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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.

dqhall

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About dqhall

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    http://www.deckthehalllights.com

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A Christmas Story
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    Henderson, Nevada, USA
  • Biography
    I am a systems programmer and enjoy family activities, movies, computers and animated lights.
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    Family, movies, computers and animated lights.
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    Systems Programmer
  • About my display
    Our Christmas Light Show is an animated LED light show choreographed to dance, twinkle and fade to carefully selected music thru 176 LOR channels.

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  1. dqhall

    Led Half Strand

    Can anyone possibly explain to me why I am getting several blue 70ct LED strands that are begining to flicker, then half the strand goes out completely. These are strands I bought from Travis 3 years ago. What's strange is that it's only the blues, not my green or red. I'm considering buying the LED Keeper to try and repair them, but I can't seem to figure out why they are burning out now. Are any of you folks who bought from Travis a few years ago having issues with your blue strands?
  2. Jeremy, which resistor value do you use?
  3. dqhall

    Need To Buy

    Well I consider myself lucky because no sooner than I post this request, I see 3 boxes of Snap-N-Glow panel go up for bid on eBay. Snagged all 3 boxes. Time to start planning on how to use these rare and hard to find panels.
  4. dqhall

    Need To Buy

    A tough item to find and I know they are not currently available, but I need to buy some Snap-N-Glow panels. Daryl over at Christmaslightshow.com is the only one I've seen that says they will be back in 2011, but then again that was the same message from last year too. I only need 3 or 4 and am willing to buy new or used. I'm not interested in any of the coroplast alternatives, just the brand Snap-N-Glow. If you have any spares or used panels from years past that you no longer need, please let me know. Thanks guys.
  5. Have also not received my order yet. Though my order would be considered small with 10 green, red and blue. Just hope I haven't been forgotten
  6. Great, that is good news! Ship mine first cause I live on the west coast and we don't have any rain or floods here... just sunny skies. Thanks Ryan
  7. dqhall

    M5 Vs M6

    This article describes the LED styles. http://ww8.christmasdepot.com/led/ It says the M6 is 20% brighter than the M5. So those who own M5 and M6 LED bulbs, are the M6 bulbs any brighter than the M5? Can you tell a big difference in sizes when lit.
  8. dqhall

    M5 Vs M6

    Can anyone explain to me what the difference between the LED M5 and the M6 style bulb? I understand that the M6 is slightly larger but could you tell a noticeable difference between the two types of bulbs if they were used together in perhaps a mini tree? Would it look odd if I were to use green M5 and M6 bulbs together in a mega tree?
  9. Hi guys. Yes you are correct! I am using the Snap-N-Glow letter panels. I am not actually using two bulbs per panel, it's only one bulb. I use LOR and dedicate 3 channels to the sign. One channel is for the wording "Hear the lights" and the second channel is used for the wording "Tune to FM 94.9". The third channel is a common between the first two. So for example, the first panel shares the letter "H" and "T". The common lights on this panel are the lights that are used for each slot in the letter. It's difficult to explain so let me provide you with the link where I learned the technique. http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/12451-New-Lighted-Sign-Concept?highlight=snap-n-glow
  10. PM sent to ourdancinglights.com.
  11. I have some stock remaining from my previous mini incandescent light sale. The prices have been cut back. I can ship them in the original box or remove them from the box and ship them in the bag to lower shipping costs. I will pay for any Paypal fees. If you are interested, please send me a PM. Walmart Brand (Holiday Time) - 100ct BLUE bulb/green wire
  12. dqhall

    LED C9 Users

    Thanks for the comparisons, thats helpful. How about the 12" spacing? Will it look to far spaced apart from the street? After watching Chris' video it appears that it will be fine.
  13. dqhall

    LED C9 Users

    I want to use the C9 LED Retro bulbs this year but would like to ask our fellow PC users who have used these bulbs in previous years what has been your experience in using these bulbs? I want to outline my house, windows and doors with nothing but C9's. No icicles, no mini's... just the LED C9's. Do you think this would look good? Would it be bright enough? I plan to use a roll of SPT1 12" sockets from Action Lighting and cut it to length on each window. I would like to use red, green and blue bulbs. Would a 12" spacing be too sparse or not enough bulbs? Any suggestions or techniques anyone would like to share as far as synchronization? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks guys and gals.
  14. I have sold out all the Walmart Clear, Walmart Red and the Green Icicle lights. I would like to offer all the remaining 100ct lights for $1.50 each and 50 cents each for the 50ct Target blues, or PM me a reasonable offer. No exchanges please. I will pay any paypal fees. As stated in the original post above, all lights are brand new and never been used. They are still in the original box or plastic bags. I feel I
  15. Inventory List Part 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Target Brand (40% Energy Savers) - 100ct BLUE bulb/green wire
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