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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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Who here has the most lights on at one time. NOT who has the most lights. I want to hear who has the most static lights on at once. You can have 800,000 lights and running 600 channels of LOR and only have 2,000 lights on at once. This doesn't count. What are the most lights lit at one time. I like to see a lot of lights that are static and lighting up a whole block.

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I have a static display. 2008 I had 40,000 lights on a static display. This year I'm aiming for 50,000.

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100K For the 2007 Season, we had 145K lifgts and 528 channels of LOR spread over 4 yards. Great time.

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Who here has the most lights on at one time. NOT who has the most lights. I want to hear who has the most static lights on at once. You can have 800,000 lights and running 600 channels of LOR and only have 2,000 lights on at once. This doesn't count. What are the most lights lit at one time. I like to see a lot of lights that are static and lighting up a whole block.

I also believe it is neccessary to distinguish between LED and incandesant.

140,000 mini lights on all at one time would take 462 amps.

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This will be my first year using LOR. Until now, I have had a static display with 125,000 lights on at one time. I actually have around 250,000 lights, but my purchase of lights has exceeded my available power. I have been loading up on lights in the after Christmas sale for the past two years while planning for the day this year when I could add LOR.

The Pascal family, two counties over from me, in Casville, NC have an almost entirely static display with nearly 2 million lights on at one time. Their power bill is in excess of $20,000.00 per month. They mostly cover the electrical costs through various donation buckets scattered around their 4 acre walk through display. It is a sight to behold. They probably average around 1,000 walk through visitors during the week and as many as 2,500 walk through visitors on weekends. Cars park up to a mile away from their display with visitors walking to their home to see and walk through this one of a kind displays. This elderly couple spend their entire year working on their display and purchased a bucket lift a couple of years ago to help with decorating larger trees.

Here are a couple of links to news stories about this display:

http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=114516

http://www.godanriver.com/gdr/news/local/danville_news/article/caswell_county_light_display_a_sure_sign_of_holidays_on_the_way/7727/

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Two years ago we did a 400/800 (CT) Current Transfer system, with a 37.5 transformer system. with a Digital electro meter base. It's set up for 4 / 200 amp breaker boxes. last year we had 100.000 light and they was on from 6 pm to around 10 evernight.

It took 26 / 20 amp breakers to do the display. leaving the lights on this long at night didnt strain the meter base at all. In fact for the month of december the electriic bill was $ 397.00 for the display.

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Two years ago we did a 400/800 (CT) Current Transfer system, with a 37.5 transformer system. with a Digital electro meter base. It's set up for 4 / 200 amp breaker boxes. last year we had 100.000 light and they was on from 6 pm to around 10 evernight.

It took 26 / 20 amp breakers to do the display. leaving the lights on this long at night didnt strain the meter base at all. In fact for the month of december the electriic bill was $ 397.00 for the display.

So there realy are people who have 800 amps available to run this stuff.

Kewl

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