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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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    Dayville, Connecticut, USA
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    anything related to christmas, pro audio, video, lighting as well as home audio and video, computers and like to tinker
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    College student and Merchandise and customer assistant at sears

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  1. Hi everyone, I have new vinyl siding and want to outline my windows on the outside but without using anything that screws, staples or nails into the siding. They are boardered by black plastic shudders and was thinking about maybe tucking the lights in or at least the wireing to help hold them in place as I'll be using mini lights so the heat wont be a problem but not sure if it will work as the shudders are on really tight without much give at all so I'm back to square 1. Please help!!! I have a pic of the front of the house attached. I will be using colored C7's along the gutters and eves. Thanks again, Joe
  2. Hi eveyone its been a while. I now own a new house with vinyl siding and am looking for ways to put lights up around the windows and a few other spots without drilling or damaging the siding. Any ideas, advice or input would be greatly appreshiated! Thank you and my the lights burn bright as ever this year!
  3. Yes that means extra controllers! I am going to try and post a pic of the set. If you look at the box you will see what I mean about the controller extension and the box wording says that you can run upto 3 sets of the lights off 1 controller Sweet! I am only hoping there are 3 sets of color left tomorrow when I get out of work to pick them up hehe. If I can get ahold of them I will take some better pics and see what the whole shebang looks like!
  4. The controller has a 5 pin screw on connector that it uses to connect to the lights. The lights at the front qand rear of the string have the same 5 pin connector. You unscrew the controller from the other 2 sets screw them onto the end of the first with controller and now have 3 sets of lights running off the 1 controller. Overall not too bad for 12.00 per set! Thinking about outlining the top of my fence with these this year hehe.
  5. Hi Everyone, Well I went back to Target last night and it is Not the set that walmart has "aka the fade from clear to color sets!" It is indeed an extendable 8 function light set where you can link upto 3 of the strads of lights off 1 controller. It is a multipin screw connection much like those used for interconnecting motion light train sets ect. I did get a few pics but at the same time my cameras batts. are dead so I need to pick up some AA batts then I can upload the pics but they are 11.99 and are avail in color or clear. Im thinking a really nice long run along the top of my fence hehe. They are made by Sylvania.
  6. After I made this post I was looking around the PC website and it seems that what I thought was an extendable multifunction set turns out to be the white to color fade set that someone had posted about from walmart. At least the boxes looked very similar. I am going back to target tonight to take another look as when I was there last I was in kind of a hurry so I will double check and repost. Thanks and sorry for any confusion, although yes it would be very cool if it is what I hope it is .
  7. As far as laser use outside I would def. check with the local laws overall. However if its just a power output issue "over 5mv or an output or 5 millivolts ususally requires a variance". However a company called Chauvet came out with Wide beam laser units that are of higher power however due to the beam design do not require a variance to use. The scorpion series is the series I am referring to. They have models that are DMX controlable and some models that are not. http://www.chauvetlighting.com/fixture_tables/lasers.shtml However I would also watch out for the overall temp rating / values that it requires to run properly!
  8. A guy down the street from me runs a static light show but does play christmas music but he runs a wire out one of his windows and his speaker is a very old outdoor PA speaker but it still sounds very good and even at low volume is quite clear and when the wind blows just right I can faintly hear it by my house but he does have it kind of loud from 6-9 pm then turns it down till 11 when everything turns off. You never know where you may find one, he found his in a junk yard! He just cleaned it up and it works great. Just a side thought / idea
  9. I was at my local Target store tonight and always being a fan of multicolor multifunction light sets I stumbled across a new set design that lets you link upto 3 sets with a new connection so you have 3 runs of the lights themselves running off 1 controller! I am considering getting 3 of these sets and running them along my fence line. Can't seem to find them on the web site though, I will try to get a pic or 2 of the box at the store and or see if I can figure out who makes them and get more info. I wonder though doesn't that mean that they would have to beef up the controllers trigger guts!?
