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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.

Apache Lights

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  1. You should try getting across two legs of 460V, or a crazy leg of 277V. You'll either never be afraid of electricty, or too scared to come near it again.
  2. I thought about that too. Probably have to use something better than masking tape, but it would still have to come back off... hmm... Oh well, back to the drawing board.
  3. Ok, I just had an idea. Maybe you could take clear pvc; wrap tape around it in a spiral and use red dye to make your own candy canes. I imagine it would work better than paint.
  4. I'm not sure about this plan. The best case scenario is that I'm Marty McFly, but I never learned to play the guitar or skateboard. I'll be erased... Out of existence...
  5. It's a great idea. I wish I had seen it before painting my pvc window frames.
  6. How ironic, the zombie apocalypse is the only disaster I'm afraid of.
  7. I once told somebody that I had 8 trained monkeys each operating 4 switches each, you know because they can use their feet as hands. He gave me a smirk and I started telling him the truth, but he lost interest almost immediately, and left soon after. It didn't seem to be nearly as funny as I thought it was.
  8. Putting in breakers is really easy. Most are made so that it's difficult to do wrong. Keep you hands out of anything shinny and you'll be ok. Once you’re done you'll think, "Is that it? I was going to pay $80 for that." Remember everything you've ever done you had to do the first time once.
  9. Ohh yea. Sometime I forget that April doesn't mean 90 to 100 degrees everywhere. Well... keep an eye out for that thaw and be ready to move. Snow or not you can't fight finders/ keepers, it's the law. You have to know the law, and I believe that's half the battle.
  10. I don't want to get off topic but, you don't happen to have an address for the LEDs in the bush? I think in April they became community property, standard (finders/ keepers) rules apply.
  11. I only see 6 items on the page. Is the cheaper stuff gone already?
  12. I had to redesign my display because of cool white. I used three channels of it as a fence strung between candy canes. The effect was so bright you couldn't stop looking at it. This meant nobody saw all the real work I put into the rest of my display. I still like the cool white but I would suggest using it carefully, it can be overpowering. I will admit placing it 5 to 15ft from the viewer was a poor choice on my part.
  13. Ok... As long as it's been brought up. Creative ideas for something to do with all those extra little fuses. I assume like me everyone keeps looking at them, picking them up and letting them flow through their fingers like grains of sand. Remember there are no bad ideas; the fuses are just piling up.
  14. Well that should just about clear it up for you. Would you like any more "help"?
  15. I have nothing bad to say about monoprice.com. Good products, good prices, good color and size options, and delivered very timely. I've bought all my cords there and would suggest them to anybody.
  16. Don't worry about them you just come right in, sit down and catch your breath. Everything's going to be ok your home now.
  17. Ahhhh!!! I can't find SPT-1 or SPT-2 on their site. I'm assuming they must be sold out. Well, I suppose this is what I get.
  18. I'd love to jump on the CDI presale, but the honest truth is I don't have $1000 for the minimum order buy-in. A couple hundred for plugs and wire is about all I can do right now. Thanks for the suggestion.
  19. I can remember hearing several times that SPT wire and vampire plugs go on sale in February, but I haven't heard a word about it. I'm trying to patient but it's not really my best virtue, does anyone have any information on when we could expect a sale?
  20. Those are all really great, and I'd love to do something like that. But... I'm trying to imagine my neighbors' responses to computerized fire balls. I can't imagine it would end well.
  21. Thanks. I checked their brochure and couldn't find anything, but I've got an E-mail into them. (fingers crossed) If anybody has any other suggestions, I'm still looking.
  22. I'm going to rebuild some 2D wire frames (snowflakes, stars, ext) and I need new clips. Here's the problem, I'm redoing them in LEDs and given the linear nature of LEDs it seems to me it would be best if I could attach them perpendicularly rather than parallel to the wire frames. I've searched through threads and found a lot of clips but none that meet this criteria. Anybody know of such a product or vendor?
  23. Personally I start with timings. It gives me the opportunity to become very familiar with the song. By the time I'm done with the timings I've got a good idea of what I want the lights to to doing. Then it's more like filling in the blanks.
  24. It's being sold at Toys R Us, I was supprized to see it, especially at Toys R Us. I admit I had to bring my wife over to see it too.
  25. Sorry about the bad luck, I guess even the best plans fail sometimes. But the real question is; if a mega-tree falls in your front yard does it make a sound?
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