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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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Logan L. Johnson

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  1. Not sure why it couldn't be. No different than mixing bubble lights and regular c7 incans.
  2. I despise the color of white LEDs (even the warm white don't look warm white). The multi-color aren't that bad, but I still prefer incans. My display is 100% incandescent .
  3. I'm not a mathematically-minded person, and I have no experience with electrical wiring/work. But, I have it all up now, and the cords aren't warming up, and no breakers have kicked. So, fingers crossed, it's going to work out great, especially when I get my LOR controller .
  4. My neighbors are all elderly people ranging in age from 50 something -80 years old. It's an old stereo speaker that I found at goodwill. You can hear it from the road, but once you start getting away from the lights, it's hard to hear.
  5. I have a static display, but I still play music through a speaker (wrapped as a present) on my porch.
  6. I think those are cutouts. This year walmart has their blow mold bulbs like that for $6. They are lighted, but I don't have any to see how well they work.
  7. All I have left is my icicle lights. I was putting out the santa sleigh on halloween, and I tripped, and injured my wrist, and got set back almost two weeks. I like my decorations to be done by about the 2nd week of november. Here's what I've got so far. 100% beautiful, warm, inviting incandescent lighting. About 8500 lights.
  8. Ok, so I've been planning and shopping the past two weeks, and I plan to start decorating after Halloween. I am using mainly 16-gauge extension cords, especially for the crepe myrtle. I purchased a grounded 3-way for it, so I think I will end up stacking 3-4 plugs (no more) and hook 1-2 strings into some of the end plugs, which should be less strain (stacked plugs, no melting Lol). The CM will be hooked into an outlet in the basement which SHOULDN'T be on the same breaker as the other receptacle. I will then be hooking the same amount of lights into the other plug as usual (I threw out my DIY mini trees and purchased spirals because I like them better) plus maybe 2 more strings than usual (about 270 more incans added to that outlet). Then, I will hook the dogwood and cross into another outlet. I also plan to look at the spreadsheet posted further back on this thread. I would appreciate any kind of constructive criticism/advice on my plan, especially with electrical safety (I'm a horticulturist, I just like Christmas decorations, no electrical experience).
  9. I don't use LEDS. Just not the same as incans.
  10. Well, it seems we have reached understanding. I will give updates when available.
  11. Thanks for that. So I can stack the 4 plugs as long as they are secured? They will be in a tree and nobody will be walking in the yard except me.
  12. I hook 4 together on my 6ft trees end-to-end. So I will do 3 stacks of 4 and work from there. I will get some more outlets.
  13. Ok. I will get another outlet, or run to one of the outlets in the basement. If I use a 3-way cord I can make 2 stacks of 4 plugs and 1 stack of 5 plugs. That would be plugged into a different outlet. I don't like LEDs and I will not be switching. I am not an electric engineer, so..... I will certainly look at your spreadsheet.
  14. I already have lots of lights plugged into 1 outlet. I am just afraid to add more. The breaker doesn't trip unless I run the vacuum or turn on the space heater.
  15. Ok..... Maybe I shouldn't stack more than 5 plugs....... Here is the link to my other thread: They say I can stack as many plugs as I want.
  16. Are you speaking of the stacked plugs or your display? Or both?
  17. Ok, thanks for the help. I've been thinking about doing this for a while but couldn't figure out how without making an electric death trap.
  18. I certainly can tell the difference. The big tree is LED, the arches are LED, and the lights around the top of the house are LED. Of course, I don't have this many lights. I have never had plugs to get warm (maybe that's a good thing?). But yes, plugging 15 sets back-to-back. Similar to this picture I found online (not sure why it is b&w): But 15 instead of 6. Or should I get a 3-way drop cord and break it up a bit? I'm not scared to push the limit but I don't want to do anything insane that would cause a fire or kill my lights.
  19. I don't think I'm going LED. I don't think the look of the LEDs is quite as warm and welcoming, it is harsh and bright like something from space or lights in an office building. Currently I have everything in one outlet and no problems. Maybe I should hook another cord into the outlet and run it to the crepe. I used to hook some of my lights into another outdoor outlet, but it stopped working. I might have someone fix that to hook the dogwood up and my DIY cross. Maybe I should hook the main outlet (that is on my back patio) to a separate breaker (because sometimes the breaker kicks when I vacuum and it seems like everything in the house pulls from it. I will get the calculator out and do that...... may take a while. Also, I thought you could stack the light plugs endlessly back-to-back? There will be a total of 15 light strings used on the crepe myrtle and 7 on the dogwood.
  20. Ok, I have just been out stocking up on lights for next year's light display. I have lights to wrap my 15-trunk crepe myrtle and my flowering dogwood (total of 28 boxes 100 mini lights) and I also bought a santa sleigh. Currently what I have are several DIY decorations consisting of about 100 mini lights each. I also have icicle lights on the front of the house. I have all of this plugged into one single plug. Could I pull this off by using both plugs in the outlet, or do I need more plugs? I have plenty of extension cords and will probably buy more. Also, how many light plugs can I stack back-to-back?
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