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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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Everything posted by Cdshakes

  1. so what's the trick to posting a vid to youtube and avoiding getting it yanked by their licensing rights? My old vids got pulled by them-- posting this year's, and would like to tag it appropriately as fair use...etc. Colin
  2. i'm sure this has been discussed before... but here it is again. I have many 100ct sets of lights, and really only need 50 ct strings. Since half the set goes out if i pull a bulb, i'm guessing i can cut this at the 1/2 way point with no problems, correct? Isn't there a 3 wire bulb at the midway point? cut before here or after? and what to do with the bare wire ends (i'm not looking to string another set after it or anything) Colin
  3. i tried uploading my video that i finally got before the lights came down. I only tried the one song (TSO's Christmas Eve Sarajevo). When the download finally finished, they rejected it saying it was copyright infringment. I have 2007 and 2006's display with Wizards in Winter, and they seem to still be there. Any have this happen to them? Anything I can do? Colin
  4. really cool in the one song where you use just the poles as VU meters... Colin
  5. very neat... so were they all the same location? seems like you had many megatrees last year? Colin
  6. well, for the easels, look in the sunday paper.. Michaels arts store normally has 40-50% off coupons for one item... get several of these, and take several trips to the store...that's one way to save.
  7. maybe to get them to not corrode further, should he dry them out in a kiln?
  8. certainly before halloween... i remember getting 36 boxes of 100ct green mini's last year and the cashier asked me if it was for a halloween display, and when i said, no Christmas, i got quite a weird look for buying lights "too early" Colin
  9. that's a good question-- does anyone know what kind of draw these things have? Haven't tried out my kill-a-watt on these things yet. Colin
  10. I'm going to buy a bag of the c9 vampire sockets from actionlighting... i know they have sp1 or sp2, but what gauge wire are these made for? 16 or 18?? Colin
  11. Well, that's the weird thing, a regular c9 bulb works in the socket, but only a few of the strobes worked in that same socket (the first one past the plug). Some worked in other sockets, others not... it was very hit or miss. I'm going to try them all in the sockets from actionlighting. Colin
  12. roman> thanks for the suggestion.. the string of c9's i have don't have tabs to bend in the sockets, but it got me thinking that maybe the strobes c9 base might be a hair smaller or something. I had been just using 1 socket on the string to test with. I tried others and got 6 of the original 7 "bad" ones to work... 1 still won't go. Just as a follow up to, Darryl had already emailed me back to have me send them back to him.. GREAT customer service! Colin
  13. I got 10 strobes from Darryl during the sale-- i tried testing them just tonite and only 3 of the 10 work! I will be making a custom length c9 string eventually, but to test, i just used an existing c9 string--just pulled all the regular bulbs out. The most i tried was 2 strobe lights at a time, didn't just plug all 10 in at once. Has anyone else had trouble with the latest batch of these? Colin
  14. wow... looked at your videos, you have a HUGE setup. You must take great pride in having all those visitors come through. It's great that you mention throughout the display the real reason for Christmas. Colin
  15. I got 10 strobes from www.christmaslightshow.com during Darryl's sale. I want to put these in the center of my mega tree. I was looking at actionlighting's site and they have the vampire plugs there for the c9 sockets. I am probably going to make 1 or 2 strands. Would plug ends from a hardware store be sufficient? They have the zip plug ends with 12 of each in a bag for 8 bux... so i'd spend 16 bux to use 1 or 2 males and 1 or 2 females... So would a lamp cord male/female plug work? Colin
  16. so they're on your lawn, all set for Christmas? a bit early to have such a big thing out? Looks very cool-- does your camera have a manual focus on it? would've helped big time for that vid... i'm all for the idea of spelling things out... that would be cool. Colin
  17. tomato cages couldn't be found around this area (central NJ)... only an Ace hardware store had them, and they wanted 6 bux each! forget that. I started buying the floral easels from Michaels Arts and Crafts... they have 40% and 50% off coupons all the time... need 12 got 6 already. Colin
  18. I just went to the local ACE hardware store to pickup tomato cages (before tomato season is over!). They had heavy-duty ones there.... so i started countin out what i would need. I decided i better first check the price-- 7.99 each! Put them all back and walked out. What do the normal gauge ones cost in general? Colin
  19. I built frames for my windows last year. The year before i taped the lights to the glass on the inside, and it was horrible. It took so much tape to get each light to face the right direction, and for each set of 100 lights, i only used about 75 of them showing, since there is a bunch of space between each bulb. I built wood frames and then figured out how many inches of circumference there was and spaced them out to use all 100 bulbs. I used 2 staples per bulb-- the one around the bulb is somewhat loose, any tighter and it was cracking the fixture. The other staple is tight around the wire to keep the light in place.
  20. well, i'd say the most obvious thing to start with would be expanding to the 2nd floor... got lots of windows that you could outline, plus the roofline (can't see in your picture) could use some icicles to match the lower level. Colin
  21. grounding it wouldn't be a bad idea if you are in an area prone to thunderstorms in nov/dec. As far as protection, consider everything on the tree, and all your LOR/AL units toast... grounded or ungrounded. I've heard of people whose houses got struck directly or even in some cases indirectly. They had old stereos and tv sets that were in the basement unplugged that didn't work anymore due to the high static electricity in the air from lightning. Colin
  22. ScottCT wrote: Scott-- at the price of a street banner, and getting the city to hang it, might as well buy wireless controllers...
  23. Entropy wrote: i think you're missing the point... he doesn't wanna spend the money on wireless controllers. If he were to buy wireless, i think he'd just buy the ones that lightorama sells-- know they'd be 100% compatible. Colin
  24. kristykristmas1 wrote: so you're going to buy all the controllers for the whole street and rent them to the neighbors? how many controllers you planning on linking? Colin
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