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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.
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  • 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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Everything posted by RichardH

  1. Action Lighting is getting in LED flood lights in a few weeks. http://tinyurl.com/ngdrk The price is about the same (for red anyway) as the GE Floods. I wonder how much light they put out.
  2. Thanks for the input. I am going to go ahead with the star on the left. I want to make this thing really bright and thought the best way to achieve this would be to use C9 Bulbs. I plan on using about 200 bulbs to make this thing really shine. Most of the time I will only have it at 50% or so and then at the right times I will turn it up Full Blast (I always loved that term).
  3. I am sure this is just airbrushed but thought it was kind of fun.
  4. I found a site where you can buy and download Monique Danielle's version of Carol of the Bells for 99cents http://www.tradebit.com/filesharing.php/3008/2608 You just pay with pay pal and you can download the file instantly. Awesome! That was easy! :smile:
  5. I am also looking for this song. If anybody knows who it is, please let us know. Thanks.
  6. http://www.servicelighting.com/catalog_product.cfm?prod=HA64019 They are $2.00 each for outdoor green extension cords. Seems like a good deal to me so I bought 100 of them. I just checked the status of my order though and it says they do not have them in stock with a ??? next to when they are going to be in so who knows if I will get them. They have already charged my credit card though. They also have green 15' indoor cords for $1 http://www.servicelighting.com/catalog_product.cfm?prod=HA64019
  7. That is a pretty cool cutout tree you made bekacaudill. You did a great job. I am thinking wind is going to be a problem and since it is so high up on the house it might now work even with holes. My other option is to do a wireframe and should be easier since all the pieces can be straight.
  8. I made two different designs and was wondering which one you think looks better Star 1 or Star 2 I was thinking of just painting the entire thing white or black (black might give it more of a wireframe look at night) but was thinking it might look better during the day if I painted it different shades of yellow so it would look like this on the house
  9. Here is a Bethlehem Star that I am working on. Just did the artwork on the computer and now I have to do the hard part and make it. I plan on getting a 4'8' Piece of plywood and the drilling holes through it and have C9 bulbs shine through. Here is a mock up of what it is going to look like. It will be controlled via LOR with 3 Channels.
  10. I would recommend what others are saying and buy an Amp Tester I just bought a cheap one off e-bay and it works great. Picked it up for $16 ($24 total including shipping). You can meassure up to 1000 amps with this style. I use it to see how many amps certain strings are and what is really nice is you can see how many amps your entire house is pulling. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260016602462
  11. Buy two more LOR controllers and have 32 trees with 2 colors.:smile: The best of both worlds.
  12. Hi Paul. On your site you have the C-7 and C-9 both having 5 LEDs per bulb and the price is the same. Just checking to see if the C-7 really does have 3 LEDs or do they both have the same?
  13. I will go ahead and give my two cents worth about inflatables (and the same would apply to blow molds). Your yard is like a piece of canvas waiting to be painted. What you paint might be "busy" or "tacky" to somebody and to someone else they will love it. I prefer things that are very clean looking and don't look like a "Where's Waldo" picture. Even though looking at a Where's Waldo picture is fun every now and then, I prefer a cleaner look. I really wanted to get a large wire frame Nativity set this year but after figuring up my budget and buying 64 channels of LOR and LED lights and such I did not have the money left over one of the bigger sets I want. I then saw the Nativity Inflatable and I debated about getting one because I have never really been turned on to inflatables and thought I would never get one. I went ahead and bought one and set up yesterday and I think it actually looks pretty good. After this I even thought about buying 10 nutcracker inflatables and putting them all in a roll like a small army and controlling the lights with LOR. For me personally I think this would look better than 10 random inflatables throughout the yard. This of course is only my opinion and you have the right to totally disagree with me. I have been wrong before (but only once :}).
  14. Ok I just got this inflatable from an online vender I inflated it today to try it out and it looks great! I have a question though. Lights are only run in the manger part so at night the middle part is all dark. Have others added more lights to their inflatables to really make it glow? I tried putting some minis in the baby Jesus and it worked well but there really is not a way to have the lights stay around the face of Joseph and Mary. Right now I am just thinking of having a white spot light it up from the front. Any Ideas? (Image used with permission)
  15. That is a lot of different choices. I have been looking for some orange LED lights and notice they offer orange in the Multi String but don't offer it as a single color. Orange is such a hard color to find.
  16. I just bought 100 25ft green outdoor extension cords since I got a good deal. Most of these I will use as is but I want to try and kill two birds with one stone and I need some 50' cords and some female plug ends for a LOR controller. I was thinking about cutting 3 feet off one of the cords and using that for the LOR controller and then using the rest of the wire to splice to another extension cord for a 47' cord. Any tutorials or ideas on the best way to splice together 16/3 extension cords? I was thinking about cutting and soldering the wires and then using Liquid Electrical Tape to seal the wires, then I would tape each one with normal Electrial tape and finanly put on some shrink tube. What do you all think?
  17. Tom B. wrote: I am not exactly sure how the bulbs work but LEDs are DC based and I wondering if each bulb converts the AC to DC. This would add a lot of cost in production of these bulbs.
  18. I am guessing your got the bulbs that screw into a normal C9 120ac string? I would really like to go this way so I could mix and match bulbs down the road but it just seems so expensive at $1.40 a bulb. Plus I would have to buy the strings and now we are talking over $1.50 a foot (based on 12" spacing) . I plan on doing three different colors on my house which is going to be about 700 feet. At that rate it is going to cost about $1,000 using this method. I have been looking at another vendor where the cost is about 45 cents a foot with C9 or C7 LED lights (but they are not removable). This would put me in the $350 range.
  19. nanac1 wrote: Opps my bad, I meant to type in Bryce (keep typing to fast and the Y and U are close together) Thanks for the info. I know that Coroplast is available in many colors. Does white coroplast make it look brighter as appose to using black? It seems like with white you would have to make sure that other lights were not washing it out.
  20. Being new on the board this year I just saw the toy factory made by Bryce Holy Cow! He is very good. The design of this is awesome. How are these made? Is this white wood with holes drilled in it with Mini Lights poking out? Thanks for any info anybody can give.
  21. Thanks for the input Tom B. Where did you buy your LEDs? Like Greg Young was talking about, how many LEDs are in yours? I have seen some cheap LED C7 lights but they only have 1 LED and I am guessing that that will be a lot dimmer than a normal C7.
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