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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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About homegrowncorals

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  • Birthday 10/13/1959

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    an old do it yourself person
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    mr. christmas last year, 32 channels next year

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  1. Yes an amazing piece of work, Sir my hats off to you.
  2. 2013 Wagner Family Christmas lights
  3. If your inflatable is made like mine the power supply is ac volts not dc volts, this might be what's going on for you. if this is the case you could make a bridge out of a few diodes to fix it. the thing I do, when I buy an inflatable is cut out the lights and replace them with a short string of LEDs with the plug hanging out the zipper. I chose to do it this way so I can control the lights with my Renard controller and leave it blown up at all times.
  4. i use sleeves on my arches, each sleeve is made out of 1 1/4" drain hose thats used for sump pumps, and are about 18" inches long and i wrap with a 100 count string of lights. i use 6 sleeves on a 10 foot peace of 3/4 pvc. and being the sleeve is flexible it leaves no gaps to see.
  5. The Renard ss8 and ss16 kits both have a very easy numbered step by step instructions with pictures the kit gives you everything you need, parts are in numbered labeled bag's to match. the only things you don't get are the ac pig tails and a usb to rs485 dongle. and you can run it with vixen 2.1 witch is free as well. here take a look... if you can solder I'm sure you could pull this off. http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com/wiki/index.php?title=Assembly_Instructions_The_Renard_SS8 http://www.vixenlights.com/downloads/vixen-2-downloads/
  6. another thing i have done being i live on disability as well. i buy a bare Renard board at 7.00 to 12.00 dollars and then order parts for it in small groups and then build the board once i have all the parts needed. it helps spreed the cost out but now i just buy strip board and parts and just make my own boards like i want. like this 8 channel dc board i made for some rgb stars not so pretty but works just fine
  7. If you are handy You can build a 16 channel Renard ss16 board for the same price a Mr. Christmas will cost. just looked and there running $91.00 for a 16 channel kit and 73.00 for an 8 channel kit shipped.. Just a thought,
  8. Wish i could look at what you came up with, but i dont google spywere nothing on my computers.
  9. Hes frequently over at diychristmas.org . if you want to look him up
  10. Here is one of a guy doing a hole neighbor hood i think it was 20 houses in this show. it was done with Renard wireless tho not Lor. and i think he was over 25 houses this year, http://youtu.be/_KVM_EPKYMM
  11. Could you please provide a link to Christmas lights made in the USA if there is one. from all the research i have done there are no Christmas lights manufactured in the USA any longer you may find some assembled here but you will find all the parts used for them are made over seas. the Link provided will explain it much better than i can..... http://www.holidayleds.com/articles/american_made_christmas_lights
  12. you can get the bom (bill of matirals ) from mouser electronics, this link should be what you need for the renard plusTR16 https://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/ProjectDetail.aspx?AccessID=59f8c86984
  13. +1 on it would go up faster if I was young, I do a Halloween display as well, working on that setup right now to light up Oct. 1, and wile my Halloween show show is up and running I start on Christmas set up, on things like roof line tree wrapping and bushes and such.
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