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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.
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TwoBits

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About TwoBits

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  • Birthday 10/16/1971

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  • Location
    Missouri
  • Biography
    37 years olds, father of 3.
  • Interests
    Christmas lights (duh), sports, computer gaming, poker
  • Occupation
    Teacher
  • About my display
    2008 is my first year attempting sychronizing lights with music. Starting small with a 6-channel GE Lights & Sounds of Christmas controller. Interested moving up to 16-channel Lightorama controller next year.
  1. I know flood lights are just that, but I would like to use LOR’s 8 rgb flood plug and play package to light 8 white artificial trees in my yard. Anyone with experience in this? Would I need to modify the lights to be more of a spotlight?
  2. How did they attach full sheets of coroplast to their shingled roof?
  3. But if it says microwave fuse AND 15 amp, 250 volts, I've got the right one, right?
  4. Last week I posted about blowing a fuse in my LOR box for the first time. I have been having a hard time finding replacement fuses at a local store. The fuses in the controller are 15 amp 250 volt. Hardware stores are only carrying up to 32 volts. However, I do see packages of "microwave" fuses that look a lot like the LOR fuses. A quick internet search does show these come as high as 250 volts. So are these the fuses I need to be getting?
  5. Came home tonight to find my singing pumpkin not working. The FM transmitter was still transmitting the song, but no lights. Found that it appeared no power getting to the controller. Checked cords, breaker, rebooted the computer, no luck. Decided to pull the fuses from a controller that I'm not using right now to see if that was the issue. Replaced fuses, turned the power on, and the orange pumpkin flickered a few times, then I heard "zzzzz....POP!" and smelled burning wires. Started looking inside the styrofoam jack-o-lanterns that I use for a pumpkin choir, and found the culprit: One of the lamp light sockets I used was fried. Left a big black mark inside the pumpkin and on the 2 by 8 they are set on. I unplugged that socket, replaced the fuses again, and everything working fine. So it's off to Home Depot tomorrow to get replacement parts. I am thankful that's all it was, as a few fuses and a new lamp socket is much cheaper than a whole new LOR controller!
  6. I came across these RGB lights... http://seasonalentertainmentllc.com/rainbowspotlight.htm ...while looking for ways to spotlight the 3' white artificial trees I have in my display, and the idea of using any color I want is definitely intriguing. I understand that it will take three channels to control each light and LOR's software makes that possible. What i don't understand is how exactly do RGB lights connect to the LOR controller. Any helpers out there? I would be buying the lights completely assembled.
  7. Update: My sister-in-law called me from an Old Time Pottery and found exactly what I was looking for: 3' white artificial trees for $4.99 each! Despite the strange looks imgot from the other customers, i bought s dozen! Tested one out last night and it looked great! It really reflected the white lights well and the blue lights gave it a soft glow. I discovered that 1-100 count strand of each color worked better than 2 strands per color. I'm going to go ahead and use green wire lights since I don't have any white wire in storage and I hate paying full price for lights. I don't think the green wire will be too distracting as my minitrees are used mostly in chase sequences, I'll be sure to pick up a couple dozen strands of white wired lights after Christmas for next year.
  8. Anybody ever try to use a LOR controller on their vehicle?
  9. I'm looking at unwrapping and re-wrapping my floral easel mini trees for the fourth consecutive year. Between the first and second year, I increased the floral easels' size. Between second and third year, I had to replace several strings that went bad. Now I need to replace the ones I did not replace last year due to the blue lights fading. I'm looking for reasonably priced unlit outdoor trees, 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall. I think those would be the right size to hand 400 mini lights on them, 200 white and 200 blue. Does anyone have any suggestions of where to purchase them? I'd also be interested in knowing how a white tree may look as compared with a green tree. I've read where the white limbs diffuse the light better and gives a nice look in the dark.
  10. I have lamp kits purchased from Home Depot tacked to a 2 by 8, then place the foam pumpkins over the top of them. A stiff win occasionally knocks one or two of them over, but it has been rare this year. This setup is not in the video in my signature. Last year I used real carved pumpkins and wound up replacing half of them before Halloween due to rotting in last year's unseasonably warm fall. Live and learn.
  11. I bought the Michael's pumpkins last year on November 1 at 80% off and are using them for the first time this year. I used an exacto knife to carve them and have experienced no problems whatsoever.
  12. Great idea! For those of you who can't find orange lights when you need them, Walmart has a christmas light color called "amber", by it's really orange. Ive often found cases of these in mid January at 75% off, around 60 cents per box.
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