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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.

jayson

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    Huffman, Texas
  • Biography
    I am a father of one that loves Christmas as much as do!
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    Dogs, Trains, Slot Cars
  • Occupation
    Teacher
  • About my display
    Newbie....just starting
  1. Hi Paul ! Are the "Attachon Plugs" the same thing as "vampire plugs"? If so, are they for spt 1 or 2? Thanks........
  2. Same story in the Houston area........WalMart, Lowes and Home Depot have essentially been out for the last two weeks. I have found a little at my local True Value Hardware. Guess I'll be sitting home for the mad rush on the 26th............
  3. Quite a show indeed, both inside and outside of the house! We found laptop parts in three different rooms. We were very fortunate to not have a fire. -jayson
  4. A few more photo's from wifey daughter........Living room floor where the laptop was setting, Laptop charger that exploded, Carnage of the laptop and the parts swept up, M5 LED's wrapped around the treewhere the tops were blown off, Male plug to a string on the trees.
  5. These are the only photo's I have taken so far, but I'll try to get some more tomorrow. The first one is of the side of the house with LED C-9's. You can seen where the entire socket assemblies have been launched and the smoked up eve. The second photo is of some SPT cord that exploded. It blew about 25ft from where it originally resided.
  6. I have been talking with LOR over the last two days describing what had happened and was surprised/relieved to get that information today. I will be shipping the unit back next week. What a great company to work with, I can't say enough to be able to get a little break. -jm
  7. I couldn't find the resistor at Radio Shack, I had to go to the local electronric store to match it up. The best I can remember is that it is a 3k/5% 2watt resistor. Just one other thing you might want to check.......I was playing with some strings of Walmart icicles today and had a string that was "half" out. I checked the LED's on the half that was out with a multimeter and found one bad LED. The string was acting like it had a missing bulb. I replaced the bad bulb and magic, it lighted back up. -jayson
  8. Hi, The "non-bulb" that your holding is actually the case for the resistor. You can remove the resisitor by pushing it up from the bottom with a small screw driver or punch then use a pair of pliers to finish pulling it out. This is actually a bulb socket with a cap on it. Remove the cap and you will see the resistor. I just replaced a resistor last week just like the one you are holding on a 60ct set of walmart brand. It fixed my set in which I was having the exact same problem or it may have been dumb luck but either way........ -jayson
  9. Steve, The CZH seemed to work wonderful when I first received it. I played with it a couple of days with no problems. I put it up for a month a two, when I hooked it back up, the unit was "frozen". I can't change the channel or power. It now has a good bit of static in the transmission. Weird to say the least. Maybe if I put it back in the drawer for another couple of months it will work just fine....LOL. Just another item to put on my wishlist. I appreciate all the great ideas. I am going to look into them.......I was surveying the damage yesterday as I am starting to clean up and take down and found C-6 LEDS that had shot over into the neighbors yard across the street. This was from a larger tree that was wrapped that now has about 20% of the original bulb count. It is just amazing at the destruction! There are strings that just severed, SPT cord that is shredded like paper. It is an amazing site to say the least. I checked my mega tree yesterday and it looks to salvageable. Most of the strings on it are still intact and operable. A small win amonst the carnage.
  10. I checked with homeowners today but the deductable is almost $2500( thanks texas), not really worth the claim when you factor in the higher premiums that will follow. I was fortunate to have everything backed up on another computer and a memory stick which is some solace given everything else. That in itself was almost a tough lesson as I had a computer crash about a week into it.....lesson learned! This has been quite a learning experience to say the least and has become a labor of Love. We have learned so many things over the last couple months: 1. Buy 2x as much SPT as you think you need 2. You can never have enough tie straps 3. Start 2 weeks earlier 4. Buy extra tie straps and SPT cord 5.Spend less time on inventory and more time on layout 6.Have backups for everything 7. Spend the money and buy a good FM transmitter-NOT a CZH from e-bay 8.Buy extra tie straps and SPT Despite all the setbacks and the catastrophe, it has been a joy and a lot of fun. This year may be over for us, but we are coming back next year bigger and stronger. We really appreciate all of your support and experience. -jayson
  11. I really appreciate the words of encouragement, we are a little beat down right now but we are not out. We had already started planning and buying for next year. It's just a tough kick in the pants after so much work. I am an early childhood teacher and there has been nothing better than to hear the kids talk about our lights this year. Even though we have had a setback, the smiles have been worth everything and better than I could have ever imagined.
  12. My daughter and I decided to take the plunge this time last year and have been working hard every since. We started with one LOR controller and 13,500 lights (about 80% LED's). This is our first post as we have been lurking and learning. We have gained so much knowledge from you all and we are very appreciative. This morning at 4am, we had a catastrophic lightening strike that wiped out over 80% of our lights, blew the front off of our LOR controller and exploded the laptop in the living room. Thankfully, no one was hurt and there was no fire. We had impending storms last night and decided not to run the show and left everything unplugged except the laptop. It appears that the lightening ran thru the cat5 cable. Has anyone ever had something like this happen and is there anything I can do in the future to reduce the possibility of it happening again? We are devestated at this point but there is not enough time to do anything but clean up the mess. Thanks for all your help. In Mourning, -jayson
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