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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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  • 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.

Glenn Barber

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  1. Thank You qberg for this information - it is VERY helpful - I have some spare rectifier from old strings I will try on these strings and hopefully that will take care of my dimming issue. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas - Glenn
  2. Standard Plug with two wires from Plug going into rectifier then first light. see attached picture
  3. Hi Charlie, That is what is happening - Half the string is very dim and there is a couple of strings were no lights are working and the fuses are fine so it would have to be the first rectifier right? Here is a picture of my problem. Thanks for your help!!
  4. Dave, I am not what you you mean by re-seat each lite. My lights are not removal - Thanks
  5. Hey Guys, need some help - I have two problems: 1) On my arches I have some M5 LED strings that are at full light and the other half is almost out but barley on. Why would that be? 2) I have another string that is totally out - New Fuses installed - but can not locate the bad bulb with my LED Light Keeper - when I think I have found it - plug it they still don't work. Any Ideas on Christmas eve? Thanks guys
  6. Thanks Mikey, I THINK I understand - When I get ready to make it I will come back for further instructions - LOL!!!
  7. Great Stuff Big J. I would love to see a Picture - I am interested in the Crank up - Thanks for the info.
  8. Guys, I have a question: I am not looking to build a giant mega tree but I would to use 70 light strings which are 23' long - is there a calculation that I can use to figure the height I need to use the 23' strings of lights and get the proper look I need. This kind of a backwards way of figuring I know.
  9. Hello Nallison20, I have been doing my display for many years now and have tried probably every suggested trick to keep the breakers from kicking? Bottom-line : you can slow it down a lot but will never keep it from happening - Especially if you have a large display. The best thing I have found is to get the plug OFF the ground and at an angle so the water will shed off the plug. I found that using a 1 foot garden stake (see attached picture) does a great job. It looks like a foot long staple. Stick it in the ground, put a light clip on the stake and clip the extension cord to it. To keep water out of the plugs, I use a product that I get at Auto Zone called CLEAR RTV Silicon. (See Attached Picture) I put a thin layer for the silicon on the female plug and when I plug the male in it causes a seal to happen - keeping water out of the plug. Now, you will probably get a flood of responses contradicting my way, but that's OK. After many years of trial and error this works for me. Good luck with your display!!!!
  10. Thank You Slankard - I loved making it and it has held up well for the last few years
  11. Hey Guys, I am setting up a different cross in my display this year. I want to find a partiular kind of light that i can put at the bottom of the cross and it beams up. What type beam light would anyone suggest? Thanks Glenn
  12. Yes Jim - Welcome - PC is an amazing place to hang out especially when you need help - these guys and ladies are awesome to interact with. They come up with ideas that will amaze you.
  13. Cool Blowmold - it looks like those Frosty's in "Christmas with the Kranks". Great GET!
  14. Been putting up lights since Labor Day - you could not see them in the trees and bushes - closer to Halloween I got I pu them on my windows and house and fence. I should be completely finished with my display this coming weekend.
  15. Mike, Thank you for those great idea - I have several more scenes I want to do over time and will look to the Foam board for possibly making scenes - I may even call upon you for some advice if you don't mind - I eventually want to tell the entire story of Jesus from Mary to Jesus leaving this earth - it will take time but for now I have the main events - Birth - Death and resurrection. Thank You for your support - and I will be taking pictures. Thanks Glenn
  16. Gary, At my other House I built a skating scene for my yard and it was a huge hit - what I did was I took 2 pieces of 1/2 plywood - cut half circles to make it a 6' circle - connected it underneth with angle iron. I found the center and put a coupling in the center with a 1 1/2 female on it - then I bought a rotating christmas tree stand - I put the 1 1/2" pipe in it and connected it to the base. It turned the base perfectly - then I took 1 x 2 pieces of wood and built a frame around the entire base - took chicken wire and stapled it to the frame then I took white burlap and wrapped the wire and stapled it to the frame. This gave you the frozen pond look with a snow bank look. Leave an opening in the back so you can get under the skating rink (you will need to get under there from time to time. Now I went to Winfield arts and bought the tall skaters pattern and cut them out of Coro Board. I mounted them on the plywood base - Coro board made them light enough for the skating area to turn. Then I bought a snow machine and put it on a 12 foot mount above the skating rink and it snowed on the skaters while going around - this was a huge hit. It is just anouther way of doing the skater scene.
  17. They had that same scene one time at old time pottery at a good price and my wife and I did not buy it - we thought it would go on sale after Christmas - dumd huh?
  18. Thank you Bama (hmm) Roll Tide? Thank you for your kind words - yes that is how I believe as well.
  19. There ya go - That sounds like a plan - I have trees in my back yard - I will do that - Thanks - If I survive I will let you know - LOL!!!
  20. There is nothing crazy about getting started early - I always want to make it a joyable affair and not be outside at the last minute till midnight on Thanksgiving eve getting lights up and being stressed - beside if I run short of lights and can get Paul to get them to me in time. Bill, I told my wife what you said about leaving some up all year and what your wife said about it - well she agreed with your wife - that ain't gonna happen around here either. I do have a question for you guys - at my old house, the roof was not steep at all - I could run all over it and never feel like I was gonna fall off - the roof on my new house is pretty steep but not impossible to work on. I will be putting blue lights across the entire front of the roof every 30 inches - this will require me moving around alot - I was told by a roofer to get two 2 x 2 foot squares of rubber foam about 3 inches thick to set on and move around on the roof - I also thought about tying a rope around me with plenty of slack and attaching it to my truck hitch and put it in the back yard so if I slip forward the rope will stop me. Is this all insane or is there a better way - I am not going to hire it done!
  21. I know - alot of us are crazy - some of the neighbors in my new neighborhood have been looking at me funny - I haven't put up a light outside since 2010. i have to do it this year - there is a little girl over where i used to live that was diagnoised with brian cancer a year ago - she has gone through a lot of pain - she told her mother one thing she misses most of all is Mr. Glenn's Christmas lights. There is no way I am not putting lights up this year for that child. Matter of fact I just got home from work and need to get on out in the yard and work on my PVC Window frames. See you guys later.
  22. Very - Very Nice - Is the Joseph and Mary Mannequins? if so, which ones did you get? What style I am looking for some to do the same thing but I am in the dark on which ones to get. I figure they need to be flexible in some way. Thanks
  23. Got started putting lights on the bushes last weekend - Got them on the fence this weekend - I have been working on my Tomb project since July - finished that last weekend - I'll start on the house lights this coming weekend and go from there - i am still mowing so nothing goes on the ground until Nov 1st. Got a new house and I have not got all the electrical I need so I am limited this year - i have a three year plan to get everything I want on my display.
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