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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.
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  • 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.
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  1. I'm sure this has been covered numerous times over the past few years, but was hoping for some more current info (in light of all of the new resellers that have popped up on here in the last year and the established resellers - i.e. MITS, DCI, HLE, etc.) on where to purchase and what type of LEDs are the better ones out there? I have looked at Full wave and half wave LEDs and like the look of the full wave leds better, but have also read threads on here where people have stated that they didn't mind buying halfwave leds right now, but wanted to wait for "all of the kinks to be worked out" before diving in and buying thousands of dollars worth of full wave leds (due to some issues with full wave leds and suppliers). Thinking that the failure rate on LEDs is still pretty bad, am I better off just buying LEDs from a big box retailer and hoping they will honor their warranty for failed strings? Any advice from any of you LED gurus or anyone in the know for that matter, would be greatly appreciated and very helpful! Thanks in advance! -Chris
  2. Been really busy, but everything is still available! Let's get this stuff sold! -Chris
  3. Hi Everyone, Thanks for all of the compliments. I hadn't received any email notices the thread had been replied to (I might have to go back and check my settings) so I had assumed no one had responded. I've emailed and Pm'd those that have Pm'd me and have someone coming over tomorrow to look at a bunch of stuff I'm planning on selling. I will update everyone if they sell and will also be posting a bunch of other stuff soon as well. Thanks again! -Chris
  4. Hi Everyone, I am now ready to sell off another unique part of my display off. So today I'm selling the c9 lights and strings that I run around the perimeter of my yard and the outline of the roof. As you can tell from the pictures, there's a ton of c9 lights as each board contains 5 different colors of c9 lights (white, blue, red, green and multi). I tried to build everything in my display with a lot of though and care and to not only look great at night but add to the house and look pretty in the daytime as well and these are no exception! The boards are all 8' foot boards that have been given at least two (might have been three) coats of outdoor semi-gloss paint to help protect them against the weather. Each bulb on each board has been stapled on both sides of the board to keep the bulb upright (I like things to look very even and well spaced in my display instead of just thrown together so I took a lot of extra time to make them look good). Each set of colored string was also staggered 2.5" apart to make sure that you could see all of the bulbs from all 5 strings at any time. The color effects of the c9s spaced this way really makes the house look like it is dancing as when you are switching the lights from color to color it looks like the colors are jumping as the lights are all evenly spaced 1 foot apart on each string and when you switch to another color it looks like they jumped 2 inches left or right and changed color but are still all spaced 1 foot apart. A bit more about each set: Yard Perimeter - Each of the 1"x3"x8' boards is painted a dark green to blend into the grass during the day and dissapear at night. Each board has an approximately 12" tall piece of 3/4" pvc beneath it on each side and one in the middle (to keep it from sagging in the middle) to lift the lights up off the ground and to create a little bit of a barrier for people to realize they shouldn't be stepping into your yard. Each PVC pipe leg has been wrapped in red electrical tape to make it look like a candy cane, they look great during the day! and with all of the different colored lights spaced so evenly apart I've been told it makes the house look like candy land during the day. Roof Perimeter - Each of the 1"x3"x8' boards is painted a black color to blend into the roof, making it look like the lights are attached to the actual roof both during the day and especially at night! Each 8' board has a perpendicular 7" board placed at each end and one in the middle (to prevent any sagging) to keep the main 8' section of the board off of your roofline. You can secure the boards a bunch of different ways, but with our roof, I would hammer one nail into the smaller perpindicular (foot) boards at the edge of the roof. Because the corners of our roof are eves that hang over the house and because the tar would heat up and seal the small hole the nail created, it's never leaked, and even if it did ever drip, it was an on and even that would drip to the outside of the house anyway. The lights were very secure and withstood 30+ mph winds withought shifting up there. Heck, I built a 26' tree with 5' foot bethlehem star on top of it to put on the roof, the roof perimeter lights were child's play! The nice thing about these lights is, they are all modular and can be adapted for any yard or roof or anything! And they store very nicely as well! The 8' boards all fold accordian style up against each other as you're pulling everything down or putting them up and for reference, it would take me and two other people about an hour to set up the whole yard with perimeter lights and they would look beautiful and were all already perfectly spaced! A lot of time and effort and money went into these and I would like to get a very reasonable $250 for the yard perimeter lights and $300 for the roof perimeter lights. As you can tell, you're getting C9s times 5 different colors! If memory serves me right, you're getting 35 strings of c9 lights for the yard perimeter and 50 strings C9 lights for the roof perimter. Throw in all of the work, wood, paint, staples and sore backs to bend down and staple each side of every light and we're talking priceless! I'll post up some good pictures below so you can get a better idea of all of the hard work that went into these and how pretty they are! Btw, I live in Chino, CA. Thanks! -Chris
  5. Id like to buy all of your trees! [email protected]

