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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.
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  • 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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hardisj

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About hardisj

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  • Birthday 09/22/1982

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  • Location
    Alabama
  • Biography
    Aerospace Engineer. Audio enthusiast.
  • Interests
    Music. Home/car audio.
  • Occupation
    NASA
  • About my display
    None yet.
  1. About seven years ago I put up my first display using multi-colored LEDs purchased from Lowe’s. Shortly after, I grew to no longer care for the particular brand/style of LED due to the strobing effect and have desired to “start over”. But I had already invested too much money so I just dealt with it. Besides, people weren’t stopping to complain. Well, two years ago my PC died which mean our animated display was down for the count. I didn’t have the money or time to replace said PC and rebuild the scenes so I simply went “static”. You can see our display here from a couple years ago to get an idea of what it was. Far from perfect, sure. But entertaining nonetheless. Fast forward to this season and my wife essentially gave me the biz: next year we are putting our display back in to motion. I told her I absolutely agree. I have been far too complacent so next year it is ON! Lol. ... But with one caveat: we buy new lights. I’m opting for LEDs again but this time dimmable ones. For now I’m starting with C9’s that will go along the roof line and as years progress I’ll implement additional, more preferred light bulbs/types. I’ve been eyeing options and comparing and now I’m to the point of deciding on Color. That’s where you all come in. Having used multis in the past my wife is keen on following suite again. Personally, I’ve liked some of the two-color pair setups I’ve seen (such as red/white) and sometimes even thought the multicolored setup of ours just looked kind of cheap. I tried to talk my wife in to Blue/White given we are Kentucky fans but she didn’t really like that option after I showed her some examples. She and my 7yo daughter both prefer the multicolored setup. So I’m outvoted. I refuse to have purple or pink, though, lol. Therefore, I think I’ve narrowed it down to this combo: https://www.christmaslightsetc.com/p/C9--Multicolor-Smooth-OptiCore-LED-Replacement-Bulbs-14002.htm#62139 However, I still am curious what the community here has to say with respect to preferred lighting colors (especially on rooflines). Do you feel that multis look “cheap” or are they quite OK? Any other thoughts when it comes to choosing light colors?
  2. I looked at your site and see there are currently no C9 Ceramic SMD available. I assume, then, this would be an “order and wait until June” item, no? Additional question: I have been eyeing the Opticore lights available in the link below. I’m wondering if you have any comments as to the appearance differences between your SMD Ceramic vs this Opticore version. To be frank, I’d prefer to save money and your prices are roughly 25% lower than theirs but I do have a 20% code through them so the end price is close to a wash. Thus, I’m looking for a bit more info (as isthe poster above) on your SMD version so I can understand any potential differences and go from there. https://www.christmaslightsetc.com/p/C9--Multicolor-Smooth-OptiCore-LED-Replacement-Bulbs-14002.htm#62139 TIA
  3. OP, can you provide pictures of your setup? I am actually wanting to do the same thing: use some arches in my driveway. I just don't foresee the PVC alone being enough to sustain the shape (maybe it will). I'm not sure how one could support it without making the driveway useless, unless the PVC really is sturdy enough to hold it's own. I see you used 18" rebar. What was the diameter? Same as the ID of the 3/4" sch40?
  4. That's sweet! I had seen that in someone else's display. Wondered where it came from. Thanks for the heads up!
  5. Thanks! I have added/removed various things the past couple weeks trying to get it to look good. Finally think I hit the stopping point (and ran out of my 16 channels, lol) tonight. I must've moved that dang 30' ladder 5 times a day for the past 3 weeks. Front yard, back yard, front yard, back yard... rinse, wash, repeat. But, the effort has paid off. Earlier this week we averaged 6 cars/night. Tonight we had ~15. And, we're out in BFE where no traffic passes unles it's by people who live out here. As word spreads, I'm sure we'll have more. The highlight of the night was when I saw a dad bring his 2 young girls out. He had the interior light on so I was looking out the window like 'what's this guy doing' (neighborhood watch mode!) . Then I saw his 2 daughters in the back seat moving around and watching the lights. I went outside a bit later to fix some garland that had fallen and as they drove out the father honked and yelled "thanks. the kids loved it!". Totally made my night. I'm transmitting over a radio station and getting clear reception up to about 1/2 mile after building a j-pole (which was incredibly simple, though I thought it to be more complicated).
