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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 christmaswaters.com

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  • Birthday 04/09/1937

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    Port Charlotte, Florida, USA
  • Biography
    Retired EE who founded manufacturing company that designed and built PTO driven air compressors sold mostly to utility companies. Sold company and retired at 55.
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    Christmas decorating, woodworking, boating
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    retired
  • About my display
    Display features water display controlled with 24 channels LOR. The rest of display has mucho lights contolled with too many channels to easily program.

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  2. Had to change name on my video web so new address is Christmaswaters.com
  3. Nothing is impossible but this is a close as you can come. You do realize that icicle lites are wired much different then LED strings. They are wired in series parallel set up. If you have 1 bulb burn out you will see that 1 or 2 strings will go out and they may not be next to each other and may have 8 to 12 bulbs involved. A LED string of 70 bulbs is made up of 2 series strings of 35 bulbs each with rectifier and possible resistor on each series. To make icicle lights work with LED bulbs would take a lot work as you would have work with proper voltage and rectifiers. I don't feel it is worth the effort.
  4. Dave What a great idea. It makes your house look twice as large and will be great when it is lighted. Pls post some pics after you get the lights up. Nice job
  5. I am so impressed with all you have done and I can't believe you did it all since Sept. Eveything is just great and look forward to seeing the video after it is all finished.
  6. I feel I made mistake of using more then 1 year. New 2" suction cups do well for light objects but nothing too heavy. I have stopped using and am now mounting a cross bar with screws and have not had failure with this set up. Yes this leaves a hole in my walls but easy to patch but won't do this unless I sell and don't hope to do this for a while. If hole is to obvious I touch up with a little colored putty and you can't see the hole.
  7. You are a real artist and the details of your painting these cutouts is fantastic. Thanks for sharing as these all are great. Your selections are great as they are different from what we normally see.
  8. Tom Glad to see what you are trying to do. However I must ask if you are aware of Florida Planet Christmas and the map that has been done for its 70+ members. This map was recently updated and should be up to date. Please check out our web site and the map. This map only covers members of Florida Planet Christmas so non members will not have a map listing. However it covers most major displays in Florida. I didn't find your name under members list but maybe I missed it. If you are not a member, we would love to have you join us and we would be happy to workwith you as you could certainly help us on the map.
  9. Had rotator cuff surgery in Apr and found out it tore again. On top of that MRI showed I have cancer in my shoulder. So I am now faced with 15 radiation treatments and 3 months of chemo right after that. Couldn't have happened at worse time as I was just starting my water display set-up. Since I only have use of one arm there is no way I can do what must be done even with help from family and friends. It was a very painful decision to make but feel I have no other choice but to put off decorating for this year. A real bummer and a real downer! First time in 15 yrs I won't be decorating and it is going to be a tough Christmas for me. Hope to be back with a vengeance in 2011 and put out the new things I had for this year. In the meantime I will be enjoying looking at all your displays so hope you all post a lot of videos. A friend on FB made following post. Every old body has a young body inside saying ,"what the h--- happened." This pretty well sums it up for me.
  10. Well Glen it is a good offer but don't want to P.O. Dan. So guess props will stay with me for a while.
  11. Dan I considered your generous offer but it came to me that these are Florida props and they just wouldn't be happy with your NJ weather. But more important I just don't want to share all my build ideas with you as it would lead to brain overload as we both know you would take these ideas and design 10 new props. I am just looking out for your best interests.
  12. I tried to place order and the 319175 code did not work for me also. I am 1st time buyer so that is not the key. With shipping and taxes the total was over $32. Bad deal!!! I'm guessing this coupon has some min price such as $100 on total order. Guess I will buy at local Ace for much less then $32.
  13. I understand your diagram. I see you are adding 4 new breakers in your pool panel. These 4 outputs are fed to another panel which includes 4 pole relay which is turned on off with remote timer. Lets understand the relay. This relay should have 20 amp rating (on each contact) to handle the load. The primary coil to operate this relay could 12, 24, or 120v and this is determined by the voltage your timer will put out. So first you must determine the timer output control voltage. Once this is know you can order the relay with proper voltage for primary coil. If you don't understand this, you should hire an electrician. If it were me I would do this with X10 but if you don't know X10 your way may be easier way to go. Good luck!
  14. I have learned a few interesting things about my display. My water display stays the same but I have added LEDs each year so I have a much brighter display and people do notice the difference because some have seen it for 4 yrs in a row. I also change the background lighting a bit but get few comments on this. 2 yrs ago I set up my wireframes on computer and only turned on certain sections during different songs. Found out people didn't care for this as they didn't get to see all the wireframes that they remembered from the last year. So I have gone back to static on wireframes and people seem to like this better. So I ended up with extra channels-great! Also learned if you eliminate a feature, boy they notice it big time. So my bottom line is I keep same basic display and have only made changes by going LED lighting and the comments have been very favorable on the LED lights as most people enjoy the vibrant colors. I am making some major changes this year by decorating my driveway (parking section only) by moving features from other areas of my display. This makes sense for people standing in line to see water show. This will include my RR pump car and shorter track, toy factory, talking bear and penguine on trailor, and santa in shack who comes out and sings and dances. Hope to set this up with push button for guest to operate. Anxious to see how this works out.
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