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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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About Entropy

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  • Birthday 10/02/1962

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    Gum Ct. Newark, California, USA
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    Scouting, Golf, collecting C&R Rifles.
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    Building controls engineer
  • About my display
    First year, 2007 48 Channels of LOR.
    Second year, 2008 80 channels of LOR.

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  1. Entropy

    M6 Blackout Caps?

    To answer my question 2 years later: Christmas-LEDS.com has them now. Three cheers for them.
  2. Nice work. Explaining and showing is a lot better than lecturing and talking down. You may have made another decorator.
  3. I was thinking, who are you doing this for, yourself, the city council or your (nice) neighbors. It sounds like you're angry with the city council but are gong to take it out on the neighbors. I think that you should talk to the Mayor and work it out so that you could set it up in a park. Free electricity, lots of land and potentially more people can enjoy it. Then I read your post about the gallery offering space so it's probably moot. Good Luck and Merry Christmas... anyway.
  4. I think that it's awesome that you have a bunch of neighbors that are into Christmas decorating. Try to keep it mentally as a cooperation, not a competition. I like the idea of coordinating with your neighbors on the Virtual santa, perhaps a daily rotation where kids would try to find him every night.
  5. Thanks I'm going to do a test tonight counting on the cold ambient air to keep them cool. They're animated so there should be time to cool. I'm hoping to have my little singing trees added this weekend.
  6. I suggest that you use regular extension cords to power the LOR controllers. The voltage drop in the SPT cords may be excessive. Don't go smaller than 14AWG, 12 AWG if the load is expected to be over 15A. Low voltage causes odd and hard to troubleshoot problems with electronics.
  7. Ok. 100 string = .34A. I'm going to cut them in half so 50 string = .17A. Tag says 0.425W bulb. All standard incandescent 100/50 mini stuff.
  8. I'm making a coro with punch through minis. The problem is that I only need about 30 minis on a 50 stream. I don't want to leave the other minis dangling behind the display. I want to change the extra minis to a resistor. Given 2.5V lamp. Replace 10 out if the 50 string. I got ~150 ohms on a 5W resistor. Hows that math look? Thanks.
  9. If they are on at full brightness all of the time, even during a show then you smoked a triac.
  10. If they are on at full brightness all of the time, even during a show then you smoked a triac.
  11. The timer might be using a triac relay. They will leak a small amount of voltage that's enough to light up the LEDs at times. Try adding a ballast resistor such as a single C9 incandescent.
  12. Welcome to animated decorating. It can be tough but it's worth it at the end. I bundle my strings. Most of the time, I have only one color on at a time so I bundle them to make it look like the lights themselves are changing color when I switch between colors. I have a 14' mega. If you're going to use that many strings, be sure that you have a solid plan for raising it. I have 24 strings of 100 count plus a star plus two strings of strobes and we can "Iwo-Jima" it up into place. Any more would make it too heavy. I don't hang my base ring. I use 1/2" PVC in a circle. I have it staked about a foot above the ground with re-bar. I just electrical tape it to the rebar at the correct height. It looks ugly during the day but I don't care. I'm going to raise it this year so I don't have to bend over as much.
  13. You might need a ballast resistor somewhere in the LED circuit. The triacs will leak a little voltage when "off". Try adding a single resistive load like a C9 or C7 light at the beginning or end of the LED strings that don't shut off.
  14. Ka-Ching. There's your paycheck for all of your hard work. Well done.
  15. I wouldn't put a range in it. Let them guess anything.
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