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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. On my computer I run Raid 1 (Mirror Disk). What this does is use two hard drives and writes and reads exactly the same from each hard drive. This way if one drive dies, your computer keeps running and you just replace the bad drive and it will reset up the mirror. A huge time saver if a hard drive does crash since you will not have to reinstall the OS and all your programs again. Of course you should always have a back up also incase you accidently delete your files. It will not save you from human error, only from hard drive failures.
  2. I also noticed this. Plus you can use the male plug on the end for a few cords so you don't have to use as many as the vampire plugs.
  3. I am just going to go with the spt2 from Action Lighting. Thank you everybody for your input.
  4. Any daytime shots showing how the back is supported and attached to your roof?
  5. Very Nice! What color is your Coro?
  6. If you can find the specs, let us know. It seems that they don't deal with any thing that is high voltage. All the stuff on their web site seems to be audio, networking, low voltage items.
  7. This is advertised as Speaker Wire but would this work to make extension cords out of? http://www.deepsurplus.com/s.nl/it.A/id.476/.f?sc=2&category=117
  8. Like jmccorm pointed you to, they are available but they are very expensive. I was looking at doing this also but after doing some research I have found that it is much cheaper to buy C7 leds already on strings. I know that you have to convert AC to DC for LED lights so I am guessing that standalone LED bulbs have to have more parts inside to convert from AC to DC which adds a larger cost. If anybody else know why, please let us know.
  9. If nobody else enters do I get 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes for the controlled projects Everyone waiting until the last moment?
  10. Glad you all liked it. The first time we hiked up with the generator we could not get it started for some reason (started the day before with some work). We went up a few days later with a different generator and got the shot that morning.
  11. Reminds me a photo I helped my brother take a few years ago. He is a photographer and during the fall we hiked up in the mountains and decorated a tree. Then during the winter we snowshoed to the tree with a generator on a sled and plugged it in just as the sun was coming up. Here is how it turned out. You can view more of his work at http://www.willieholdman.com
  12. Guyfox_318c wrote: Well it looks like the "deal" I found online was too good to be true. ServiceLighting.com was showing green 25ft outdoor extension cords for $2 each. After ordering 100 of them (and them charging my credit card right away) they just called to tell me they are discontinued and now the link shows they are $7.90 each. Oh well. Looks like I will be going back to my original plan of buying lots of SPT2 and making my own cords.
  13. I don't know what it is this year but this Christmas Bug has bitten me bad. Just this morning on my way to work I see a truck with extension cords hanging on the side and I start saying things like "That looks like 12awg cord" and I start imagining this cord laying down on the front yard and how far it will reach. I start judging how much things cost by how many Christmas lights and cords I could buy instead. Saying such things as "This car repair bill is going to cost me 1 LOR controller, 10 sets of LED strings, and about 15 50ft green extension cords". I find myself singing "Carol of the Bells" over and over and over (and over) since I have been working on a sequence. I have to refrain myself about talking to people about Christmas Lights because they will truly think I am nuts. My neighbor gives me a strange look across the road as I am stringing up C9 lights on my house to do some testing. I have made more trips to Home Depot in the Past 2 weeks (installing a sub panel) than I usually make in a year === Yes I am nuts and I admit it! I need Help!
  14. Brad T Finkle wrote: Thanks. They are your standard C9 Clear Bulbs. I have a tutorial at http://www.barncow.com/christmas/star/ === Glad you like my prank calls - I do incoming prank calls only. Waste my time, I thought I would waste theirs
  15. I ordered it from action lighting http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=1298&MainCategory=&Sub=
  16. Wow, that is quite the post Tom. That information will help a lot. I will be doing 3 channels on my roof line White, Red, Green on 12 inch spacing so each bulb will be 4 inches away from each other. I will be dividing the 3 colors up to 6 channels because of the amp load. My eves are siding so the built in clips on the C9 lights work great. I guess you would have to take all the bulbs out if you are putting up 3-4 strings at a time. I was wondering about that and it sounds like having the sockets empty are the best way to put them. Thanks for the info! P.S. I really wanted to do LED C9 lights but I have spent so much money already on supplies since this is my first year (FM Transmitter, LOR controllers, Cords, Etc., Etc.)
  17. I just bought a 1000' spool of C9 sockets (12 inch centers) and a bunch of vampire ends. The cords are rated at 10 amps so you could make strings as long as 150 Feet if you really wanted to. I have some runs on my house that will be around 80 feet or so. I am wondering if I should make shorter runs, like every 25 feet or so, or make it the entire length of 80 feet. I am wondering how hard it would be to manage a run that long putting it up and down. What do the "Pros" do?
  18. It will be interesting to see how LED lights affect the market 10 years down the road. I am sure they will get cheaper and cheaper and last longer and longer. Reminds me of a special ink pad my dad bought about 20 years ago (He would stamp a product about 100 times a day) where the inside was made of of solid hard ink that would never try out. He used it over 10 years and the only reason he stopped using it was because it got lost. They don't make these style ink pads anymore.
  19. This is a question that I have had for a few years. Why don't the manufactures of Christmas Lights use colored glass instead of a coating of color on the outside? This way your lights would always be the same color year after year and the color would not chip off. They do different colored glass for bottled beverages, why not for Christmas Lights?
  20. Here is my star animated (Flash Loop) http://www.barncow.com/christmas/star/starshine.swf
  21. Not sure how the voting is going to work but I suggest the 3 vote point system (since there is a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) How it works is everybody gets 3 votes. 1st Vote Choice = 3 points 2nd Vote Choice = 2 Points 3rd Vote Choice = 1 Point Then the points are added and the highest points end up as 1st, then 2nd, then 3rd. Using this method the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places are more in line with how everybody voted. What does everybody else think?
  22. Here is my Entry for the Contest. I just finished my project Saturday. I just finished the tutorial this morning. How to build a Bethlehem Star Video http://www.barncow.com/christmas/star/starshine.swf
  23. I just got done with the star. It has about 175 C9 lights and it is bright! It is about 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide. http://www.barncow.com/christmas/star/starshine.swf I also made a tutorial the explains how I made this. http://www.barncow.com/christmas/star/
  24. I think I would also have to get this and hopefully when LORII comes out with DMX control I will be able to sync it to the show. It only cost $8,600 Just think of all the traffic you could attract! It only pulls 28amps at 240V
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