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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.
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  1. So how long did it take you to make all of those guys? I can't imagine the work involved. -Richard
  2. Wow! I am always so impressed with what people do every year. Great job. I wish I could see some of these awesome displays in person but you also did a great job with the video.
  3. Son of a *****! It sucks that rabbits do this kind of stuff. Kill them all!
  4. I used all x10 stuff. Wireless x10 Motion Detecors where picked up by the x10 receiver. I then bought an x10 relay module that was hooked up to one of the 6 triggers on the mp3 director where it it was programmed to play a "show" when it was triggered. The wireless sensor http://www.smarthome.com/4087/EagleEye-Wireless-Motion-Sensor-Black-MS14A/p.aspx The receiver http://www.smarthome.com/4002/X10-Plug-in-RF-Base-TM751/p.aspx The relay device http://www.thex10shop.com/product/0/product_713326.html You can find all these on ebay for cheap. -Richard
  5. I switched over to a mp3 director in 2008. Mainly because the location did not really have a place for a laptop. I like how you can program multiple cards and just pop them in. Also you don't have to take down your show while you tweak something. You just program another card and when you have it that way you want, load it on the card and swap it with the one already in the mp3 director. Another big plus to the mp3 director is you can have triggers that will play certain shows. For example I made a "Security Sequence" that just turns on all the whites in the entire display when the show is not running. I hooked up motion sensors in the display so if they were triggered, it would turn on all the lights in the display. That way if somebody was sneaky around in the display, it would turn on and send them running.
  6. Son of a *****! It sucks that people do this kind of stuff.
  7. Running Late. I was hope to be set up in the next 2 days but we get hit with a ton of snow. A little Video I made
  8. Wow! What an Awesome looking tree and I can't believe the work that must have gone into making that. The tree itself is a masterpiece. What a great project to be involved with. I would love to give a shot at programing a song on it. What are you using to control it?
  9. When I hear mega tree I think of any size tree that uses a pole in the middle and light strands come down vertically. Also I imagine "spinning a tree" when I hear Mega Tree. I love the term "Mini Mega Tree" though. I designed a display at a Garden store this season and we have 1 Mega Tree that is 20' high and 2 "Mini mega" trees that are 15' high. I think people use the term "Mini Mega Tree" when they have mega trees of different sizes in their display.
  10. I did keep track of what it cost me my first year back in 2006 I am guessing around 10k right now. It would be a lot more if I did not buy lights 75% after Christmas. Electrical bill was only about $120 more than normal. It is kind of funny all the comments you get from people that don't do these displays that make comments like "I would hate to see their electrical bill" when in reality the electricity is nothing compared to the cost of the rest of the display.
  11. You can buy 10' sections of "garden fence" at lowes. They come painted white and I bought some black, gray, and dark brown paint and sprayed them really fast randomly on the fence. It turned out really nice. I then use stakes and zip tie the fence to the stakes. Looks great.
  12. Its that time of year again so thought I would bump this thread.
  13. I said it at the beginning of this thread and I will say it again. I thought it was great!
  14. I posted these last year and had a few interested people but nothing panned out. I am not quite ready to make the jump to LEDs since I want all my white to match including my C9s and Snow Flake Rope Lights. I am selling around 220 50ct GE Soft White Leds for $6 each. I prefer to sell the whole lot to one person but if there is not any interest within in the next few days, I will start breaking it up. e-mail me at [email protected] if you are interested. This is the price I paid for them. They were Normally $12 each but I bought them for 50% off after Christmas. At first they were marked to only 25% off but the day they hit 50%, I went in and bought them all. Shipping will be the actually shipping charges. These are Full Wave and fade with LOR. These are pretty close to the color of incandescents since they are soft white. I removed them from the boxes when I bought them so they would take up less space (which took hours). All These LEDs are brand new and have never been used. The bulbs are removable and each set comes with 2 spare bulbs which are all in a zip lock bag. Here are some photos This box says blue, since I threw away all the white ones, but it looks the same. I am only selling white. This is a comparison of the lights compared to others. The 1st set is Normal LED White also called Cool White. The 2nd set is what you are buying, Soft White. The 3rd set are normal clear incandescent lights. Please mail me at [email protected] if you are interested. Like I said, I prefer to sell them to one buyer but I will break them up in a few days if nobody wants all of them. Here are the specs off the box. LEDs - 50 Total Set Wattage - 3.2 Socket Spacing - 4 inches between sockets Total Length - 17.3 Lighted Length - 16.3 Max Connected Sets - 25 Sets
