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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.
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  • 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.

Jeremy Wiles

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  1. A lot of us use the 6 ft cords instead of buying the female cordsets from lightorama for our controllers... Cheap, local, and have a "triple tap" built in.
  2. Short answer is: both. I have lots of 40-50 foot premade cords and several 100 foot 12G that I use to feed controllers. All of my controller dongles are made with cheap indoor 6 foot extension cords. Then I have lots of SPT2 custom made as well. The custom really comes in handy for those items that don't fit the 40, 50 and 100 foot lengths that a standard cord would. They are great for making "wiring harnesses" as well...
  3. I've checked my Targets and with regards to incandescent lights, they are not stocking colors in Target brand 100ct. They still have the 100ct. Phillips brand high priced mini's. They also have Target brand 50ct mini lights in Red, Green and Blue. But no 100ct. That's 3 years in a row now without the 100ct solid colors. I still am hoping for a late stocking, but it looks doubtful...
  4. New to Planet Christmas, new to LOR. Saw your two dogs, plus we're neigbors(Anaheim), had to write. Hope you get this

  5. Clip them to the "edge" of the roof ridge cap. At night you won't notice that the roof ridge is higher than the c9's... J.
  6. So am I correct in thinking that this wire can hold 3 amps because it has a 3 amp fuse in it? The wire just seems sooo thin....
  7. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I tried the sharpie technique on my minitrees. Perfect situation as I only had approx 10 bulbs per tree that were turning clear. However a couple good rains and they were back to clear. Do you do anything to prep the bulb first?
  8. Just remember that most of the spt1/2 that people buy is 18 gauge. It works great for LOR outputs, but NOT for inputs. Use your heavy duty 14 or 12 gauge cords for that. J.
  9. No, Vampire plugs or taps are called vampire because of the teeth that "bite" into the wire to make the connection. These are done without stripping the wires. You are talking about regular plugs that require stripping and attaching the wires.
  10. I don't push the socket through, only the bulb. I get much better consistency that way.
  11. I'm enjoying it. It gives me a nice break from reading all the "When does [store] put out Christmas lights" and "[store] 2009-2010" conjecture threads... J.
  12. Of course no offense taken here... You're right they are LED's, but they are very, very cool LED's. If we had RGB Incandescents maybe I'd pick those. Someone actually tried to do RGB Incandescents minis using alternate powersource, etc. Never really went anywhere. My preference is more about the replacement of incandescents with LED's. I like the look of my inc., and prefer that over most colored LED's. There are some nice white LED's out there, but then I think it looks weird to mix LED's and inc, so it also comes down to a price issue... Point being, I'm not looking to replace my inc. any time soon. Firefly on the other hand is a whole new animal... It is so different that it is hardly a comparison to LED strings... Final point is I love hearing why others like or dislike the LED's. Maybe my dislike of the colors is because I looked at old strings. Because of this thread I get to see all that information... J. BTW, I'd also consider Galaxia in both monochrome and rgb for my display. Again, totally different animal.
  13. Well, I guess you miss my humor in using the sentence: I POSITIVELY don't like LED's for CHRISTMAS and neither does anyone in my FAMILY!! ...where I include the words from the 3 rules in the statement. I simply didn't and still don't see where we have a problem in this thread... It's not like someone is bashing a company or anything. How exactly is saying I don't like LED's negative? Would it be better if I said "I prefer Incandescents!! Woo hoo!" Either comment would produce a thread like this where people exclaim why they love LEDs, hate incandescents, or vise versa. You may not care what people like or don't like, but I do. I want to know WHY someone prefers this or that. Nobody said "LED lovers are (insert negativity here)" they just stated a preference. The information here such as "Maybe you don't like them because you've only looked at half-wave" etc, is valuable information. I'm not looking for this to disintegrate into a "why doesn't chuck change the rules" thread. I just simply did not understand why this violated any of the 3 rules. I don't think it's negative, I don't think it's non family friendly, and I don't think it's non Christmas centric. Maybe i missed something when skimming through a long thread. I failed to see any portion of this thread where someone took offense to something. Until I showed up I guess. I'm all for the 3 rules. However I don't think they apply here. I'd be surprised if Chuck would ban me for going over to Dasher's Diner and stating... "I hate chocolate ice cream... Why do you guys like it soo much?". In any event, we appear to have differing opinions. I'll leave it at that. J.
  14. What color/type of Garland?? I know Z-Tree's are garland soaks.
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