  6. Well, I figured I"d give it a shot and see how it looked. To my surprise, it worked out really well. I used existing net lights on our trees in the flower bed and things turned out well. Here's a short video I shot earlier for the 'Alabama' subsection of this forum. I may do a couple trees in the front yard with the incans. I hate to not use them at all. With the addition of more channels next year, I'm sure I'll find plenty use for them.
  7. Mo' progress! Stop by anytime between 5-9:30pm and tune your radio to 90.5. Good times.
  8. Well, I got all our LEDs up and am now out of them. I have about 7500 LEDs in my display which covers the house and a 12' tree in the front yard. I'd really love to keep adding lights, but I"m not about to go drop coin on LEDs at retail price. I do, however, have thousands of incans I have yet to use this year. I am hesitant to mix them with the LEDs in the display but I'm getting the itch to try. Problem is, I'd really hate to put in all the effort if it won't look good. Initially I did have a set of incan icicile lights in the gutters, but have since replaced them with LED. So, I'm looking for opinions on the subject of mixing the two types in a display. I'm thinking I may be able to make a couple 6' minis in the front yard with them. Our lot is large and it's hard to make it look full. I'm not going for tacky, but I am trying to get more 'wow' factor in the display. I may just need to weather this year's display and pick up some lights on sale after Christmas. Thoughts? FWIW, all the lights I own are multi. Here is a picture of the former setup with incan icicle lights: Here's a picture of the display as it stands with the LED icicle lights:
  9. edit: miscounted some things. i'll have to come back to this later. sorry.
  10. we went live tonight. Lined the roof and it made a world of difference. i'll try to get a photo up. We live out in BFE, but surprisingly have already had 4 people stop by and park out front. Wife and I went to check out a house a few miles up the road and were floored. They stepped it up from last year. Looked amazing. Wish I knew who it was.
  11. Our lights are on, though I'm not completely finished with the setup. I still have a few smaller things to do, such as make the "tune radio to..." sign and put lights on the a-frame of the roof. But, we're about 90% done. After I finish that up, I'll have to start building sequences. So far, I've been rocking 3 I've downloaded from lorsequences.com. That has helped me get the 'vision' for what it could be. But, then again, I may just not get the time to build my own this year with a newborn. If anyone is in the Decatur area, swing by "Napa Valley Way SW" road. We'll be running our wanna-be-show until 10pm every night, weather permitting.
  12. I just put up the 3m tabs again. A trick that helps is to use a heat gun or blow dryer to warm up the tabs and the window you're sticking them to. When you apply the tabs, make sure to put firm pressure on them for 30 seconds (as the instructions state). They won't last you an entire year everywhere, but in some spots they may. I've found that all of the 3m clips we used on the bottom of the windows are still holding strong after a year, but the ones that were at the top fell off easily. Makes sense because the ones at the top were bearing the most weight. The easy solution: you can just re-use the clips themselves and buy replacement tabs. I figure it's $15 well spent each year for a few packs of them. They sell these at lowe's, too.
  13. update... Added LED icicles and removed the incan icicles. Also added lights around the top window. The LEDs are awesome! [ATTACH=CONFIG]40214[/ATTACH]
  14. AT the price I got my LEDs, it was a no brainer. I can deal with half wave. Beyond that, I really just prefer LED to incan. I had thousands of incans and now they will never be used at my house again. As the poster above me said, the LEDs just have that "snap" to them. They just look so awesome, to me. Having said that, if I hadn't gotten a steal on them, there's no way I'd be able to afford the overhaul. Picking them up after Christmas Day is the best way to build up the arsenal. My $.02.
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