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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.

Dale P

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Went to florida
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    Appleton Wisconsin
  • Biography
    Own a home inspection company
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    Enjoy working with electronics, machining, woodworking
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    Home Inspector
  • About my display
    Looking to put up my first display in 2017

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  1. http://www.holidaycoro.com/Smart-2811-Pixel-Square-RGB-Module-p/654.htm Here's the link. Plasmadrive Are you running yours at 36 volts then? I bet they are brighter than the Holiday Coro Pixels, but I like the fact that they run at 12 volts. I'm thinking of buying a bunch of the big lights and it's going to be a hard choice of which pixel use. Dale P.
  2. I'm about to buy some for a halloween display but plan to keep them just one color. Guess I would worry about them loosing sync after a while. You could put them on a light control channel and have them turn off then back on once and a while to re set them and get them back in sync if they end up getting off after a while. I'm going to order two of them tonight and should have them by next weekend. I will let you know how they work. Dale P
  3. Stephen, Nice work on the relay box. Sounds like you have a pretty big display, 8 twenty amp circuits! Wow. Thanks for sharing your set up with me. This is the kind of stuff I was hoping to see and get some ideas from. Dale P.
  4. You guys running timers? I'm looking at at using something like this. http://www.ebay.com/itm/201803340010?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649 It can control two circuits up to 40 amps. I figure I will keep it inside by my breaker box and run the two 20 amp circuits from it. Hopefully they will be enough for this year until I can start switching to LED lights.
  5. I will slowly up grade to LED, but unfortunately I won't be able to do much this year. At $10 plus a string they add up really fast! I do all my own wiring and have most of the parts already so it won't take too much to add two more circuits to the side of the house. As for the power bill, yes it will go up a bit I did the math and it looks like I will cost around $115.00 for the month that they will be on. I'm going to have a timer set so it will only be on for 5 hours during the week and 6 on the weekends. Dave, that's a nice set up you have. I already have a 50 amp panel in my garage for the welder, but unfortunately that is on the wrong side of the house and won't work to power my display. Do you have a timer some where in your panels? Dale P.
  6. Hello, I'm putting together a small display this year of around 10,000 to 15,000 lights. 99% of the lights will be incandescent bulbs so I'm going to be pulling around 40 to 50 amps. I plan to run a few new circuits to the outside of the house as well as I install a timer to control the circuits. I would love to see some pictures of your power panels to get some inspiration from. Right now I'm thinking of installing a timer next to my breaker box in the basement and running two 20 amp circuits through it to the side of the house. The display will turn off at 10pm during the week and 11pm on the weekend. Dale P.
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