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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.

MichaelC

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About MichaelC

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    Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA
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  1. Did you make this yourself? If so, what material and do you have the plans. That is exactly what I'm looking for.
  2. Going back to the welder first listed. If it is powerful enough for plate steel, and can handle various sizes of rod, can't you throttle it back for smaller stuff? I was under the impression everyone on this board was saying it was not powerful enough for wire frames, but now, if I'm not misreading the last post, it is saying that it may be TOO powerful for hobby use. Please clarify.
  3. Thanks for all the good advice. I'll steer clear of Harbor Freight. Even though I read a couple books on welding, I am still a bit confused with the different types and which type you should use for welding different things. I mainly want to weld wire frames and smaller hobby type projects. Of all the choices, stick feed, wire feed, mig, gas, etc.... what is the best option. Would one of those smaller oxy/acetylene welding packages suffice? Here are some more choices: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100031840&N=10000003+90401+502400&marketID=401&locStoreNum=8125 OR Would one of those smaller oxy/acetylene welding packages suffice? http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100341070&N=10000003+90015+502400&marketID=15&locStoreNum=927 Thanks again for all the help
  4. Misery loves company. Due to weather, I could not do any roof or ladder work. I got about 1/3 of my display up but I'm having a heck of a time with sets going 1/2 dark also. What I'm finding is the mini light sockets are not sealed that well and water is working their way in and shorting out 1/2 sets. Since the wind died down yesterday, I was out there last night putting my mega strings into my high trees. Wind has delayed this action also. My biggest PITA is my darn flood light holders. Water gets in and is trapped in them, it freezez and fries the socket and the bulbs. This is not a good year so far. As it is, I'm basically doing the same show/setup as last year with maybe 1 add'l song.
  5. I am always astounded when people set up their entire roofs. I did a small effect ona roof once and it was a PITA. I can't imagine lining up that many lights, not to mention what it might do to all your shingles. Very nice job.
  6. I am right in one of the flight paths of McGuire/Ft. DixLast approach. Sometimes the planes are so low I swear I can see the pilots. Anyway, last summer I created 2 large animated American flag on the slopes of my screen house roof for the 4th of July. I wantedthe returning troops to see it from above. I'm not sure any did, but from the path of the planes, I would be surprised if they didn't.
  7. Thanks for giving me the heads up. Ihad already had an auto darkening visor, clamps and some of the other accessories on my list. I really just want to weld wire frames together (for now). Is this more along the lines of what you would suggest: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=6271 Also when you said 'easier' I'm assuming you are refering to MIG with gas right?
  8. According to the spec sheet about 1,000' http://www.lightorama.com/Documents/RF-V4.pdf
  9. Thanks for the info. Since no q's are dumb, here goes. Specs for this unit say I can useelectrodes/rods as follows: [align=center] 1/16" to 5/64" (115V)[/align] Given that, and assuming I use 3/16" and 1/4" wire frames, what type/size rods should be used.
  10. So,My wife was asking me for more items on my christmas list and I decided..... well.... I really do want to start making my own wire frames. This led to some research into what is required to weld frames together. I came across the following arc welder and was wondering if this will get the job done. Also what other supplies do I need. I know I need a face shield, locking clamps, gloves, protection...etc, but is there anything else needed? http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=40388 Other questions: 1)what type of electodes should I use on wire frames. 2) Where can I purchase wire frame supplies Thanks
  11. LOR has some wireless units to rebroadcast to multiple sites. You can use them to avoid running cables from house to house. That way, each house contains it's own cabling. BTW, Hi Tim, I haven't been on the boards in several months, but now that I'm up to my ears in lights, I thought I'd check back in.
  12. I'd love to add more outlets, but I've got sprinkler systems in the way. It's extension cords for me.
  13. I agree with you. I run 20 amp GFI circuits (10 last year, 15 this year) )and 12 gague wire to ALL my LOR Boxes. I use 12 gague because my runs are about 100' to my LOR boxes. Holy Cheese Batman! That is 300 AMPS for christmas!!!!!!
  14. As to taping indoor cords, I disagree. You need to be very careful taping them. Tape by no means waterproofs them. Water WILL get in. You need to leave a way for the water to get out. When I lay my cords down, I only tape the upper surfaces and leave the lower ones open for drainage. Same goes for all connections. You need to leave a way out for the water.
  15. Isn't the idea to get the lights at a 'discounted' price? Paying $2 for a box of 100 to be sounds real expensive. I guess if you are stuck and really need them you have to pay the premium, but I bought most of my lights after christmas 2 years ago for $.49/box.
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