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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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About cghargis

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  • Birthday 04/11/1964

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  • Location
    Altus, Oklahoma, USA
  • Biography
    45 Year "OLD" fanatic
  • Interests
    Wakeboarding, golf, guitar, woodworking
  • Occupation
    US Air Force
  • About my display
    276 Light-O-Rama Channels with 67,000+ lights. I run 9 different shows using 19 songs. My display runs from Thanksgiving night till New Years Eve. Converting a lot to LED for this year.
  1. I also use the 1" grey PVC, and did the fold the string in half and offset the lights trick. The problem is that after wrapping them around several times, they always seem to line back up with each other. When this happens, I just take one of the two halves and wrap it over the previously wrapped section to get the offset back. I use 8 strings of 100 lights for my arches and they are full and look good. Looking at some other ideas for some new arches for this year, but I haven't quite figured out what I am going to do. I did see on here somewhere about doing some standing up and I may try to do something like that this year.
  2. I am working on switching mine out, but the cost is limiting what I can do. Our Wal*Mart has a lot of LEDs this year and I want to get more before I put up my display. I am swapping my Mega Tree out, but I just built my arches out of regular mini lights since I needed 64 of them.
  3. Who has the best prices on purple LED strings? I have looked all over the web and can't find that many available, but all of the prices seem to be rather high. Does anyone's Wal*Mart have them? Ours doesn't have very many in at all because of the size of Altus. We don't have a Target, but I have seen them online there. Any help, I am converting my mega tree to LEDs this year and have all of the colors I need except purple. Chris
  4. Tom, I am scheduled to return for Afghanistan on the 8th, so I may be able to make this. Have to see what the wife has planned for me after being gone for 4 months. I will let you know. Chris
  5. Well, I just want to chime is with my 2 cents worth. I have spent a large amount of money buying lights and controllers, and steel rods, and paint, and wire ties, and molex connectors, and bulk wires, and new circuit panels, and storage sheds, etc..... I have spent countless hours cutting, welding, painting lights, wiring controllers and electrical outlets and circuit boxes, planning, sequencing, rigging, attaching lights, drawing, etc.... I have spent countless hours outside duringthe display months talking to people, fixing things, handing out candy canes and chocolate, seeing the smiles, hearing the thanks, watching people watch my display. But none of this is the most important thing I have gotten from this hobby (passion), the most important thing I have gotten out of this is that my 13 year old son has come to like helping me and we get to spend time together creating something. I felt as my son got older, he moved further away from Dad, so this has brought us closer and I look forward to him helping me this year. My 6 year old daughter likes to help also, but there isn't as much she can do right now, but she can sure hand out some wire ties!! To me, that is the most important thing, and how do you put a price tag on that? I'll just say it is priceless, plus 2 cents. Chris
  6. I think it is pretty neat, however, my opinion is that it needs more lights to thicken it up a little and make it fuller. Not knocking it here, I really do like it.
  7. I use Krylon Metals X paint to paint minis just like I do rope light. I do this because I found so many clear strings on sale in years past that I have a huge stock of them. I didn't want them to go to waist, so I painted them the color I wanted.
  8. I used 4 follds of each color (red, green, blue, and yellow). I pointed 3 of each towards the house, and the other 1 of each towards the street. I was not going for the full coverage liek some are, just highlighting some of the white areas of the house. AS for the spacing, you will just have to figure what looks best for your house and what you are trying to achieve, but I would think you can get away with a 6 foot spacing and get a great look. Those that are doing the drop lighting (hanging them from the eaves pointed down) are getting a very nice looking effect, and some like Richards really change the look of the house when they change colors. Personal taste is really the driving factor here.
  9. I hit Big Lots and got 30 boxes of LEDs. About half are white, and the other half multi. Then I hit Wal*Mart and picked up a few more blue icicles to add to the ones I had up this year.
  10. First of all, good job on the song. How many channels are you using in your mega tree this year? How many strobes? Does look good. Another side bit of trivia on the song. If you grew up watching cartoons, you will have heard this song in the old cartoon about the store where all the products come alive at night. They still play the cartoon. You can also hear some of the othersongs done byTSO on some Tom and Jerry cartoons.
  11. Actually, I am thinking that your display may have just saved a life. If he was arrested, then he very well may have been drinking and that explains why he was in an accident. Now if he hadn't been sitting there watching your lights, he may have been out on the road and been more of a danger to everyone else. Put that one down in your stats for your show, # of lights, # ofchannels, and at least one life saved!! And everyone thought they were just perty lites.
  12. Merry Christmas to you and your family also.
  13. I went ahead and had them install my new meter in my workshop when I had it fixed. Yep, I thought ahead for the season, I had them mount it with the wheel up so I could use it as a table saw while the lights are on. :waycool:
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