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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.

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  1. 2 points
    Was on Craig's, seen these and picked up ,and a trade of a nativity set. Never see the green lanterns before, didnt know they existed..
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    been working on our Saint Patrick's Day display, here is the newest member
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    Also last year I had push button set up so people on the sidewalk could push the set of songs they wanted. It was a big hit with the kids. The only problem was it rained almost every day in December. And the contact on the push buttons when wet had some voltage drop and MP3 control had issues since the voltage is only 5V and drop made it come back as 3= null reading. This year I just went with speakers on all the time. The round holes in the picture were for the round outdoor speakers.
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    Last few years, I stepped up to switch from incandescent to LED lights. Some are plugged in and some are powered off from the batteries (solar chargers modified output at 12V). Might not seem much but compared to other houses, I went big this year.
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    There’s a lot of nativity out there and most different sizes. Below are a few I found. One of picture is mine the columns behind the nativity are 14ft apart if that helps. My nativity is general foam it’s very common. Hope this help /good luck.
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    After searching around on the internet (Google, eBay, Amazon, Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, etc), I found a 10 FT tall Christmas Tree inflatable at a very good price for $49 (+ Free shipping! over $35) at Walmart. Others 5-8 FT Christmas Tree inflatables cost around $55-$80 (some charge more for shipping). This is the tallest inflatable I currently have. Others are 4-5 FT.
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    I built a dedicated shed for most of my controllers. Exception being the controllers for smart pixels in which case I took 3/4" conduit, bent into a 180 degree arch, welded a crossmember (really not needed) and using self drilling screws, secured these hoops to the back of the controllers. My first attempt included 2 cross pieces welded and then I determined they are not required at all. I then drove 2 short pieces or rebar into the ground and set the controller over them. Works great ! Side benefit, the "hoop" makes a great handle to carry them and/or hang them up in the garage after the lights come down
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    I want one of those for each side of the steps to protect me from my kids!!!!
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    I spotted this at the walmart associate store in Bentonville where the home office is. My wife works at the corporate office. This was a sample as it was marked up with sharpie showing what corrections it needed for production. I meant to post it last month but I did see it in the store here in Bentonville last night. I will post what other stuff that is up as well just did not have my phone with me. But this is one of the new designs this year.
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    Amazing Deal! and service I got my order and wished I could have got more! Thanks
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    Darn! I’m never that lucky. Great pick-up Big J.
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    On eBay a guy has for sale Santa best/GF Replacement parts. I been looking with no luck for a few years for top of Shepard/Joseph staff and the correct set of eyes. The Shepard/ Joseph I got at GF factory was a great price ($5) but was missing the eyes and top of staff. Attached are the pictures. I did paint the staff part to maybe better match it. I keep kicking myself about not getting more at GF. There were three more Shepard’s/ Joseph missing same parts.
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    That’s a nice score! I keep looking and hoping I can find a score some more blow molds. I have only seen a lite color green post once. It was a Easter set up. Not sure if it’s exactly the same or not. The one attached from YouTube he put some flowers on the post.
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    Home Depot has the following on sale: Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid Score Wireless Speaker Set with SKAA Technology for $64.88 (marked down from $149, originally $199 in 2017) www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-18-Volt-ONE-Hybrid-Score-Wireless-Speaker-Set-with-SKAA-Technology-P765/301045697 Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid Score Secondary Wireless Speaker for $25.88 (originally $99) www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-18-Volt-ONE-Hybrid-Score-Secondary-Wireless-Speaker-P761/301045683 They are highly rated. I think they will be a good way to spread music around the yard...
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    The brand most of mine are Minleon type from holiday light express. I did a set up with the lights at different voltage and my lab meter is to right of the light display. One of the pictures I add incandescent C9 and C7 bulbs at the bottom. They dim pretty good the C9 go out at 35V and C7 go out around 24V.
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    I will for sure, if it ever stopped snowing here lol!!
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    Not all Cat5 is created equal, here is what I use for my outdoor display in a harsh northern environment. The whole key to this is "outdoor" and "sunlight resistant" which means that the cable jacket contains UV light inhibitors that prevent it from decomposing and getting crispy. Also this cable has a tougher jacket that performs much better in the cold. BTW It's the same thing for zip ties, the white nylon ones crumble after years in direct sunlight while the black UV resistant ones don't. Here's some of what's printed on the cable: 7923A Belden VERIFIED (UL) CAT5e 4PR24 E-108998-M CMR-CMX OUTDOOR OR C(UL) CMG---ISO/IEC 11801 CAT5e--P-07-KA060003---300V PATENTED OIL/SUN RES FT4 IEEE
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    I'm interested as well. Sounds intriguing.
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    I have an eight foot bumble that I use two seven foot green fence posts to secure. Never have had an issue from winds.
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    Jennifer, definitely would be interested. Any insights on the type of product?
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    I understood every word until you got to b-u-d-g-e-t...how do you pronounce that, and what does it mean?
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    I have used ,a ferrous magnet( Rf Choke) around the smaller cords,closest to the GFCI, this will help, reduce, not eliminate Rf and false trips.
