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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. I have cut off at main to subpanel and cut off at subpanel i could lick the wires in subpanel if i wanted too JOKING! I never do that PERIOD! Heres the thing i have watched and watched over the years and they do it so fast i miss it! lol I know white wire goes to neutral bar and hot goes to breaker and ground goes to ground bar but heres what gets me what kind of breaker do i buy? And snapping it in...I just dont get it. I have family comming up this easter and hes retired electrician but wont do work on anyones house b/c i guess hes not bonded and all and if something did go wrong he would feel horrible but maybe he could walk me through it. What i want to ask is whats the worst thing that can go wrong besides fire or death? Can i lose power in the worst way? Like ya guys say once you have a few times under your belt its second nature KINDA :) It aint nothing for me to get shocked believe me in hvac i have been nailed more times then i want to admit to. I remember hearing "Oh 220volt just knock ya off heheh" Thats a lie! Id rather eat 120volts ever get pinned to 220volts....Yeah not fun it hurts LONGER! Im surprised im still alive. I guess its better if i call electrician the more i think about it. I like my body parts just were they are lol This sucks i have to pay 80 BUCKS! I need to ask though if includes breaker like ya said.

    2. It does the job your right...But the car audio nut that i am well my mind is racing. So if ya ask me if it would sound better if i was sitting in the car listening to it then i have to say yes stereo is the way to go. If your asking me if i can tell from the audio off the video you took then no it sounds mono to me. Heres how car stereo works for me under no conditions will there ever be a stock audio system in my car so i dont know what im listening too product wise. Think about this also you recorded it then posted online its going to have a drop off. Theres way too many varibles to even consider saying hey that sounds the same. Far as i know only one speaker working and going on stock HU power. You just cant really tell unless i was right there. Listen when it comes to audio or video if it sounds and looks good to you then thats what matters. Ever try and compare blu ray and dvd i actually think blu ray sucks! It looks too "bright" I like a little more depth and dark to my picture but thats my opinion. Go with what ya know and if it sounds great to you i wouldnt change a thing! Remember a high dollar setup car stereo is going to make it sound better no matter what transmitter is being used. I wouldnt sweat it.

    3. Getting few more circuits has already been discussed with electrician and im running wire and everything (whole downstairs needed to be rewired so everything is planned out and ready to go) all he has to do is snap in breaker he says 80 bucks. Is that expensive or what? To me 10 minutes worth of work and 80 bucks sounds high just to install one breaker. I know how to do it i mean i know the basics but theres just that voice that says "You aint done this before bubba NO TOUCH!" I just wish i could save 80 bucks i could put towards something else....Is 80 bucks right price?

    4. What about something like a shingle light clip and some fishing line? Hang it like that then anchor to ground to steady like jslade was saying. Yeah i agree i dont care if it cracks or not no ugly holes going anywhere around windows doors or siding. I have tried those command strips and i cant even get them to stay stuck to the walls in my house i had a picture fall 5 times before i gave up. GOOD OLD NAILS! :) I must not be holding my mouth right b/c if its tape,or something sticky it never does like on tv. Unless its gorilla glue and i cant get the stuff off! That reminds me how about gorilla tape hook and loop then stick to wall? I dunno how it would hold up i never tried in elements before but i do know you can make one great clamp out of it when you need something to stay together like a chair while the glue is setting.

    5. I didnt know where to put this so i put here.

      Anyone changing it up this year and going static instead of animated? or other way around?

      Im static this time i just dont have it in me this year. Animate for Hween and christmas is a lot! of work and can let the air out of ya...

      Be honest im tired of seeing so much animation at a pace thats so fast your eyeballs cant dial in and enjoy the lights before they cut off. Some things you just want to see and look at for awhile and not just blink 3 times and your like "TURN BACK ON TURN BACK ON!!!" Dont get me wrong i like animated lights. I guess im burning out. Anybody else feel like this?

