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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.

NH - Dave

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  1. I wouldnt trust it. They are made for SPT wire - parallel lines, not twisted.
  2. I have a similar issue. When the temp drops to the 20s, i loose sections. Its a expand/contract issue. I have to reseat all the bulbs until i find the culprit. sometimes the section is dimly lit, which makes it a bit easier. Never use a Keep on them.
  3. The only static parts are my motorized deer, using x10 modules.
  4. My power connections are 60a 4-wire dryer plugs. Basically really heavy duty extension cords. the ones that are on the outside panel, hidden behind the deck box are the males and the females are in the garage off the sub panel. I run a little over 45k lights, mixture of LEDs and incans, I'd say about 10% LED at the moment. Slowly switching over. My bill this year was about $125.
  5. Here's mine. Its two dedicated 60a panels that i run off my garage panel, separate from the house panel. I use 2 8ga cables that i run from the garage and disconnect when done.
  6. I finally got all the info together for my Shooting Stars How To. Shooting stars.pdf
  7. That vid is crystal!!! What drone/camera did you use.
  8. Thats what I used them for. It hangs about my normal sign.
  9. NH - Dave

    Snubbers

    Is anyone making snubbers to sell during the off season? I know I can make my own, but...
  10. Although these are not sold any more, vendor issues I guess, I thought I would post the info sheet for them. Just in case someone needs it. Snap-n-Glo Panel.pdf
  11. Normally the extension cord connections are not the problem as much as it is the items themselves. Making your own cords is definitely the way to go. Our question to you would be is the display static or animated? If static then master cords to the items and branches to the items are just fine. GFCIs are a nuisance, but it most of our opinions a necessity for safety reasons.
  12. NH - Dave

    Strobe Type

    I had a mix of LED and Xenon on my tree this year - two strings of 8. More by necessity than design. Looked great. Will have to plan it next year. Will also add one more string of 8 in the back for more effect.
  13. Yep sad day - Break down. I think its more of a mess than setup. All the yard stuff is in the shop warming up to put away. Wood stove craking to dry everything and get the rope light items warm for storage.
  14. Never! I take great pride in my sequencing. Thats what I get the most comments on....
  15. Yhe Night Owl is a great system. I have installed two of them so far. Great Tech support!
  16. Yes. A very Merry Christmas...
  17. No need to control the LOR boxes....
  18. Thats great! Personally I only use x-10 to turn on the motion deer. Most of us leave the transmitter and LORs on 24x7.
  19. normally its not the connectors on the ground, unless in standing water, its the items them selves. DE has a good bad weather voice over for when you have issues like this...
  20. If you dont continuously think about it, it will not grow. Its not a pot of boiling water. Watch it and it will grow; build it and they will come!
  21. I store my Halloween molds in the garage - unheated. I havent had any problems, but maybe some of the more fanatical mold collectors can shime in.
  22. Another Light junky born - AWESOME.
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