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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Mini Trees
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    Rockford, Illinois, USA
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    Firefighter
  1. Trying to compare Apples to Apples here. How do we know that Action Lighting's SPT2 is 16 Gauge exactly? I'm sure someone has bought it, but it doesn't say on their website...
  2. Some of the wal-marts around here have pallets of lights left... Just going to stay patient.
  3. My wal-mart is still 75% off, so .50 per box... Must be a store-by-store basis...
  4. I like the pixelated roof... I'm going to put my head to work on that one too. I'm thinking a "pixel" bigenough for a string of 100 minis, with room (next year) for additional colors to be added into that same"pixel"
  5. I like the pixelated roof... I'm going to put my head to work on that one too. I'm thinking a "pixel" bigenough for a string of 100 minis, with room (next year) for additional colors to be added into that same"pixel"
  6. Thanks. I did a search for roof grid, grid lights, and everything else I could think of and couldn't find much.
  7. Thanks. I did a search for roof grid, grid lights, and everything else I could think of and couldn't find much.
  8. How does everyone do their roof grids? I was thinking of making 10' modules consisting of a piece of PVC, smallish, like one inch, all the way across the top, and bottom of the module. Probably ZIP tie the lights to the PVC with some standard spacing (like 6"???) and then figure out some way to mount the thing to the roof. Perhaps a piece of PVC "Teed" off the top, down the other side of the peak with a sand bag on it?? Do you fasten the bottom of the lights somehow? I have a 2000 square foot ranch, and would like to grid the whole front half of the roof if possible. Thanks for the help!
  9. How does everyone do their roof grids? I was thinking of making 10' modules consisting of a piece of PVC, smallish, like one inch, all the way across the top, and bottom of the module. Probably ZIP tie the lights to the PVC with some standard spacing (like 6"???) and then figure out some way to mount the thing to the roof. Perhaps a piece of PVC "Teed" off the top, down the other side of the peak with a sand bag on it?? Do you fasten the bottom of the lights somehow? I have a 2000 square foot ranch, and would like to grid the whole front half of the roof if possible. Thanks for the help!
  10. Menards is doing something similar, they will be at 50% off for another few days, then they will pack everything up and save it for next year. I spoke with a store manager, and was told that they would then be able to sell the merchandise for full price again. They're going to hock year-old stuff for full price! There are still some LED's on the shelves, but I'm not a fan of their LEDs, they seem cheap and not very bright.
  11. Checked 2 local Wal-Marts (Rockford and Dekalb) still at 50% off as of this posting. I asked a couple workers when 75% would start... no one seemed to know. I got answers like "I would think this week." Oh well, I guess we'll just keep checking. Most of our Wal-Marts have a lot of clear minis left, and a good number of multi colors. I even found a few reds, but no LED at all. Stay tuned!
  12. Wow, that sounds like it works the way it SHOULD! I'm not a programmer by any means, I'm sure it's no small feat to make software do what Vixen, Comet,LOR, or any of the restdo, but it seems like it shouldn't be much more of a stretch to make them work better... My 2 cents.
  13. It sounds like their software is much better: "The software allows firing cues to be placed at certain times, superimposed against the waveform of the music that will be played" That would speed up my LOR programming dramatically!
  14. Good question. I have wondered this myself. It seems the consensus is to use hot rolled for some reason. There is a very slight price difference, but that alone seems negligible. It seems that when people want additional strength/rigidity, they just use larger diameter steel reinforcements, using the 1/4 inch stuff for the actual lit lines of the display. Just what I'venoticed others doing. Matt
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