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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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About pstigerfan

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  • Birthday 06/02/1990

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  • Location
    Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • Biography
    Avid Christmas decorator
  • Interests
    Baseball, Website Design, Computers,
  • Occupation
    College Student, Website Designer
  • About my display
    I've got probably around 10,000 lights or so in a static display. Have been decorating my house for about 5 years or so, and never do anything crazy.

    Have been looking into using the LOR system, but don't have the money or time to do all the setup required to use it. Maybe when I'm out of school (in my 3rd year of college) I'll have more time to concentrate on stuff like that.
  1. So, a little bit of back story, back when I was a kid (probably 10 years ago or so) my Dad was a huge blow mold collector. We didn't have a lot, maybe about 10-15 or so that we would put out in the yard each Christmas. What he had done was at the bottom of each blow mold, he had cut a 1x2 piece of wood and glued it, then basically took 2x4 and staked the blow molds into the ground. Now onto my question.... For two years now I have been thinking about adding a Nativity Scene (of some sort) to my outdoor display. This past weekend, I took a drive up to Bronners in Frankenmuth (the world's largest Christmas store). Spent over $750 and bought a life-size Nativity - Holy Family is 42" in Height, wisemen are 42-61" Height, etc. Anyway, I am looking at building a 2 foot tall wooden platform to set my Nativity scene on, with space underneath to run wires and store stuff. I am wondering what I can do to secure my blow molds to this platform, without ruining the blow molds. I have read reports of nativity pieces being stolen (my friend had their Nativity stolen three different times). I'm also going to build a manger set on top of the platform for the Holy Family, along with multiple security cameras all over the front yard. I'm just wondering what the blow mold "experts" can recommend for security protection. Thanks for the help, as always! Paul
  2. Sent you a PM about the Mega Tree Lights.
  3. Thanks for the input. I wasn't planning on having the connections in the gutter as well, just the excess cord and have the connection hang over the edge while being zip-tied to the gutter. Due to lack of power, one of my controllers is going to be positioned on one side of the house; and the way it worked out, I have 3 channels on that controller that are in-between (distance-wise) this and another controller. I'm figuring its only a 20' run through the gutter. In thinking about it, I may just run the cords on top of the gutters (zip-tie them to the nails holding the gutters onto the house), that way they aren't being frozen and water isn't pooling around them. As long as I leave the connections clear of the ice, I think I should be fine. Thanks! Paul
  4. Being someone who has gutters that are up to 20' high in some places, and also being someone who doesn't like heights, I bought a Decorating Pole with Adapter on Amazon for $12.99 (the product page on Amazon.com is right here: http://www.amazon.com/Dyno-Seasonal-Solutions-97444-312-Decorating/dp/B000FT1JKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1300479322&sr=8-1. However, when I received it via UPS a few days ago, I went to try it out on the gutters, and I couldn't get my gutter clips to stay on the adapter. Looking at the box and "not-detailed" directions that came with it, this pole/adapter is used to hang lights on trees and other landscape areas, but isn't used for hanging lights on gutters (it doesn't say that on Amazon's site). So, my question is, is there an adapter that I buy (either on Amazon or some other site) that will work for hanging lights on gutters? I tried doing a search online, but couldn't find anything. Any help would be so much appreciated. Thanks! Paul
  5. So, I recently order 60 pairs of attach-on plugs from Paul at CDI (ordered them on Tuesday, delivered today) and went to Home Depot yesterday and bought 250' of 18-2 lamp cord to go with the 18-2 plugs that I got from CDI. However, in sitting down and planning out my display for this year, how do you usually determine what size cords to make? Do you actually go out in the yard and "estimate" the length of each cord that you will need. I ordered 60 pairs, but am expecting to make about 100 cords total. Second question, when you guys are hanging lights on your gutters, has anyone ever run extension cords on the inside of their gutters? I've been thinking about doing that for some things (mostly to get from one side of the house to the other), but am wondering if by doing this, the cords could possibly become damaged, due to the ice buildup and freezing. Thanks! Paul
  6. Yeah, I would end up making my own cables as well, so it looks like I'll be using Cat5 cable. Thanks for the suggestion!
