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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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    About jkochan

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    • Birthday 12/17/1955

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      Chandler, Arizona, USA
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      Facility Engineer
    1. Ihave started using press and seal wrap.I sandwich the plugs and wires between two sheets press it together around everything, then roll it up and twist tie it in place. So far it works flawlessly. A can of ‘dust-off’ or a small compressor (for blowing out computer keyboards etc) works well for blowing water out of connections when things do get wet. In COLD climates the dust-off can sometimes stop working if the can gets too cold. Just make sure your power is off when you’re messing with the wet plugs! Pleas remember that electricity takes ALL PATHS to ground not just the easiest. GFCI’s are
    2. Posted this on another thread. These work great: http://www.brickclip.com/index.php
    3. You might want to try these: http://www.brickclip.com/index.php
    4. Even with a small low res. clip, my service provider doesn't provide enough space for me to upload it. I'm looking for a suitable alternative.....any suggestions?
    5. And...when monkey don't, we do. Our little culdesachas one house that never puts up lights... and it stands out like a sore thumb. My neighbor and I used all the extra lights we didn't use to solve the problem. We kind of arrived at an equitable agreement. He doesn't complain about using his power and we don't charge him to decorate his front yard and the 12' light tree we build around the street light. So far everybody seems to be ok with that.
    6. BUMMER! After spending most of a day working on a circuit to switch back and forth between the singing Santa and the MrC, I got everything ready to go and then the MrC. went belly-up! The lights still flashed but the music was no where to be heard. They're sending me a new one and it should be here this week, but after all that work.....I was a very unhappy camper. So no pics or vids yet. LOR is starting to look better and better. I may have paid more $$$ for this thing through H&S but I sure can't fault their return or exchange service....they even sent a UPS return label to use. It look
    7. Wow, Thanks to every one who replied! It's great to know that there are other out there using this. I've finally got everything up. Last count is 17,500 lights plus the animated figures. I'm still trying to work out the timing issue with the singing dancing Santa and the MrC. I think a retirggerable single shot timer driven by Santa will do the trick. I hope to be able to post a video or pictures in a few days. The only real problem I have with this thing is that the lights are out when the music isn't playing. I did a work around by installing double lights on the items thatI want lit when th
    8. I have the same timing issue with a dancing /singing Santa. I bought an interval timer from Grainger. It has adjustable on and off times. Santa is on the normally closed contacts, so when the power is on Santa is active and will sing when someone goes by. After two songs (I'm still working out the timing) the contacts change and the Light controller takes over for a while. Then the whole process starts over. It would work better if the timers were infinitely variable, but for off the shelf it works pretty well. Jim
    9. Put a little clear siliconce caulk around it to form a watertight seal.
    10. Since the output devices in a controller are rated for the AC loads they handle, would there be a problem in applying an AC voltage across the outputs of a controller? The one big drawback of the Mr. Xmas controller is that if it's not making music the lights are off. I want to keep the lights on with a parallel power switching circuit to the six outputs that the light strings are connected to. Then when the main timing circuit toggles the power on the controller, the power source switches from always-on to controller controlled. I KNOW, I need LOR…but this is all I have to work with until I c
    11. Thanks Tim. That's a great help. Now ifI can't get the auto time delay to workI can at least set an interval timer to minimize the confusi
    12. Could you please define "demo use" ? Does this allow you to synch multiple units to the same music or .....? Thanks, Jim
    13. Those of you who have this unit: Do any of you have and know what the little jack on the bottom of the unit labeled "FOR STORE DISPLAY USE ONLY" is all about? The company couldn't or wouldn't offer any enlightenment. I though it might be used for synching units together or a remote off/on function…..any ideas? Jim
    14. Sorry... I don't quite have the hang of this website yet. I think I sent a reply that was meant to be general to one of you... O well, I'm in Chandler Arizona. I've updated my profile and here is a picture from 2004. It seems that there are a whole new set of abbreviations and acronyms that I need to lean to understand everyone here...LOR? etc. I'm looking foward to sharing my affliction/addiction to Christmas lights with others of the same mind set. Thanks for the replies. Jim
    15. Thanks for replying. Besides the logistical nightmare of getting power out to where you want to put the lights and separate them for a nice effect, the lights are OFF unless the music is playing. I either have to add lights just for just the music or switch power back and forth between the lights and the lighting driver. I'm building a circuit to switch back and forth between the light show and a singing/dancing Santa that the kids have come to expect every year so the singing and music don't cross over.
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