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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.

Tim Benson

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About Tim Benson

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  • Birthday 02/08/1965

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    Port Barrington, Illinois, USA
  • Biography
    I'm a Geek
  • Interests
    Music, Woodworking, Electronics, Cars
  • Occupation
    Computer Support Engineer
  • About my display
    320 channels of LOR, 1000's of channels of DMX driving pixels. Lost count of how many lights.

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  1. Do you use LOR channels to animate your Blowmolds ? I have a line of 12 snowmen That i animate with LOR and it is a crowd favorite. My next project is to install RGB channels into them so I can change them to any color I want. Tim
  2. I have been switching over to C9 retro LED's over the last 3 years. I have used bulbs from Creative Displays, Action Lighting, and another vendor no linger in buisness and I will not name. All of the Bulbs have been very reliable. They dim very well with LOR. I run a 5 house display with over 1000 LED c9 retro's. In the last 3 years i have had only 5 bulbs fail. I expect that as they get older I may see some more fall-out, but the way look is worth the cost to me. Super tough, no fading of the colors, and really bright. Now, as far as cost savings on power..... well that is really not a big savings.. really.. especially when you are paying about a buck a bulb. But, the fact that you do not have to put in more electrical circuits will save you money. I switched because the just look so darn great. Tim
  3. Ok, So I got a hold of a string of warm White LED's from elsewhere. I now see that the "Candle White" LED's That we Got from MITS are somewhere in between the Pure White and warm White. As I only Bought 2 strings, this is not a huge deal for me. However, next Year I was planning on converting all of my Clear incandecant lights to Warm White LED. And unless I can get C9 retro's that match this color, I'd need to source all the M5 lights from elsewhere. Othewise, I am quite pleased with the other colors and they are testing out well so far. Tim
  4. LED's showed up today. And I had a very small order Burn-in tests have started. I did order 2 strings of the Warm Candle White. As I have nothing to compare them to except some old Pure white, All i can say is that they do have a gold/amber tint to them and are most certianlly NOT the winter white color Tim
  5. And the New LED's showed up today. I Hope Reinders gets better a response from Travis than I did. And so ends the 9 month saga of the failed LED's. We'll see how the remaining ones fair this season... But this year I have Spares in hand ! Tim
  6. I received a call today from Mary at Reinders. She was very nice, and we were able to resolve the warranty issues and I now have 6 strings of replacement leds on the way. Nice to work with a company so focused on Customer Service. I believe that I will send some of my future Business to Reinders. Tim
  7. Sent Mine in 2 weeks ago. No email confirmation. As they are all Green, I'm sure they are not in stock. Guess I'll have to send a email directly to them instead of Travis.
  8. Lights Showed up Today. Couldn't be happier. Thanks Paul !
  9. Tim Benson

    M5 Vs M6

    Both look exactly the same. The plastic lens is 1mm in size different. They both use 1 LED per bulb. The lights I have look identical for both M5 and M6. Now... depending on the manufacturer and what the value of the current limiting resistor is, there may be a difference in brightness. Tim
  10. Lights are here.. Showed up on my Birthday ! A+ service. Putting them on a controller for a few weeks of burn in. Gonna run the megatree sequence on them... since that is where they are destine to be used. Thanks ! Tim
  11. Just got my tracking number ! You guys are on top of things. Thank's Tim
  12. It is Possible that the High voltage pulse is fixing poor connections in the string by "Welding" them back together. The proof is in the testing. Put some of those on a Controller and start hammering it. This is very interesting, and now I am thinking of getting one of those buzz boxes ! Tim
  13. Based on the excellent service I have received in the past, and the Quality of the Product, I just placed an order for all the 70 ct. strings I need for next year. Thanks for giving us all a choice of vendors. Tim
  14. I had to get some Green LED's fast due to failing commercial strings.. The Wally World ones, while half wave, did hold up to the LOR animation.. dimming,shimmer, etc. And from a distance, you couldn't tell they were any different from the others.. well the color was slightly different, but it was close enough. I was quite surprised by them. I was disapointed I couldn't find any after Christmas...
  15. That's a great price..... Did you buy the retro LED C9's ? do they support Dimming ? Tim
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