  6. Thank you! I'm really torn and sad to be selling everything, but know that the free time would be better spent with the newborn and our 4 year old daughter this next Christmas season instead of working on setting up and taking down the lights again. We have a four year old daughter now and have been trying for three years for another child. So now that we are fortunate enough to have a second baby on the way, I know we can really use the room for things other than Christmas lights. I hope these sell fast though to someone local so I don't change my mind. Also, if I didn't say it clearly enough above, each of these trees comes with the 35 strings of lights that are on them (7 of each - white, blue, red, green and multi) but you could also take these light off and string them with LEDs if you wanted to instead. Thanks again! -Chris
  7. Here are two videos of the lights from 2009 (I haven't posted the 2010 videos yet) to see the trees at night. In my opinion, the "Angels We Have Heard on High" (based off of Richard Holdman's version - Thanks Richard!) video shows the trees off pretty well. Sandstorm - 2009: Angels We Have Heard on High - 2009:
  8. Hi Everyone, With another baby on the way , it looks like this last Christmas is going to be the last Christmas we're able to do the display. With that said, I'm going to start selling parts of the display off as I find the time to do so and am going to start with what could be the considered the centerpiece of most displays. Each of the trees I'm selling were made out of metal, welded and then painted by a local metal fabrication shop. I then added 3500 lights (5 100 count strings of white, red, blue, green and multi). Each tree stands over 5' 2" tall (this measurement doesn't include the 8"-10" of metal legs that are stuck in to the ground - so the trees could actually sit higher up if you don't push them into the ground) and each tree is 2' 10" wide at the base. Each tree has 6 posts that go up to the point and have two metal bands (one at the base of the tree and one in the middle of the tree) to add stability to the tree. I had paid the extra money for the fabrication shop to use 6 posts instead of 4 or 5 posts because that way when the trees were wrapped with lights they looked more like a circular tree instead of a diamond or triangle pattern (if they had used 3 or 4 verticle posts instead). I paid for these trees to be custom made because I wanted something that visually stood out more than tomato cages did (I personally think the tomato cages are too small and too thin and look kind of like thin posts instead of full and round christmas trees). I wanted them to store easily (i.e. stackable - the first year I took the lights off the trees then stacked them on top of eachother, last year I left the lights on them and didn't stack them). I wanted them to look good during the day (painted green and could stand the weight of being covered with lights and even garland) and because they are see through, I could hide controllers and strobes inside them when they were in the yard. These trees are visually awesome during both the day and night! Especially when they are changing 5 different colors at night as when lit, you can see through the front lights of the tree and see the lights on the back side of tree as well which helps give them a good sense of depth! I also hang curtain strobes down through the center of each tree to give them that extra and added "Wow!" factor. ...We have actually had one to two people stop by the last two years, while we are putting the trees out, and ask if they were for sale. Considering the quality of construction, the durability, what I paid for them and all of the lights (3,500) that are on them, I would really like to get $50 for each tree. Although I'd like to sell all of them at once, a smaller set of even three of these trees would look great as a seperate element (behind your mini-mini trees) in the corner of your yard. Because of their size, shipping costs would be prohibitive to anyone a far distance away so it would be much better if the buyer lived somewhat local (somewhere in Southern California) and could pick them up. Below is a picture of the trees taken during the day and two embedded videos of our lights from last year so you can see the trees in use. You can also click on any of the videos on the video link on our website if you'd like to see some more videos of them as well. http://www.christmasinchino.com/Videos.html So, if you're looking for a centerpiece for your display and don't want to waste the time, effort and money driving all over the place looking for plastic trees from a local retailer, to then spend extra money and time to wrap the trees with more than one set of lights, these already done trees are for you! Thanks for your time and please contact me if you're interested! I'd really like to get these sold to make some room for the new baby on the way! -Chris
  9. Hi, I'm wondering what type of cameras everyone uses to stream live video over the web and what type of setups you use for Security Cameras? I would really appreciate any info on model types! Thanks! -Chris
  10. Hi, I'm looking to purchase some of the 300ct Incandescent Icicle Light sets that Target was selling a few years ago. I'm looking for the all Blue and the all Multi colored sets on white string and would prefer new sets. If any of you have any sets sitting around that you're not using, please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks! -Chris
  11. Thanks for the quick reply! I saw that when searching for the GroupBuy threads to take part in (obviously I found out I was too late for them). That particular vendor is only selling the 5mm LED strings right now and I'm actually looking for a whole host of stuff (minis, c6, m6, icicles, etc.) and I would like to purchase them all from the same place to keep some sort of continuity with all of the sets of lights. With that in mind, I won't be able to purchase there. Thank you again though! -Chris
  12. Doh! I missed the pre-sales! I was planning on moving to LEDs this year and should have come back sooner to check when the groupbuys started and stopped. I remembered seeing stuff last year about March time, but honestly did not expect to see that they got started so soon after Christmas and were closed in February for shipping in March/April. Does anyone do any other Groupbuys later in the year for LEDs? The plan was to convert to LEDs this year, but I might have to wait another year if I have to pay retail to make it more affordable. Hoping for some good news on another GB! -Chris
  13. Does anyone have a copy of the show they could possibly send me? Or a clip of the part that aired about the Christmas lights? I am willing to pay for the cd/dvd if someone can make one of the show for me. Thanks in advance! -Chris
  14. Hi Richard, Please let me know once you post it, I would really like to see the clip if possible! If it's easy enough and you are willing to, I could pay you to send me a copy of the whole show. Thanks! -Chris
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