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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. Whose version of 'O Holy Night' is that? It is excellent.
  2. NC Folk! We moved to dual channel stars for our megatrees this year. I have the old star, which also has the 8-eyelet tree topper and a 15' cord. Free to a good home, you just have to come and get it in Indian Trail. Any takers? It was heading for the trash, but I figured I'd check here first. DavBro
  3. We are watching this too. Only 25 miles away from our house. I think it will be a good thing, but am curious how many folks will pay for the privilege.
  4. OK, my method is primitive, but it is totally permanent and weatherproof. Once I identify all the channel numbers, I burn the number into the connector with a fine-tip solder iron. It doesn't help you in the dark, but it won't ever rub off. All my controllers are done that way.
  5. OK, I have a very nice neighbor who has teamed up with me to do lights for the last two years. Granted, he only has 16 channels (to my 192 channels), but it raises the cool factor when the second house lights up. Anyway, he has a teenage son, who put the lights up and took them down quite promptly last year. This year, his son was away, and time was getting pretty close, so I put the lights up (the homeowner is not physically able to climb a ladder). They were very thanklful that I put them up, and very emphatic that the son would take them down. Well, as is my my custom, all my lights came down on January 1. It is all a part of the illusion that my house goes from 'Times Square mode' to nothing in 24 hours. Meanwhile, his lights are still up. Several times in the last few weeks the boy has moved the cars out of the driveway so he could play basketball. His is the last house on the street to have lights still hanging, and it is kind of annoying, because folks associate his house with my light show. So, do I say something? Do I take them down myself? Do I sit back and just watch to see when they come down? (to complicate the story, I just had bi-lateral hernia surgery 10 days ago, so if the verdict is that I take them down, that is going to be another 2 weeks at least) DavBro
  6. Can't be done (well, not without some resistors). Minis generally come in multiples of 50 or 35, and can be cut accordingly. Look for where the string only has two wires instead of 3, that is the cut point. Each of these segments is wired in series. For a 50 light segment to be reduced to a 35 light segment, you would need a resistor to absorb the current of 15 additional mini bulbs. Without that, the 35 would get so much current that they would likely blow the moment you plugged the string in.
  7. This is going to sound primitive, but it works better than a drill or an awl. The problem I have with coroplast is that when drilling or punching it, the ribs always seem to deflect the bit slightly and the whole ends up somewhere else. So I use an old pencil-style solder iron and burn the holes in. The benefit is that the ribs don't deflect the hole, and you end up with a nicerim around the hole that reinforces it. The tip I have for this purpose is sized so that I end up with a hole that very snugly holds a mini-lite bulb. Two cautions - do this in a ventilated area, and don't expect to use the tip for soldering. DavBro BTW, I purchased two 4'x8' sheets of black coro locally at a sign-shop supplier for $15 each.
  8. www.servocity.com is a goood place to start.
  9. This is what I use... http://christmaslightshow.com/xcart/home.php?cat=4
  10. I have the same problem. 15 cars queuing up nicely, one joker decides to pull out and bolt ahead of everyone else. Essentially it is the 'I am better than you' attitude. I was once in an airport, waiting at a gate for a standby seat on a delayed flight. About 20 people standing in line. One guy saunters up, past everyone else, and exclaims very loudly, "Paying customer here, can someone help me?". The gate egent did not even look at him, but replied with the same volume, "these are all paying customers sir, please get in line". A very quiet but palpable chuckle filled the gate.
  11. Wow, even free ground shipping. Great find! Thanks!
  12. Kinda surprised (in a pleasant way) that they would publish the pictures of these miscreants, being they are under 18. Glad you weren't the target, Kevin.
  13. Not related to my display, but this was in the local paper this morning: 4 SC teens charged with vandalizing decorations http://www.charlotteobserver.com/breaking/story/1139174.html
  14. I don't see a link in this thread, but would love to see this sequence. Is there a video with it so I know what it looks like? How many channels. Thanks in advance, DavBro
  15. I need some vendors that sell 120V rope light in bulk. Going to need a bunch of different colors. I have looked at Action Lighting, just wondering who else is out there? Anyone?
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