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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.
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  • 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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    Seaforth, Ontario, Canada
  • Biography
    Licensed electrician (2), graduate in electronics technology. 38 years experience in automation of machinery.
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    Hunting, gardening
  • Occupation
    Senior project engineer, automation specialist
  • About my display
    2010 will be my 1st year.
    32 channels.
    7000 lights.
  1. Want to build a Candy Cane Arch. Got 800 white lights, some candy cane rope light, and 8 sets of lighted candy canes. Thinking that this will take 16 channels. So, another board will have to be added. Plan is to make not only the lights but the candy canes jump too.
  2. I will run the show till Jan 7/12. However, after that I don't totally shut off. I shut off the radio transmitter and tune up old sequences and work on new sequences. (I can see my mega trees from my office.) Drive bys will see flashing lights. (Mostly on the Mega Trees) No music.
  3. I find this thread interesting. Personally I have counted the lights in a rope light. But out of curiosity. If you count a single point of light as one. RBB lights would then count as 3. And how do I count my scrolling LED sign. (which I don't)
  4. Went to Wal Mart as well. Got: 4 sets of snowmen markers. 16 sets of clear mini lights. 50 count. 6 sets of candy canes. spare cord and bulb sets for my blowmolds. Spare clear mini lights. and a soft fabic snowman on a sleigh.
  5. Audirick wrote: hey guys where do you guys get the tune to signs or how do ya make them ? wont to do this in the future when i go on fm transmiter... Answer: Shindigz. Reg price $15.00 or $8.00 on sale.
  6. Try Shindigz. Look at their banners. You can get a 54 inch professional banner for $15.00 If you wait for their sales. You can get one for $8.00 There is a thread in one of these forums on this.
  7. No, I do not have a problem with condensation in the bag. The trick is to make sure that the cords come in the bottom (make a drip loop) And the plugs are up. You do not need to seal the bottom of the baggie up tight.
  8. Up here, a local Zeller's (soon to become Target) was selling everything off at 60% off. I was in the store early and had nothing that I would buy.
  9. I assume that this is a wide flat belt thet you are running. In which case. What you are looking at is a device to track the belt. If you are googling around. You may also want to look up crown. That pully will most likely have a crown and not be purfectly flat.
  10. I have been looking here as well. With much the same story. My comment to the better half was. "If you remember last year. Walmart packed everything up and it was gone by the 26th." No sale.
  11. I have a fake tree that I picked up in a garage sale. (free) I thought it would look good lit up as a back ground thing. I threw 2 150 count mini net lights over it and my comment was that was the fastest I ever lit a tree and it does look good.
  12. For what it is worth. At every connection point I installed a wooden stake. (A simple 1/4" wooden dowel hammered into to the ground.) Ty wrapped my connection to the top of the stake. (about 3-5" off the ground) Cover the connection and top of the dowel with a plastic baggie and tie wrap the baggie further down the stake to the stake. Naturally.The open end of the baggie is facing down. This includes all mid points and ends of strings. Flood lights were more difficult. I built boxes for all of them so that the rain does not get on them. Finally, I did make all connections on dry days. Not in the rain. Ran last year ok. So far this year. Knock on wood. Ok.
  13. Why not the obvious. Make a belt tensioner and tighten the belt.
  14. The answer is simple. If you want to run it all. NO. If you want to have only one colour on at a time. Yes.
  15. I would put each channel of the mega tree all on one board. Channels 1-16 used. Estimated total amp draw = 6.67 amps The next part of the estimate relies on the fact that you will only be able to have one colour on at a time. You will not be able to run two, three or four colours at once. Each line represents one channel. # strings light Count Colour Bulb Type Bulb Count Description Total Watts Total Amps 11 100 Red Mini 1100 Red Mini's 550 4.5833 11 100 Green Mini 1100 Green 550 4.5833 11 100 Blue Mini 1100 Blue Mini's 550 4.58.33 11 100 white Mini 1100 White Mini's 550 4.5833 1 100 Red C7 100 Red C7 700 5.8333 1 100 Green C7 100 Greeen C7 700 5.8333 1 100 white C7 100 White C7 700 5.8333 1 100 blue C7 100 Blue C7 700 5.8333 1 100 Channel 1 @ .17 amp 1 100 Channel 2 @ .17 amp 1 100 Channel 1 @ .24 amp 1 100 Channel 2 @ .24 amp 1 100 Channel 1 @ .51 amp 1 100 Channel 2 @ .51 amp 1 10 Mini 10 10ct. Star 5 0.0417 Spare 11.78 amps estimated draw for board. Hope this helps
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