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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. Overall from my LHL 2010 purchase - I lost a total three sets of green. Most of my failures were immediate (within a few weeks of use) and I have not continuing to see a trend of increased failures. Thankfully the loss was not as bad as my sets loss as the 2009 CDI ones (which out of 36 sets is now nearing 100% loss) My overall purchase was 5 sets each of 5mm red,green,blue, and warm white. 24 sets of 5mm red, 12 sets of each of red, green, blue, and warm white. One thing of interest to note: The UL code on the LHL lights does match the 2011 lights from CDI and 2012 and 2013 lights from Magic in the Sky. I finally did a proper replacement this year of the greens that had died from lights from a MITS order (ordered 4 sets of green, since I didn't remember how many had gone out) and also added snubbers to each output on the mini trees (48 channels.) I am a Vixen/DIY person - hardware is a mix of DMX and Renard 24 controllers. Hopefully this helps answer some questions! May not be the final answer, but, this is the experience I had.
  2. Chuck, there should be a way to request to "join group" then I can add you in - should be located on the upper right of the page when you go to it.
  3. No go on the trees - they went to that bitbucket in the sky.
  4. As mentioned at the mini - the http://www.lightuparizona.com now goes along to a new Facebook group for easy communication for the local folks!
  5. Long time no reply - if I moved these to storage I'll take a look and see........... Life kind of "got in the way" I don't think I sent them to the dump.
  6. Was this the one that was at Lowes this past year? Effeil tower with the snowflakes?
  7. Little bit of solder, coat with liquid electrical tape and a little piece of heat shrink tubing over the cut and you'll be fine. I've broken / cut / etc a few myself over the years, and they are fine. If you want to get "really" advanced, you can get adhesive lines heat shrink tubing (I've always had to by adhesive online) and it'll be a perfect waterproof seal.
  8. Tara, I think this is the more the merrier, I'm just startin to "get back in" after what will be two years off (in a sense) and looking forward to it!
  9. FrankAZ

    Acdc In Indy!

    Darn, its 1 week to early for me. I won't be arriving in Indy until the 29th!
  10. Also will bring a couple of my DIY items. I have a DIY e1.31 interface to allow for DMX or DIY (Renard) protocols, and also should have a brand new E682 from San Devices. Also, if anyone is looking for C9 bulbs, I have a HUGE amount that I'd like to sell - I have Red / Green / White incandescant, and LED C9 Blue - There are about 200 or so bulbs of each color, all strands are zip tied together. If anyone is interested, please send me a message.
  11. Its comming along - hope to have a completed base this weekend. Also started in on the "lift header" for the lights by rolling some 2" flat bar into a circle.
  12. Here's one of the 48 light balls.
  13. With 38,400 lights on it plenty tall I think topping out with the star around 65 feet. (50 ish feet lit)
  14. This will be my thirst mega tree base, and most likely the final one! Year 1 and 2: 1/2" PVC Year 3: 1/2" flat bar with weld tabls (worked better than I thought) Year 4: Rolled 1/2" square tubing The photo shows 160 feet of 1/2 steel tubing that has had a curve added to it! Next year I think I'll be remaking my leaping light arches out of steel pipe also (now that I have a roller to put a curve in steel.) The sections are 8' 3" each when cut down (so a 65' circumference on the tree) and will be welded and pinned together with internal pinning.
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