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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. This year I doubled my facebook page likes and my traffic has been steady since. Here is how I did it.

      1. Make a good video of your display. Make sure the audio and video quality are top notch.

      2. Post the video on your facebook page asking your fans to share it.

      3. Promote the post on facebook, this will almost guarantee that all of your Facebook fans will see the post in their feed. I chose to promote to fans only because friends of fans seem to get me a lot of junk likes.

      4. Make sure you have a commercial in between your songs that says something like "Thanks for stopping by, please find us on facebook by searching for Christmas On Sunset.......blah blah blah" etc etc

      When I did this I had over 300 shares and according to facebook there was an estimated 143,000 people who "could have: seen my video on facebook. In 2 weeks I received 400 new likes and my traffic has been steady ever since.

      Good Luck

    2. figured this is the best place to put this

      was just wondering if anyone had pictures of how they attached lights to side of house. been leaning more towards sections of electrical conduit on top and bottom then just running the lights up and down with a 4 to 6 inch spacing and attaching with zipties.

      does anyone have a beter idea? any advise will help!

      The conduit is how disney does it. I always try to copy the pros.


    3. any one ever hear of the 15 foot rule? I had one guy tell me that I can use #8 wire for my

      100 amp christmas light sub panel, its about 4 feet from the main panel. I didnt do it, i used #2 (had it laying around). i was just wonder if thats true.

      He is absolutely correct about the 15 foot rule. The rule states that if you use the wrong size wire you should stand back 15 feet and watch the fire! ;)

    4. I am thinking about building an antenna like the one discussed here. http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=23446

      This year I am adding a 12 mega tree and I was thinking about mounting the antena to the poll. I would like to mount the antenna inside the mega tree, not on top so I am concerned about any interference that the strings of lights may cause because I will be using 140 100 count mini light strings. Has anyone done this before? What kinda of results did you get?



    5. It looks like one of the three wires goes directly to the first bulb that you are holding. That is positive. Trace the other two and see where they go. If one leads to the end of the string then that is a neutral.

    6. Hello,

      I thought I remembered someone talking about being about to turn up the broadcast strength. I opened it up and found two places to adjust. The first is on the face plate and the second in on the board. Can anyone help me?

      The first one is to adjust the contract of the screen. I am not sure what the second does but I am curious also. Hopefully someone else will know.

    7. I have a plastic Moravian Star, I want to replace the single incadescent bulb and with 12 Red, 12 Green and 12 Blue LEDs. I want to be able to control each color with a channel of my LOR board. I plan on using either T1 or T1-3/4 LEDs. Purchasing a LOR DC board is out of the question becuase I am already over budget. Does anyone have a schematic that I can use to accomplish this???

    8. Search ebay for Bussman Power Modules

      On ebay there are two 60 amp models priced at $1750 but I found a like new, 100amp model last year on ebay for $40 + $50 shipping. Basically what it is is a large disconnect switch that can be thrown manually or you can wire a fire alarm into it and when the fire alarm goes off it will automatically disconnet the power. I think it could be easily adapted for your use.


    9. schristi69 wrote:

      I have looked around for other solutions to the power hookup and am not finding many solutions. It looks like the only other solution is a 50 amp mobile home harness and receptacle. It looks like 50 amps 220v is the most that these types of connectors will handle in the non-industrial world. This would give 100 amps 110v available and probably way more than I need at the moment. Still, better to have excess capacity than to need more. Guess for this year I may have to go this route until I can find one of those 100 amp connectors at a reasonable price. Anyone else have a solution for getting power to your mobile power station without hard wiring?

      I used cam-lok connectors. You use a connector for each conductor of your input. There are 125 amp and 400 amp versions and they cost me about $120 for my setup.


    10. I am the latest customer of the Demented Elf and I have to say that I am 110% satisfied. Kevin was very easy to work with and worked quickly too. Once he delivered me my voice overs he was very easy to work with to iron out the last few wrinkles(all cause by me of course). I would recommend Kevin to anyone looking for any professional voice over work.

    11. I feel for you, I've learned to keep my xmas light addiction in the closet so to not annoy my wife too much. Don't get me wrong, she loves the lights but she cant take more than a 2 or 3 hour a day conversation. Good luck and just remember that your addiction will not get better EVER!!!!!

    12. From my understanding it is 100% approval for everyone. I would send an email to support again and maybe even point them to this thread and see what they say. Maybe it is a glitch in the new system.

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