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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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    • My favorite Christmas story
      When I would always go to Santas Magical Kingdom in Jellystone Park in Eureka MO with my family, according to them, that is what started my love for Christmas lights. I always try to make every Christmas something to remember for everyone.
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      Besides Christmas lights i do Halloween but not very big. Love Christmas decorating!
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      For 2016, about 30,000 lights. A static display, but in a way I like that better.

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    1. With work probably;y not til the week after Thanksgiving, maybe December 1st.
    2. Putting my display up this year and already wanting to do an rgb addition to my lightshow portion next year. This year I want to get maybe one tree out with rgb to play around with and get familiar with how it all works. What's a good introduction with LOR system for rgb?
    3. With my busy work schedule I need some lights I can put up before Halloween and take down after Christmas. I'm looking for dumb rgb lights, and not the LED strips, and that can be controlled with a simple controller. The problem is I need the equivalent of about 14 mini light 100ct strands on the largest run, the bushes only need about 600 lights each, and each window only a couple hundred each. I have not found a controller setup that can control this many as a stand alone, and don't really want to hook everything up to a computer as I already am running LOR, and want to keep things as simple
    4. Halloween will be here before I know it, and like always I'll be waiting til the last minute for everything. Is there anyone on here who I could get some singing face LOR sequences from for Halloween? May even pay if they are good. Typical stuff, monster mash, thriller, this is halloween, etc. I can do sequences but don't have the patience for singing faces. The TOTs would be thrilled to see such things lol. TIA
    5. Have a picture of what you trying to lift in the air? If your roof is perfectly situated between 2 large trees you could run a cable between them.
    6. Around 40k lights, enjoy!
    7. Amazon has some even... holiday Corp had a decent selection it seemed, I'm not the guy who knows all the deals but I know ray wu like you said and the other places. I think most Christmas light suppliers have them now too.
    8. Ok good to know. Going to test things today still and it's been misting all day with no sun. Should be perfect to test things out. Picked up some grease. Do you put it on connections of light strands when they are plugged end to end, likewise if the connections are stacked? Or just the main connections?
    9. I have only seen the first episode this year. Still catching up. The contest thing is ok, but I think some of the people are in there for the prize. Yea they say they like to make people happy and see their faces and some it's very apparent that's the case. There's a few that just seem like the money is most important. At the water mill place that one the first episode, there is a picture on google maps taken in October of this year from the balcony overlooking the red and white sea of lights. In the picture they are still putting up lights at that time. So I wonder if they are now
    10. Would putting dielectric grease on already wet connections solve anything? What's ironic to me is that all my LEDs are cheap non sealed lights. And most the display was still working in the pouring rain, including the lights directly on the ground. Qberg, The gfi outlets are not on their own circuit but they are the only gfi on those circuits. Do you think it's possible I got a bad gfi when I replaced it? My big rgb strip frosty had problems in the past with gfi until I covered the box that housed the power supply with a bag. The couple areas with a loft of plug
    11. This year has been very rainy and have been having gfi problems. Replaced 2 of the 3 outlets since one isn't gfi. Funny enough it never gives problems. One circuit is on the porch and the other on the side of the house. The porch has been working fine since replaced. No issues. However the other one I could not even get going. No matter what item on the one section of yard was plugged in, it always tripped. Except for the lights on the soaking wet ground. None of this makes sense. I've heard taping connections traps in moisture. I always positions outlets where they are sideway
    12. Thanks! I'll pretend I planned it that way....
    13. Brick sections are animated. Hopefully will get a video up this year.. Hope you like the display! Constructive criticism is always good...Happy Holidays! Facebook for display: https://www.facebook.com/ForestRunLights
    14. You are probably having power that normally goes to speakers go directly to the fm transmitter. Same idea that if you ran a line from a power amp output directly to the transmitter. Not an electronics expert but something similar to this may do the trick, not sure if this would work but i'm fairly certain it has the right idea anyway. Hope you get it figured out! https://www.guitarcenter.com/Art/HeadTap-Headphone-Tap-1273887987171.gc?cntry=us&source=4WWRWXGP&gclid=Cj0KCQiArqPgBRCRARIsAPwlHoXhNaR-P4-MhJjYIvcnsdZacdzBr99CCMqlIjn7Krwm4Qw4XsdM050aAp9QEALw_wcB
    15. I think a wreath would look great! Great job on this one, once you start making your own stuff it gets pretty fun. Here is my arch I've had for start fe years. Yours is different as its square and not rounded like most I've seen.
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