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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.

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  1. Allow me to clarify my rant. For 6 years I have used LEDs. I started with 1/2 wave LEDS from Lowes. They were sealed socket 70ct C6. They worked GREAT. Pure color. They ramped and faded and shimmered, and only 1 string has failed now in 6 years. I bought some from Paul. They too, are great but are full wave, a little brighter, and I have to use some resistance to get them to fade without shimmering. Other than that, 2 strings have failed in 4 years. Then the 2008LEDS. Disaster. Paul was great and took them back and replaced them all for 2009. Disaster. from what I can tell and hear, with the exception of those 2008s and their replacements, Pauls LEDs have been great. What I will NEVER understand is why people insist that 1/2 wave LEDS are so bad etc etc. If I could buy more of these 1/2 wave Holiday Creations LEDS that Lowe's used to sell, I would mortgage the house to get them. The originals have already paid for themselves due to not having to increase my service, and I haven't had to replace ANY due to color fading. Of the couple hundred strings I bought the first 2 years, and only 1 of THOSE has failed.I dream of finding them again.
  2. Now check out THIS one. I have multi-mini LEDs on my border. I figured since the border mostly just stays on all the time, I'll use the 2008 ones here. well.... now, some of these--- strung up in series--- have half of the string flashing in sync with another channel on the same board. The whole border is on, but a couple of strings have HALF THE STRING flashing!.
  3. Thanks Frank. I have some 1W resistors and bridge rectifiers, and plan to cut the voltage doublers off and paste them back to life. It be great to know if you have it planned and easier . I'll anxiously await your reply!
  4. All colors of mine with the doubling circuits are going out this season, and the Blues even of the supposedly GOOD ones are dropping like flies. Meanwhile, my 6 year old Holiday Creations half wave lights I bought at Lowe's in an after Christmas sale are still plugging along fine. These half waves are lasting forever, dimming better, and just plain old awesome.
  5. I'm already a panhead at http://www.thepanheads.com/ :-)
  6. Same here. Someone let me know when a readable default is available.
  7. I'm working on it. Had a busy week last week. If you want , the beat wizard does a decent job if you start it after the intro.
  8. Nice find! Looks like a "firestick" spiral combo there.
  9. My only problem is the LENGTH. I would have to shorten the song to use in my show. Will you mind an "edited for length" version? I know... it ruins the flow of such a work of art but almost 5 minutes is WAY too long for a sequenced show IMHO
  10. wow. What A great song. Let me work it out. I can send it to you once I get it finished.
  11. Instead of using the ends, I just do it like Chucks tutorial at http://www.planetchristmas.com/RopeLight.htm
  12. My 2 cents. I will never EVER buy unsealed LEDS again, unless the UL code for coated leads goes through. My sealed Holiday creations from 5 years ago are still going strong , and My last unsealed set from 3 years ago was thrown out this year.
  13. It won't help you NOW, but I sanded down then ends before putting mine together, then drilled a hole and drove a screw through to hold them together. Then when teardown happens, I unscrew the screw and it pulls right apart.
  14. Traffic is the biggest advantage of a cul-de-sac. I can line up over 20 cars in front of the house, and am only "blocking" the neighbors in the circle in front of the house(whom are all good friends and support us) . Then only the right line is clogged coming In because everyone on the other side have seen the display and are leaving. If we were on any other place , we would be actually blocking flow of a real street.
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