  10. Hi everyone, While relaxing after a long day at work I googled christmas games and came across this one. The opbject is to click on the bulbs and leads if you would and get the whole tree to light up. http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/christmas/games/xmastreelightup/start.htm I can only get about 5-6 bulbs to light. Good luck and enjoy )
  11. For this season it would be a total of 8- 10 strings total. I know it would not be very bright overall but I live in a generally dark street surrounded by regular trees that I usually wrap the trunks with lights also. I will add more strings down the road but this year just dont have the $$$ to add many more strings overall. Actually now that I think about it since I am not doing the front headges since they are really bad this year and since I have 3 headges on each side of the door and each of the hedges is 1 color with 3 strands of each color per hedge so I am actually looking at a total of 6 strands per color so I am actually looking at between 24 to 36 actual strands for the entire tree. For some reason I kept thinking 1 strand per color so I came up with only 12 to start with. Sorry everyone :shock: As for the noma digital light show its basically a stand alone 6 channel controller that can run through upto I believe 18 or 19 different patters and then repeats for the way I run the 2 that I have. Each color would be 1 channel each.
  12. Ok I have some questions on some parts and materials to build a 10' MT. I know that if I put 2.5-3 foot of rebar in the ground and have 2.5-2 feet above ground and then use 2" PVC pipe and have it go around the rebar and to the same depth and the same hight above ground , then have a 10' piece of 1.5" pvc for the tree itself and rig up the threaded flage and wood piece on the top with the hooks for the lights and guy wires? I am only running 8-10 total mini light strings on the tree and a tltaol of 4-6 colors each color would have 2 strands and each strand would run off a noma DLS box. I would have a 2nd DLS box running the rest of the yard and sync them to be color quardinated. Would this work or what other types of materials or sizes would you use? It has to be cheap to build - 50.00 MAX for everything "I already have the lights and noma control boxes so it would just be the tree materials". Thanks to all and I hope to join the MT club this year! Joe
  13. Hi Athlon, I was just trying to figure out a way to take a control box from a standard multifunction christmas light set and modify it to handle more amperage. The control boxes I am reffering to are the ones that run the 8 or in some cases 16 patterns with either 140 "8 pattern 4 colors" or 150 light "16 pattern 3 colors" or they both come in clear also. BTW whats the diff. between SSR AKA solid state relays and triacs? I had thought about using ssr's for the setup but they can be kind of pricey. Thanks again kamahilights and Athlon I hope that helps clear up some of the confusion? If not I can try to explain in more detail just let me know. Also feel free to email me at [email protected] about anything christmas light related funny once you get the bug it never goes away it only grows :laughing:
  14. Hi everyone, I love alot of the ideas for the megatree but still have a question or 2. I currently have 2 noma dls boxes and for my front yard only use 1. I was considering using the 2nd for a mega tree since i usually use 4 different colors in my yard anyway. My question is since we rent and I dont want it to be over the house I am trying to come up with a 10 foot megatree but that in after the season could be totally taken down. I am considering a 5 foot piece of rebar and hammering 2.5 feet of that into the ground as well as a 5 foot 2.5" pvc pipe and hammering/ sinking 2.5 feet of that into the ground around the rebar and then using 1.5 to 1.75" pvc pipe 10 feet long to go into the 2.5" pvc pipe and maybe using some sort of guide wires to help anchor it. We can get some decent wind here in the winter and am wondering if this would hold up overall and as far as the lights go am thinking of running 2 strand of each color 1 up the other down side then move 90 degrees with the same color, then to creater a + of 1 color then go back and run the next color 35-45 degrees from the first and repeat so basically having 6 + around the tree and each 1 of the 6 a new color. I hope that makes some sence? Anyway whats the best way to put the lights on the tree that way? I was considering cutting slots in the top of the pvc but that might make it hard to run guide wires or put a cap on the top of the pvc and run hooks for the lights and guide wires? I have never built anything like this so could use any and all the help or advice I can get. As much as I would like to be able to dig a hole and build a base with concrete is a no go because again we rent, plus I am kind of on a budget and am wondering if this can be done "lights and controller I already have" for less than $50.00? Thanks to all, Joe
  15. Hi everyone, I am always poking around diffrent sites and am aside from christmas always facinated by the lighting systems on carnival rides "as cheesy as some may think" I have always found it a wonder as to how they get soo many lights to run while the rides move all over the place. Anyway I saw this controller on the action lighting site and cant help but think it may be the same controller that is used on alot of farris wheels where the wheel and spokes can be used to run many patterns. I was wondering if anyone had ever seen or could it possibly be used for a front yard display if it were not to be music synced? http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=532&MainCategory=Controllers&Sub=Programmable Thanks to all, Joe
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