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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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    1. I bought some the LED floods from Action lighting and they are very vivid. I only got Red and Green so can not tell you about the Blue but I am sure it is intense. After doing some testing, I would say that two LED floods equal the brightness from one 100watt Flood.
    2. I just gone done adding some lights to the Ghost in my Haunted House Inflatable. I used LOR to control them. http://www.barncow.com/christmas/HH-animate.swf
    3. They did a very good job and the prices are a bargin!
    4. nate wrote: Ok I will bite. How do you have this set up to start it from your cell phone?
    5. Static is nice and Computerized is nice also. It is good to have a mix in your area. Making a computerized light show is just another way to make your display stand out from others. This is because most of the people in your area will be static. Also I think it seems like everybody here on PC is using computerized Lighting because there is so much discussion about it. Computerized Lighting has a much steeper learning curve than doing a static display so you are going to have more people running into problems and asking questions on how to do certain things. Because of this we have 1,00
    6. JR V wrote: Now that would be pretty cool! I don't know if this would affect it or not but having so many trees inside each other may start blocking some of the light because of strands in the way. For example with 4 megatrees you would have to pass through 7 light strands if the backside of the large tree was on (compared to just one if it was a single megatree). I could be totally wrong though and it would not really affect it at all. Try it out and let us know.
    7. Here are the floods in Action http://www.barncow.com/christmas/ledfloodvideo.swf
    8. Anybody thought of doing A smaller Mega Tree Inside a Larger Mega Tree? Say you have a 15ft Mega tree and then a 8ft tree inside of that one. Would look cool if one was spinning one way and the other was spinning the other way.
    9. I was also not that impressed with the C7 lights. They did not seem very bright.
    10. I saw this same style at Lowes at few days ago in their christmas dept. They were around $1.50
    11. I also saw these at Lowes. I am guessing each bulb has 3 leds that are Red, Green, Blue so it can change the color. What would be totally cool is if somebody made a String of LED Lights with RGB Leds that you could control individually. It would have something like 3 AC input plugs and you hook it up to LOR. This way you could make your lights any color you wanted at any given time. -Richard
    12. HPHP wrote: I use the built in clip on the C9 Socket. They just slide under the sofit.
    13. Well I got my LED Floods from Action lighting last week. I am really impreseed with the brightness and color. They are almost and really close to the brightness of a 100 watt flood. I bought Red and Green and it seems the Greens are about 20% brighter than the Red (The greens also cost more). When they are off, they both look exactly the same since the glass is clear and I even got a little confused which one was what when they were off. I hooked them up to a LOR controller and did some testing. They turn instantly ON and OFF so there are no timing issues. Shimmer looks like a str
    14. I did the same thing and the cost of LEDs is way more than the amount you will save with them. If you are just going with how much money you can save, minis seem the best to go with for now until the prices of LEDs drop (may take a few years). Now there are many other reasons why people use LEDs. Because of their lower power requirements it opens up a few other things. These include. -Putting more Lights on a LOR channel -Not having to have so many dedicated breakers for your lights -Colors are more vivid (Blues are very intense) -Are more rugged as far as the bulbs not breaking
    15. RichardH


      I will take 25 of them. Send them to Richardh Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062 :laughing:
    16. finnegan wrote: My entire display is set around Red, Green, and Clear. Most of the time I will be using just Red and Green but times when I want it to be "bright" I turn all the white on.
    17. They will be controlled with LOR. I just got them finished today and they are just static right now until I hook up the LOR controller. I ran 3 different wires so I can do some chase effects. After Halloween I will be taking out all the Orange Bulbs and replacing them with Red, Green, and Clear.
    18. It was two photos I took and then put them together and edited them in Photoshop.
    19. I think it is going to take a few years before you see them drop quite a bit. I can not figure out the LED pricing. I was at Lowes and they sell Multi Color LED strings for $12 and $15 for solid color (Green, Red, and Blue). Does not really make sense because Red Leds are the cheapest to make and are $3 more than the Multi. These are all the same Brand.
    20. RichardH


      I think your Lowes must have a pricing error because I check out the Lowes where I live during Lunch and they are $4.95 each. They looked exactly like the ones you have and were located right by the extension cords. Make sure you get all you need (and then some) for the .50 price. -Richard
    21. RichardH


      That is a pretty good deal. About a Month ago I just about 50 of them form someone on ebay for $2 each which I thought was a good deal. I need a few more so I will check out my lowes to see if they also have this price.
    22. Finally finished putting up all my Orange C9 lights up on my house. I will try and get a night show tomorrow. Here is a fun shot.
    23. GS wrote: I will have to test my new C9 clips then. I bought a 1000' spool of C9 socket SPT2 wire and just cut a section of that to plug in 10 stobes and it works great. I assumed that the indivudual c9 sockets where the same as the ones they use on the spools.
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