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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.
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  • 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. I got them from DIY Light Animation who has the links to a distributor in China whom I actually dealt with prior to getting them. Yes you do have individual control of each RGB LED, they are very much like a CCR's. The reason I went with them though is for the price of 2 CCR's I got 8 strips, 8 Smart string controllers and one smart string hub. I have had no failures this year and have had more rain and wind then in years past. They are very new and the stuff coming out now is going to make things even better. Head over to the wiki on the site and take a look at the smart string video's and soon you will start to see the smart string mega trees and what not on youtube and vimeo I am sure. I don't want to seem as I am putting down LOR or anything, I started with LOR and have 6 LOR controllers in my display. If I were to ever get a commercial deal I would only use LOR but I like to play and get a feel for other stuff as well so I have a lot of controllers running in perfect harmony. The software side though needs to catch up as some software does not like the fact I use other hardware. With all this RGB stuff out now I believe we may see new software hit the market that will really make it easy to program this guys. Last year channel count was 170 ish this years was 3920. Those strips are 363 channels each and that is where the software come in to play, I ran vixen this year but I also had LSP 2 on standby as I am still learning it and I have not even looked at S3 yet. So take a look at this http://diylightanima...t#Smart_Strings a little way down the page there are some nice videos. Ted
  2. Hello, Well I have 30' Arches across my semi circle driveway. I am using smart string controllers and the flex ribbon RGB string. They are this years WOW factor and really put off the light not to mention the colors are fabulous! No video yet but I do have a picture. 3 pieces of 3/4 inch electrical pipe ( The Metal ones ) bent to arch form. The flex strip is facing the road and just zip tied to the pipe. I'm using 2 strips an arch where the ends are at the top and overlapped so as it appears to look like 1 strip. Each strip is 13 feet long so you end up 2 foot off the ground. If your talking little arches then know that the strips can be cut and you can use the small piece for something else or piece together another strip if you wish. I use the grey electrical pvc pipe for my small arches and you just zip tie the piece to them as well. Once I had the big arches bent it only took all of 15 minutes to zip tie them, I plan on storing the LED's in the house after the season. The have held up great so far and we have had a lot of rain this year as well. Hope I was of some help to you. Ted
  3. I used the multi colored Mini lights on my 30' driveway arches, does that count? The Kids call em leaping rainbows LOL. :giggle: Ted
  4. Well it worked where I am at with no questions what ever! I checked out the HD here as well and those LED's seemed to be 1/2 wave, where you could see the flicker. I haven't noticed that with the GE's. Can Christmaslover give me the scoop on them? Oh and good luck in your contest! Whats up with the No greens though anywhere, I may have to do HD and get some greens LOL isn't green one of the Christmas colors? :giggle: Ted
  5. Ah, This is how I do my tree basically. I run 4 colors now so that is 32 channels but it's still a 180 degree tree, which means I lite 1/2 and the other 1/2 is just plugged in opposite the first half. I had a hard time grasping this at first but what helped me was to think of it as a clock. So pick a point and call it 12, for me it's the part that faces my house. I string 2 strands, one at 3 inches to the right of 12 and the second 3 inches to the right of that which will also be connected to 2 strand starting 3 inches past 6 o'clock (towards 7 o'clock) and the other 3 inches past that. Rinse and repeat until finished :giggle: Now I am running 96 strands of 100 count minis up a 20 foot pole and about 3-4 inch spacing and a 10 foot radius. It comes out pretty nice check my websites for video's and see for yourself. The 2008 is where I went to 4 colors and adjusted my radius to make the tree look better. It's going to be a try and see thing. the first time you do it you'll understand a bit more as to what we are saying. All that info you read here will start making a lot more sense. Well at least that is how it was for me.
  6. Prayers have been sent for you and the whole family. I pray that everyone is alright and we hear good news very soon. Please keep us posted. God be with you and your family, Ted
  7. hey Everyone, Thanks for the heads up. This is great news. As for GE LEDs well I have had my roof outlined going on the 4th year now and I just set them up this past weekend with no failures so I have had good luck with them. As for colors well our lowes has red, blue and multi but no green! I can't find the green anywhere. LOL Anyway, I'll give it a try tonight and see if they take the coupons. Thanks again, Ted
  8. Hey everyone, Thanks for your replies, I guess the ole tape em up will have to do. I was just wondering though if something wasn't out their. Ted
  9. Any info at all would be fine. Do I have to live with the tape over the left over lights I don't want visible? Thanks again, Ted
  10. Hey Jeremy, Most Lowes or Home depots carry rebar and they also have the cut off wheels for your grinder to cut them with. They also sell batter board steaks which are nice for guy wires to tie off on and they are pretty cheap too! Ted
  11. Hello everyone, Well I'm finishing up some wire frames and I hate that I will have to tape over 20 + mini lights at the end because I am only using 10 out of the 35 on the string. Is their something I can do like add a resistor and cut off the remaining 25 lights? I also have a string that I would like to add 2 more mini lights to, I bet I could do that although I suspect the string might get a bit dimmer. Well any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Ted
  12. Hello TwoBits, Hey welcome to computerized displays! I have found that you are going to be really close to having it correct once you attach the lights and run the sequence. It's usually a little thing here or their that can be corrected quite quickly. Stuff like channel 2 plugged into channel 4 and what not. Also I find it nice to run them a time or two and watch it from outside, have a notepad ready so when you see the things that look out of place you can make a note of it. Yep so it's just little things like that and it really does help to watch them live a few times too. God luck! Ted
  13. DOH!, I was going to place my Order on Friday hoping it was not to late! Well at least we will have the 2010 versions early Darryl, save me 30 please. LOL Thanks, Ted
  14. Hey, I have to agree with Mike (Oldcqr) only because I did that last year with walmart lights on a arch and the same thing happened to me twice. And I had 2 sets go out on my mega tree as well for the same reason. If you pull them to much they do pop out of the socket and arch. Your lucky you didn't put them on while lit, that's how I found the first one and it was quit a shock literally. It's an easy fix though, I just wire in a new socket from a bad strand and tape/heat shrink it. :giggle: I got my lights at .50 a strand during the after Christmas sale a few years ago. I do plan on moving over to LEDs though once I have more channel then I know what to do with I can then focus on that. Ted
  15. Hey everyone, I have been using the GE lights now for 3 years without any problems and they fade very well with LOR and are full wave as well. I think the rust problem was addressed with the ones I have because the wires look like they were tinned with solder. Anyway no rust yet and we have wet winters down this way. To my friend in the great white north, send down the Molsen's or Lablatt's eh! and If you can't do that some white stuff around Christmas would be very much appreciated!!! I miss my Michigan Winters (Only around Christmas though) Good day eh, Go wings! Ted
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