    6. I said the same about mine, until this December 27th. We got 40 MPH winds. Stake on one side came out so it gave it the back and forth motion. Woke up in the morning to see it resting on my windshield. $350 later plus about $100 in LED's that stretched and broke the wires, plus no display for New Years.

      Get allstate its full glass coverage no matter what! My winshield broke in truck it was 945 bucks BELIEVE IT! i saw the bill they replaced for free! Yeah i know... Thats just for refernece there allstate shouldnt be called all stab. Allstate been dealing with them for years and never let me down. We get winds at that speed too ya know. I know we dont live in the worst enviroment possible here but im trying to say is just keep it simple. When you start over thinking things is when more things can go wrong. No need to call engineers in i see flag poles stand up to 40-50 mph winds during storms and nothing goes wrong except for flag takes a beating. Keep it simple...It wont let you down. I guess what im trying to say is have you seen some designs lately? They so complex its crazy (no offense to anyone) But keep it simple....doo hickeys and hooks and curved this and thats and this pipe and that fitting now wonder peoples are flying over and attacking your property. What is a flag pole? Its just a pole cemented in the ground and its does just fine. This doesnt have to be complicated its easy stuff. Just b/c it looks like it came from the year 3010 ...yeah it might look great! But funtion is key. I think we all in same boat here whats the best design thats bullet proof! B/c we dont wanyt to bust out anouther thousand lol aka b o a t :) Its the elements i agree that beat us up more then anything and if we could come up with a bullet prrof design idont care if it was purple i would build it FIRST! :)

    7. Ok is it guide or guy wire? Man i feel stupid....lol I have a hearing problem and always have and i cant seem to figure that one out. I try to read lips and dial in but they both sound the same so what ever someone says i go with but when its said two diffenrt ways i get confused so someone clear this one up for me please. AND YES we get wild wind and i havent had to fix or have any damage call it luck if ya want my setup may not be 30 ft your right but i will assure ya its sturdy as it gets! KNOCK ON WOOD! :)

    8. LOL Heres some math for ya my mega tree is 20 ft and is a dj tripod made of thin wall aluminum with atleast 50-60 pounds of lights and a breaking point with a clamp to secure two pieces i use no guy wires. I just use pvc stakes zip tied to the tripod and it doesnt even wiggle in high wind, snow or ice and zip tie the strings to pvc stakes also. I cant even imagine a tornado taking this thing down. Dont over think it. One thing i learned LOOONG AGO! Is just b/c someone says they are a engineer doesnt mean anything. I have worked with people just like brian said and its the same thing...They right out of school and )following every single thing out of some "book" Dont reinvent the wheel. Its the kis method (keep it simple) and leyt me ask how did this ever turn into aero dynamcis? :)

    9. Hey believe me i know what your going through. Our last move they stole everything! I MEAN Everything! home audio,dj equipment,appliances EVERYTHING! HELL! they even took the microwave! THE MICROWAVE! THEY EVEN KNEW WHO DID IT AND THEY GOT FIRED! and that was it.... It was apraised at 50 thousand and we didnt get nearly that either. We hit every pawn shop and all and we really couldnt do anything b/c it was a military move so military had to handle things. It took us years to recover from the lose. Its a damn shame you cant have nice things with some butthead thinking they just going to walk in and take. Get a alarm call adt or what ever. Its better then nothing. That alarm prolly go off every 15 seconds when pets move or have to get up in middle of night and take a whiz but thats what they are there for. Neighbors get over all the noise. I hope everything starts to smooth out. People dont under stand what earns these items blood sweat and tears. Well one thing that kept our spirts up was we have tons of cds and we kept the cases and the cds were in books so they only stole empty cases and trust me there were tons of them They even stole comic books.....We had nothing but what we showed up with in trunk of car....They should cut hands off for things like this. People wonder why they take the law into their own hands well there ya go. When you have a corrupt police department that just dont care what do you do? Not saying all police are evil but theres a few out there....Sucks really

