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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. Dave, that is awesome! Thanx for the idea, I’ll make at least 2 of these. Another thought: in this day and age, there are countless choices of colorful light strings you can use. I’m glad I saw your post.
  3. Very cool. I'm buying an extra lot behind me that fronts a different road... Might have to double up the display. Great idea!
  4. Yesterday
  5. Sounds cool. Big advantage to being able to display on both sides.
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  7. I will hit Clark Griswold status at 25k+ this year. My house backups to another busy road so I get to display in both sides. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  8. That's pretty cool. How big is your display?
  9. Time Left: 27 days and 2 hours

    • For Sale
    • Used

    Light O Rama CTB16PCV1 Controllers. Used 2 Halloween seasons and 1 Christmas season. Didn't have the time or energy to completely redesign everything after moving so I'm selling all of my lightshow gear. All have been stored in their original boxes Condition is Used. Everything worked great last time they were used but they are being sold as-is. I'm open to offers and discounts for bulk purchases. $175 for each controller


    Herriman - US

  10. 120/240V - 2 Plug is checked and I have 2 20 AMP fuses in the box connecting to the timer. How would I convert that to 120V or would I be good stripping down a heavy duty extension cord to plug into the timer? Or by asking all these questions am I out of my league? Lol. Trying to keep this one safe for sure. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  11. Made this up tonight. I took three wire wreath frames. 2 12" for ears and 18" for the head. 50 count blue strand and just zip tied it all up. Plan is to make a bunch more and then "hide" them through out my entire display. We kind of are a big Disney family. I need to get a few to make smaller and maybe one large one for the roof. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  12. Keep checking back online - my mom was able to order one on Tuesday. Someone must have cancelled their order.
  13. I was deciding between the red & white or the red & green when David said they were all gone.
  14. I got the red and white. I will post as soon as I receive.
  15. That's great! Which color did you order? I hope you will post a pic when you get them and let us know what you think of them.
  16. Last year I mentioned that I would post when QVC presented their new blow mold during Christmas in July. Well they did and all of them sold out very fast. I captured a few pics just so we could see them. I don't remember the exact price, but I'm pretty sure it was less than $40. They were made by Mr. Christmas. The only part that lit was the flame which had a flame bulb and it uses batteries and has a timer.
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  18. I've used my pool breaker to power the majority of my show for the past 15 years. As you say, the pool goes into hibernation and i just make sure the daily filtering schedule doesn't run when the show is on. I'd also caution that many pool pumps run off of 240 VAC (two phases of 120 VAC), which is bad for the lights and controllers we tend to use. From the photo it looks like you might have a 120 VAC connection, but use an AC voltmeter to verify your situation. If you don't know how to adapt, be sure to ask for help or call a local electrician to check it out. Other factors to consider are the current rating and length of the extension cord. Keep your load below 80% of the extension cord rating and at a reasonable length and you shouldn't have any problems. (There are a number of existing posts here about the safe use of extension cords if you want more information).
  19. This classified ad is COMPLETED!

    • For Sale
    • New

    Let me say Iam very new to all this. I just bought a used LOR 16 light controller a month a ago. . Then I rushed and bought a Pixcon16 that is so far over my knowledge.. Pixcon16 V1.3 E1.31 16/32 Universe Pixel controller with 4 E1.31 to DMX ports. A good understanding of networking is needed. Its a top of the line board but Iam barley getting used to sequenceing shows. I thought Id save it for another year but decided to sale it and buy lights or props. More info can be found online at LOR http://www1.lightorama.com/pixcon16/.. LOR Store sales for $219.00 as of date. Iam saleing mine for $175.00 and I will cover the shipping by USPS flat rate (reg ground service) and insure it anywere in the USA or ship COD.If you need other methods please contact me.


    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - US

  20. Happy birthday 🎂

  21. Time Left: 1 month and 22 days

    • For Sale
    • Used

    It was told to me that these were used by the village of Downers Grove, IL at some point in the past. They need work. The frames are in perfect condition, but there are sections of lights out. The train is 5'x8' the bear in stocking is 3.5'x6', and the candles are 5'x5'. Asking $300 for all, total....these are priced pennies on the dollar...very good value. Must be picked up...no shipping.


    Naperville, Illinois - US

  22. Luckily I disconnect the pool pump every season so it's no biggie. I know it can be done since those are also used for just low voltage landscape lighting just didnt know how "safe" using an extension cord would be in there Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  23. I used my downstairs and upstairs c/h/a In a similar manner for years, until I got tired of disconnecting them every fall for Christmas and the reconnecting the units every January.
  24. Not sure why I didnt think of it before but i have a pool. It has it's own 30AMP breaker that's not used in the winter. Anyone see any issue with using this timer and cutting off the male side of 3 pronged extension cord to plug into this like I would my pool pump? Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  25. This is the one I have now. No issues and the app is easy to use. Small downside is it's on 15AMP and not 20 but easy enough to work around FEIT Electric Outdoor Smart Wi-Fi Dual Outlet Wall Plug at Menards FEIT Electric Outdoor Smart Wi-Fi Dual Outlet Wall Plug at Menards https://www.menards.com/main/p-1560494221818.htm What's nice is we did a bunch of work at the house since I'm working from home right now so I've got a nice rebate for Menards to stock up these. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  26. I phased out the X10 plugs i used to use with all smart plugs as of last year. I have two different brands so I use two different apps to control them but they are very similar in programming and use. The apps also have a dusk/dawn feature that automatically adjusts to your location and time of year which is very handy. I've had only two plugs fail and both of those were my fault. The first one was overloaded and eventually quit working. The second one was used with a covered porch but got blowing rain on it and ruined it. I use regular smart plugs (indoor) for my indoor stuff and I only use outdoor ones for...uh...outdoors. In fact, I use the outdoor ones year round; in the summer they turn on my 12V landscape lights and my fountains and pond lights. I've had them for three years now and are used every night and no failures (knock on wood). these particular ones have two independent outlets each which is also a nice feature. Here's the indoor ones that I bought recently https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079MFTYMV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and this is the aforementioned outdoor plug https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078TW292H/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  27. Does anyone use smart wifi plugs? I just got one a while back to use on an outdoor light over my barn and so far so good its working well. I like the ease to set the exact time and if I want them on earlier or later I just adjust the schedule. I'm considering switching all my timers to them. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  28. Time Left: 1 month and 14 days

    • For Sale
    • Used

    Everything you see in picture, garage cover, two 16 channel LOR controllers plus tons of bins filled with mini lights, led lights, iscicles, extension cords, candy canes, 4 deer props, surfing penguin, snow man, ten spot lights with red and green bulbs, too much to list.


    Rancho Cucamonga , California - US

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