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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.

Shawn M.

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Nephews helping set up my lights.
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    Chesapeake VA
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    not inclined to share this info.
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    music, old car
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  • About my display
    200ish channels, 40,000 lights, and growing

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  1. I have 13,000 lights on mine and use vampire plugs spt2, just keep plugs off ground and keep water from running down cord and into the plugs ( low point not the plugs). I don't use tape or dielectric grease on my plugs.
  2. Little late also, I only do the front 180 degrees of my 25' pole, due to the layout of my display. I use four sets of strings for each of the eight segments.
  3. I have color coded with different colored electrical tape, works for me and I have about 80 "super" cords that plug in to "super stings".
  4. Adding some spinners using Dumb RGBs I have laying around, probably be about 4 feet in diameter.
  5. Not sure what this means "For years I've disconnected the AC panels on the north side of my house (up and downstairs) and converted them into four 20 amp plugs in," how did you convert something to 20 amps? I went worst case and think you just changed out breaker/fuse size, did you change the wires feeding them? over loading a wire designed for 15 amps with 20 amps is a good way to start a fire. As to the other question, 12 gauge should be more than enough. https://www.calculator.net/voltage-drop-calculator.html, I guessed you would lose max, 2 volts off the top of my head, this calculator shows less than that. You won't lose power, the item plugged will use power it needs to get the job done. Power= Volts x amps, when the volts go down the amps go up and power should stay the same (ideally and doesn't account for power factor in AC stuff).
  6. Thanks, I had already registered to take this class with my nephew when I saw the post and started thinking about it.
  7. Didn't think that through enough, sure hope it's not S5. Not a big fan of it. S5 seemed geared mostly to pixel folks, when I tried it out.
  8. I see the note about "Must be 16 or older to attend". My 15 year old nephew will be going to the expo with me, does this exclude him or is there exceptions?
  9. You going to go with traditional or RGB?
  10. Well I used the "old" circuit design to keep it simple, and you were talking about AC and DC and how it impacted how they worked. No clue on how that makes a difference (RGB that runs through a power supply can do funny things, rectified plug in LEDs, no clue why it would make a difference.) Still and probably never will buy the RF but hey, good luck. we can agree to disagree, I install thee GFCI circuits this year myself, breakers not outlets, since I didn't want to have to go outside and reset them if they tripped (and they did in a down pour one night).
  11. I cant take it any more, please read this write up on how a GFCI works. As long as current flows normally nothing happens . The current flow through the primary and secondary windings of T the top of the diagram will either be 0, if there is no load, or equal but opposite when the load is on, thus cancelling each other out. A short to ground however on the black wire will produce a current thru the winding on the black wire, but none on the white wire. This difference will be detected by the coil attached to A the amplifier , and boosted to produce a current thru S, a spring loaded solenoid which pops the contacts of the switch built into the GFCI assembly past a mechanical stop, holding them open with the spring. If you clear the fault, and press the “reset” button, it pushes the switch at the top right closed past a mechanical stop, until another ground fault occurs. stole this from "https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-wiring-schematic-of-a-GFCI" it kept it simple, and if you wan't to know more, Goggle it. Qberg, I would not waste money on items that won't fix anything, you have a grounding issue not an RF issue. As to your link the the You Tube, video.....they are meant to be a joke, or at least I hope so. I hope the very simple diagram above that shows how a GFCI works helps out, and shows whey it doesn't matter if AC or DC.
  12. I'm just saying "power Injection" its a conceptual error. When bringing another generator on line, it is paralleling them, and yes they can share the load, (depending on how you set them, but I'm not going go into generator theory). What people call power injection is parallel power, its a terrible term that stuck. Not saying there is a voltage drop in long series of RGB LEDs, and need to Boost the Voltage by adding a parallel voltage source.
  13. Never did I "inject" power when I brought another Generator online as the Elector Operator on the USS Eisenhower, or the Submarine "proto-type" where I first qualified at. (It used DC power as well as AC) I would have failed out of Naval Nuclear Power School for ever putting that on a piece of paper.
  14. This group = this forum in general. It's a term someone came up with who didn't know electrical theory very well and it stuck
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