    10. Dr DR?! I never goto Dr believe it or not i never get sick,i dunno what a headache is,never had the flu,i deal with my own broken bones unless its ribs(had a few xrays in my time and had some other stuff xrayed and turns out i have broken A LOT in past) Had the chicken pox once and i was last one in school to get it yeah that was fun i prayed to get it and when i did i went to dr and he said worst case he had ever seen couldnt even walk,laryngitis once and some weirdo infection in leg b/c i stepped on a nail. I used to have allergies bad when i was a kid but turns out i was playing in a posion tree sumac or oak or something i dont remember....superman doubtful i cant fly yet :) But highly resilient. Everytime i have gone to dr which has been not many times its stop eating salt stop drinking beer... blah blah blah If i die today atleast im happy. Some people might say thats greedy but i have to ask you had you rather sit around wishing you could drink a beer and eat a steak and be miserable? or smile and eat and drink. Id rather be happy myself. Is my life style gonna catch up with me one day sure it already is my bones hurt in hand ribs make a popping noise knees and elbows sound like rice crispies but i wouldnt change anything. Was it stupid idea when i was younger to do bike and skateboard on half pipe.....YEAP!! Maybe but it was fun while it lasted :) So superman no. Hardheaded yeap! :)

      Not long ago triped fell into window fell backwards hit head on floor knocked out bit tounge and bunch of blood tounge has damage feels buzzey. No dr just good old listerine :) Think i even had concusion for two days felt funky. Yeah i dont do the whole dr scene they always telling ya bad news. Id rather get hit by lightning or a mac truck... call me crazy

      Geez i just go on and on. Maybe i need to write a book lol

    11. I tell ya i have a older dell inspiron running it just fine and you can get parts off ebay and put one together fairly cheap for about 160-170 bucks. All you need to know is Motherboard works and screen. The rest is gravy all the parts are cheap. Most times you can find one for about 180 working and upgrade memory and change out HD for about 60 bucks b/c you dont know what info was on hd so its wise to smash with hammer until it rattles and buy new one plus its protects their idenity if they leave hd in so.....Most times with these its the cpu bunred out b/c of heat b/c the vents get clogged. So you save a couple hundred bucks :) Super easy to repair and parts are dirt cheap! on ebay Id say 200 tops save 300 whats the lose...Half the time it breaks kids put on ebay and its not broken just need a part or two last one i bought opnly needed a stick of memory a whole 8 bucks and another time it needed a cpu that cost a whopping 6 bucks bought it for 60 bucks blah blah blah nothing to it :)

    12. I do get a few more hours than that but usually I sleep only about 5 hours. It is my opinion that sleep is lost productive time that you never get back. I don't know how people who have a normal day time position can stay in bed until noon and be productive.

      That bothers me too how someone could sleep until noon is beyond me. Heres something else that bugs me when people get up and just have to have coffee first and look like their face has been hit by a bus! I wake up im ready...Im wide awake i dont even look like i slept and they are dragging. I dont understand it first off coffe smells like horse pee and second you slept all night why are you still tired? I start sleep at 7-10 and by 6am thats the middle of my day and everyone else is waking up and annoyed and im like whats your problem?!!? How long does it take to wake up? I mean really! ????

    13. http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/112502/why-people-can-run-on-little-sleep-wsj

      I didnt read all of it b/c it got kinda boring, but this is me. I might get 20minutes-2hours a sleep a day and i dont feel bad or anything. They are right i get plenty done in 22 hours a day,and im a night owl. I do talk fast but i dont drink caffine but i do try and stay positive. Anybody else have this issue? I think in the past 3 years i can count on my right hand how many times i slept 6 hours and when i did i had been up for 60-70 hours straight. I tell ya i pace the floors all night long watching tv b/c i cant make noise....running saw at 2 am will make anyone angry lol but let 7am roll through and im running all over the place! Do you know how hard it is for me to be quiet at night IM HUMAN WRECKING BALL! Anyone else like this?

