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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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RGardner

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About RGardner

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  • Location
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Biography
    I'm a facility manager for a south Florida based bank and about to become a father.
  • Interests
    I enjoy building and decorating.
  • Occupation
    Facility Manager
  • About my display
    just static lights and a half dozen sparkleballs on my palm trees
  1. Bowen, I too use Colonade Light Clip Strips (and use C9 light clips) and have them mounted on my fascia boards and painted to match. I do have one question for you. How DID you attach to shingles? I tried several different adhesives on my ridge line and nothing stuck due to the granules on the shingles. I am curious how you installed. Stefan, the light clip strips are a 1/4" diameter so you can use these with standard mini lights light clips for 1/4" wire frames and clip them to the strip. Many vendors also make wire holders for 1/4" wire (see link). You can use either to atach icicle lights (or any mini lights) http://www.liteclipstrip.com/wireclip.html
  2. Thanks, Dave. Wired up 2 cables (4 channels each) last night and ran to new arch. Worked perfectly. New controller next year for this remote area of the yard so only will need to run a single cat 5 and use local power I have installed in the yard. Have a great Christmas. Randy
  3. Thanks, Doug and Dennis. Wired up 2 cables last night and ran to new arch. Worked perfectly. New controller next year for this remote area of the yard so only will need to run a single cat 5. Have a great Christmas. Randy
  4. I am adding a last minute addition to my display and have a quick question. I have a spool of 5 conductor SO rated wire and wanted to make a multi 4 channel extension cord by splicing some cheap 6' extension cord ends at both sides to the 5 wire conductor. Plan on using 4 wires for 4 individual channel hot leads, and the 5th wire for a shared nuetral. My question relates to my LOR controller. Are the outputs from the SSR's only controlling the hot lead for each channel, so that I can share nuetral. Only running one 15 amp circuit to my LOR (so all 16 channels already using same nuetral) but if the LOR's relays are also switching/controlling the nuetral (can't see why it would, but don't want to jeopardize my controller) this obviously won't work. It would be nice to only run 2 wires carrying 4 channels each the 40' I need to send the power (each channel only 100ct LED string) and my 5 conductor wire is 12 guage, so amperage is no problem. Thanks. Wasn't sure to post this on Electrical questions or LOR topic, so sorry if this is in the wrong place.
  5. I am adding a last minute addition to my display and have a quick question. I have a spool of 5 conductor SO rated wire and wanted to make a multi 4 channel extension cord by splicing some cheap 6' extension cord ends at both sides to the 5 wire conductor. Plan on using 4 wires for 4 individual channel hot leads, and the 5th wire for a shared nuetral. My question relates to my LOR controller. Are the outputs from the SSR's only controlling the hot lead for each channel, so that I can share nuetral. Only running one 15 amp circuit to my LOR (so all 16 channels already using same nuetral) but if the LOR's relays are also switching/controlling the nuetral (can't see why it would, but don't want to jeopardize my controller) this obviously won't work. It would be nice to only run 2 wires carrying 4 channels each the 40' I need to send the power (each channel only 100ct LED string) and my 5 conductor wire is 12 guage, so amperage is no problem. Thanks. Wasn't sure to post this on Electrical questions or LOR topic, so sorry if this is in the wrong place.
  6. Like these? http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=362&MainCategory=Christmas%20Lighting&Sub=Installation%20Accessories
  7. Hello everyone out there. I am hoping someone can help me out with this quest. I am looking for a 1/4" wireframe type clip for C9 bulbs. It's not actually for a wireframe, but actually for Colonade's light clip strip. They sell a tab for C9's but only sell bulk 1000 boxes. At 130$ a box, and the fact I only need about 200, these are very pricy. I have found them on another website (the only reseller I've seem to find) in packs of 100, but they only sell to dealers (www.litesource.com). A picture of the clip in question is below. A large church down the street from me puts up a 20" tall wireframe "Jesus is the Reason" that uses all C9's. I've looked at it up close and it uses clips just like the mini's do, but the bulb side is a large flared cup with a cut out for the socet clip. They run parallel to the wire frame. I really like the lite clip strip and am purchasing for hanging minis on the exterior of my house (all brick) and want to use it for the eaves of the house which uses C9's. If anyone know of a C9 clip, please let me know. Thanks. You can get back to ordering like crazy on the LOR Summer sale, now. Randy
  8. WOW! Thanks to everyone for their input. It pretty much confirmed what I was on the fence about. What a great idea, Ernie, about buying a small soldering project kit to try out basic skills. Since I am starting out with probably 2 controllers, the savings aren't enough for me to start off with the soldering. I wouldn't want to get so frustrated my first time out, that I don
  9. I'll jump on the bandwagon and agree, in concept, that you'd get more bang for your buck with the extra 16 channels. I say "in concept" because right now I have 0 channels and am just getting ready to purchase my own LOR controllers. The way I see it, if you're going to have to run power out to the controller anyway, you might as well run a very inexpensive cat5 cable with it, rather than using wireless (unless your lucky enough to already have power in a remote location you can't easily reach with a cat5 cable). That's a newbie's 2 cents.
  10. Hello to all, New to PC and I have to start off by saying what an amazing collective of information and users here. I've been inspired to get into AL for 2010, and based off everything I've read this far, its NEVER to early to start. I'm planning on a modest start of 16 or 32 channels, to get my feet wet. I think I'm pretty committed to starting with a LOR CTB16PC controller. Here's my dilema/question. As far as I can tell the price difference (excluding spring or summer sales) of ordering a complete DIY kit (with heavy heatsinks) and a kit with the card already built, is 25$. Another 45$ and I can get the box complete, ready to go, out of the box. I have never soldered a circuit board before. I am comfortable assembling cordsets, dongles, strain reliefs, etc... with the card complete package. .... so is the building of the card (soldering) easy enough to warrant saving 25$ I know many of you may respond "It depends on what your time is worth" but I have no frame of reference on how easy/difficult or how long it takes to solder one of these cards. 21 pages of instructions (from LOR site) makes it SEEM intimidating. If it takes 3-4 hours and is difficult/frustrating, my time would be more valuable than the 25$ savings. If it is an hour, it may be worth it. So please, chime in and give me your thoughts if you have built these controllers, or have any other input (like the sales can save big on one or the other, etc...) Thanks in advance to all your replies....
  11. PM Sent.... and see attached screenshot so you know I'm not crazy. Stupid maybe, but NOT crazy.
  12. Hi Chris, New PC member. Getting ready to place a pre-order for LED C-9 retrofits, and came accross this thread. Are the pictures still uploaded on PC or do I need to go somewhere else to see them (I see no attachments or links on the original posts from Jan09)? I see attachments, thumbnails on other posts/threads, but not seeing anything on this post (and there was a recent 2010 post commenting on how great the pix are). Thanks
  13. Paul, I know this has been covered SOMEWHERE but I can't seem to find it. On the attached picture from your website, which is the SunWhite and which is the Cool White retrofit dimmable C-9's? Thanks. I'll be calling in to set up an account for a pre-order. Randy
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