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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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Apache Lights

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  1. I know it's not the answer you're looking for but, How? I can't take your post seriously until I know how you misplace all that. I "misplace" stands all over but controllers and pallets, I can't accept that.
  2. I'm trying to make a simple fm transmitter out of junk around my house. I have a car fm transmitter and a set of rabbit ears that I've turned into a dipole antenna. The good news is it kinda works, the bad news is it uses a AAA battery that will be extremely difficult to get to when the whole thing comes together. Because it was intended to be used in a car I have a 12V cord for it and found a 12V power adapter to power the cord. When I tested it there is a strange humming and I'm getting nearly 3V out of the cord, I would have thought it should be 1.5V or close. The adapter is a DC 12V 200mA. Any help would be greatly appreciated. P.S. If I spend another dollar on my display this year I won't have time to put up lights. I'll be too busy sighning divorce papers. Thanks again.
  3. Don't feel bad I read the back of one of my boxes; it was not worded very well.
  4. Forty three is the number of strands you can connect in a row. Not the number of strands per outlet.
  5. I decorated my brothers’ house when he made the mistake of going out of town, and I've handed out dozens of extra strands to neighbors but mostly I just do repairs on their houses. I would have to admit given the option I would likely start to decorate my neighbors houses as well.
  6. It may be costly but some quick switching to LED's can make more difference than you may think.
  7. My first test on my controllers I couldn't stop smiling for hours (my wife said it was creepy). I'm curious to see what I look like when I finally get it up in the yard. I've been a steady mix of excitement and terror for weeks now, and it's getting worse every day. I haven't been this nervous since grade school.
  8. If it blew in the rain, then the problem is the rain. You got water in a cord between your GFCI and your controllers. These connections always have power even if your display is off. If you’re not running your display due to adverse weather you may want to pull the plug. The fact that both a breaker and a GFCI tripped just means they did exactly what they're supposed to.
  9. 1. You cannot string 3 then a cord. Your limiting factor is the first cord. The thin wire used can only handle so much. Plus there are fuses in the first cord to prevent you from going beyond the limitations of the cord. 2. Yes. LED's don't use much power so you can string a lot together. 3. Stringing different types of lights together can be a little tough. Hypothetically it's ok if you don't exceed the limitations but with different lights that can be difficult to figure out. Probably want to stay away from this for now. 4. Anything that keeps cords from shorting isn't a bad idea. 5. You can only have one GFCI on a circuit, and you have one, you’re in good shape.
  10. When I go to the link all I get is a void over the coupon. Is it too late? Is the heat on to us?
  11. It looks like PEX piping supported by 2 *4's. No matter what it is, it would look great in a mega. Good luck.
  12. The Mr. Christmas can handle up to 12 amps before you blow the fuse. How may lights that is depends on the kind and type of lights you use. If you push 12 amps be sure the channels are split as evenly as possible. If it doesn't take the load you can do like I did and add contactors, and relay packs so it will take 60 amps, but friends and family will look at you funny.
  13. I like it. It's a good remix of a classic, but I'd have to agree that something with a bit higher tempo might synchronize better. Unless your looking for a slower song as a contrast. My advice is don’t over think it, if you like it do it. It’s much easier to program a song you like than one your just ok with.
  14. I think the problem is defining "too far". Nobody's actually written that any display is too far, just cluttered. I'm sure some of my neighbors think my house is cluttered with lights, but on pc there is a much higher threshold of too far. I don't think light count or display elements should be defined by acreage of your house, that being said you have to realize people will judge your display from their perspective not from yours.
  15. Do you have an fm transmitter? You'd just need a microphone, and some fm radios.
  16. I can't speak for every neighborhood but decorated houses in the area around my house have tripled in the years since I began to go all out on my display. Nobody wants to be the grinch house not doing anything. On a personal note, a trophy or plank would have motivated me more than a prize, or my name in the paper. (You’d be surprised how cheap than they are)
  17. Your in the right place there are a lot of "that guy" around here.
  18. I hope your ok, sorry about the display, but I'll look forward to the vengeance in 2011. Recover quickly.
  19. Very imaginative, I never would have come up with a live band idea. I'll be looking forward to seeing more.
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