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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.

bulldogs92

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About bulldogs92

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  • Birthday 11/16/1973

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    Effingham, IL
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    Newbee
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    movies, computers
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    Network Administrator
  • About my display
    Have done static displays in the past. Will be automated in 2010
  1. I used C9's in Red and White and C7's in Blue on my roof line. Controlled each color on seperate channels. I got mine from Menards at the end of the season last year for 50% off so I paid $7.50 / set of 25 LED. I used 10 sets of each color across my roof line for a total of 500 C9 and 250 C7. Looks great and dimmed fine all season without an issue. They will be up there again next year. The only reason I used C7 Blues is cuz they were out of C9s in blue. I also had 24 LED strobes from CDI on the roofline. Plan to add White and Blue icicle lights next year also.
  2. All kits have been sold. Thanks, Kenny
  3. Bill, Nope.. they are still available if you are interested. Kenny
  4. Dave, I got these about a week and a half ago. The resistors are quantity 2 - 100 ohm resistors for red leds and quantity 6 - 56 ohm for all other colors. Thanks, Kenny
  5. Hello all! I have 3 kits for the Mighty Mini flood left over. These are from cece. Each kit contains all the LED's you need to complete one mighty mini, along with the resistors and terminal strips. (This does not include the circuit board from Frank.) I will sell them for what I paid for them. $30.50 for each kit plus $2.50 s/h. I will sell all three for $91.50 plus $7.00 s/h. That would be $98.50 total for 3. Send me a private message if interested. Kenny
  6. Chris, I hear ya. I have yet to receive my 8. I'm hoping I get this sometime this week. Kindof a disappointment every day I go to the mailbox and find nothing but bills. Kenny
  7. bulldogs92

    lighting

    I would be interested in knowing how well these dim. I would also like to see close up pictures of the strings. I know someone tried to post a couple pictures, but didn't seem to work. Thanks.
  8. Here is a link of the power supply I bought on ebay for these: http://cgi.ebay.com/New-24V-DC-14-6A-350W-Regulated-Switching-Power-Supply_W0QQitemZ120538028193QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item1c10a058a1 $34.99 with Free Shipping. I didn't think it was that bad of a deal. Kenny
  9. Chris, That is what I got too (confirmation email) but saying they were out of stock. I went to check my order status the other day and the store was down. I'm just curious how soon I will have the boards I ordered. I ordered 8. Really in no hurry for them. Kenny
  10. What are the recommended resistor values for each color? Seems like ever place I go to has different values. Kenny
  11. Sorry, we got off topic... I guess I was hungry before lunch... thanks for getting up back to the thread topic
  12. I love Giordano's Pizzeria in Chicago!
  13. Carrie, I know the one we had down here in Southern Illinois a little over a year ago could be felt up in the Chicago area also. I know it woke me up and I got out of bed because I knew exactly what it was, even though I had never actually felt an earthquake before. Exciting and scary all at the same time. Kenny
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