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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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About THurrle

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  • Birthday 04/13/1948

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    Idaho/ Western Treasure Valley
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    Semi retired
    Age 61
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    semi retired
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    Right now it is 15,000 lights 20 blow ups and several yard figures. Going to animated lights next year

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  1. I used a lot of zip ties. I either soldered the colors together or if it was a long run I just used that color and connected all the pig tails together at the bottom for that channel. I did use the quick connect terminals too. I did not have any failures on the frames. It does take some time to do it if you use several colors. I also use the 2 connector security alarm wire to do splices. You can get it pretty cheap on ebay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Security-Wire-Burglar-Alarm-22-2-Cable-500FT-Stranded-White-500-Speaker-Cable-/121020494971?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1c2d62347b Terry
  2. I used 3528 strips on wire frames last year and had pretty good results. Here is a video of the Chipmunks. David and the Chipmunks are done in strips. https://vimeo.com/56910401
  3. THurrle

    Web Site

    My web site is now back on line. Watch for new frames to be added in the coming months.
  4. THurrle

    Web Site

    I am currently changing hosting companies and my web site will be down until further notice. I will still be making wireframes and will post when the site is up and runing. If you need information on a frame just send me a PM and I will contact you Thanks Terry
  5. THurrle

    Guy Wire Ends

    Since I have a oxy accet. torch I just melt the ends. Works great.
  6. THurrle

    L.e.d. For Sale

    These are all M5 bulbs
  7. THurrle

    L.e.d. For Sale

    I have the following strings of led for sale. 35 strings of Green 25 Strings of warm white 35 strings of Red These are all 50 count strings on white wire 4 inch spacing, length is 16.5 feet. I am selling these for $7.50 a string plus shipping These are new lights never used. Full wave replacable bulbs. PM if interested. I will update this post as the lights sell
  8. I bought my hook head last year and was very happy with it. Works great. I did had to modify a little this year because of the size nipple I am using on my topper I made. It is easy to reduce or go up in size on the nipple. 3G does a good job. I hae sent several people over to them for toppers.
  9. THurrle

    Last Week

    Christmas in July wire frame sale ends in one week. Last chance to order frames ad a 20% discount. Contact me through my web site or PM here. Thanks Terry
  10. Contact http://www.diyledexpress.com/ They sell enclosures and they will know which one yo would want.
  11. Depending on the frame I have used both 4 inch spacing and 2.5 inch spacing. I also use 3528 led strip on a number of my frames. It is really up to the individual and what they think looks best. When I used the 4 inch spacing I spaced the bulbs evenly all the way around and got pretty good results. either get black out caps as mentioned or you can use black vinyl tape which is less expensive to black them out with. Here is a picture of a frame I made for a person and I had some extra lights I sold him and put them on for him. You will need to get light clips for the frame if you don't have them. You can get them pretty reasonable from www.Christmas-LEDs.com
  12. Sale prices are now posted on web site. Enjoy your shopping.
  13. All items in my store will be on sale at 20% off for the Christmas in July sale. I will change the prices June 30 to reflect the savings. Now is the time to order your frames at a discount price. Thanks for looking Terry
  14. I built this for a friend but it is not on my website. I can make this when requested by pm or email off the web site.
  15. We don't have a great amount of parking on our street in front of my hours and I do spend a lot of time directing traffic during the show time usually on weekends. I have had no complaints from neighbors yet. The police have been buy many times and assured me there is no problems and I wont be shut down. I am shortening the length of my show this year just to keep the traffic moving. People have been patient and waited for a place to park as the traffic moves on. Some just walk up and stand on the side walk and watch. There are speakers out side too for them to hear the music.
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