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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.

Stefan

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Our daughter's first Christmas in 1999. She was 5 months old and I used what was a good camcorder back then, which still used tape to record. I recorded my wife opening all the presents with our daughter, only to find out afterwards that the video cassette tape was bad. She re-wrapped all of the gifts and made me video tape it all over ;)
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    Oklahoma City
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    Nothing much to say here.
  • Interests
    Decorating for halloween, christmas. Enjoy carving artificial pumpkins with my dremel.
  • Occupation
    Accountant
  • About my display
    Just typical, average dull lights on house, trees, shrubs. Want to learn about different things so maybe I can do an animated show in 2013.

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  1. So, am I reading this right.....liquid nails was used to hold the tracks in place? So, are the tracks now permanent on your roof? I wonder if there is anything similiar for hanging icicle lights. The one thing I detest more than anything is when some of my strands blow up onto the roofline and I have to go out with a long pole and pull them off the roof and get them hanging down again.
  2. I appreciate the feedback! I told my wife just this morning that I was going to wait to see if they dropped in price and I just went out and checked and they're no longer available online. What the heck? I just checked last night. That sure is frustrating and disappointing. I guess the moral to the story is sometimes it's better to just get them versus trying to save a few bucks. I guess the tomato cages are going to be what I'll look at, going forward. Thanks again for the feedback! Happy New Year.
  3. I was curious if anyone had any opinions on using some premade mini-trees linked below? They are for "indoor use" but curious if anyone else has used these, or something similar, outside in their display for any length of time? Mini-tree They are unlit and if they would hold up in the weather outside, might be a good candidate for putting some RGBs....?
  4. That's ironic Steve because all of the green LED lights I purchased for my large tree this year are Martha Stewart brand, which I bought at the HD. Twenty strands of 50 count strings went onto the tree. Sounds like if I go animated next year, I may want to change some things or just not animate the tree. Thanks to all for the comments/suggestions.
  5. Most of the lights I have are purchased at Home Depot. I'm going to have to try some of the tips offered to see if I can tell if they are wave or not. Going forward on any light purchases, should I buy full wave if I plan to use an LOR controller next year? Thanks for advice and help!
  6. I have some LED icicle lights running the outline of the house and several LED C3 lights that I have in a large tree. Is there a way I can tell if they are full, half, or even no wave??? Not sure if there is a "no wave" but with my luck they are Thanks in advance.
  7. Stefan

    Newbie Needs Tips

    Hey d - I was out on the town all day yesterday with my wife, celebrating both our birthdays. Our exterior is brick and I used some black adhesive cable tie mounts and can't remember where I found them. I think it was Ace Hardware - it was probably 100 or so in the bag and if I bought them, they had to be $10 or less or I would have faced the wrath of my wife I used them this year to hang the icicle lights along the wood just under the edge of my shingles - this keeps the lights from blowing up onto the roof. I'll have to take a picture and post it to explain that a little better. Here is a link where you can see what the mounts look like. I also added some links of other ideas that people have used. Hope this helps mounts Light Strips Hot Glue
  8. Stefan

    Newbie Needs Tips

    Had the same thought, Nick. Made one tonight using LED string light, but wasn't happy with the look. Finding any lights locally is already becoming impossible. Walmart shows they have the same rope light I used for the first, so going to run by there during lunch tomorrow and keep my fingers crossed they have one left. The star uses 12' and I've looked at almost every single online site and I can't get it for the same price ($11.00). Thanks again for the tip!
  9. Stefan

    Newbie Needs Tips

    Made the star using the video above. Here is a pic of it hanging on the house tonight. Think I'll make another one and hang it over the 2 car garage area. May think about making some of these at half the size and placing them up on stakes in the yard next year versus mini-trees. I'd have to consider using something other than rope light. Anyway, thought I'd share this one last item on this thread. Thanks again for all the feedback. It's been greatly appreciated!
  10. Stefan

    Newbie Needs Tips

    Great suggestion Santasean I also found a youtube video on a relatively inexpensive way to make a nice size star. Made the outline of it today and ordered the rope lights from walmart and will pick them up tomorrow; so, will hang a star up in the next day or two also. Thanks again for the suggestion!
  11. Stefan

    Newbie Needs Tips

    Thank you all so much for the feedback. It is GREATLY appreciated. I totally agree on doing the ridgeline to add some depth and then adding some minitrees or equivalent and some yard lights. I'm going to absolutely plan to make 2013 a controlled display. I'm going to keep my eyes open for an LOR kit and start looking for some ext. cords on sale once Christmas is over. One thing kind of funny about lights - I always loved Christmas lights as a kid but my parents didn't do stuff like that. So, after our first child was born, I started putting lights on the house. We would tell them as they grew older that we had to have lights so that Santa could find the house. My kids won't let me NOT put lights on now Thanks again to the three of you for your feedback and responses. It was greatly appreciated and I'm looking forward to next year already!
  12. I've done static lights since 1999, when my first child was born. I always wanted to jump into the light shows, but cost, time, and really knowledge keep me from making the plunge. I'm the worst at planning layouts and figuring out where to put electrical cords and what is asetheticly pleasing to the eye. Almost all of my lights are LED, with the exception of a few this year. We have a huge lace bark elm in the front that is so tall that even with one of those extension poles they sell for hanging lights, I can't reach more than half way up. So, I'm always disappointed with how my tree looks - just the green lights are right at 1,000. Oh, I am not sure how to describe it...but, it's almost like it is just too two dimensional. Maybe I need like some mini-trees on the yard or some lights around the yard. Some yard figures. I thought I'd post some pictures and maybe some might feel comfortable with giving some feedback/suggestions. Don't hold back - I don't take anything personal. One thing is that I think I need to do lights on the ridge line of my roof. It's a high pitch roof so I don't want to get up there if I can avoid it - although it might be possible next year to hire someone to do just that part. Not sure how to run cords on a roof like that - meaning the best way to organize them so I don't have 100 cords running all over the place. Anyway...enjoy the forum and the information here and love what all of you do - it's pretty amazing. Have a great evening.
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