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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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  • 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.

Jeremy Lawton

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    I have a box or so of misc. incad lights that I wanted to see if anyone is interested in, if you are please send me a pm, I have mostly 100 ct strands and a few icicle light strands just trying to rehome them before I recycle them since they are new.


  2. Although I dont use c9's I use C7's but they are in multi, true multi , Red,Green,Blue, orange, purple and cool white. I was skeptical at year 1 but after almost 10 years like this I have really grown to like them. when it comes to buying, if you want quality order from Brian at holiday light express. Sent from my SM-G930P using Tapatalk
  3. Thanks Mystic, although I was trying to prevent spending $1000/panel, dont have that kind of $ just laying around unfortunately
  4. I found a set of white wire clear icicles I had but not LED sorry.
  5. What type of icicles? Color and wire color?
  6. I have bulbs I just removed. might have more too but i also have strings i can add them back in to.
  7. http://www.ebay.com/itm/251328330207?var=&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649#ht_45wt_1249 Have these listed here if you see some you want send me a pm on here and I can pull them off ebay and work out a better deal. Thanks.
  8. not sure where to post this just curious if anyone recalls or knows this.. I believe there used to be someone here by the user name of bphantom can't seem to find him on the forums not sure of his full name, if anyone recalls or knows who this was or is can you help me. I need his help with a server he had helped me with, can't seem to get a contact for him. thanks.
  9. 2 years ago when I actually had a mega tree I believe I did 45 strands total 15 red, 15 white and 15 blue, 15 channels total, each color have 5 channels a piece with 3 strands per channel, seemed to be ok for me, tree was about 15 feet tall, will be finally trying to repeat it again this year if time allows.
  10. Going to bring this topic back to life a bit, where did you get those enclosures at Lee? Trying to find them? They look just like an LOR enclosure just with smaller holes.
  11. Sorry. This is the one I watched http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWnS-SwFwrw . After further reading elsewhere the only thing I could find that the "block" is, is like a 10 watt 10 ohm resistor to provide a load on the power supply so it doesn't die? Just needing to know if others did this or not. thanks!
  12. ok haven't had time to look yet but I will!
  13. Ive gotten to the point of getting the power supply out of its case and disassembled ready to wire. My only thing is I watched the video you posted robert and dont understand the 5 volt to ground resistor or something he put in there, did you do that? as stuff I read didn't say anything about that, any idea what the purpose of that is?
  14. I had seen where you posted that before roger and did do the google search I believe I found my answers, Ill try to post back here when I know for sure. Have to get my pixels on order first.. have the controller on its way just no pixels yet.
  15. I'm looking to start first weekend in September as ive got 80k lights and 16 controllers. Will be configuring the controller assignments and making sure all 16 work before they are all scattered across the property am also looking at adding atleast 200+ pixels to the display this year.
  16. 100 counts right? Green Wire? Ill begin looking to see what ive got in those colors I know I packed away some unused blue sets from like 2009. dont know about green and im sure I have clear too.
  17. So ive found some more answers after a google search so far it appears you have to ground pin 14 on the 24 pin connector in order for the power to stay on constantly, it appears though that the 5 volts output has the ability to be able to do about 6 outputs if needed, open to thoughts on this
  18. Hello All, Just looking for some insight here. I have a pc power supply that is rated at 350 watts. Thinking I can just pull my 5 volts out of the 5 volt section of the board and then have the ground wires attached to ground. Looking about possibly having 200-300 Pixels together like so.. http://www.aliexpress.com/item/50pcs-DC5V-12mm-WS2811-led-pixel-node-with-all-WHITE-wire-IP68-rated/1032292289.html With one of the san device controllers. Is this all that the power will take? I am understanding that I have to add a new power line about every 50 pixels or so. It was suggested to me to just buy a power supply but I have this one sitting around so I figured I could put it to good use, any suggestions appreciated.
  19. What Colors do you want/need? I know I still have sets Id love to get rid of.
  20. I knew there was somewhere that had 3 years, It must be you. Thanks for replying!
  21. Anyone know of a good vendor that sells sealed LED's with a warranty that is longer than a year? I'm sick of buying lights with just a 1 year warranty and the next year I can't use them, Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking for Purple and Warm White M5 70 count Green wire if it helps any.
  22. Thanks Lee, that video has exactly what I'd like to do, he is a member of the forums correct?
  23. I believe the answer to this is yes but just wanted to confirm im thinking correctly. If I want a higher resolution for this project would I just have to get strips that have a higher number of pixels per meter? For example I saw some that have 64 per meter just wasnt sure if they will do what I want anyone have video of strips in action or anyhing that your putting words or shapes through? Would be curious to see them!
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