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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.

Scott Rob


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  1. Scott Rob

    Huge score

    I attached the page from GFP catalog from 2015.
  2. Scott Rob

    C7 LED Retrofits

    Thanks I like the Nixie tube fluke meter. I pick this up 19 years in college. They we’re throwing out old equipment in the EE building and this was the only one that fully worked. I wish I had grab up the other 7-8 that did not work fully.
  3. Scott Rob

    C7 LED Retrofits

    The brand most of mine are Minleon type from holiday light express. I did a set up with the lights at different voltage and my lab meter is to right of the light display. One of the pictures I add incandescent C9 and C7 bulbs at the bottom. They dim pretty good the C9 go out at 35V and C7 go out around 24V.
  4. Hi,Chuck Where is Link/tab for planet Christmas magazine?
  5. I think they went under a few years ago. I tried two years ago to order and got the same thing. I also tried calling them but no answer. Hope you have better luck. Let me know what you find.
  6. Scott Rob

    C7 LED Retrofits

    I got some C9 SMD fro HLE and made a little set up.
  7. I found these today. I have seen them in Cado plastic flyer but this is first time I seen them for sale. Also I attached the cado plastic flyer.
  8. Down the road from my house they were filming a Christmas movie two weeks ago and had fake snow. Which was flammable one of our friends saw the side walk/ snow bank on fire when a guy drop a cigarette in a fake snow bank! The fire department had to put it out. They did put up some Christmas stocking that looked like yours. They had SPT-1 wire with C9 bulbs. Down this way the high is 45-70 and raining. I attached a picture from news paper.
  9. Below are some pictures to give you idea of wire size. SPT-1and SPT-2. Also it’s a real good idea to keep the different items in different boxes that way you don’t mix up SPT-1 with SPT-2.
  10. The new SMD LED retro fits are great! The ones pictured below are C7 they also sale C9. Just make sure the sockets you get match the wire size. I like holiday lights express they have good prices!
  11. I found some saint patties day cauldron. I think Cado made it but not sure.
  12. I use some red hearts from Cado/ Union. And some red/pink lights. The ones below are the best price I could find last year but there no light included. But for me that not a big deal since I just drill out a hole in the back. And stick C7 light in back. For St Patty’s day I just have a flag I would like to find some Union figures. I found picture of a cool set up all union plastic items.
  13. The auto correct on my phone is not my friend?. It should have been “squirrel” and not square.
  14. I run my CAT 5 cable in its own runs away from any 120/240 cables and away from the hot water lines in my house. The key is not to have a close parallel to either. At my old house the CAT5 failed due to it running in the same holes as the hot water line. It cooked the outside of the cable and the wires failed. At a few work site I had a bunch of squares get into the house cable tray and ate the CAT 5 cable. I have also seen same thing with rats /raccoons/ possum. I think CAT5 cable for me last about 15-20 years max.
  15. Attached is the wire frame show room I went to in October. They had moved from rope light to LED bulbs and clips. They also had some covers (like black out cover) to span non-lit areas. Just a thought. Also I got a book there and attached a few trains sets they had. Most of there stuff is designed for commercial use in city’s and things. They were real nice and answered all my questions. They had a huge showroom and an outdoor showroom!
  16. You can try to cut out a section and replace it. The ones I did it’s was way easyer to replace whole thing but mine only had two colors. I used a bunch of the invisible spice kits and end wire plug / end caps. Just make sure it’s water tight. Mine originally failed due to water getting into the bulb area. You could also try the LED rope light. Or clip on lights mini or C7 bulb type.
  17. If you are doing a full tear-down take lots of before pictures. It makes a big difference when you start going back with new rope light. Also some rope light can be cut every 18” section. Look for some white dash mark /a cut symbol on them. There’s a lot of choices out there. Also check Home Depot or Lowe’s have rope light in garden section. I attached a American flag I made years ago and it’s has a controller. Short rope light 18” and long ones are 36”.
  18. I found good luck with action lighting for connectors and plugs. I have not used their rope light I got what I needed at after Christmas sale. And then ordered matching parts I needed to replace burned out section. Hope that helps Just make sure you have the right diameter and correct wire type 2 or 3...and lot of zip ties If your metal frame is rusted it would be a good idea to repaint it before you put new rope light on it.
  19. Chuck, I would love to see a new PC Magazine! I always enjoy them. I have printed out most of them and read them on remote job site where there is no cell phone service. Also, it would be cool if there where some articles on manufacture plant like Cado and some of the LED manufacturing plants. I know it’s a real tall order but I alway find it interesting how things are produced and I think other on here would be interested. Thanks for all your hard work!!!
  20. My street light was replaced by a super bright LED post top light 1000watt equivalent the old one was HPS. I ended up changing the bulbs out in blow mold from 25watt to new LED bulbs 60 watt equivalent. I had an idea to make wood cut out for Halloween and Christmas on that side of the yard. No flood lights needed.:)
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