  15. I will have to ask her but I think it was for copper content. She has turned in old wiring there before I guess.
  16. Same old songs use to be new at one time. Back when I started I wanted to do some original songs that have not been done yet so I poured over a ton of music and the result was Music Box Dancer which is not even a Christmas Song and Amazing Grace Techno which can sort of be a Christmas Song but when you hear it you don't think Christmas like you would with something like Jingle Bells. My YouTube account got wiped out because of a copyright issue with a certain song and I had to re-upload all my videos so now they show a newer date so it looks my videos are "newer" and because of this I will sometimes I will get comments on YouTube were people will say I copied somebody else because they saw another video first using Music Box or Amazing Grace. Kind of Funny. There is a good chance I will be doing my display back at my house this year and in the process now of trying to find some other unknown gems out there. I have a couple that I am thinking of but I don't know if they will be as popular as the others. I plan on using some others also that have been only used by 1 or 2 other PC members that I know of. Actually I almost did not do Amazing Grace. My display was already up and running and I wanted to add one more and I thought it would be fun to do and it ended being my most popular one. I pulled it from the show this last year when I had to cut it down to 3 songs because of traffic and received a lot of complaints so back up it went! Music Box Dancer and Amazing Grace will always be a part of the display. It has become my own "Wizards in Winter".
  17. Hello Everybody. This last week I started to take down the lights from our 150,000 light display. Weather has been crazy here in Utah. It actually snowed a good inch this morning. We left our lights up from the 2008 display so we could use them again in 2009. This saved us about 100 man hours or more since we did not have to take them down and put them back up. Some of them faded a little bit but after 2010 most of them were faded more than I would like so I planned on throwing them all away. The last few days I have been taking them down with a pair of tin snips which is much faster. I threw away about 50,000 of the lights and was getting ready to throw away the rest but I have a older sister than wanted to take them down to the recycling place. I gave her about 50,000 lights and was surprised to learn they gave her $150 for them. Now I am wishing I did not throw away those other 50,000 lights. There are about 50,000 more lights I have to take down that I promised I would give her but I was surprised that they even took them with all the bulbs, glass, etc. So if you have a lot of extra lights sitting around that you plan on tossing out, you might want to recycle them.
  18. Yeah I recorded it on my DVR. It was a really small clip but I think I will put it up on YouTube for fun. -Richard
  19. Old people dancing and having their pants fall to the ground never gets old.
  20. Yeah they contacted me about 2 months ago and asked if they could use a clip of my show for a promo they were doing. I also got a check for $100! I wonder if I can still enter the contest since they used my clip?
  21. Computer -> USB Cable -> LOR USB-RS485 Adapter -> LOR Controller The USB cable is just a standard USB cable.
  22. I don't care if you only have a single strand of c9s that are half burnt out, spent 200+ hours on your own display, or hire a company to do everything for you. Any Christmas Lights is a thumbs up!
  23. RichardH

    lowes return

    Yeah they do limits so people don't abuse the situation. I have a brother-in-law that did so many returns even with a receipt that they told him he is limited to 3 returns a year now. He would always be buying stuff, use it for something, and then return it. I find it unethical doing that kind of stuff. I had a friend once that bought a scanner so he could scan a bunch of stuff in and then returned it when he was done with his project. I admit that I did do one thing thing at wal-mart that was kind of in a gray area. I bought about 200 boxes of white that were on sale after Christmas one year. In the summer I started working on my arches in the summer and noticed that half of them (100 boxes) were defective. On some of them the bulbs were very loose and just brushing your hand over them result in the bulbs falling out. The lights were to small for the socket. Here is a photo showing the bad and good ones from the same walmart. When walmart put out their Christmas lights the following year I took them back without a receipt and traded them for new ones. I did not volunteer the information that I bought them on clearance the year before. I figured I was sold defective product and I was just trying to replace what I bought already.
  24. That is great! Every now and then somebody drops a note in the charity box or sends us a Christmas Card talking about the display. This year a stranger from another state sent us a Christmas Card with a Check for the Make-A-Wish foundation saying how much they enjoyed the videos on the site. Guess they looked up my Address. -Richard
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