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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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  2. I love your candles by the fireplace, do you know who made those? Could you post a close up picture of those so we can see some of the detail on them? Mel
  3. I thought the same thing! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  4. Thought it might be fun to take a look at the most prized Christmas decorations of our fellow collectors. These are some of mine. Some are sentimental (one is from one Grandmother, another is from my other Grandmother) and some are just my favorites. How about yours?
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  6. Hey everyone, original poster here... So, I think I figured out a possible solution and have a finished product that I wish to share with everyone for feedback. Next question is, how can I share my sequnce for everyone to see. Right now, I am strictly working in S5 and don’t have it associated with any actual light strings. How can I share the Preview with everyone? What I ended up doing was creating 3 groups. 1 group for Drums, 1 group for the Bass Guitar, and 1 group for the Lead/Rhythm Guitar. I mapped each instrument as best as I could by listening closely and using the Wave feature in S5 i found the Beat wizard and Tappet Wizard were hit and miss and it required many fine tuning to the timings.
  7. All strobes and/or strobe items should be on one channel. They only work as ON/OFF. Nothing else. Xenon vs. LED: They should not be ON for an extended period of time (like 30 seconds). LED are different but I treat them as Xenon. If you look at videos of others, you'll see brief strobe usage not extended usage. I turn them on at the end of songs mostly but there are many times inside a song that they can be used. Do what you want. I also start them ON a few .10 of a second early and let them ON a few .10 of a second longer so they fire on time. Check out Larsen Lights on youtube if you want to feel inferior regarding strobes since they have 2500 of them on their house. You only have 5. When you get more than the channel can handle in AMPS, of course you can put them on two channels and copy and paste. I have been doing this for a while, I have 65 strobes, all on one channel, still!
  8. Little late also, I only do the front 180 degrees of my 25' pole, due to the layout of my display. I use four sets of strings for each of the eight segments.
  9. Welcome and beautiful display; thanks for sharing!
  10. Thank you all for the warm welcome!! I added plexiglass to the playhouse so I could display those vintage elves while also protecting them somewhat.
  11. Welcome. Looks great. I never thought to use the little kids play house in my display. We've got one on our back yard. 2020 goals. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  12. Hi and welcome Jen, great display!!!! We have over 100 molds on our display. Hope to get more this upcoming year,welcome ,once again!! J
  13. I wish when they made these that they would have made them so you could make them face one another and not having the bends go one way.
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  15. Yeah digging those candles by the fireplace, too. Nice work!
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    Having issues with one of my Pixlite 4 controllers....anyone have an extra they would like to sell ASAP? Rich


  17. Hi Jen, Welcome! Your decorations are beautiful!! You must be the best in the neighborhood! This site has helped me also, everything from blow mold history and repair questions to replacing mini bulbs. Donna ......I just noticed your vintage candles next to your fireplace.....awesome!
  18. Hello Everyone! I've lurked here off and on for a couple years now and have learned a lot from the discussions. I recently saw that people are hoping for a bit of a resurgence of the site, so I decided it was time for me to register and contribute what I can. Also, I'm not a Facebook user so I don't have anywhere else to obsess over blow molds with fellow fans. Blow molds feature very strongly in my childhood Christmas memories. My grandparents and parents all displayed a few and when my family drove around to look at lights, my favorite displays were always the ones with an abundance of blow molds. I've been amassing my own collection for about four years. I put up a yard display at Halloween and Christmas and I have a few of the blow molds from other holidays that I display inside. Some photos of this year's Christmas display are below (if I'm posting them correctly...). Thank you to everyone who shares their photos, expertise, and leads here. I've found it all tremendously helpful and interesting. ~Jen in Kansas City
  19. I just purchased 5 strobe lights that fit in a C9 string. Looking for tips on how to put them into a sequence. Thank you
  20. I have two vintage Empire Noel Candle blowmolds and I use the 40 watt LED bulbs.
  21. Just bringing this request back to the top. I had the utility program, firmware, and manuals all on a laptop that had coffee spilled on it. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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    Congrats Jerry. Always nice getting free advertising for the setup. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  23. Thank you so much. I figured my only other choice was 3.5 bulbs, but that was too much (43 x 3.5). I wondered why my Walmart sold out of all silhouettes before Thanksgiving. I bet buying an extra silhouette or 2 for $6.98 is worth having the extra bulbs!! I'll have to do that next year!!
  24. With series bulbs the bulb voltage is chosen so that if you multiply the voltage by the number of bulbs it will add up to line voltage or approximately 120V. 43 X 3 is 129. If you replace all of them with 2.5V bulbs it will give you 107.5. This means you will be running them at a higher voltage than they were designed for. It just means the life of the bulb will be much shorter. I would not replace all of the bulbs at once. If you replace just one bulb it will mean that all of the other bulbs will only get a slight increase in operating voltage. It's much easier to replace just the one bulb and expect it to have a shorter life.
  25. Bought my first 250ft this year. I'm hooked! Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  26. Here is one of my lighted window silhouettes. There are 43 bulbs for this lantern. The tag attached to the cord says replace bulbs with 3 volt super bright bulbs only. The problem is that there aren't any 3 volt bulbs except on ebay for very large quantities of single colors. Is it possible to change the bulbs to 2.5 volt super bright if I change all the bulbs on the lantern? Would this be an option?
  27. wireframes and pvc pipe display
  28. Well done!! The miles and miles of spt2 we all have!!
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