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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.

    Photos of CDI Burnt up circuit boards vs good boards, and possible only 1/2 wave?

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    I know for one if I was Paul I would go for the JUGGLER. Roman


    Noun1.691EB-juggler.gifjuggler - a performer who juggles objects and performs tricks of manual dexterity performer, performing artist - an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience

    Noun1.647D5-jugular.gifjugular - veins in the neck that return blood from the head jugular vein, vena jugularis

    anterior jugular vein - arises below the chin from veins draining the lower face; joins the external jugular vein

    external jugular vein - formed by the junction of the posterior auricular and the retromandibular veins; empties into the subclavian vein

    internal jugular vein - a continuation of the sigmoid sinus of the dura mater; joins the subclavian vein to form the brachiocephalic vein

    vein, vena, venous blood vessel - a blood vessel that carries blood from the capillaries toward the heart; "all veins except the pulmonary vein carry unaerated blood"

    cervix, neck - the part of an organism (human or animal) that connects the head to the rest of the body; "he admired her long graceful neck"; "the horse won by a neck"

    2.jugular - a vital part that is vulnerable to attack; "he always goes for the jugular" soft spot, weak part, weak spot - a place of especial vulnerability

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    Roman you need to educate yourself and read the title of this thread completely. This thread DOES have everything to to do with what happened last year. Take a look at the photos too while your at it.

    Chucks just proven that's not the case. I'm just a Juggler!


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    I guess more my point was that Jeff's not the first to notice that the strings burnt up right in front of his eyes. That has been beat to death!

    It's more that these could be HWR and not FWR like everyone payed for.

    Sorry for the confusion!

    I thought everyone liked clowns!


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    Oh, I am sure we all love clowns, but usually there is a lot of LOL, or ROFALOL and I have seen nether. So by definition you must not be a clown.

    Yuk, yuk, yuk..


    Hey Tim and Duke are laughing, and I think Chuck is always Laughing.

    That has got to count for something.


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    Can anyone tell me where the replacements are comming from i sent back 36 sets of C7'S fifty count mini base lights never worked right i hope they are not form the same company thank you Blair

    Replacements are coming from the same factory.

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    Tim, I'm willing to bet they will have issues. The biggest issue I can imagine is the electrical noise which will cause other channels to turn on...when they shouldn't. I've seen this happen myself consistently on my roofline LED's (which were from LEDHolidayLighting.com) while I had CDI net lights on totally different controllers. You can see an example on my Medley 2008 video. At the very beginning of the video, you can see the roofline on with both green and red...yet those channels are not turned on.

    To me, that is a problem that shouldn't exist in LED strings.

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    Cars8, yes, the nets were causing the problems. As I unplugged the nets, the problem went away. Unfortunately, I lived with the problem because I really needed the nets. Thanks for the kudos on the videos. I have more, but haven't had the chance to create them yet. :)

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    I had major problems with that as well this season. My show was pretty much different every time a song played and not for the better I might add. I had single clears coming on in my mega when it should have been solid blue, green or red. My arches came on in various sections and simply stayed on at that spot until the end of the song. Bushes, house etc. lighting when it shouldn't.

    I am really, really afraid that will be the case with the new ones and if so, then they will be useless to me and I'll have over 3K of lights that I cannot use and certainly cannot afford to replace.

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    Ryan, I use a 3 CCD camera (not HD) on a tripod. I chose to use widescreen this time. But all of the settings are what they suggest here on the board (do a search for it). You can get great results with a decent camera and a little work on the settings.

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