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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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I'm the newest kid on the block, looking forward to learning from everyone here. This is my first Christmas in a house (been living in a condo for years) and I am really excited to have a proper light display this year!

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Welcome to Planet Christmas.

Feel free to ask questions. We have all of the answers, many of which are correct.

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Welcome to our exciting world! There is so much information on this website, your mind will be swimming with ideas!

Pick a theme and work from there. You can add to it a little each year and it keeps the neighbors guessing, What will he do next?

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welcome and have fun! This is a great hobby and a great community of supporters and encouragers!

Ask questions! Every one is here to help each other and learn from each other.

Once again, welcome!

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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! I've just been to Costco and bought my first 10 strings of LEDs...I see that this can get expensive in a hurry. It sounds like the sales after Christmas are the best time to stock up. I'm already looking forward to Christmas 2013!

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welcome Dave to the world of no return this is the most addictive hobby i have ever found before you go buying lights shop around on-line you can find some right bargains and some good sale prices after Christmas

Dan

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Hi Dave, welcome to our happy madness. I don't know if you planning on automating or not, but make sure you get LEDs that have a full wave rectifier if you do. The typical ones from big box stores are have wave (tis cheaper) and do not play nicely with dimming circuits. I don't know if the Costco LEDs are full wave or not, and I have never seen it stated on any box as to whether or not they are.

Good luck with your new hobby and if you have questions, ask away!! You will usually get inundated with helpful advice and sometimes even spirited debate about the best way to proceed with an issue.

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Thanks for the heads up, Takoda. You are right, the box from Costco does not state full or half wave, so I will assume half to be safe. I don't plan on automating this year (the wife is not on board yet) but if/when i do i will make sure NOT to use the Costco lights. Guess I'll be looking for full-wave in the after-Christmas sales!

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Don't do it! Run away, it's a trap - first you think, wow a few lights will look good, then you see other houses with more and you think, I can do better than that!

Then you see the cheap big box store flashing lights and you think, hmm, if I can control the lights how cool will that be.

And then you start dreaming of more lights, more control and having more people talk about your display, and before you know it, you are out of control!

I started with a few strings, then went animated 3 years ago, so in terms of numbers I went from 500 lights, to 5,000, to 17,000 and now 30,000! Uggghhhh!

You have been WARNED!

Now with the disclaimer out of the way, let me add my welcome to a very cool group of people, I have without fail received answers to my questions and lots of ideas on how to improve my display.

I now endeavor to share ideas I have had (see July 2012 issue of planetchristmas magazine) to help others while still getting help on my setup as well.

Enjoy the madness and understand this stuff is like popcorn in a roach motel, you get into the hobby, but you dont' get out!

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Don't do it! Run away, it's a trap - first you think, wow a few lights will look good, then you see other houses with more and you think, I can do better than that!

Then you see the cheap big box store flashing lights and you think, hmm, if I can control the lights how cool will that be.

And then you start dreaming of more lights, more control and having more people talk about your display, and before you know it, you are out of control!

I started with a few strings, then went animated 3 years ago, so in terms of numbers I went from 500 lights, to 5,000, to 17,000 and now 30,000! Uggghhhh!

You have been WARNED!

Now with the disclaimer out of the way, let me add my welcome to a very cool group of people, I have without fail received answers to my questions and lots of ideas on how to improve my display.

I now endeavor to share ideas I have had (see July 2012 issue of planetchristmas magazine) to help others while still getting help on my setup as well.

Enjoy the madness and understand this stuff is like popcorn in a roach motel, you get into the hobby, but you dont' get out!

OMG so true

Welcome to the fun

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Don't do it! Run away, it's a trap - first you think, wow a few lights will look good, then you see other houses with more and you think, I can do better than that!

Then you see the cheap big box store flashing lights and you think, hmm, if I can control the lights how cool will that be.

And then you start dreaming of more lights, more control and having more people talk about your display, and before you know it, you are out of control!

I started with a few strings, then went animated 3 years ago, so in terms of numbers I went from 500 lights, to 5,000, to 17,000 and now 30,000! Uggghhhh!

You have been WARNED!

Now with the disclaimer out of the way, let me add my welcome to a very cool group of people, I have without fail received answers to my questions and lots of ideas on how to improve my display.

I now endeavor to share ideas I have had (see July 2012 issue of planetchristmas magazine) to help others while still getting help on my setup as well.

Enjoy the madness and understand this stuff is like popcorn in a roach motel, you get into the hobby, but you dont' get out!

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Welcome to the most addicting year around hobby that anyone can ask for. We listen to Christmas Music all year around and spend hours listening to the same ten notes just to get the timing right. Start small and let everything grow one year at a time with you ultimate goal in mind that you will never be finished. One year its arches, next year a mega tree, but why just one mega tree lets have two, or three. More arches, more trees. Its a project that forever grows with time.

Welcome to our fun and I hope that you display brings you and your neighbors many years of happiness. Always remember that the more you put out in the yard the more precautions you will have to take becuase vandals and thieves do not always share our passion.

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We were all new once upon a time..... This is the best forum ever.. i have learned much over the years and if I could afford it, would love to spend all my time on my Christmas Display... Welcome Welcome !

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