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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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  1. sorry but I should have stated initially that these are assembled cards from the vendor. I have not tested them or tried to power them on. I bought them assembled and have not done anything further with them. Thanks! The power supply also is from the same vendor and states that it should be sufficient to power all 5 vdrive/flood combos.
  2. Hello. I planned on expanding my display this year with the vflood's but after a lot of looking, staring, emailing, etc, It's just more than I want to get into. I thought I could jump more into the DIY projects but having to worry about the remote PS, connections, mounting, etc, is just above and beyond for me. SO, here's what I'm selling as a package (I really don't want to piece these out). This is what I have 5 VFlood/V Drive combos 5 core white waterproof pigtails 1 12VDC/120WPS power supply 1 XLS connector new in package from mouser. These are all brand new and never used. yeah, I know...but I wanted to get in on the sale before it ended and didn't have time to see what I was really getting into. I'm interested in selling the whole package for $375 with free shipping. If interested, please PM me.
  3. I sent mine back 3 weeks ago and have not heard a thing. USPS tracking said they were delivered but no word from anyone else.
  4. I have the same question. How easy is it to integrate the SSL programmed sequences into LOR to blend with all the other lights that are programmed?
  5. I made a fairly intensive one minute loop on LOR with fade up from zero to 100, fade down 100 to zero, twinkle, shimmer, and on/off cycles at 100%. I hooked up 2 of the M5's, 2 C6 and the 5 bulb c9 retro stringer I had. Within the first 4 minutes, half of the green c6 string got that near failure twinkle to it and half the red c6 went out. I hit them with the tester again and they made it another hour without anything happening (I only had it on for about an hour). The M5 strings were great until about 45 minutes in. At that point, 1/2 of one of the strings went out. another blast with the tester and it was fine. The other M5 and all the C9's made it for an hour with this one minute loop with no problems. After the initial problem with the c6, they made it the rest of the time with no issue. SO, it's half and half with the results. I'm going to do more testing over longer times to see if they can take it long term. right now the most promising are the c9's and the one string of m5....
  6. here's a link to the video clip. The third string is the one that I just couldn't get to work again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu1EJcYHGRY
  7. I have tested more and it fixed those too, except that one string that had a full string failure. I cannot get it to work at all. I was wrong on the model number of my tester. I took the number off CDB's current website, but the one I have is SF-102. It looks identical to the current one they are selling though. I made a small video and uploading it to youtube now if you want to see it. Once it's up I'll post a link so you can see what it did. My next step it to create a looping track in LOR and run these with a fade/twinkle/shimmer/step sequence for several hours to see if this is just a 10 minute fix or if it could possibly last somewhat long term. Still absolutely no idea what it did to them, but not complaining if they will work again long term
  8. Hi All. I have to post this to get some thoughts from the people who actually know whats going on. Tonight I made an interesting "discovery" that my or may not have been posted before. I was putting away my lights for the season and replacing bad bulbs on the old mini light strands. I was using the light tester I bought from Christmas Done Bright (LT990), which is "NOT" for LED's to find the bad mini bulbs in the strands. This year I began a large switch to LED's and also added an LED megatree and leaping arches. With this, I had quite a few M5, C6 and retro C9 bulbs/stringers fail. I had over 30 retro bulbs fail, 3 strings of M5 and about 8 strings of C6 "strawberry" fail. After fixing all the traditional "mini lights" the thought hit me......what do I have to lose by blasting these "broke" strings with this tester. Some of the strings were "half-string dead" and others were full on dead. As far as I read so far, they are junk, but I was going to save them for future hope anyhow. WELL.........I hooked up the first string of half dead C6, pushed the big red button, and boom......fixed. second string....fixed.....third....yep. Then I tried the M5 full failure string.....fixed. Then I hooked up 5 of the bad C9 retros and blasted....4 came on. Hit it again and the fifth lit. So far I have 5 retro c9's out of 5 tested working again, the one string of m5 I tested is back up and 5 of 6 C6 stringers work. The only one I could not bring back was a full dead string of c6. when I blast it, it will light up but won't stay lit after the fact. SO, this is just a beginning test and like I said may have been done before. Also, I have no idea what it did to the stringers/bulbs to make them work again nor do I know how long they will last for. What I do know so far is that they did not all light up before and now they do. Just something for thought and comments. I'd love to hear what you guys think about this "fix".
  9. I posted this in another thread but my problem (so far) is not with the stringers, it's with the c9 LED retros! 245 bulbs, 10 DOA and now a total of 17 more failed within the first week. hope, hope, hope these replacements show up quick!
  10. I really had bad luck with these. This was my first year replacing my icicle lights with the C9 retro led's which were all white. out of 245 bulbs, I had 10 DOA and another 11 fail the first night. I went out tonight and discovered that I have 6 more failures!! It's a bit of a pain to have to climb up and keep replacing these things. so 245 bulbs, 27 failures. and it's not even through the first week yet! anyone else have these problems???
  11. I use the tester sold by christmas done bright. I know you can find it other places too. BUT, this doesn't work for LED's. For regular minis, it works GREAT. I really like it. Push the button and the bad bulb makes a buzzing sound so you don't have to hunt all over for the broken one. I use the light keeper also but mostly just when one goes out on the display and I don't want to haul the box outside. here's a link. http://www.christmasdonebright.com/lighted-displays/lights-accessories/light-tester
  12. I must admit that although I am one of the lucky ones who got all of their order after several emails, I realized I needed more lights for my mega tree. After what it took to get my stuff so far, I just couldn't dare deal with it again and I went with a "Creative" solution this time. I have to tell you that it was SOOO nice to be able to email a vendor and get an answer within HOURS, not days or weeks. Then, I almost fell on the floor when I called the 800 number to place the order and check status of stock and someone at 9am actually answered the phone, took my order, and had a tracking number in my email within hours again. Of course, as soon as I hung up I realized I forgot to ask about a coupon code I had. I called back again, got another answer, and they actually applied the coupon for me even though I was too dumb to remember to ask about it the first time Then, on top of it, the package arrives in TWO DAYS! ahhhhhh....serenity now...LOL. Maybe costs a bit more, but after the stress of dealing with "is it coming....will it be all there.....will it be correct..." this is well worth it. Just my two cents. I feel really bad for everyone who didn't end up getting what they planned. I just don't get it. How can you not have product that people pre-order?? It's not like it's a surprise that they need it. However, I will be sure to not miss the deadline for a certain pre-sale this time around!
  13. thanks for all the replies. I actually have one of those kill-a-watt devices and it is priceless!! My longest length will only be about 50' so based on all your info, it seems I should be fine. Thanks again for your help!
  14. Hi all. I'm replacing my icicle lights this year with retro C9 led's. I know LED's can have very long runs, but is there a length that the C9 style led's should be under? I'm using the pre-made c9 spt spool string with 6" spacing. I just don't want to make a run longer than should be safely done. Thanks for any help.
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