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    Brick sections are animated. Hopefully will get a video up this year.. Hope you like the display! Constructive criticism is always good...Happy Holidays! Facebook for display: https://www.facebook.com/ForestRunLights
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    That is stunning! Thank you for spreading the Word!
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    Normally I put up my display the day after Thanksgiving... but my wife and 2 daughters met up with my oldest daughter, her husband and the grandkids for Thanksgiving. Didn't get home til late Saturday afternoon. I had planned on putting up the display sometime this week... but after looking at the weather for today and this week, I ended up putting up the display today. Thought I'd post some pictures of the finished product.
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    Oh yeah and don't ask me how many of those flimsy socket clips I broke on my vertical strings! Standing 20-30ft on a ladder trying to clip it into the fascia trim....SNAP... I have launched a few strings of c9s out of anger for sure! I've tried it all nothing works there that will hold them pointing out.
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    This was the pic that sold me on the teal idea. (And the 7 colors.) It definitely looks like a nice mellow alternative and actually similar to the way the more recent incan blues light up. By contrast, regular blue LEDs actually seem to give off a bit of a black light effect, and to that end, my neon yellow high-vis vest does in fact glow under a blue LED.
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    Was able to get finished for the time being.
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    Thank you... that's my goal. I am a graphic designer by day- light lunatic by night, so I get a bit nutty when things aren't looking as good as they can be.
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    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Just finished last night. Did a quick video on the celly. Window lights were off in the video but that's it I am done. Good thing as my wife is having a Girls Christmas Party on Saturday. Which gave me an excuse to play with some LED's, in the backyard win win. Let me know what you all think... PS. the wind was gusty yesterday @@ blowing my garland off the ties. Cheers everyone!
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    Hair: Looks wonderful! I really like your decorating style/precision.
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    Looks great. The "water" looks great. How many lights on the sides with the red and white? Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
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    Steve, you don't want the V+ to flow through, it will just keep adding to the amp draw on your system and you will blow a fuse. You want the ground to flow through because you need to tie all your grounds together. See attached diagram of how these T work.
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    We had a lot of trick-or-treaters this year about 400. The best was all the small kids that wanted there picture taken with the blow mold they liked it was fun. And we had about 8 family asked us to take there family photo in front of house.
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    Below are some pictures. This is for a new Walmart blow mold Lantern. The LED part is a 1/4turn to open it does have some glue holding it but, I could just move it a little and it broke loss. I used a unibit drill bit for the holes. I think they work better when drilling in plastic. I then use some zip plugs and spt-1 wire I use at Halloween and Christmas. Then I attached the socket part to spt-1 wire and ran it through the holes I had drilled in the LED base. Added the male end onto the spt-1 wire and a new 120V LED light is created. This small project toke about 5-10minutes to do. Hope this helps! PS. Sorry my pictures may not be in order.
  42. 1 point
    Images and videos stay where they are unless they were linked to an old post. You should be good to go.
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    Most of the time shipping is a deal breaker for me whether it's from eBay or some other source. I do think the shipping calculator on eBay will sometimes come up with crazy shipping prices but other times it's the seller. That is the reason why eBay changed their fee format to apply to both the selling price and the shipping price. Dishonest sellers were avoiding fees by jacking up the shipping price. TED
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    Went to Target today and came home with these. They are definitely different from the ones they sold in past years so I had to add them to the collection.
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    Just received my first one - can't wait to see it in my display this year. I second qberg's comments: Quality appears high and shipping was fast. Thanks!
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    I use clothesline with a loop at either end just big enough to fit around your hand, and small carabiners to connect the ends to the top hooks and bottom hooks on my megatree as my hooks are closed loops. With open loop hooks you can omit the carabiners. I just stretch out the line and wrap the light strings around it securing the plugs by passing them through the loops in either end. I am using 70 count C6 led strings. the clothesline needs to be sized for whatever length your strings are. The clothesline takes all the strain of ice and snow and saves on the lights which are just wrapped around it. I generally will only use one cable tie at each end if the cluster of plugs gets unruly, so it is very easy to unwrap a dead string to replace it with a new one.
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    Its a fast learning curve but if you take one thing at a time, goes pretty smoothly. Strongly suggest you Bing "Light O Rama" tutorials and start with the first one. There are some that walk you through the hardware and tons that walk you through the basics of sequencing. You must have a LOR S4 or S5 license otherwise the SW will not communicate to the controller. If you haven't done so already, you need CAT 5 cable and a UISB - RS485 high speed adapter. That is what connects the USB port of your PC to the LOR RS486 jack. AS you add more controllers, you daisy chain them. Take a look at your controller and you will see 2 of these connectors at the top of the board, one signal in and the other to daisy chain to your next controller
  48. 1 point
    I get mine at ACE hardware $5.99 for a 11-12oz can. True value hardware has it for same price. My Lowe’s also carriers the matte for 4.99. I only use the clear gloss UV I like the way it looks more than matte.
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    With the star it's about 35'. I'll post a pic of the entire set up as soon as I finish my cross.
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