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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Opening all of the presents!! The food!! The family!!
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    Luverne, MN

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    As of January 2nd 2018 I will be selling all of my show items. You must MESSAGE me if you are interested in buying it as of January 2nd - You must pay for shipping. I am posting now so those who want this stuff I have everything lined up when I do my tear down and I do not have to repack. You do not need to pay for the item until the 2nd of January. Falcon F16V2 + Expansion + 4 RX - Dual PSU - Dual CG 1500. 2 of the 4 receiver boards are mounted in their own CG1500 with PSU (not pictured). Pig tails are 3 pin from Paul Z. - Used two seasons to run my props attached to my house and floods. Runs flawlessly. If you want additional photos I can send through PM. - So its a total of four CG1500's plus the two bare RX boards.



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    As of January 2nd 2018 I will be selling all of my show items.. You must MESSAGE me if you are interested in buying it as of January 2nd - You must pay for shipping. I am posting now so those who want this stuff I have everything lined up when I do my tear down and I do not have to repack. You do not need to pay for the item until the 2nd of January. EDM -RDS FM Transmitter - 3 years in service. Flawless (except the dust which I will clean off).


  3. 2015 Planning - 1. Polar Plunge Tower 2. Spiral Mega Tree 3. New Mini Trees 4. More LEDs 5. More Computer Controllers

  4. Looking for some thoughts, guidance, suggestions relative to making a community brighter by engaging members of the community to put up more lights, encourage more decorating, and/or do themed "lanes/streets", etc. I live in a rural farming community about 4500 folks. In the past long before my time of putting up lights there was a city wide lighting contest and then also folks that did theme by streets/neighborhood's but that has went by the way side. Our Chamber of Commerce does a good job of promoting the holiday activities the first weekend in December. At one time there was a Winterfest parade but that too has become something of the past. I stumbled across this article in a local news website today and shared it with the Chamber. I was contacted today and they said they'd like me to help with some brainstorming. They said there were issues with the contest in the past as it seemed the same people won year over year and folks just stopped participating. Our City Officials are in a phase were they are really trying to promote the community and the way life here as well as trying to attract more businesses, etc. The community already has key events that happen each year that are a staple to our community. I'd like to see the holiday's lighting/decorating expand and become a staple of our community too. That said, does anyone have ideas or suggestions from your communities that promote such but leave a fair playing ground where folks don't get discouraged because the "Johnson's" have an endless bank account and more lights-more over the top decorating is not an issue for them. etc? Perhaps, not even a contest.....something else to get the community more engaged in the holiday decorating... etc. My thought is something that will promote the holiday and fellowship among neighbors/community, etc. Merry Christmas everyone..... Kris @ Lights On Linden
  5. It's all built out of 2x4's and 2x2's. The base pivots and has notches towards the top for my ridge vent. The base lays flat and the notches clear the ridge vent. I have no roof damage thus far and this is year 2 on this set up. The base is basically made up of three parts. Two base half that go on each side of the roof and then a center that rises about 8-10". The bases scissor together with the riser in the middle with like 5" bolts. You'll see the 2x4's close to the floor well those are where I put black'd out sandbags to keep it from going anywhere. 4bags 70lbs each. Then.... The Santa section is mounted to a 2x4. I just drilled holes in the 2x4 and use threaded rods that go through the skis on the sled. That section then bolts to the top portion of the roof base, the 8-10" riser. since I have a full set of deer then they are in two more sections. The second section is four deer and they again just bolt onto the base. The last one is Rudolph and four deer and that bolts on too and just has one 2x4 that comes out to keep in from bouncing if we get a high wind. The deer belly has been cut out just enough so i can side a 2x2 into it and at the belly point i wrap pipe insulation around the 2x2 so it fits snug. I think put one screw through the top of the deer into the 2x2 and one on the side of the deer. I then use galvanized wire and wrap it around the rear hoof on both deer and then center the wire on the deer base and screw that in with a washer... This way the deer barely move and are firmly attached. If you like this idea and have any questions just PM me.
  6. My flag pole is not used for a mega tree but I have three sets of icicles coming down and on top I have a nativity star. What I do is get an automotive hose clamp and them make wire loops that I can bend into hooks to hook up the lights too. so if you have like 12 slices you'd space those hooks around the top of the pole and then clamp down. I then usually wrap this all up with electrical tape. May not be the best set up but it has worked for me the past few years.
  7. I have success with KWI-RS232 USB to Serial converter. http://www.amazon.com/KingWin-USB-Serial-Converter-KWI-RS232/dp/B004OZUKS4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384444089&sr=8-1&keywords=kwi-rs232 Been using it a few years now. running on older Toshiba Satellite on Windows 7.
  8. basic icicles... white wire... ideally LEDs
  9. I need to replace some of my lights that I've had in use for 3-4 years. They were store bought and I am wondering given we are not in full blown Christmas season quite yet where folks are finding the best places to buy lights. I need to replace about 75' of icicle lights and then about 20 strands of multi color that are roughly 25' in length.
  10. Please point me to what is considered good connectors/tools in Amazon if you do not mind... I was also out side and just noticed there is a two-way splitter on the side of the house so it appears the line even come into the house has already been split.....
  11. Right now the set up is the direct line comes in to the basement into a three way splitter. Of that three way splitter, one goes to the cable modem via a wall mount connection. One feeds a six way splitter and I'm not exactly sure where the third one runs too. Although I've found the issue I think I will still have the tech come and check the line to the house and then the feed into the house. That way I'll know my feed is good and then from there I can made the modifications that have been suggested.
  12. what would you consider a good splitter? Is there any need for the amplifiers?
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