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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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    couple inflatables now. hoping next year will be sequenced!
  1. Tim, glad to hear you're just taking a break. Can't wait to see next year's show!
  2. I live within a few miles of member Therberg and look forward to seeing his display every year. Well, this year I drove by with the kids only to find that there was no display. I'm just wondering if anyone has any word about whether he is okay. As far as I can tell he hasn't posted here since the end of last season. Any update would be appreciated.
  3. After customs it still has to be transported to San Antonio. Then it has to be packaged and shipped to us. So we still have a little while before we get it. I'm just hoping that they shipped the right stuff this time.
  4. For anyone that's anal like me (or you find this sort of thing cool) you can see a map of where this shipment is "currently" located. It seems to be a couple days behind but still gives you an idea of where it's at. Just go here and enter CMA CGM DOLPHIN in the upper search field. BTW, as of 9/10 it's a ways off the coast of Mexico. Then it has 2 stops in Panama and finally Houston. It's currently scheduled to get there on the 21st.
  5. Thanks Roger. This thread is what I was looking for. First, I would like to see a drawing or picture of your tester. Second, do you do anything to seal the wires after you pierce them with your probe?
  6. I would love to see an LED troubleshooting thread or article. Here are my thoughts on troubleshooting. Feel free to shoot down any innacuracies or add your tips. First a question, are the sealed LED's from CDI and MITS the "always on" type? If so, then when half the string goes out can't we assume the issue is with the rectifier pack or a broken wire. If they aren't "always on", then using Daniels method (great tip BTW) could we "splice" the jumper wire (resistor also required) just after the first LED in the section and after the last LED to see if the first LED lights. If it doesn't light then do the same thing by connecting the jumper before the first and before the last LED to see if the last one lights. If neither lights then again it must be the rectifier pack or a broken wire since the odds of both burning out are quite slim. If both light then its time to use Daniel's method to narrow it down to the guilty LED.
  7. You'd be surprised how well one of those cheap white plastic table cloths from Party City work for this. I use one as a screen for my kids parties so they can have a big screen to play video games on and I don't have to worry about it getting damaged. From the sounds of how big you want it you would probably have to tape a few of them together. But for about $2 each it might be worth a try. I put a small display up with some tombstones I made from foam board insulation. I spray glow in the dark hair spray on them and light them with a black light. They take on an eerie purple glow. I like your idea to project a show in your picture window. The table cloths would work for that as well.
  8. Good deal for anyone looking for GE Color Effects sets. The 25 LED G35 is $24.97 + Free in Store Pickup at Sears.
  9. If it's 7' tall and roughly a half circle then the length would be 22', if its 8' tall it would be 25' long. They actually look like they're closer to 9' tall which would require 28 feet of pvc.
  10. Paul, I'm curious about shipping costs within the US. How much does a case of the C6 100ct strings weigh?
  11. No, those aren't LED. I think this is what he's looking for.
  12. Judging from the poll on this site that's about the average size. Besides, size doesn't matter it's what you do with it.
  13. Definitely good advice on using guy wires. One thing I haven't heard mention of is what everyone uses to anchor their guy wires to the ground.
  14. Your link to Lindsaylights.com is wrong. Its spelled with an 'a' not an 'e' --> http://www.lindsaylights.com/
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