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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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About lomax

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  • Birthday 06/25/1977

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    California
  • Biography
    Love to hang lights and see kids smile
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    golf
  • Occupation
    Construction
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    Always growing...
  1. Thanks Craig. That makes sense. I was surprised that that there did not appear to be a preset way to pull this off. If I am given anymore ideas I will pass them your way as well.
  2. Question: I have all my musical sequences ready to go for this years Christmas Show and I have loaded them in the order I want them to play in the show editor. Here is my question. I have 6 songs in my show and I want the show to play every 30 minutes. When the show is not playing i have an animation sequence I want to play, but I do not want the animation sequence to run in the background during the show. How do I schedule the show to play ever 30 minutes, and when the show is not playing have my animation sequence run? Thank you in advance.
  3. Can you use SPT2 or SPT2 C9 connectors on the SPT3 wire? I have never seen SPT3 C9 connectors.
  4. Anyone know the best deals on SPT-2 wire? I checked all the usuals. Although creative displays has a coupon it is SPT-3 wire??? Is this a problem and will it be hard to work with since everything is SPT1 and 2? Besides them, I do not see any other coupons floating around anywhere. Shipping on this much wire to California is a killer as well.
  5. Does anyone know if there is a coupon for www.christmaslightshow.com? I need over 2000' of SPT2 wire and a ton of connectors and so on and am looking for any deal i can get on shipping and so on. Thanks!!
  6. Does anyone know if they sell SPT-1 male plugs with the female plug on its back to plug another male plug into it? I hope I am explaining it ok.
  7. [ATTACH=CONFIG]38141[/ATTACH]Here is what I did this year. I have a clay tile roof and did not want to drill any holes. I loaded a few lights in so you can see how it looks. Every light will sit perfect and lined up. I tested this system on Saturday. I am going to paint these when I am done so they are weather resistant. But to keep them on the roof, I bought small bungee cords and I hook one end on one side of the ridge tile, go over the wood assembly, and hook on the other side of the same ridge tile. It is really windy where I live and it does not look like these are going anywhere.
  8. Thank you everyone. From my research it appears that relays/contactors open up a world of options. Does anyone know of a good site that I can read up and educate myself on the topic so I can learn how to size everything and what is out there as options?
  9. ___________________________________ You are dead on. That is exactly what I want to do and what he told me to do. I just cant figure out what to buy?
  10. I am installing 2 each 20 amp breakers inside an exsisting panel. From there I want to go into a time switch and then from the time switch into 2 new recetacles. I spoke to an electrician today and he sent me the following diagram. I searched for relays and was overwelmed. Help. Why do I need a relay and what does it do?
  11. _______________________________ Hi Gary - I have spent a lot of time on your site for ideas... Thanks for your input. I agree with you, however, there are no visible pull boxes. My bet is the contractor laid the conduit, pulled the wire in somehow and then placed concrete and landscaped. It appears I am stuck with the 8 AWG that they have in as there are easily 7 bends and no pull boxes...I do like the idea of putting a 40 amp breaker in the main box to be safe. Any thoughts on my wire arrangement from the pool panel to the new receptacles?
  12. _______________________________________ I did the same research once I saw they pulled No. 8. Based on my research 50 amps should have been a No. 6 wire. Based on the fact that they pulled No. 8 wire I decided to pull no more then 40 amps off of the panel.
  13. I just moved into a new house and am going to need some more power for this years display. After doing some research yesterday I found that the previous owners installed a 50 amp breaker in the main panel and ran 8 gauge wire from the 50 amp breaker to the other side of the yard where they installed a sub panel for the pool. My thought is since the pool is not on at night I can rip some power off of that. Attached is the pocture of the pool panel. Yesterday I installed conduit from the pool panel into a time switch and from the time switch I ran conduit into 2ea 20 amp receptacles. Now my question. What do I need to run for wire and how do I wire the time switch (diagram of switch attached)? As you can see I have room in the pool panel for more breakers. My goal is to get 40 amps out of the pool panel to the receptacles (20 amps to each) all wired through the time switch. What do I do to the pool panel? What do I run from pool panel to time switch? How do I terminate wires in the time switch, and what wires do I run from time switch to receptacles? So many questions as I do not want to damage the pool panel. It looks $$$. Thank you in advance.
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    ____________________________ Sounds good. Thanks again
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