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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.

Jerry Ludy

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  1. Randy I used the Krylon Glass Paint, BUT it would take about a week for it to cure. It melts the outside of the plastic and will slow down the process. I changed over to the small bottles of Glass Paint that can be used with a brush or other means. I bought these at Hobby Lobby in the discount section for only $1.50 each. http://www.deltacrafts.com/Paint/PermEnamel/xGlassPaint.asp I elected to purchase a basic Airbrush Spayer at Michaels. My wife gave me one of the 50% off coupons and I purchased it for $13.00. I take the bottle of paint and pour into the small pot for the sprayer. This paint works great. Jerry
  2. Chris I use the paint decribe by Gary, but I add a little twist to it. I use a airbush spayer to paint my clear rope lights. I use clear rope light to make my wireframes and then paint the design as needed. Works great. http://www.deltacrafts.com/Paint/PermEnamel/xGlassPaint.asp I found a lot of these paints in Hobby Lobby in the discount section for only $1.50 each. Jerry
  3. Well, I went in to Hobby Lobby yesterday myself and was shocked. Their regular mini-lights that were $0.99 / box of 100 2 years ago are now $2.99/ box. They are running a 40% off sale, BUT still the price would be $1.80. Too high for me. Three years ago I purchased almost 160 sets for $0.50/box when they went on sale after Christmas.
  4. Thanks Joe and Eric I feel now that I am little more educated but on the other hand a little more confused. I see light shows such as Lindsays with thousands of LED lights that seem to have vibrant colors. I have about 20,000 lights on the roof alone and was looking to replace these with LED's. Comparing the small LED's to a regular mini-light, would there not be a tremendous difference? Does the LED bulb have to be angled in order to see directly at the front of the bulb or does it really matter? Thanks guys for your assistance. I will continue to educate myself in the field and hope to make the correct decision before purchasing. If you have any resources that may be helpful, then please pass them along. thanks Jerry
  5. What is the voltage of LED's. When calculating incandescent lights, you total the voltage of each bulb to determine the total run. Such as 50 bulbs of mini at 2.5 volts/ bulb = 125 volts. What is the power consumption of LED's? How many bulbs can be run in a series? Which type or style of LED'swould be best suited to provide the most light and workability. What is the longest single strand of plain LED lights. The only ones I have found in the local stores has decorative globes on the lights. I thought that the most common LED looked like a button of about 1/2" across and about 1/4" tall. Please educate me on these, for I too want to change over to LED's. I have gone as far as my power box will allow, before dropping in another box.
  6. Thanks Sean I started out with the planatary roller but only made about 2 bends when I gave up and used just the bench vise. I found it easier to use my vise and small 2 pound sledge hammer to make all of the bends on the reindeer. Tomake each deer, it took about four hours. These deer are about 4 foot long and three foot tall. Jerry
  7. CharlieHorse Look at my site under projects and you will see how I built the Nativity Scene and all of the supplies needed to complete. This may help you with some of your decisions. http://www.ludychristmas.com/ Jerry
  8. Roman I have a street light next to my driveway. It puts out an amber color and really drowns out my white lights. For the last 4 years, I have performed the same act to shut down this light. I have listed below my method. I took a single C9 light and added enough zip wire to reach the ground from the top of the light pole. I took a wire clothes hanger and bent the wire to form a hook with a downward bend,for it to hand from the electric eye on top of the light. I place the C9 light on the hanger and have it strapped to the wire so that the C9 light will sit directly in front of the electric eye. I have this light attached to the channel of my LOR that I have programmed as as steady on. This is a channel which I have certain parameter lights and sign lights that I want to remain on when the display is showing and off once the evening is over. When my program starts once it is dark outside, then this C9 light comes on. The electric eye senses the light and the street light goes off, until the program ends in the late evening. Then the street lights comes back on for security for the rest of the night. None of my neighbors have complained. They said that I have more light emitting out than the street light has. They also mentioned that it gives my display more color with it out. I have not had any local authorities to question my motives or why the light seems to always be out during these hours that my lights are operating. Maybe they are too busy looking at the lights, that the street light being out, does not become a topic for discussion.
  9. Tom One thing I have noticed about many people, is they have their hobbies like I have mine. Some have a passion for their hobby and some just enjoy theirs some of the times. I'm sure Christmas enthusiasts are of an elite group of people. I find each waking moment creating something, tweaking or repairing something related to Christmas. I am fortunate to have a home office, which allows me during slow moments of the day, to have my Display computer on next to me,editing music. I enjoy other hobbies, but if I had my choice, it would be Christmas. When I answer the phone with all of my co-workers (caller ID) I answer by saying "North Pole, Santa speaking". They have learn to expect that each time. Yes, you are right when you said "you just don't understand". Most people don't understand how anyone can be so passionate about a hobby that we become that hobby. We walk, talk, sleep and dream about it. Tom, stick to your story and don't allow anyone to change it. Jerry (Santa in the south)
  10. Greg, You are right on that note. If I had not have said "yes dear" all of these years, I would not be on this site talking about all of my lights and new displays. You know the old saying, "Behind every good woman is just a man wanting to be noticed". I'm not sure if this is an old saying, but it speaks volumes. Jerry
  11. I received mine also and my wife looked at it first. She came outside and brought it to me and said, "don't get any ideas because it is my turn to order something". What can you say, after a statement like that? Jerry
  12. I built this Santa Workshop last year for the growth of lights that have seem to multiplied like rabbits. Friends could not believe that I would have built a special place to store Christmas lights. Then I tell them it is also Santa's workshop to make more. Most of us stay sick year round. I have been to the doctor and he said that I have a low grade fever and itappears there is only one way to cope with this fever. That is to go outside to my workshop and create something for Christmas. This fever in only in a selected few. Sometimes it is contagious and will affect others. Then there are others you come in contact with that can't understand why you never get well. I hope like most of you reading this that we NEVER get over this. I will stay sick and do what the doctor recommended........"Go outside to your workshop and create something".
  13. Greg Yes I had wipe everything down the first time with acetone. The reason I wiped everything down, was because I handled the rope lights many times while strapping to the wire frames. It was hot and I was sweating and I'm sure if I had not had wipe down the rope lights that the paint would not have adhered as well. The top coat paint made the difference. I would be interested in my next wire frame project to try out some of the otherpaints thathas been mentioned on other posting. I have never heard of Krylon X Metal paint, but I am always seeking better methodsto achieve better results. Jerry
  14. Greg I had wipe down the rope light with acetone first. When I applied the clear coat, it appeared to have attached well to the plastic. Actually it dried in about one hour, but I wanted to assure that it was completely cured before applying the Stain Glass Paint. When I sprayed the Stain Glass paint, it started out very sticky as before, but after baking in the sun for a day, the results were fantastic. I was really pleased with the results. I am in Georgia and our humidity is extremely high. The stain glass paint showed no signs of resistance to the clear top coat that was underneath.
  15. Hey Jeff, I know that this was an oversight and you did not mean to say inch. "5.5 watts per inch if it is incandescent ropelight." The correct average is per foot. Rope light at 5.5 wattsper foot and string is 18 feet longhas 216 lights with a total watts of 99 with a total amps of 0.82. Total strings of 14 per 15 amp circuit Total strings of 19 per 20amp circuit
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