    14. I want to light around walkway with stakes and led c9s its gonna cost me atleast 90 in just lights alone. Has to be led's im running out of power and power company is screwing us over its been in the 300-450 buck for two people yeah they keep changing the rates as they see fit i get down to 90bucks then they jack up the rates...Its a long story....Ok i need to find the best possible price for 6 17ft 12 ft spacing led c9s and stakes. I keep seeing 14.95...Thats kinda steep so if anyone knows of somewhere cheaper im all ears. I even thought about using mini around the walkway what do you think about that? I have tons of those just need ground stakes. Would they be visible enough? The walkway is a curved one and it really needs something and i tried a walkway with drooping lights but that just didnjt work right...suggestions welcome! Oh and if i go minis i think its gonna cost me about 60 bucks in stakes so...This one gonna cost me a fortune!

    15. Your Point is well made........I happen to be one of the older generation of people you talk about , and yes I have purchased the same songs on the other media and now I find my self downloading the same songs from amazon for my displays. I think the music industry is one of the greediest ones out there.

      I do the exact same thing! Who wants to pay for the whole cd then rip it and all that jazz when you spend 1 dollar and get exactly what you need and the whole time your thinking i have that on vinyl,cassette,cd,and now on computer. By the time you start downloading it you have spend close to 100 bucks over the years for one song. I agree they greedier(sp is that even a word?) then a pack of hobos fighting for a bologna sandwich!

    16. Well Chauvet when it comes to fog there has been nothing but problems and the customer service has not been good either so...I dunno about their snow machines but after hearing about the foggers over and over again i will not ever buy any of their products. I think they sold out and well you know what happens when companies sell out....I know were not talking foggers here we are talking name brand and quality. If i were you google chauvet reviews and see what im talking about. Its not good....people are maaaaaaad! Chauvet quality has hit a all time low... That was about 2 years ago so things can change but i would look into Martin (dunno if they make snow machines though) before Chauvet.

    17. I agree sounds like a great idea! But i do have to drop my two cents when it comes to this copyrights thing. I thought if you buy the cd or the song you have open rights to do with it whatever you want to as long as your not burning copies and reselling it. Think about this one some of you are older then me and have bought the same song more then once. 8 track,record,cassette,cd,mp3, what ever....how many times they want us to buy something and cant use it in a free show or charity event. Anybody else think they taking this a bit too far? Remember when they were sueing kids for downloading songs? Let me tell you one thing your lucky that they even listen to you to begin with. If i made a movie or wrote a song and everyone was downloading it i would be THRILLED! I mean think about it they are not losing money that counts if anything we should be sueing them for making us buy the same music b/c ever so often then come up with some other device to play something different that you just "MUST HAVE" The word rat comes to mind and i know thats a rant you might think it but i say it...OH but you can listen to on the radio all day long. Where does it end?

    18. Can i ask why you want the gate open for 5 minutes before the show? and is the gate going to be open for the whole show? If thats the case why not just disconnect it and open the gate by hand that will keep it open until you close it and chain it up. I know you said you want all animated but sometimes its just easier to do yourself. Dont try to reinvent the wheel :) Is there like a remote on the wall kinda like a t stat or alarm thing if it were me i would just pop cover and disconnect a wire and do it manual or try it anyway. Im pretty sure the motor is anywhere between 12 and 24 volts dc and some openers even run on solar power. Correct me if im wrong here but i think they are like suped up door poppers. Give the gate a "pop" and the gate swings open.

    19. Frost, i don't believe that you see how this one is done. The angle doesn't allow for it, even in real life. Only the performer has the right angle, and even then it can't be done as the move is too quick. This was about 2 or 3 years ago and i've gotten incredibly fast with it since then. Ryan, the "melting" is a supurb affect!

      I can hear it. Want me to say what happens? I will give it up and spoil it if ya want me too.

    20. Im not fond of chris either...Ok you wont tell me about the rubber band trick i will tell you one of mine.

      I have been up all night yeah im night owl. Ok see this here beer i will make it dissapear with a beer key in 2 seconds the can will still be here but the liquid will be GONE! :)

      !DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! or anywhere!

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