & other Holidays as well. I'm open to any creative ideas... just so happens I'm using PAR38 CFL bulbs currently. The 1st 2 pix are a wind banner that reaches up about 9'. The 1st pic is with a flash, just so you can see what I'm dealing with and the 2nd is very close to how well... or unwell... the banner is lit w/the 2 spotlights. I'm trying to hit the top of the banner with the 2nd spot that's positioned further away. Not only is the 90w CFL not quite hitting that area 9' up, but it looks a bit tacky on the ground. Is there another type of light I might consider using, maybe something w/a narrower focus? Or, I could possibly run a cord up the banner pole & I do have a few inches on the top to use something (although I don't know what) that reflects only downward. The light on the owl is a 90w, yellow CFL bug light. That one doesn't look to bad but again, I'm open to any other creative ideas or how others might have lit it. The scarecrow mounted on the light post isn't lit at all. The head is 9 - 9.5' up. I've taken pix with & without the flash just so I can show what I'm up against. Any ideas??
  9. Well I think a spotlight is actually what I'm looking for. I'm trying to light non-lit display pieces. Can you tell me what the difference is between R, BR & PAR lights? And the numbers that coincide? i.e. PAR30 & PAR38 Do you have lumen output specs for the bulbs you sell... or what watt incandescent they compare to? Is the inventory on your site up to date? It lists you have a few of the larger 72 & 120 bulbs.
  10. I'm not dimming these. Do the florescent floodlights give off a good spot? Where is everyone buying their LED flood bulbs? Can these be used in a standard stake flood socket?
  11. Actually the $5 bulbs were colored fluorescent. Does anyone have experience with how well those work? Can anyone tell me what the difference is between R, BR & PAR lights?
  12. I need some white & colored flood lights to light some non-lit display pieces on the front lawn. 1st off, what's the difference between R, BR & PAR lights? Any recommendations for good quality, cost effective bases & bulbs? I've seen some stake sockets at Home Depot for $5 that have rubber around the top. Seems it would seal to the bulb & should eliminate any probs with water getting in. What size bulbs will give a nice bright spot? I'd also like to be as energy efficient as possible without spending more than I'd save in electricity. Are there good, cost effective LED floods available yet that will fit the bill? I've seen some fluorescents for between $5 - $8 ea at HD. So far, I will not have the need to dim these.
  13. Yes, I found that in a google search today. Too bad she doesn't have an online list... wouldn't have the book by tomorrow.
  14. Wow...not many updated since '06! Is it that no one updated the list or are there that many fewer displays this year? Does anyone have any other resources? Usually my local paper publishes a list but the only thing I can find in their archives is a letter from a reader talking about how fewer displays there seems to be this year in the SW burbs. How about PC members?! Anyone near the So burbs of Chi care to post their address/website?
  15. Ah...I didn't notice that...thx!
  16. Oh...I used this one last year. Do you know anything about how up to date it is? There were a few last year that didn't decorate.
  17. I thought I remember reading in a PC newsletter a few mos ago there was a new feature listing decorated houses by area. Is there one? I'm looking to set up a route through the So & SW burbs of Chicago Tue night. If not here... does anyone know of a list for this area?
  18. I bought some Sunbeam mini lights last year from Menards. 210 ct strings, 2) blue & 2) white. They look awesome! The quality is great. The instructs say I can plug 16 sets end-to-end...that 3360 lights! For the 35 ct, it says 100 sets. They're removable bulbs, but I used them indoor on my Christmas tree. I got compliments from my neighbors & inquiry's as to what lights I was using on the tree...and that was from outside looking in through my windows. Next year I think I will take evey other bulb out of the strings & swap the colors so the strings are blue/white, for a more even look when on the tree.
  19. I bought some Sunbeam mini lights last year from Menards. 210 ct strings, 2) blue & 2) white. They look awesome! The quality is great. The instructs say I can plug 16 sets end-to-end...that 3360 lights! For the 35 ct, it says 100 sets. They're removable bulbs, but I used them indoor on my Christmas tree. I got compliments from my neighbors & inquiry's as to what lights I was using on the tree...and that was from outside looking in through my windows. Next year I think I will take evey other bulb out of the strings & swap the colors so the strings are blue/white, for a more even look when on the tree.
  20. I bought some Sylvania color changing lights after Christmas last year at Menards to try. They are a mini faceted globe type. I have 2 sets that change from blue to red & 2 that change from blue to yellow. They look awesome! I need to get more! Menards completely changed lines this year. Does anybody know where to get these or ones like them?
  21. I have a Craftsman multimeter. How do you measure total amperage at the outlet for everything plugged together on various cords; mini strings, C7's/C9's or an extension cord? I tried to measure an extension cord at a socket to get a reading of all that's plugged in to it. Wasn't successful.
  22. Is no one using LED spots w/any luck?
  23. Is there a good LED spotlight made yet? I need to flood a part of the front of my house, with a white light, where a 6' x 9' bow is hanging about 15' up. The light would be mounted on the ground pointing up. Would one LED be enough to handle this? I've read here about the Action Lighting spotlights catching fire because apparently the base allows water in. Is there anything good avail in the Home Stores yet?
  24. Few questions about LED Holiday Lighting C7 retrofits; 1st; Can I replace incandescent C7’s, on long strings - about 150 count, 1 by 1 w/LED retros as they burn out? In other words, can I run both types of lights like this in one string without issue? Next; has anybody compared the difference in look from far between their Smooth, Faceted & Lotus styles? What are the differences? Which are brightest? And also, which looks more like the C7 transparent incandescent bulbs? I’m using these on large wire frame silhouettes w/mostly transparent red & clear bulbs.
  25. Has anyone ever compared the retail ForeverBright C6's; http://www.americansale.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=63353&DEPARTMENT_ID=2214 , w/LED Holiday Lighting's; http://www.ledholidaylighting.com/ledstringers.html , w/Creative Display's; http://www.creativedisplays.com/siteresources/modules/webstore/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=523 ? I'm looking to do blue & cool white. At about $12/string of 50, the retail FB's & Pro Grade CD's are about 2 1/2 times LESS per light than LHL Commercial grade. Now some questions; are the retail FB's half or full wave? When I saw those on display, and I wasn't looking, I didn't notice a flicker. Is flicker the only thing full wave takes care of or are there any other benifits; i.e. does computer controlling work any differently with either? The Creative Display's also say they contain a resistor...what's this for? I know the retail FB's are sealed, non-replaceable bulbs....does anyone know if CD's & LHL Comm C6's are too? Any other pros & cons to help my large purchase of these is appreciated.
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