  7. In the process of planning out my display for next year, and I'm trying to think about what I am going to use to connect my LOR controllers together. Recommended by LOR is either phone cable or Cat5 cable, so which one is more effective/efficient? Phone Cable is a little bit cheaper than Cat5 according to my calculations, but I need something that's able to withstand the elements and is efficient enough to run through sidewalk arches, through gutters, and in underground conduit. That being said, what's your opinion on this? It will end up going out my living room window, so how do you recommend doing that as well? I wish I had the funds to pay for the wireless linkers, but that's not happening anytime soon. Any recommendations I can get are appreciated. Thanks! Paul
  8. In terms of the musical performance, there have been better performances in previous halftime shows. It started bad when Fergie went to sing and her mic was not even on, and from watching it again on YouTube, it looked like they were screaming into the microphones since they weren't being loud enough. I was watching it at a Super Bowl Party with about 60 people, and the general consensus among all of us was "What did we just watch?" since it was pretty bad. In terms of the lighting and special effects, everything could have been better, especially the DMX lighting on the stage during the "LOVE" song. What I find interesting is that the lighting on that part of the stage (the V) worked with other colors during the previous song, but didn't kick on during the next song. Obviously someone didn't test everything before the Big Performance, which is probably why everything failed miserably. Other than that, the other "big" gaffe goes to Christina Aguilera who botched the National Anthem. Who in the world does not know the lyrics to the National Anthem? No disrespect to Christina Aguilera, but come on.....
  9. What does everyone here use for soldering the parts together for the PC Board Kit? I've been looking online at some of the soldering gun/irons (I don't know the correct term) but want to know what I should be looking forward. Any ideas/suggestions would be great. I just received my first two controller kits and can't wait to get to work on putting them together. Thanks! Paul
  10. Thanks for the suggestions. I have thought about mounting the card in a small plastic container (like a Tupperware container) and then stick that container into a wood-like box painted to look like a Christmas Present. I think something like that will work. I'm still thinking about it. Thanks for the suggestions. Paul
  11. So, today I made my first controller purchase from LOR, I bought two of the 16 Channel PC controller kits (CTB16PC Kit) along with a Basic Plus license for the software. However, after submitting my order and due to the fact that I'm trying to save a little bit of money, I realized I didn't purchase the enclosures, due to the fact that I didn't upgrade to the "High-Power" heatsink. So, I'm wondering. does anyone have any "creative ideas" on cheap enclosures for these units? Since I am on a real tight budget for next year, I'm trying to save some money, so any and all ideas will be helpful. Thanks, Paul
  12. I would probably say 90% of my lights are mini, most of which I've purchased over the past two years. I do have the spreadsheet from qwartzhill, so I've been using that and playing with that. Looks like I'll be doing some homework over the next couple of weeks researching the controllers I want to purchase. Thanks for all of the help.
  13. I only use mini lights and LED in my display. I originally was using C7s and C9s on my house, but the power usage was so high that I stopped using them, Figure I plan on having 10,000 lights on my house, if I space everything out enough among either 3 or 4 controllers, I should be alright with 20 amps correct?
  14. So, I think I'm going to ask the crucial question- how do you power your controllers? I am guessing that most of you have dedicated circuits for your lights. However, since I'm just starting out, I have two outlets on a 20amp circuit that I plan on using to power my show for next year. But, I've spent the last week trying to plan out how I want to do it. And then the answer came to me- for my shed in my backyard, I have the power for that (30amp) on its own circuit. So what I was thinking was that I could run two extension cords from outlets back there (probably about 100' or so) and then hook my controllers to that. So, maybe my question is, do you think this setup is feasible? My house was built in 2005, and when it was built, the electrician put all of the outdoor lights on separate circuits, so if anything, I could always plug controllers into those lights. As for my controller count, I was planning on running 64 channels but as I don't know if that will be feasible with my power setup. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! Paul
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