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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.

Alabama_Santa

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About Alabama_Santa

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  • Birthday 07/10/1966

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Best time of the year
  • Location
    Harvest, Alabama, USA
  • Biography
    Christmas guy.
  • Interests
    Jetsking, Jet boating, Alabama Football & Christmas<br />
    Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corns, and Syrup
  • Occupation
    Research Scientist
  • About my display
    2016 - - 115,000+ lights mostly LEDs<br />
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    21' Mega Tree, 33 - 3 color mini trees, leaping arches etc...

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  1. Wish I could make it this year, but with looking for a new job and getting my 2 son started back to College in Aug. my plate is full. Maybe I can make a plan and make it next year. Hope everyone has a great time.
  2. Yes, I have seen the Indestructible plans, there is also a college that did one in Mobile Al with all LEDs pixels. But, as mine will be outside I think using the C9s that are made for outside is a better Idea than the fluorescents tubes. They really don’t get that warm and the venting should be enough. Thanks for the comments.
  3. Ok so I am thinking of building this for the display. Thinking I would change the picture about 4 times during the Season to mix things up. It could also be used for other things during the year. If you have any Ideas please feel free to post. Here is the basics of what I am thinking. Giant Lite-Bright Idea Light box built out of 2X4s measuring 4ft by 8ft 4x8 sheet of plywood $25.00 for the back of the box. Paint outside black and line the inside with tin-foil for reflectivity. 5 cans of cheap black spray paint. Large Box of heavy duty Tin-foil. $10 for paint and about $10 for tin-foil- $20 I am thinking of using 2 strings of C9 100 Christmas lights to light the box, just staple the lights in a pattern to the back of the light box. This would provide 1400 watts of light. 7 watts per. Bulb should be able to make a hole at the top of the back to run the cords out to be plugged in. The hole will help to vent the box but with 1400 watts probably should make a hole at the bottom opposite side to create some cross convection ventilation. Might even need to add a fan but I don’t think that will be needed as the bulbs do not get any hotter than about 100deg. the air around the bulb might get a bit warmer than that say 120-130deg. but the venting should be all that is needed. $100 for the light strings and bulbs. Now I need a clear sold membrane to attach to the light box, I am thinking I can get something like this. Suntuf 26 in. x 8 ft. Clear Polycarbonate Roofing Panel Homedepot has them for $22 and it would take 2 - $45. Might find something cheaper but plexiglas is $130 for 4x8 so this is cheaper than that. This is used to let the light out and stop the pegs from going too far in and hitting the bulbs or falling into the box. I need a rubber mat so that it can help to hold the pegs and block the light and basically heal itself (close up) when a peg is pulled out. This will take some time, I will have to cut and X at each of the peg holes on the mat so that the peg and be pushed through to the light when needed and be pulled out and the holes close back. Something like this is what I am thinking. Dyno Rubber Utility Mat - 4' x 8' $50 The mat need to be spaced about ½ inch from the clear membrane so that the pegs can push the rubber open and get to the light source. Have to figure this out, might just spacer 1x 2 boards but I don’t think I need a inch, but I don’t think it would hurt except the pegs have to be longer. Need a peg board to attach over the rubber matt, might have to paint the pegboard black. Peg board about $20 So about $260 for everything but the pegs. Last but not least need Pegs…. This is the expensive part, I am thinking ACRYLIC PLEXIGLASS ROUND ROD Clear and Colored – for enough to make about 2400 pegs 3inch long in 5 colors - $240.00 Might try and find a cheaper item but can’t think of one right now. Project Cost: ~ $500
  4. Alabama_Santa

    Led Keeper?

    Yes I used it on Icicles, but it is a bit more work.
  5. Alabama_Santa

    Led Keeper?

    Here is a post I made a few days ago. Used the LED keeper last night to fix about 12 strings of LEDs saving me about $250. I did pick about 3 strings to use as replacements for the others and I did throw about 3 away as just not fixable (cleaning up some storage space). I have ... about the same amount still to go over so this $30 item might end up saving me $500 just this year. I know I am not an average user but this is certainly a good product and it is cool that I kind of know the inventor through my contacts. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007H4I8HY/ref=ox_ya_os_product
  6. Used the LED keeper last night to fix about 12 strings of LEDs saving me about $250. I did pick about 3 strings to use as replacements for the others and I did throw about 3 away as just not fixable (cleaning up some storage space). I have ... about the same amount still to go over so this $30 item might end up saving me $500 just this year. I know I am not an average user but this is certainly a good product and it is cool that I kind of know the inventor. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007H4I8HY/ref=ox_ya_os_product
  7. Working on it, maybe 12 or 13,000 up lots to go. But it was great weather in Alabama this weekend to work on it in and I hope it is again this weekend.
  8. My signs seem to do the trick they simply say "Smile our cameras feed directly to the North Pole." Then I have some camers that are visable and some that are not.
  9. http://store.3glightingcreations.com/ They are great to work with, I have bought severl items from them.
  10. Shake up Christmas is by the Band Train. Look on youtube -
  11. It's quite in here. Hope everyone is working hard to make 2012 a great Christmas Lighting season. I am building a few new things this year with more lights and wire frames. I have high hope for a great Show this year and I also hope to get around to see severl others Displays. Please post your Basic location and details and when you light up. I am in harvest Al. and this year we will have over 100,000 lights mostly LEDs on over 200 LOR channels. My show should be about 40 minutes long I think and we have voice overs this year by the Demented Elf. Happy Lighting.
  12. Yes I think I am going to leave it the same this year. The contrast was the main idea of going with black (shadow look). But it looks very cool just by it's self when light for a few sec. of a few songs.
  13. Actually I lit it from the front last year with 2 floods. I wanted to use 2 Cosmic Color Floods but they were not ready at the time.
  14. Relatively easy to make and I think it turned out nice.
  15. I am in Harvest over 100,000 lights on over 200 channels. Been doing animated for a long time.
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