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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.

Sneaky Pete

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About Sneaky Pete

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  • Birthday 03/01/1976

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  • Location
    Traverse City, Michigan, USA
  • Biography
    One weird dude
  • Interests
    Lights, bagpipes, voting conservative, and anything else that will bother my neighbors
  • Occupation
    Crime fighter
  • About my display
    80 channels LOR. 25,000 lights.
  1. I've got boxes of "25 count" C9 strings I'd like to cut down into custom lengths. These strings have both the male and female end attached. I plan on leaving the male end on and cutting whatever I need off the other end, leaving me with exposed wires. Is there a way to safely cover this end up without having to go out and purchase a ton of female vampire type plugs?
  2. I've been out of the Christmas lighting scene for a few years now and may set something up this year. I've still got all of my equipment which includes a ton of C9 lights. My display ideas for this year include a lot more strings of C9's than I have right now. My question is, can I expect to find them in stores next month when they start putting their stuff out, or is everybody converting over to led now?
  3. Spiderbait's "Black Betty" and Ramstein's "DuHast". Neither one has anything to do with Christmas, but both songs rock and they sequence very nice with the lights.
  4. Single digits. But that's status quo around here this time of year. Still haven't had to pull out the jacket yet. I wanted to be the first to make an Al Gore joke, but I'll let somebody wittier than my take care of that.
  5. Welcome to PC Lessons learned: Everything you do in this hobby takes at least twice as long as you would expect it to take, and sometimes longer than that. Give yourself plenty of time to get things done from sequencing to hanging the lights. If you wait until the last minute, you're asking for trouble. Pitfalls: Like it or not, upgrading your display by 13,000 LEDs and 64 channels is going to cost some money. If you haven't gotten your lights or controllers yet, start saving now and pack some money away every month to save the sting of having to get it all at the last minute (refer to "lessons learned"). Don't underestimate the cost of extension cords. Get a figure in your head on how many you'll probably need, and double it. Places to shop: When it comes to lights, it's hard to beat the local box stores; Walmart, Target, Home Depot, etc... When it comes to extension cords, I go to every store in town a couple of weeks before I buy them with pencil and paper to make notes. I write down prices from each store on everything from length to gauge to find the cheapest. One final note if you're going to be conducting a large scale display, organization is the key! I keep all of my lights, extension cords, and supplies in numbered rubbermaid bins. I've got a 3 ring binder with information regarding: house dimensions, sequence info, amperage requirements and restrictions, extension cord color codes, storage box contents, etc... The binder is also a good place to keep paperwork regarding your LOR equipment, transmitter, and other stuff. Not only that, but a good thick binder full of useful information just looks cool!
  6. Relax there, Clyde. Overeazy and I weren't referring to your display. We were talking about Bowenrichards. If you want to make a tree line, more power to you. I'm sure your display next season will be fantastic and original. This place is here to get ideas. Lord knows I've gotten tons of them from looking at other people's displays. The only point I was trying to make is that if you're going to duplicate a person's display by using the exact same lights, exact same sequencing, and exact same songs, such as Bowenrichard did, at least give some credit to the guy who created it. A voiceover or notation on the website would suffice. I'm sure Richard doesn't care either way and I probably wouldn't either if I knew somebody was imitating my display right down to the last lightbulb. I just think it's lack of etiquette to do any less. Just my humble opinion.
  7. I agree to an extent. I did WIW a couple of years ago when I first started and didn't have a clue what I was doing when it came to sequencing. My display wasn't a spot on match to Carsons, but was close enough that I felt I needed to give credit to him via voiceover every night before the song was played. So I did.
  8. If I were you, I would just ante up and buy some SPT wire along with ordering some C9 sockets so you can customize what you want. It beats the heck out having to deal with all of the empty sockets you get with stock strings. It's also nice for creating custom string lengths for C9's on the house as well.
  9. Note that the ones we got are not what Rich Holdman has. He states in his "walk through" video that his *came with* 1000 white lights on them. That's almost 3 times what ours came with (just 350). I actually wonder if the video is accurate. That's a LOT of lights for something pre-lit.
  10. This is a pretty powerful song that I'd like to use in next years display, however I'm having trouble finding it. I noticed that itunes doesn't have it so I'll probably have to order the whole CD through the mail. I thought that the song was done by Gavin Greenaway, however, in searching youtube videos of this song, the users are claiming everyone from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to TSO created it. Just curious who really made it.
  11. My trees are 20 feet high and my strings are around 25 feet long. After coming down from the top, I just loop the string around the base, come back up with it, and zip tie the remaining 5 feet or so to the string. It doesn't look any different than if I were to hide the excess lights.
  12. Just a question for those of you in the Northern climates that have yard grids. I'm just wondering how you keep everything from getting covered up when the weather decides to dump a foot of snow on everything? I noticed that the Lindsays have a pretty clean grid all of the time and they live even farther North than I do.
  13. Enchanted Forest brand blue icicles from Menards. I bought about 30 boxes in 2007. They've gone two seasons and every string still works like it just came out of the box. No fading or burned out bulbs.
  14. If you've got a Menards near you, check there. I found 70 count strings for $8.99. Of course that was two years ago and they may even be cheaper than that now. They're almost three years old and every string still looks and works like brand new. If you're paying more than $15 for a set, they you're getting ripped off! IMO.
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