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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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  1. That definitely makes sense. The exact spacing of pre-built C9 strands takes away from the visual effect I'm looking for. Thanks for the links. Those are exactly what I was looking for. I searched prior to starting this thread, but didn't see those. Thanks again for the insight!
  2. That was my issue. They didn't seem to randomize. Or if they did it wasn't noticeable enough. I want it to look like the cameras going off on kickoff in the super bowl! My spacing was also an issue. I didn read that on the other threads about starting them 1/10 of a second apart. I do have some channels to devote to strobes. How are others placing them on the roof? How are you placing the strobes on the strands? Every socket? Every 2 sockets?
  3. Hi everyone! I need some serious help with strobe lights. I'm still depressed at my failed attempt last season. It was very disappointing to say the least. My issue was how they looked when I fired them off. I ran a string of strobes down my mega-tree pole and these actually looked great. Looking around at other videos on YouTube it looks like strobes are typcially staggered and spaced out somehow. With this in mind, I took a 50 count c9 strand and put an LED strobe every other socket. Giving me 25 per strand. Then on the house I put a horizontal strand towards the top and bottom of the roof. I also put a vertical strand on the left and right sides of the roof. All of the strobes on the house were on 1 channel. Now that I'm thinking about it, this might be my issue. The issue I had was when I fired off the strobes, they essentially blinked in unison for the first 2 seconds, then barely started differentiating themselves. Essentially, it looked like a big rectangle flashing on the roof. It was hideous. Looking around YouTube, I found a high-octane video using Motley Crue's Kickstart My Heart. Search for christmas kickstart my heart. At about the 1:10 mark he fires off strobes and it looks awesome. They are scattered around the roof evenly and all seem to strobe at different times. Does anyone have some advice on what to do? I had 100 last year. I plan on adding a few more, maybe 50. I would like to somehow not have a large blinking rectangle on my roof. How are you spacing them? Should I try to have more channels dedicated to strobes? More strands with less strobes on them? Help!! Thank you, Jeff
  4. I always cut them off, but oddly enough I always leave the clear bag with extra fuses and bulbs on if there is one!
  5. The light linkers manual says the "outdoor range is up to 1000 feet" and "Range will be affected by the walls the signal must pass through". What is everyone's "down-in-the-trenches" experience with these? Do they need a fairly reasonable line of sight? Or a they pretty strong when used within 200 feet or less?
  6. What is the lighted length of the 70 bulb strands on the holiday-light-express website? Also, I don't see any bulb types such as C5, C6, C7, C9, etc. What size are the lights? I didn't see anywhere to specify when ordering when I added them to the shopping cart. Thanks! -Jeff
  7. Thanks for the answers! I had looked up "super strings" last season while I was building my mega-tree. That looks like the way to go right now just starting out. I've also been reading the forums concerning LEDs. They seem like the way to go from a power consumption stand point. What about visibility? My house sits about 175 feet from the street. I've read some people say they're slightly dimmer than regular lights and others say they're brighter, so I'm not sure. I would hate for my display to look dim. Thanks! Jeff
  8. I'll look back in a few years and feel pretty embarrassed I had to ask it, but you have to start somewhere! I've noticed in watching LOR sequences that people will have their entire roof/display go from solid red to solid green to a multi-colored look. To get that effect are you actually putting a solid strand of each color and bundling them together then feeding each respective color into it's own channel in the LOR controller? I just purchased a 16 channel LOR kit and am anxious to dive in. I would like to use my garage as my "canvas" this year and outline it and put horizontal rows that can change from red to green to white. I am trying to figure out if I need to buy solid colored strands or multi-colored strands. Thanks!
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