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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.

IBEWILL

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About IBEWILL

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    Springfield, TN
  • Biography
    I love to celebrate the birth of Christ.
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    Sports. Tech. Gaming.
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    CSL Technician
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    I'm working on it.

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  1. Thanks for your comments. I hope the 8 strips from LOR are the same at least. I bought them because I thought better quality from the major retailer (and I did get them cheaper from a authorized LOR seller). Thanks!
  2. Hello, Before I spend some money I thought I would ask if anyone already knew. I have LOR dumb strips and I need to buy 2 more. I was wondering if I bought a couple from an Ebay seller would the colors match, would they look different, would you be able to notice from different brands. Do all strips basically look the same in terms of color??? I know all strips aren't created equal in terms of quality, but before I spent money to test to see if they match, I thought you guys might save me time and a little money. I assume they would be different as there is a huge price difference from LOR strips to Ebay strips. Maybe someone knows a comparable strip to LOR strips. I bought the first 8 from another source so they were much cheaper than current LOR retail price, but if I buy two more I would have to pay current LOR retail price to match the other 8. I was trying to avoid that if I can, but I will stay with LOR if that's the best solution. I could buy 8 more from Ebay seller for the price of 2 from LOR! Maybe I should go with Holiday Coro, or Seasonal Entertainment strips, rather than an Ebay seller? What your advice? Thanks!
  3. Hello, I too, have a RGB power question. I am using the LOR dumb strips and floods next year. I was hoping to reduce cost by using one big power supply such as the 350 watt Lee suggested above. Would that work using 8 dumb strips and 5 floods from LOR? LOR suggest a 200 watt for each (8 strips or 8 floods). Thanks!
  4. I just need a few more strands if anyone is able/willing to help me out.
  5. Thought maybe someone may need a very few extra lights I am not using. 8 strands of Green Incandescent from Walmart - used one season on mini tree - 100 count. 8 strands of Red Incandescent from Walgreens - used one seasone on mini tree - 70 count. They all worked before I put them in individual bags. As is - No warranty. If you would like them, send me an offer. I was thinking $10 plus shipping. I was hoping to Bless someone who may need them. PM me.
  6. Thanks everyone! 350,000 LIGHTS!!! and 53 controllers!!! I will heed your advice ChristmasJunkie and start even earlier than planned. I did double and added a mega tree. I am in Tennessee and weather is terribly unpredictable. Thanks again!!!
  7. Hello All, I have read posts that some of you are setting up your Christmas displays NOW! I understand for the sake of time that you have to start early and give yourself time to troubleshoot, check and re check. But my questions is: Is there a concern of wear and tear considering your display is outside for 4 months (september to January) rather shortening that time by erecting your display closer to show time? You guys with the mega displays need 3 months to set up and check? Now this is my second year. Last year I used 50 channels and 5000 lights, and this year that has doubled to 102 channels and 9500 lights. My display only took 20 hours to set up last year. I figure that will double with everything else. I was just concerned on lights getting loose, vandalism, bad weather, and anything else that can happen. Or, by the wisdom of "been there, done that", Should I Set Up My Christmas Display Now??? Thanks!
  8. The CDI website says 4.8 watts for the red 5mm 100 count strand. Does different colors have different wattages?
  9. I was adding wattages to calculate amps for power distribution and I noticed the WalMart 50 count strings are 4.8 watts per string and the CDI 100 count strings advertise the same wattages. I was just curious as why the difference. I would think the 50 count WalMart would be half of the wattage of the 100 count strings instead of same wattage. I know the CDI strings are full wave and higher quality, so does that answer my own question? Or does different manufacturers just do things different. Would someone give me some insight. Thanks!
  10. I have 30 sets of red incands and 10 sets of green that I bought from Target that I will sell cheap For all 40 boxes $50 + shipping. I was gonna post them on here soon. They are Phillips brand 100 per strand.
  11. Hello! I need a D-Light USB to Cat5 dongle. If anyone has one to sell me I would appreciate it. 37172 PM me or email ibewill at comcast dot net.
  12. Hello, I would to buy 5mm red, green, and warm white LED strands. 70 or 100 count preferably, but will take 50 count. Preferably full wave, but willing to use if not. Please PM me if anyone has extras to sell. Paypal only.
  13. Thanks everyone! I was unsure if this was done frequently, considering this is only my second year. After your comments and a lot of searching on the forums, it is fairly wide spread. Thanks!
  14. I used Aurora last year, and I had many issues. I am not sure of the future of Aurora. I think he is working on a new release but it was suposed to be released before last season. So I was thinking of trying more mainstream software. Thanks.
  15. Hello! I have D-Light controllers, and I want to switch to LOR software. What do I need? Is there still shimmer and twinkle restrictions/incompatibility? What software should I buy? Any information would be appreciated.
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