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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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    Paul:

    The icicle lights are seriously C6? How do they look? Never seen them before.

    Lenny

    Yes - they look totally awesome! The problem with the snowflakes is storage. They get so tangled up - they are a pain in the drain when you pull them out the following year.

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    I was looking at your snow tubes but i want to make sure im right.

    20 inch 320 leds per tube 5 tubes total is $95? Yes

    Can they be used with LOR? I would say no.

    When being used with LOR will they stay random or all on at the same time?

    See above answers

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    I drove by a houyse here in town using a mostly static display.. their whole house is COVERED in white LED's.. i noticed at the top and bottom.. lights that are almost like little water droplets falling.. they looked really cool.. are those the tubes you are talking of?

    it almost looked like they are icicle lights where it was "dripping"....

    -Christopher

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    I drove by a houyse here in town using a mostly static display.. their whole house is COVERED in white LED's.. i noticed at the top and bottom.. lights that are almost like little water droplets falling.. they looked really cool.. are those the tubes you are talking of?

    it almost looked like they are icicle lights where it was "dripping"....

    -Christopher

    Check these out and see for yourself:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/creativedisplays

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    those look similar to the icicles i saw.. turns out the house i referred to in my post.. the display owner PM'd me and is going to get me some more info on his icicles.. they may be the same as yours...

    super cool either way! i could think of all kinds of neat things to do with those...

    do you think yours can run from a LOR channel as long as I dim them? or wil the TRIAC drive destroy the board?

    -Christopher

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    Ok, I'm a newbie to LED. I have a lot of C7 lights on my house outline I want to switch to LED, as cheaply as possible but that will work with LOR and will last a reasonable amount of time.

    From the PDF it seems that at that size, only retrofit bulbs are available. Am I correct that I would then need to get LED strings to put them in? My since my strings are incandescent, they don't have rectifiers on them.

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    Also it has been noted by some who have made the change that the lack of heat from the bulb has left the LED type of lamps buried under snow. I am sorry I didnt note where you live so this might not be an issue. I am going to outline my roof in 2010 and plan to get the stand-offs so that the lights are several inches above the roof.

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    Paul S, could you at least talk about the new incand. strobes? I assume you've at least seen them before putting them in a display...

    Are they shaped simmilarly to Daryl's? Are they as bright?

    I can't imagine you seriously expect folks to make a $40 purchase based on nothing but a single line in a PDF file....

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