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  • 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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About mifronte

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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    Quality for a low price when possible.
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    DIY computers and home theater.
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    Nothing yet. If successful, 2013 will be the first time ever.

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  1. 1yr Old C9 LEDs Failing

    I am using the red and green (150 each) of the ceramic C9 from HLE. This is my 3rd season using them. The first season, I think 2 of the reds failed. The 2nd season I think I lost 2 more reds. That is just a little over 2.5% failure. I don't recall losing any greens. The failure rate may seem small, but considering that I have about 500 C9 facet blue and 100 C9 facet sun warm white from CDI and none have failed and they are into their 5th season. I think I can live with 2.5% failure rate for the ceramic given that they give off a nicer glow than the facet.
  2. Looking for old look C7 and C9's.

    I used the red and green LED cermaic C9s this year and really liked them. I prefer them over the LED faceted C9s
  3. The last day of the liturgical Christmas season was January 10th. So technically, Christmas did not officially end until yesterday and today I finally went dark. Like everyone else, it is too cold and there is too much snow on the ground to do any tear down.
  4. Mixing Xenon Strobes With Led Retrofit

    This year I used LED strobes that blinked 1x per second from CDI. They performed well being in a static display for 8 hours per day, but they did not have the flashing strobe effect because they blinked too slow and not that brighter than the C9 LED bulbs. They appeared more like a blinking effect instead of the flashing glitter effect that I wanted. I think having strobes in a static display that is on 8 hours straight would not diminish the effect if you use them sparingly to give a glitter sparkle effect. This year I had 10 strobes mixed in with my 125 C9s along my roof line. They actually turned out nice. Next year I plan to add some to my 40 foot tree and am thinking 10-20 strobes per 100 C9s (every 10th or 5th bulb) to see if I can get that flashing glitter effect. I plan on using 300 feet of C9 with a 12 inch bulb spacing for the 40 foot tree. I am debating of trying Xenon for next year, but am concerned with the energy draw of 6-8 watt for Xenon vs 1 watt for the LED strobe. Here is a regarding the Xenon vs. LED strobes. DIY LED Express has LED strobes that supposedly flashes 4-5x per second. I think I will try their LED strobes, but also get a few Xenon to compare for next year. Here is a video of my static display with the blue LED strobes on the roof line
  5. Mixing Xenon Strobes With Led Retrofit

    My display is static and are usually on for 8 hours during the Christmas season. After reading more about power draw of the Xenon strobes, I am leaning toward the LED strobes with 4-5 flashes per second. This was my first year with LED strobes blinking at 1 per second and I was not too impress. I have never used Xenon strobes, but I am concerned with leaving them on 8 hours a day for the entire Christmas season.
  6. Mixing Xenon Strobes With Led Retrofit

    Thanks guys. I will add the Xenon strobes for next year! DIY LED Express LLC says he has new Xenon & LED strobes that flashes 4-5 times per second (240-300 per minute). Do you think the LED strobes at this rate will look like strobes? These LED strobes also contain a whopping 18 LEDs per strobe. The LED strobes I used this year were from CDI and it flashes up to 100 times per minute with 10 LEDs per strobe.
  7. Can I mix Xenon strobes on the same string as my C9 LED retrofits? This year I mixed the LED strobes with C9 LED retrofits on the same string. I had no problem, but the LED strobe bulbs did not look like strobes, but more like flashing bulbs. Next year I would like to try Xenon strobes.
  8. Lights For Wreaths

    Yes, I agree for a 5 foot wreath, I would also use C6. However, I am leaning toward the M6 over the 5mm for under 32" wreaths and 10 foot garlands. I have never used 5mm, but I am afraid the 5mm will be too blinding to display the wreaths and gardlands at night.
  9. Lights For Wreaths

    I purchased a 28" live wreath this year and used C7 bulbs (that was all I had). They definitely were too big for the wreath. I plan on purchasing unlit artificial wreaths for next year and will add the lights myself. I am thinking of the wreaths like what Balsam Hill sells in size 26" to 32". I have never used 5mm lights, but the small bulb seems easier to handle and the light diffusion may light up the wreath like a spot light?
  10. Lights For Wreaths

    I would like to add lights to my unlit wreaths of 26 to 32 inches. 01. Which lights would be better to showcase the wreaths, 5mm or M5/M6? 02. What bulb count should I use (100, 70, 50) so as to not have too short or too long of excess strings? 03. What are the best way to attach the lights to the wreath (either live or artificial)? Thanks.
  11. Wind Proofing Icicle Lights

    I purchased one of those Christmas light pole with the plastic hook last year on after Christmas clearance. I don't know the overall reach, but it was not long enough to get to my highest icicles. The 23 foot pole may work if at its full extension it is not too heavy to maneuver.
  12. Wind Proofing Icicle Lights

    I am looking for creative ways to prevent icicle strings from being blown onto the roof. I use shingle clips to hang my icicle strings, but I will find half of them laying on the roof on a gusty day. This year I was thinking of adding some weights like the kind you use for fishing, but I don't know if that would work or be cost effective. With snow on the roof, I would have to wait days and some time weeks before I can climb up to fix the icicles.
  13. Lights Around My Windows

    I too have wood framed windows and use either cup hooks or eyelets pried into hooks. For 1/2 inch PVC, the adequate cup hooks or eyelets screws are not visible unless you are directly in front of the windows. Another plus is that they make only pin sized holes.
  14. Hle Pre Season Sale 2014

    I am in the same position. Hopefully the orders get shipped next week and I can still make Halloween, even for just a day.
  15. Hle Pre Season Sale 2014

    My order has only one string of 100 count M6 warm whites. Would my order be affected by the delay?