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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.

Ricjstn

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About Ricjstn

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  • Birthday 07/27/1941

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    christmas vacation
  • Location
    Jamestown ny
  • Biography
    newbie
  • Interests
    lights
  • Occupation
    retired
  • About my display
    160 channels to be used 2010

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  1. Ricjstn

    Making Snubbers

    I'm making some snubbers with the plugs for my LED lights. I'm a little confused on the resistors to use. What I have are 47K OHM 2% 1W with color bands yellow, violet, orange and red. Are these ok to use or should they be 5% without the red band. The brand is NTE - flameproof resistor. The pictures on the making of them shows a different color band on the red one. Anyone have any info on these? Can they be used?
  2. Not being an electrician, I can't really answer these questions myself, but does double voltage from 180 to 360 affect the controller or is that all controlled in the light string. Also is the current used and saved by these LED's increased to a level that is more than incandescents? They don't really say how much current (watts) they are. The thing that I like about them is the color green is much more brillant than the color green you get in incandescents. So, I'm not really sure I'm saving on electric. Thank you for the info you have given.
  3. Bought some Martha Living 50 LED crystal c3 lights color green at HD. Tried to run a fade up and down on three strings hooked together. They come on with a steady dim, then brighten up for a split second, then a steady dim and then off. I did a real long fade up and down. It did the same thing. I ran a string of Targets Philips red 60 LED mini's along side of them and they faded up and down just fine. I plugged a snubber on the crystal c3's, no improvement. Any idea's how to make them work.
  4. Ricjstn

    Arches

    I also have a very small yard, so I decided to go up on the porch roof with my arches. They are seven channels each. See the picture and link on them.
  5. The tree is made on an IV (intravenous) pole adjusted to 8 ft high. The base is made of 1/2 inch water PVC pipe. Made with several 45 degree PVC elbows and straight pipe to form an eight sided base (octagon). The diameter of the base is 4 ft. It is zipped tied to the metal base of the IV pole. Several coffee cup hooks are in the PVC base to hold the light strings. There are 16 channels of red incandescent 100 count lights, 16 channels of clear incandescent 100 count lights, 8 channels 12 ft rope lights. The incandescents are wrapped from the top down, then back up and over the top prongs of the IV pole and back down, all on the same side, makes one channel. Start with the female plug at the top so the male plug ends up on the bottom. I did 4 strings of lights on each of the four prongs that stick out on the top of the pole. The rope lights start at the top spaced evenly and wrapped around the tree with male plug end down. Two hula hoops are used inside the tree to help keep its shape. Also two small PVC rings at the top. Lots of zip ties to hold it all together. Three LOR controllers are used. I have 8 channels left on one of the controllers. Might use them for a star or something. I inserted two different size hula hoops into the inside of the tree after the lights where put on, but before the rope lights where put on. Open the hula hoop at its junction (usually under the lable on the hoop). Hold it vertically. Put it through the light strings. Wrap it around the pole. Twist it horizontally and reconnect the hoop ends (glue or tape it ). Push it up to the area where it shapes the tree and zip tie it to the light strings. I did the hoops because when the rope lights where added the weight of them collapsed the shape of the tree. This kept the shape of the tree just the way I wanted it. Some electrical 90 degree PVC pipe was used at the top. Four of them put together. They went through the metal rings at the top of the IV pole. They were assembled after puting them through the metal rings. This gave good support to hold the spiral rope lights as they were wrapped around the tree to the base. I had a second ring made out of electrical PVC pipe down from the top and before the hula hoops. They were 45 degree ones that made a bigger circle than the top one. I never made a diagram of this one. Just made the tree as I went along.
  6. I believe this is the drawing for the mini trees. Just add 32 coffee cup hooks to the base instead of 16.
  7. I may have jumped the gun before I received the replies, but I bought Corel Videostudio Pro x3. I haven't installed it yet. Has anyone had experience with this software? I'm trying to get reviews on it. Hope it works if I decide to keep it.
  8. Bought a flip HD 3rd generation 8 GB camera. I took videos the other night of my display. The videos look good playing on their software "flip share". I saved them to my hard drive. Now I want to edit them and put the music to them. Windows movie maker won't import the MP4 format. Have any of you had this problem and what have you done? Thanks in advance.
  9. Jamestown, NY here. My little display. The video is not that good. I"m going to try and get better ones and with better music editing. http://vimeo.com/17611252
  10. That's why I put my arches up on the eaves. Tried to keep them out of the snow on the front lawn. http://vimeo.com/17611252
  11. I have arches up on my eaves. A couple sections went out on the incandescents. I had to get up on the ladder and fix them in the cold weather. I've decided to go with LED's and rebuild the arches. Will the LED's not burn out and if one goes out will the rest stay on? What are the pros and cons in my situation? Check the video out to see the arches. You may ask why I put them on the eaves. It's because I have very little front lawn. http://vimeo.com/17611252
  12. The leaf blower worked great. Thanks for the tip.
  13. Thanks for the tip. I'll try the leaf blower.
  14. How do you keep lights on bushes when it snows 4 to 5 inches every day. I go out and brush the snow off every few hours. In the morning it's even more to clean off. I don't know if I can keep it up. What say you in snow belt areas? Texas here I come. http://vimeo.com/17500156
  15. I've been running since Thanksgiving day. First couple of days lots of people stopped. Last couple of nights only a few. Is it too early? We have had very little snow here. Maybe people aren't in the Christmas mood yet. It doesn't seem that people are riding around to see the lights. Then again not that many other people have their lights out. When you've spent all year building things for the display, your in the mood all year. You know what I mean. Just sounding off. Hope things get better as Christmas gets closer.
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