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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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    • Birthday 04/29/1958

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Miracle on 34th Street
    • Location
      Pocahontas,IL
    • Biography
      Married, two grown children, one grandson
    • Interests
      gardening, landscaping
    • Occupation
      Senior Staking Engineer
    • About my display
      I presently have @50,000 LED lights. numerous lighted wire figurines, a Ferris Wheel, 3D wire Santa in sleigh with nine reindeer staked in the air that looks like they are comming in to land. Marty fan, Mega tree, spinners, starburst , leaping arches etc.

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    1. In 2011 I purchased 24 strands of sealed purple and pure white LEDS. After two seasons on my Mega Tree, almost every set of purple have 1-4 bulbs burned out with some others twinkling like they are ready to give up as well. the pure white lights are all working fine. Are the purple lights somehow more prone to go bad do the the dimming, fading, ramping effects etc? The most that I have connected together are 6 sets of 70 count per channel so they are not overloaded.The other sealed and non sealed lights connected to other controllers do not seem to be affected, just the purple on the Mega Tree
    2. Sorry, sometimes I type faster than I think! Overages or over amperage.
    3. My guess is that a series of temporary overvoltages such as installing too many together have weakened the fuse's filament. This is why you could still blow the fuse without exceeding it's ampere rating.
    4. I too live in an area where it gets cold in November and prefer to do most of my setup in October so I only have to run extension cords in the cold weather. While not Canada cold, it still can be uncomfortable. I have been swapping out lights and building numerous items with lights from another vendor and with additional lights I had the foresight to order last year from MITS. All I am saying is wouldn't it be better to order from someone who has stock on hand if one absolutely needed lights by a certain date rather then rely on someone who has put together this group buy as a convenience to u
    5. I really don't understand the frustration about some lights. I ordered from MITS because I wanted to save some cash during the presale. Whenever they show up is fine for me. Lights that I absolutely needed to put on display items in advance I ordered from a different vendor who carries them in stock year round. Of course i paid more but I am satisfied with that decision. If it was easy to order directly from China we would all do it ourselves. Thanks from me as well Jacob for all your hard work.
    6. Thanks Jacob, looking forward to receiving this years order. Absolutely zero problems with light quality from last years order
    7. That reminds me of an old joke about moth balls, but I'll leave that alone for now! I had a bag of whole Tabasco and Habanero peppers that I sprinkled around my wireframes years ago that seemed to work. Maybe I'll try that along with the electrified chicken wire that Justin recommended. At least the rabbits would be seasoned.
    8. I'll probably try some combination of chicken wire around the perimeter of the tree along with some Critter Ridder. If that doesn't work do you think a man in a red suit waving a shotgun around would detract from my display?
    9. January-Order $1000.00 of new lights. February- Review C.C. bill and wonder why I ordered $1000.00 of new lights. March- Try to figure out what to do with $1000.00 of new lights. April- Finish figuring out what to do with $1000.00 of new lights. May thru June- Wish I would have bought more lights. July- receive $1000.00 of new lights. August thru September- Wish I would have bought more lights. October- start installing $1000.00 of new lights. November- Finish installing $1000.00 of new lights. December- Thank God I didn't buy additional lights . January- Repeat!
    10. Just took down my mega tree this weekend and found 4 new LED strings chewed through. I was hoping to get more than one year out of them. I use the base with a tree trunk/skirt method. Anyone else have this problem and how did you take care of it? Lazy cats are not earning their keep!
    11. Thanks NH -Dave and Justin for responding. Sorry for the late response but I have extremely busy lately. I am considering something about half the size of your set up Dave, mounted on two steel pipes which would slide into two other steel pipes buried flush into the ground. Also considering locking both together @ 6" below ground with a stainless steel bolt so thieving varmits won't be tempted to unplug and walk off with it. I haven't had any problems yet but why tempt fate, surely they wouldn't dig down 6" to find bolt or would they? Only problem I can see is during the off season keeping th
    12. Since the 2011 show is up and running my thoughts are turning toward 2012. I am going in the poor house with all those extension cords. My house sets back @ 300' from the road with numerous large evergreens that I must illuminate from the house. I am contemplating running 4 dedicated underground lines to a series of "coffin pedestals" below grade enclosures with flush mounted lids. I am planning on one main center pedestal 100A max 240Vand tapping out of it to 4 other pedestals.Out of each of these I would like to make an above ground structure with receptacles to tie into these pedestals an
    13. deanslights

      Timers?

      I bought (3) GE 15A 7-day dual outlet plug in timers for around $20.00 each from Home Depot this year. They have a battery backup that should keep time consistent.They have worked good so far but I don't have a lot of history with them yet.
    14. I doubt that the power co would want to cover the service wires going to the meter for a display as they are already insulated. As stated above there are fiberglass coverups available that most power cos.install on bare primary conductors that are bulky and ugly.These are generally used on a temporary basis to avoid incidental contact.
    15. This is my first year with a mega tree. I have had mine up since 1st week of Oct. with no issues. It has seen gusts of 50+mph and still standing. 4 guy wires secured to 4 screw anchors doing a great job. I didn't concern myself with calculating loading imposed on the guy wires, I just picked up some small diameter guy wire and installed it. I agree with bdedith don't use pvc (unless you are planning a bathroom remodel).
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