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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.

J-Mart

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About J-Mart

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  • Birthday 09/02/1986

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    http://www.jeanmartin.ca

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  • Location
    , Quebec, Canada
  • Biography
    Lights!! More Lights!!
  • Interests
    Christmas lighs - music - sound reinforcment
  • Occupation
    Restaurant Manager and AV tech
  • About my display
    Started with a little static display, and through the years, got to animated and now WOW do I ever love it!!
  1. CamLok with heavy conductors will be your best option. Any Show production/sound/lighting rental place will have that. Most likely called <feeder cable> in their terms with a <Pigtail> to connect to the breaker. The rental should not be too expensive.
  2. I did the bucket truck trick... Costed me 60$ to get an electical company to stop by on a sunday afternoon to do the work. Well worth it!!!
  3. Those bulbs look like 100w par 64 bulbs They are used as stage lighting Really bright and makes a lot of heat!!! They can set color gels on fire if they are too close to the bulb. Been there !!! How are you controlling them???
  4. Hi everybody!!!! Here is my situation. I am in Quebec, Canada and the stores around me are all out of christmas lights. I mean totally wiped out. Most of them did not even put them on sale. They just stored them for next year. I read that this seem to be the situation in some areas of the US too. I am loooking for 20 x 100ct red, 20 x 100ct green and 20 x 100ct clear all minis for next years display. Right now, I have 9000 lights all static but next year I want to go with LOR and go up to 15 000 light.If I buy the light at retail next fall,I will have to pay5.00$ or more + tax per 100ct which is insane. I would like to know if anybody would be interested in selling me those lights at a fair price and I would pay for the shipping. Thanks in advance... :happytree:
  5. Right now, I am all static so my first goal would be to do animated next year. In no particular order, -16 channel LOR system - Go from 9000 to 12000 lights. - FM transmitter (Probably the Belkin mod) - Taller Mega tree (10' right now, want to go to 14 or 16 - Make wire harness so I don't have to run so may cords to each location - Redo some of my wireframes with rope light (or del ropelight)
  6. C-9 do take a lot of power. Just make sure to not plug too many in a row. This would cause wires to overheat, fuses to blow, etc... You should not have any problems.
  7. Be sure to unplug the lights before you staple... :shock: It can make some really nice sparks :laughing:
  8. A light keeper pro should be able to help you. They are around 20$ and are worth every penny!!!
  9. J-Mart

    New here!!!

    Nice, I'm in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu on the south shore about 20 min from Longeuil... I remember going to Plattsburg when I was around 8-9years old!!! Looks like I might be going back soon...
  10. J-Mart

    New here!!!

    Thanks for the warm welcoming!!! Since I am very close to the US boarder, I might just as well come and shop next year!!! Just have to find the closest Wal Mart!!! As far as pictures go, It will have to wait for next year since some things are getting stored right now and I didn't think of taking any pictures!!! :shock: :happytree:
  11. J-Mart

    New here!!!

    Hi everybody, I found this site a couple of years ago but never really looked thru it. In the past week, I lurked a lot and founf some very interesting things. I'm from Quebec, Canada and I am a decoration freak. Right now, my display is around 6000 lights but I plan to expend a lot in the next years. I was looking thru the ''What did you buy on boxing day'' thread and say that a lot of you bought a lot of 100 ct lights mainly from Wal mart at an awesome price. Here in Canada, they sell indoor and outdoor lights. Is there anything wrong with using indoor lights outside in the snow??? Are those Wal mart brand light srings (in the red boxes) good for outdoor use? The ones I buy here says they are for indoor... Right now, I'm buying oudoor lights which are more expensive. Also what is the regular price tag on them? Mine says 5,96 cnd. I'm starting to think that I could save money by shopping for lights in the US. Really nice site BTW!!!
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