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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. Greg, it's NOT my poll. I just linked to where the poll was, in case anyone missed it. Fortunately, I only placed a small order with Travis last year 2009, wanted a few strings in 35 count on white wire in various colors, for a special project, and ordered on the preorder. After many delays, he offered 1/2 half as many 70 count on green wire, in one of the colors. Tried to tell me they worked out to the same bulb count. I declined. Duh, 70s would not fit on the wireframes I had built. Finally did get a refund on these, but several other items were shipped wrong, and received some things I didn't even order. Thank goodness the bulk of my LED order was from Paul at CDI, so my display was not adversly affected, except for the completion of a few wireframes. I also learned my lesson in 2009 and did not even attempt to place an order in 2010 from Travis.
  2. Poll is here http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/43773-LED-Holiday-Lighting-Order-Status-Poll
  3. I'm in Chattanooga, used 320 chan LOR + 2 Cosmic Color Ribbons in 2009.
  4. I also got the email. What's so sad, is some of the "overstock" items are the one's I didn't get (received other non-ordered lights instead) because the one's I ordred "couldn't be found".
  5. Wow, those pictures show a WHITE tag ! What a rarity, none in the shipments I got! I also tried searching UL using the numbers on the few strands I received that even had a label. Nothing. Just an expensive lesson I learned trying to deal with this vendor. I'll just junk the 106 strings I received, they weren't what I ordered anyway.
  6. About half of the lights I received from Travis didn't have ANY tags of ANY kind. No UL, no California cancer warning, no spare fuses, NO NOTHING ! And it looked liked they had been unbundled and very sloppy job of reinstalling the twist tie, (the ones that even had twist ties, some didn't) Thank goodness most of the lights I ordered, (and never did receive the correct lights), were for a 4th July project next year. This is the second year my orders were screwed up, I've learned my lesson with this vendor.
  7. You have to use LOR's adapter. There are electronic circuits inside that are required for proper communication on the RS-485 LOR network. EDIT: Just noticed this post was over a week old!
  8. You "might" have received M6 bulbs instead of M5. Travis has carried M6 bulbs in the past. The size of the bulb has nothing to do with Full Wave or Half Wave. That is determined by the retification applied to the bulbs (of any size)
  9. I'm amazed that others are still placing orders and getting shipping notices and products while many of us that preorder last March, paid our money, still haven't received our orders correctly and in full. It's real easy to keep a positive attitute when you've ordered 106 strings, now have been billed in full, only received 96 and only 48 were what you ordered. So I have paid for 106 strings and only have 48 strings that were ordered, still missing strings, and emails going unanaswered, and my credit card was charged in early September Yes, a positive attitude is very easy to keep.
  10. JBullard

    wireframe clips

    Why are you clicking on buttons? The link I provided opens with the wire frame clips staring you in the face. They are NOT illustrated separately. A picture of a mini light with a clip attached. These words above a box: Wire Clips for Outdoor Figures Attach our commercial quality lights to any custom wire figure. Bag of 1000 wire clips List Price $37.95 Your Price $29.95 Quantity
  11. JBullard

    wireframe clips

    It's stuck in between the mini lights in the center of the page, about 3/4 of the way down. Tell you what, how many clips do you want to order. PM me your name, address and CC# and I'll order them for you!
  12. JBullard

    wireframe clips

    About 3/4 down from the top. Just before the 100 light strings.
  13. JBullard

    wireframe clips

    They are on this page http://www.bettyschristmashouse.com/lights/mini.htm#wireclips
  14. You might have received the M6 size bulbs last year, and the M5 this year. Put a caliper across the bulb and measure them, 5mm = M5, 6mm = M6 Bulb size has nothing to do with full wave or half wave, just how they are wired.
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