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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.
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  • 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.
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Bullet100t

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About Bullet100t

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  • Birthday 09/18/1963

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    Fort Worth, Texas, USA
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    Fishing thats where the Bullet100t comes from, Christmas lights, ZZTOP Music collector.
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    Aircraft Parts
  1. I know this might be a little late for this year but if you are having trouble fading LEDS, I found a simple solution, add a string of regular mini incandescent to the group of lights, it keeps my Mega Tree and House which are tided together so the Do Not Flicker. See the You Tube Video. Below is caption for the Mega Tree on You Tube This 24 FT Mega Tree has 24 White and 24 Multi color strings of 70 ct Forever Bright LED's, it is using a 2 each, 2 channel adjustable Action Lighting Fader. It also has 4 strings of 60 ct Wal-Mart LED's for the star, when fully lit it will use less than 75 Watts; in fade mod it uses about 40 Watts. If you notice in the back right, the tree fades with the houses Ice Lights. The Mega Tree has a total of 3,600 LED's on it. Merry Christmas Mark
  2. I used 24 strings of white (12 ea. M5 & 12 ea. C6 and alternated them, as I could not find 24 of either one, {unless I wanted to pay RETAIL!}) and 24 of Multi Color all M5's 70 Ct Forever Bright LEDs and 4 strings of Walmart 60 Ct White Led's for the Star, for a total of 3,600 lights. If I had not pointed it out you could not tell the difference between the M5's and the C6's. I used a 2 channel fader from Action Lighting, it is also fades the house Ice light at the same time (see in the back right of the video clip). And another fader at its fastest speed to fade the Star. At about $ 17.00 bucks each they work really well, at least until I get my LOR up and running. See the You Tube link below. Thanks Mark
  3. Here is a clip of my 24ft mega tree in action. I used a 2 channel fader from Action Lighting, it is also fades the house Ice light at the same time (see in the back right of the video clip). And another fader at its fastest speed to fade the Star. At about $ 17.00 bucks each they work really well, at least until I get my LOR up and running. As for lights the tree has 24 strings of white and 24 strings of Multi Color 70 Ct Forever Bright LEDs and 4 strings of Walmart 60 Ct White Led's for the Star, for a total of 3,600 lights. See the You Tube link below. Thanks Mark
  4. I have an Update on the Mega tree, while I was taking it down the 5 ft piece of 1 1/4 EMT I used to help support the center joint of the 2 pcs of 1 1/2 EMT. I used a can of spray foam insulation to hold it in place well it did not stay in place. It had slid all the way down inside the bottom of the 1 1/2 EMT , so the joint was not supported in the center as I thought. I looks like the 4 GUY wires I used did there job and saved the tree from buckleing in too!.. Looks like I will have to us some short low profile screws on the lower half the pole to hold it in place next time. Mark
  5. It did great, I had 4 Guy wires around the tree after about a week I went around and tightened them up a bit, but other than that I would recommended what I did. I know the center pole looks a little crooked but the tree was straight. The tire and wheel have 2, 80 lb bags of concrete in it, so I have a 8 ft piece of pipe with T on the end a smaller piece about 2 1/2 ft to use a lever to stand the tire up and roll it out from the middle of the yard. I had some old used aircraft control cables that I ran through the tire to give me some leverage points on the wheel. Thanks Merry Christmas Mark
  6. Yes $ 63.00 per 12, they sell a lot of there stuff by the Dozen. And considering I scored at Lowes last year on a bunch of Flood light Holders for $ .50 each for plastic and $ 1.00 for metal I would prefer those over C9 base Stobe lights. Mark
  7. Here is a clip of my 24ft mega tree in action. I used a 2 channel fader from Action Lighting, it is also fades the house Ice light at the same time (see in the back right of the video clip). And another fader at its fastest speed to fade the Star. At about $ 17.00 bucks each they work really well, at least until I get my LOR up and running. As for lights the tree has 24 strings of white and 24 strings of Multi Color 70 Ct Forever Bright LEDs and 4 strings of Walmart 60 Ct White Led's for the Star, for a total of 3,600 lights. See the You Tube link below. Thanks Mark
  8. I was wondering if anyone has used the other type of strobe from Action Lighting? http://www.actionlighting.com/Items.asp?Criteria=strobe&PageNo=2 Thanks Mark
  9. I found a less expensive alternative, but I have not found anyone on PC that has used them yet. Below is a link to my PC forum on the ones I am looking at using. The price is $ 5.34 Each, of if you buy a hundred they are $ 2.87, I was wanting to buy a hundred, and hopefully they would let me mix and match colors on the hundred. http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/forum13/19836.html http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=1908&MainCategory=&Sub Mark
  10. Still wondering if anyone has used these strobes? Thanks Mark
  11. Still wondering if anyone has used these strobes? Thanks Mark
  12. If you are not going to be computerized for 08, I would recommend some faders. Action Lighting, sells several different ones. I used 4 of the 2 channel ones pictured below. I faded my 24 FT mega tree & my ICE lights both were Multi Color and White, I faded them slowly back and forth, and it looked great, I got lots of compliments. I also used one to faed the star on the top at is max fade speed. They are $ 16.77 each and well worth the money (note: they are not outdoor, I modified a Tupperware container to make them waterproof). http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=925&MainCategory=&Sub= Merry Christmas Mark
  13. I am looking to build a sign that will say “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and use 2 cattle panels; the grid spacing is 4” X 4”. I was planning on making the letter 3 ft tall and each line of the letters 4” thick, (does that make sense, other words the “M” first line going vertical will have 2 rows of lights making it 4” wide. My main question is how many sets of LED M-5 should I purchase or should I use LED rope light. Here is some product info. and a link below. Stockade Cattle Panel; 4 ga Size; Gray Color; Bright Galvanized Finished Steel; Low Carbon Steel Material; Zinc Coated Finish; 16 ft L x 52 in H; Used to Confine Cattle, Hogs, Horses and Other Large Livestock https://www.tractorsupply.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&productId=36155&langId=-1&storeId=10551&krypto=o77S40%2Bcp8Nm52bVPLTgZTelE0xuc8Pce%2FsJfZq9yHwg2B9vAos%2FMC34dvdL9kEOAmbbYhVUvlTW%0Ap82%2Blvy9fFIzzAYPI5L%2FOYRyuznUoxX77q8hbKmg%2BQ1EHh4pBHnxuWpqUuY7meOKkiK4D%2BdShmfx%0AgIc0QuiJouIXEjhoa8u1yJUpXBOdXhqwjftwHnCgwsiHZ5PpmFw%2FgKDftC5TeD2DFNFoX1Hg&ddkey=http:ClickInfo Any thoughts or recommendations are welcome. Thanks and Merry Christmas Mark
  14. Brian, sounds like a great idea to me also. Mark
  15. I am planning out next years display and want to add some strobes. Has anyone used the Action Lighting strobes pictured below, or does anyone have any recommendations on what strobes to buy. I prefer not to use ones that have a screw in base to prevent corrosion. Beside I might be able to get something on the day after Christmas sales. Thanks Mark http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=1908&MainCategory=&Sub=
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