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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.

Justin Smith

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  1. I keep my connections up on bricks and haven't had 1 GFCI issue all year.
  2. It's much better to open up the plugs and solder right to the contacts in there. I should really make a video on how to do that...
  3. Run 2 3/4'' conduits to every point in your yard you can think of. Have half of them all come back to a big empty steel cabinet for your controllers. The other half gets a bushing so you can pull cat 5 for the future. Under the eaves, have receptacles run back to your cabinet, and cat 6 jacks.
  4. Sorry for not giving enough details. They are 25' strings of incandescent C9's. I am aware of the power consumption, and have planned accordingly. There is a 60A panel right behind these bushes with plenty of open circuits. If I have extra money, I'll buy the retrofit bulbs, I want red, white, and green. I want to make an 8' by 25' net of lights, with the bulbs spaced evenly.
  5. I got 8 strings of C9's I cam going to use. Any suggestions how to build the net?
  6. Has anyone ever constructed C9 net lights? I think they would look great and definitely be easier to troubleshoot. Thinking of using #12 THWN and pin sockets.
  7. I have C9's on the tree in my house. As long as you use the newer ones you won't have a problem.
  8. I use 3 foot ty-raps and ty-rap them to whatever I can.
  9. I use a 60A contactor to control my whole subpanel. Controlled by a Utilitech in-wall timer.
  10. The weird outlet is a NEMA 6-20. 20Amps 208-240Volts. The breaker feeding that outlet should be a 20A.
  11. For Halloween I just put my PA speakers wrapped in plastic on the roof. The wires just get run along the downspout then under the front door to the sound rack.
  12. Plug a nightlight in somewhere in the circuit.
  13. Two dogs that bark if the wind blows in the wrong direction.
  14. The only difference with the grounded and non-grounded is the ground prong, which carries no current unless a fault happens. No matter the thickness of insulation, here's the maximum ratings: (SPT-1, SPT-2, SJ, SO, etc.) 5 Amps - 20AWG 10 Amps - 18AWG 13 Amps - 16AWG 15 Amps - 14AWG 15 Amps - 12AWG with 5-15 connectors 15 Amps - 10AWG with 5-15 connectors 20 Amps - 12AWG with 5-20 connectors 20 Amps - 10AWG with 5-20 connectors 30 Amps - 10AWG with 5-30 or TT-30 connectors
  15. No! 13 amp rated cords are all 16AWG. The difference is the jacket and the connections. Your typical green cords have better connections than the brown cords. If you ask me, both of them are junk.
  16. I don't use solid state animation, but I've had good luck with the CREE led's at the Home Depot on dimmers.
  17. Check with some local electricians, too.
  18. The monoprice cords come with female ends on them. Clyde's method would use your typical black and white cord ends at your local supply house.
  19. Buy a premade battery pack purchased at your electronics store. I recommend D batteries. Hot glue it to a belt.
  20. There is no difference in ampacity between SPT-1 and SPT-2. My supply house carries sunlight resistant and water resistant SPT cable, although I don't know too much on it. Been using it on light strings for a few years now with no problems.
  21. Pour the vegetable oil into a diesel generator.
  22. Hot glue the battery packs from your battery powered LED lights to a belt.
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