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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 Trazer

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  • Birthday 06/26/1963

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  • Location
    Houston TX
  • Biography
    just another light creep
  • Interests
    lights sound and action!
  • Occupation
    electrical engineer
  • About my display
    looking for a reason to get big display yet!
  1. I found this and I really like it too! Thanks for sharing!
  2. I'm going to say it was a very well enjoyed video here! I know she really likes this!
  3. Another day in the woods or walk in the park? be honest, your a natural!
  4. I can only imagine and I don't fully understand! Maybe someday I will catch it all when I get into this. But until then, I love your work! Have a nice day! Tom
  5. what is a recepticle? is that a new device? LOL! Are you sure you didnt make this stuff up!? LOL! The correct spelling is RECEPTACLE! now how can I believe that you didint make th erest of the stuff up! LOL! Just kidding, I know what the code says. And I only can put my 1 cent worth into it! Have a goody one or 2
  6. It's Richard Holdman! Who doesn't like his stuff? Did you see the 1812 Overture on the other page Chuck? It's not Holdman, but a great video and well though out display! I'm not trying to be a jerk but I think it deserves a look! Thanks Chuck! The site looks great! You did a wonderful job!
  7. not too bad for the first year! I was very entertained! go get em!
  8. Don and Tammy, This is the most awesome video yet! I almost breezed by this and decided I owed it to you to watch it anyway. MAN! The only thing your lacking is fire and/or some type of explosion! The stars are awesome and the way things turn all white and explode..... BRAVO! TAKE A BOW! THIS IS POETRY IN MOTION! And I LIKE the patriotic theme! I'm glad I stopped by today! NO MEMBERS should miss this video! One day I plan on doing something like this but I have to get out of this town I'm in right now. Thanks! I'll be watching this again for sure! Do you have any other videos to watch? Tom
  9. WOW! This is my wife's favorite song! We will be watching this again! They are falling stars, right? Man, you did a great job!
  10. This is a great song and well sequenced! I trust you did the sequencing too?
  11. WOW! Traces is a great song man! This is Spectacular! I love your layout, it's so original! I havent seen anyone do anything like this!
  12. The key word is "TRAINING"! You can go to Lowes and buy a few tools, but your not really an electrician! A trained monkey can replace a ballast! A trained monkey could do your taxes for you too! I can change my oil in my car, but if I need an engine changed...... I had a friend who thought he could do electrical work. He ran the wires, and opened up the panel. Inside the previous monkey ran a ground where it should never have been. He thought if he was holding the side of the box he would be ok! He told his buddy who witnessed the act that! His buddy said he was trying to talk him into calling an electrician. The call that was made was to 911. The vehicle that took him away was a coroner. The wire was across an open area of the panel where the breakers plug in. Since there was no breakers there, wires were running across the empty space to reach the ground/neutral bar. Why someone would run wires there was crazy! The act of holding the box was foolish! People think if they are grounded, they won't get hurt! If you grab the box and ground yourself and you grab the hot wire with the other hand the path flows across your chest! A recipe for death! If you get hit that way and live to tell of it, thank your lucky star! My friend left behind 2 fantastic kids and a wife that is a catch! (sorry honey, your a catch too) But she never understood why he didnt spend the money for a qualified electrician! They both had good jobs and didnt want for anything. When he started the project, he told his wife it was his "hobby"! His "hobby" killed him! His life will be remembered as what not to do. Don't think for a second that your above that! An electrician might be expensive, but thats because they have to have insurance and licencing fees can get costly too! All those tools they bring to the job can cost him thousands of dollars. You pay dearly to see a doctor, you want him to be trained too! Electricians are like doctors too! Don't be cheap! Don't be stupid! This has nothing to do with anyone above! I just thought I would share a true story and hopefully change some peoples thinking here. I know I'm new around here but I'm not new to the electrical industry! I have been in the electrical field in one way or another since High School! And I have seen a lot of stupid things! I'm 46 and I will see a lot more yet! Have a good day all!
  13. Wow! You guys have everything in here! Good job on the power information! But as it was stated above, if you have any doubts, DON'T DO IT! That is how people get killed. Yes, this is serious stuff and by no means a hobby as some say! Just plan on spending some extra money! And always use a licensed electrician! Why? Because in most places you can't renew your license without liability insurance! Well meaning friends know enough to get you in trouble. Sorry, I'm new here and I can not stress this enough! I hope there are others who will agree with me!
  14. Don't get me wrong, but these kind of guys are the worst kind of people out there! There is nothing to changing a few switches and things. But having the knowledge to do it properly and doing it all over the place is another story. That's why it takes a real electrician years to be trained for the trade. But good for him. Have someone with some knowledge come out and do a check with their amp meter. Or find out the wattage of each item. Add all of them together and divide the wattage by the voltage and you will come up with the nominal amperage needed. IE: 1600 watts / 120 volts equals 13.3333 amps. Your total should only be 80% of the circuit rating. So a 20 amp circuit should not exceed 1920 watts, 15 amp should only carry a load of 1440 or less.
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