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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.

chartrand

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About chartrand

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  1. Where is the link? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  2. I replaced mine this year with Holiday Coro RGB trees. Way nicer and a lot lighter. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  3. My megatree is made of LEDs from Paul. Started plugging everything and discovered one strand of the 64 hung on the tree was upside down..... So I created a quick plug that had a male on both ends so I can power the strand. Will this work? I've not tried it yet, and wanted to get input first. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  4. I have TEN of the 3 foot trees (no lights) white in color. PM me if your interested. -Pat
  5. Yep, you need snubbers, or simply pace one C9 bulb on each Chanel that has just LEDs on it. Do a search for snubbers, they are awesome. Pat
  6. You could (at your own risk) simply remove the GFI outlets just for the season.
  7. I do the same as statman and just use a lor channel.
  8. chartrand

    Spt Wire

    Good find. I like using the orange cables to power my controllers then green SPT or green store bought extension cords to run the lights.
  9. I have lots of the red candy canes from Walmart, mainly because I tend to lose the bases nearly every year and have to go out and buy new. So what could I use instead, or where can I purchase just the bases? Thansk Pat
  10. You still lose sever if not all the lights if an LED bulb goes bad, but LED don't burn out like the incandescent bulbs to. I got tired of sections of my arches going out as well and redid everything for this year with LED's I purchased from Paul at Creative Displays. They are good quality and with LED's you want good quality bulbs so they are bright today and 3 or 4 years later. His are Full wave and fade really well with LOR. In you situation with the lights on way up on your eaves, I would highly recommend LED's. When I wrap my arches I wrap 2 sets at the same time, so if there is an issue with a strand the second strand is there to give it light, just not as much light as normal, but better than a whole section being out. -Pat
  11. My house is older and does not have GFCI's, so rain doesn't give me much trouble. Ever considered trading out the GCFI's for regular outlets just during the month of December? I know safety first, right.....
  12. Easy there fellas... Not that your wrong but this poor guy just wanted a nice Christmas Display with out having to learn everything. His plan was to simply pay to have all the programming done and then all he would need to do is plug everything in, sort of like a MR Christmas on steroids I guess. Ed at this point we have to face reality here, you are either going to have to hunker down and learn the LOR software and maybe use a few sequences from a source like LOR Sequences.com if you expect to have a display running this year. There are also tutorials out there that can help you along. Don't forget that Light-o-Rama also has a few free sequences on there web site to get you started, and a few you can also pay for. -Pat
  13. I got lots of Warm White and Blue last year.... And I have to say I love them both but that Blue is YEAH so much more than I expected. My 2 or 3 year old incandescent blue bulbs were no comparison. I'll be in for more this year as well... Great product and great service is hard to find these days... Thank Paul.. -Patrick Chartrand
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