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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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  1. I thought I pm you I still have more please pm me for costs. Herb
  2. I still have several demo snow machines for sale. They are 120 Volt 12 cubic inch per minute discharge. Wired and wireless remotes and DMX controlled. I will include 1 gallon of snow fluid with the unit. More fluid available.
  3. They are a new brand that Animated Lighting is carrying. They are 120 volt, wired remote, wireless remote, dmx controlled. they put out 12 cubic inchs per minute. they have a 2 speed blower and put out flakes from 1/4" to 1" size. With no wind it throws out about 20' get some height and a breeze it will carry 100' or more.
  4. I have 8 new snow machines that were used as demo's for a customer. They have a wired remote with volume control, DMX controlled and wireless remote. These are commercial sized units and work great. If interested PM me for details. the cost are $ 200.00 each
  5. All leds are white in appearance,when they do nothave powerapplied. The cost per color is as simple the cost to produce them red being the cheapest to make then blue, green than white being the most expensive as it takes a red, green and blue led to produce a white led all in the same housing. The Big Box stores probably average out the cost to keep it simple. User of over 200,000 leds
  6. You will find that somewhere in the string the cord is pulled out of a socket or plug. That is the only way they will go out.
  7. After having my show up and running for 3 weeks with a few minor correction and looking pretty good. I find out this afternoon my daughter had been contacting a local TV station andthey were going to send their news chopper out to put the display on the evening news. So I rushed home and added a 9th controller that I had programed but never install the last of the lights and fired up the show early to make sure that all was fine. This is were someone needed to hit me in the head with a 2 x 4. I use a contactor to turn on the power for all of the controllers that is wired to the a sub panel. I am watching the show and this is still early so it is a little daylight out and the lights look like they are hanging up a little and not staying with the music. But as it get darker and I here the chopper coming I realize something is wrong. To late to correct as the chopper hovers over the house on a live feed. The extra load I added caused the contractor to chatter a little bit and it must have blocked commands to the controllers. To me it looked like SH-T. But I guess I was lucky they could not receive my FM broadcast and they thought they looked great and gave out my address the traffic increased 10 fold to night. Of course I fixed my stupid mistake and all is fine. KNOW WHEN TO STOP AND LEAVE IT ALONE Thanks Herb PS When I down load it off my disk receiver I will try to post a link.
  8. I agree with the power savings. Last year I was running around 70 amps with about 45k of minis. This year 50k leds all running on 2 15 amp breakers pulling 8 amps each. That hard to beat.
  9. The problem with the 6.99 leds andI bought the west valley home depots out they are not the same quality as the commercial ones.I bought about 1500 - 70 count strings from AL and maybe had a 1 in a 500 DOA but I had 1 in about 25 Doa with home depot brand. If you want to see some in the valley mostly the west side. Litchfield Park, Metro Center area, Goodyear, and Verado Area all 100% led displays from 5,000 to 50K. Everyone loves the colors. Herb
  10. The leds produce the the color in the led if you were to pull of the cap all of the lights look white or clear but the produce the color. That is why the cost varies for the colors ( not the Home Depotones) but the higher quality leds. Red are the cheapest and white the most costly due to it takes a red, blue and green led to produce a white color. The caps are also colored and are used to defuse the light to takes some of the harshness's out of the bulb. There are always trade offs with anything. The leds won't fade like the blue and green mini that in Arizona are only good for 1 year after only being up for 1 month. Leds are like mini's if you stretch them to tight and pull a wire the string goes out. If you have a set of mini's that go bad in 3 years will the store you bought them from replace them for free? If you buy the leds from a Supplier them uses them for the projects they will replace the leds for 5 years no charge. But the best advantage is the energy savings last year with fewer light's (mini's) i was pulling 70 amps. This year I am on 2 - 15 amp breakers pulling 8 amp each leg. Hell my mega tree with 24K of leds is running of a 40 foothome depot green cord. Thats the real advantage.
  11. I am running a 100% leds display using Al controllers and the look great. If you by the good leds the fade and the whites don't look like HID headlights. But the good lights are still pricey. I have about 42k on my display. 30k at a resort display. 32k at a small town display and everyone loves the bright colors. The other advantage is that my display is running off 2 - 15amp breakers and not even close to tripping. We are even dealing with the local power company about a add for them because of the lights.
  12. I built a 33' to the top of the lights 38' to the top of the star. 48 strings with 4 colors ofleds. I have a unique mount I bought a genie man lift at an auction this summer it goes to 22' and theI added a 11' weld square tube extention. nice thing about it if the wind kicks up i can drop it down to about 15' when the winds die down hit the switch and run it back up. I will take a shot and post it.
  13. I don't have them all up yet but the strings that are ready to go total. 13,440 on 30' mega tree 21,560 on fence, catus and eaves 9,600 on 12mini's 2,600 yard animals, stars, ect 12spots 47,200 total 100%LEDSno amp draw yetI will post it went I get it.
  14. I guess I don't know how goodI have it. One of the problems I have is what sunscreen to use.We a forecasted to be in the mid 80* for the next2 weeks and no rain in site till nextyear. We only get 71/2" per yearand we have not had that for 4 years. So I feel bad for the rest of you in the cold country. But I do know what is like I escaped from northeast Ohio about 21 years ago. Good luck
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