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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.
RichardH

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Depending on your local code enforcement, you may not have to follow local codes. I mean how many Christmas displays follow local electrical codes? How many of us use indoor cords outdoors?

You actually need to follow code. NEC 590 refers to what we do, Temporary Instalation. Most displays are up for less than 90 days.

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I'm pretty good at electrical. Wired several of my own houses, all my projects, new service in this one.

When you start talking transformers, extra lines, temporary sub panels, 440v - 220 v 400 amps etc. It is time to call an electrician. Not just any electrician. You want one that does temp setups for festivals, home shows and fairs. For what you want, they can probably do in 2-3 hours. Probably have all the "temp" equipment for rental etc.

I know we're all trying to save a buck, but I do not want to read your name on here Dec 3 saying you didn't make it to Christmas. I bet for a 1 year, 1 shot deal, haveing a temp setup guy come in a do it would SAVE you money over doing it the right was.

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CamLok with heavy conductors will be your best option. Any Show production/sound/lighting rental place will have that. Most likely called <feeder cable> in their terms with a <Pigtail> to connect to the breaker.

The rental should not be too expensive.

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So.. Richard..

Out of curiosity..

Can you show us pictures of How you solved your power issue??

"Enquiring minds wanna know!!"

William

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Update!

We had another transformer so I had the original electrician that installed the first transformer install another one. He installed the transformer, another panel, and added 20 breakers. I then went in and installed 20 GFI outlets and just finished it up today. We have 240 amps at 110v to work with.

I will take some pictures the few days and will try and post them.

Things have been crazy.

We are suppose to go live this coming Friday and I only have one song sequenced! I still need to hook up all the controllers and run the cords.

This year we have 150,000 lights and if everything was on at once it would draw 500 amps! Most of it though is Red, Green, & White lights on trees and I only have on one color at a time on a tree so we should be fine but we are pushing it.

If we don't have enough power, I can run a temporary cable from another location that is about 200 feet away and bring in another 100 amps at 110v.

-Richard

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Richard-

Phewww! You had me worried until this last post! :-) Glad you were able to get things figured out...now you're in the same boat as me with sequencing and lack of time to do it!

Let's go after it!

Tyson

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