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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. Look at my profile build. I have 2 of these things. Built to plug into a range outlet and I have an adapter to connect it to a diesel generator.
  2. I always look for what caused a trip. Although I usually don't have trips with my display.
  3. Those TR receptacles are a real pain. Put the plug in straight and push both prongs at the exact same time. If you use them a lot, you should have no problem by next year.
  4. They take me about 15 minutes but I build them all of the time. Heck, I just built one today while waiting for the sound guys to do mic checks.
  5. I don't see why you can't. Use adhesive-lined heatshrink and water-rated wire.
  6. I purchase mine from an electrical supplier, but I know big box stores carry everything except the cord grips.
  7. Here's all of the pictures I have right now. My digital camera broke, so I'll make a video when I pull up the cords.
  8. While I didn't post that, most of us well-versed in electricity are too worried about your safety, than to try not to offend you. He sounds like that because he cares. Also, I have built completely raintight cords. Do you want me to post pictures?
  9. Whoever told you a GFCI needs a grounding conductor to operate is full of it. A GFCI operates by measuring the difference in current between the ungrounded "hot" conductor and the grounded "neutral" conductor. Also, once you have GFCI protection, you cannot lose it. I also think you guys need to work on preventing tripping, rather than taking them out. I was running my display through Sandy, and not one GFCI tripped. Not even the ones on the generators.
  10. You don't want to run LOR or any other triac-based controllers off an inverter unless it's a pure sine wave inverter.
  11. I'd get a 60A 2-pole contactor with a 120Vac coil and feed it off a timer.
  12. Led's will always need a resistor to operate. And either 1 or 4 rectifier diodes. 1 to keep the led's from being damaged and 4 to take away the flicker.
  13. I think all you'll need is a rectifier diode and a resistor.
  14. I run my display of a 50A panel. As long as you don't have electric heat and run the dryer while the lights are on you should be fine.
  15. I wouldn't waste time sealing around the lamps because the sockets don't seal around the conductors well.
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    Gels Burning

    I got a problem with some of my gels burning on my Halogen lights. Is there any way to fix this short of using a smaller bulb?
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