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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.
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  • 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.

LangfordDave

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About LangfordDave

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The Grinch
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    Victoria, BC, Canada
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    Christmas lights
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    Manager
  • About my display
    2016 was my first year with an animated display

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  1. I have found that you need to do one of two things: Either wrap around the tree in one direction but keep the spacing between each pass similar to the bulb spacing on the strand, or, alternatively, do a few passes around the tree, then go around the tree again top to bottom. Either way, you'll need a lot of lights to avoid the "swirl" look. The taller the ladder you have, the better. After that, an extension pole with two forked prongs on the end works great for me. And a second person on another ladder makes the job go much faster.
  2. I am prefer to wrap haphazardly, I find the end product is more random. (I also don't like the "stacked flying saucer" look!) I would wrap horizontal a few rounds, then go vertical for a few.
  3. worst case if you do the sleeves and don't like the gaps you could always cover the gaps with short strings of lights, which you would remove each year before disassembling your arch
  4. I made small versions (6-8" diameter) of the chicken wire ornaments for my maple tree, the 35 ct strings were perfect.
  5. Make it out of coro or something else that will diffuse the light and throw a few plug-in LED flameless candles in there. One probably won't be enough light but a few of them ought to do it.
  6. Nice! Want to build one for me too? I have a mostly static display but I am thinking of eventually building a spiral tree and have it be the only animated part of my display. It would be quite the focal point, I think. I did read that Action Lighting will custom build a chase controller up to 16 channels, however considering their 4 channel controller is close to $100 I don't think it would be a cheap option. Probably not what your neighbours are looking for. If there was some way to delay the start of a chase sequence using a simple 4-channel controller, you could probably get away with 2 4-channel controllers and have the sequences stagger. I guess it would resemble a wave more than a chase but it might be a cool effect anyways. Although it would require getting the 2 controllers EXACTLY in sync.
  7. I haven't come across one but would this work?...use 5 4-channel controllers. One master controller on the slowest speed has a controller on each channel at a faster speed (fast enough to cycle through all four channels before the master moves to the next channel). It would effectively yield 16 channels, although it would be pretty limited in the speed of the overall chase sequence. But if you had several 4-channel chasers it would be interesting to try
  8. I'm not sure I see the point in turning them into net lights. Especially considering the power consideration noted above
  9. Nope, works for me. Did you perhaps hit the "mark community read" link by accident? I've done that once or twice and I think I experienced the same as you
  10. Well if you plan on staying static then you won't want to invest in a LOR controller as Tom mentioned above. You could make your own using an old string of multifunction lights or buy a similar cheap controller http://www.lightuplawrence.net/Home/how-to-1/4-channel-controller-1 <-- DIY http://www.christmas-leds.com/productinfo_v3.aspx?productid=SN-CONT <--purchase Just use one channel if you want them to all flash at the same time, or use 2 channels for alternating bursts. I plan on making a few of the DIY version for next year as I also have a static display.
  11. I didn't seal mine but luckily the water that got in didn't do too much damage. A few rust spots but they still work great. I was going to use them for a starburst but they eventually fall out of synch after being on for several hours so if you don't use a controller you will probably be disappointed with the star effect. They are great up high in my maple tree, though.
  12. Feed my Frankenstein Men in Black Bad Moon Rising Highway to Hell The Time Warp Ghost Riders in the Sky Purple People Eater
  13. My goals are similar to those already mentioned: 1) great display with lights only (and no controllers) 2) look good during the day too 3) don't clutter the yard 4) stick to my colour scheme (blue, pure white and green) 5) make as many elements as I can instead of buying everything 6) keep those LED strings as straight as possible!
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