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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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drkness last won the day on July 14 2016

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Uhhh drawing a blank right now
  • Location
    San Tan Valley AZ
  • Biography
    Oh you know, just letting my Christmas hobby *cough cough, obsession get the best of me.
  • Interests
    Spending time with my 2 little munchkin girls!! besides messing with Christmas stuffs
  • Occupation
    mechanical contractor
  • About my display
    Literally restarting from scratch in virtually every aspect of my display.

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  1. I personally prefer the retrofit just so i can make custom strands and obviously easily replaceable should one burn out. Have well over a thousand of the minleon brand ones.
  2. A jigsaw with a fine tooth blade cuts it really well, just take your time and don’t rush it.
  3. drkness

    C7 Bulb Colors...

    Your going to have to find some vintage bulbs to get this color hue. Today’s bulbs just aren’t manufactured the same way. One of the commercial grade LEDs MAY get you closer to what you are looking for.
  4. Are you referring to the ones from lowes by chance?
  5. drkness

    Some info

    Could someone give me some info on this guy. Thought it was cool so i picked it up.
  6. I would almost find that a little annoying thats so bright. But on the other hand, no need for any security lights. what type of lights are they, lantern style or down light? I’d almost complain/ ask if the could put a deflector on it if that were my house.
  7. They do have3/8 thick Coro and it works great especially for detail pieces. If you do use wood, a great primer is glidden gripper. ( comes in white or can have it tinted dark) Now i personally hate glidden paints but this is probably the best primer ive ever used. Was actually recommend to me by the behr paint rep when i told him what i was wanting it for.
  8. How old are these, or how many seasons of use are on them?
  9. My tree is about 23’ tall and curently has 128 strands of lights, 32 channels, and a 3 channel topper.
  10. You could browse CL or FB and see what you could find. Or even ask to see if anyone has any they might want to part with on those sites, browse garage sales as well!
  11. drkness

    What is this?!

    Oh the time it must have taken to cut all that pvc and make the edges all clean. pretty cool tho! Home made elements are the best
  12. I built mine strictly off just looking at a pic on the computer and then sketching it out on the wood. Drilling all those holes was really annoying. Couple coats of glidden gripper primer and semi gloss black to help last in the az sun. I have two of these, only use 1. It weights about 60lbs. 3 channels of faceted cool white c9 leds
  13. Still here, but i am not a huge fan of the update. It is harder to find content that i would refer back to and what not.
  14. I believe you are referring to a snubber, it’ll create a load needed to dim properly. Its a very expensive hobby, even with making a lot of your own items. Personally id go with the sealed quality lights you get from the vendors on here, less hassle and maintence in the long run. More upfront cost, but I don’t regret it Order at least 2k feet of spt wire for your first year Ask tons of questions and opinions it’ll get your brain really going. I have LOR and love it. even tho im not yet running a show, ive got a small fortune invested with a bunch more to go.
  15. Spt would be way easier and cleaner looking
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