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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. Walk away. Write to the BBB.
  2. They appear to be standard Halogen floodlights.
  3. That also says #18 spt-1 wire is good for 10A.
  4. I wish there were stores like that around heres.
  5. Wow. Absolutely beautiful. Everything. P.S. Stop saying things didn't turn out good! They're perfet!
  6. You You can use a power supply that puts out 12V DC to run it on 120AC. Just make sure the power supply is large enough.
  7. But the NEC table 400.5B says 18AWG SPT-1 and SPT-2 are both good for 10A maximum.
  8. From a code and safety standpoint, I would not use those boxes (I would use weatherproof "bell boxes as well as ground them), and I would put the controller in a listed enclosure. Edit: Being positive, I like how all of the cables are ty-rapped together for neatness.
  9. A local true value had them in years past. They are nicely built with sealed lamps. The only downside is they're not rectified.
  10. While I don't own any LOR yet, How about mounting them on a dolley upright and hiding them behind a cutout?
  11. If these wireframes are C7, they make retrofit lamps that screw directly into the sockets.
  12. Heres these for SPT-1 wire, no more than 8 amps total:http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/p/Brown-Snap-On-Female-Outlet--17970.htm There's another method, which is probably better and can handle more amps. I'll explain it for you if you wish.
  13. Also be sure to buy water-rated wire. (SPT-1W)
  14. I just checked, spt1, spt2, spt3 are all rated at 10A with 2ccc. 80% of that is 8.
  15. I thought they were both rated for 8. I'll check the nec.
  16. The bset answer I can give is, a good practical length is the length of lights needed. It can range form 2 to 100'. If you're using 18AWG, use no more than 100 lamps. 150 lamps for 16AWG.
  17. If you don't mind me posting on a topic that has been inactive for 10 days, I would opt ot have some CAM connectors installed or a coulple 14-50's. I would use 3R rated portable panels mounted on dolleys and keep the LOR's as close to the decorations as possible.
  18. You could also check an electrical supply house. That's where I buy mine.
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