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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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      The day I began using Led lights in my display.
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    1. Lightorama Computer controlled. All songs programmed by me. About 15000 LED lights. 16 channels. It is a collage of 8 songs. I have 46 songs done that play for the entire show.
    2. DSE, inside the two pods I got with the tester is what looks like a 330 ohm resistor, the little pod makes a fast simple repair where you are only squeezing the pod together to pierce the wire and keep the water and moisture out, I used my two up already, and got a few 330 resistors from radio shack to fix two more, after soldering the resistor in place of the bulb. I used some heat shrink tube to seal it off from the elements, worked like a charm.
    3. Tks hotrod for the sale, and 100 light strand multi, I just ordered 16 for my 10 foot Christmaslightshow.com mega tree for next year, been using incans since I made it four years ago. I needed 100 light strands to work correctly the way I have it arranged and stretched with my separate 6 channels to it. I have always bought the big box store leds since they came out at Lowes several years ago and were $17.00 a box, but they did last and I still have them, they are sealed like yours are. You cannot hardly find anymore sealed leds at the stores where I have been buying them, Target, Home Depot,
    4. I would think that too, just like the outer coating of resin, if it contained impurities from substandard manufacturing the heat may have effected the resin surrounding the diode in turn damaging the diode. You cannot see it that well in the video or pic, but the white led resin had a yellowish tint to it like heat had discolored it. You being from Florida and me from Southern Louisiana, we both know what heat and humidity will do to things along with heat indexes. My metal sided, non-insulated building gets really hot during those mid afternoons and can only believe that it can't be good for
    5. Agreed Orville on the gap left in the line if they are strung out vs wrapped in a display where it's a little harder to tell. I tried replacing blues and whites in one of the strands to no avail. The new led bulb was much brighter than the older ones in the same strand. I had done some more reading where the actual led itself, not necessarily a christmas string led any led, will degrade in brightness up to 50% in a period of time due to factors such as heat and usage, something about the phosphors around the semi conductor suffering from heat and age. The ambient heat also degrades the resi
    6. Your apology is accepted merrymidget, in your reply to me, "and you expected what?", did seem a bit harsh and sarcastic as though I am ignorant for buying big box store leds, even though you did not intend it to be, hopefully. Believe it or not I make barely $40,000.00 a year after being in law enforcement for 28 years. I would love to purchase commercial strings but sadly with my pay I cannot afford to buy the "good" stuff and care for our family needs. I simply try to bring a little joy to my family during the season whichever way I can and one way is to run my little Mr Christmas box with
    7. I have about 100 led strands in my display along incandescents, I have been using LEDs for about 8 years and have come to notice some strands have become dim over time. All of my LEDs are non- commercial from Lowes, Target, Home Depot etc. My first LEDs were from Lowes, their brand, and they are still just as bright as the day I bought them. I have had some white/blue Target LED icicle for about four years and have noticed they have gotten dimmer. Dim enough that u can look straight into the led, especially the white, and it will not blind you. They are no longer crisp. To make sure I was not
    8. copotay

      Led Keeper?

      tks for the replies, looks like I will need to get one, besides the strings I have problems with like the rusting of the connectors on the lights, I think this would work good becuase I have trash canned a few over the years with only half the string working.
    9. copotay

      Led Keeper?

      Has anyone tried this to fix led strings? http://www.ledkeeper.com/
    10. If you want them to just flash on and off and have your lights already, I use these on some C9s, they work great, this is what they are but I bought a few two years ago for 2 bucks a piece at either ace or true value http://www.amazon.com/Cooper-Wiring-Devices-C471-10/dp/B000H5Y2ES
    11. Tks for the nfo, I was looking for the multi 100 ct.
    12. Hotrod, similar to AGrisWoldXmas question but please refer to my post to see my dilemma: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/43766-Mega-tree-question-about-Home-Depot-LEDs Do ya'll carry any multi color 100 count strands, because I am trying to replace the incandescents on my mega tree but want the length to be able to go from the bottom of the tree to the top and back down with one strand thereby making two strands on the tree with only one of your strands, the 70 ct would be to short, I am sure. I do like the fact that yours are sealed especially here in Louisiana where an
    13. Tks, I know had problems with rust issues on my other leds that are replaceable, had to use die electric grease in the sockets to keep them from rusting. As far as opening a box at the store, its online only. I am pretty sure they are half wave, but dont have a problem since MR C just blinks on and off. I am reading checking on some of the vendors right now to see the prices and strand count. tks again for the reply Ted
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