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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 am wanting to build a tunnel for cars to drive thru.

    As I have a split in our drive(around a tree) I can build it to 10ft and anything over that would be able to go around.

    At this point I saw 1 tunnel using 2" pvc over "T" post, 45 coupler to a 1" cross bar 12ft for the arch. They placed one every 7 ft in length.

    Any other ideas?


  2. What I love is when people post their behind the scenes videos publicly so that others can see the nuts-n-bolts of how those displays are wired, secured, supported, more.

    Here is my video - I'd love to see other peoples videos/photos/logs:

    In your video you said....."24inch snow fall lights, 14 bucks out of China..."

    NEED Contact information PLEASE????

    PS thanks for the video, nice


  3. Nothing but good things to say about this company. I bought 3000 black clips earlier this year and was happy all the way round with the transaction. Black clip prices were much cheaper than vendors I had used in the past.

    DITO, I bought a lot of things from Val at the Texas workshop in '08 and will order more as needed.


  4. WOW what a wonderfull idea, here is another:

    Make a picture book with photo's/drawings and lable EVERYTHING. Put instructions, devided into sections or chapters, down as if you were unable to be on site and your wife/kid/another PC person, was doing the setup and did not know how your display was constructed.

    This way if someone comes out and offers to help you can give them a section(page)and with little interaction from you can help you set up.


  5. As I am taking out my cables this year I will be using a sharpie and labeling them A-Z, when I hit Z I will repeat.

    My main concern is locating 1 cable in the mix and at the start of last years setup(OCT 2010) my cords were easy to tell apart as I had 1st year orange, 2nd year mostly orange and some yellow fade, 3rd year mostly yellowish, and 4th year were the most sun faded.

    When you have about 4 miles of cords you do not want to have 1 dedicated 100 ft cord that you need to dig thru the boxes to find for "this" location. By using A-Z I am almost sure that I will not have 2 "B" cords at the same area......however I might use upper then lower case or put A-Z then A1, B1, C1 etc..

    Also I intend to make some harnesses using SP2 wire to free up some 100' cords and make setup easer next year.


  6. Lol. Me personally I would have said that you have elves switch the switches for you. You have them going up to that point then you drop that and they get that you are kidding.

    From my web site FAQ:

    How did you do it?

    With little elves and a BIG wall full of switches, the elves turn on and

    off the lights as needed in the song.

    if it is someone that is a tech I say see that little gray box.......


  7. A wise man told me once its better to have a few songs perfect then 15 songs that look like crap so...so less is more :)

    I remember when I first started out I had only a few songs and they looked like crap and there were no wise men around to tell me what to do......

    looking back at my 1st year and 15K lights I think it looks worse than crap.

    But the people LOVED IT

    Now with over 150K I do not stop for long. After the show goes live, I think about what I want for next year, after putting everything away in January I start a 1 month break then I start looking for ideas, songs, discounted items. setup starts late July pulling out items for repair/painting, in mid-late August posts go in the ground for the tree lines. Sep/Oct everything goes up to start live testing in November.

    ---point of interest, I live 30 miles from my display and work mostly on weekends to setup.---

    To finish this post......START NOW, download LOR trial version, start designing your show and knocking out songs.

    GOOD LUCK AND WELCOME TO EXTREME CHRISTMAS


  8. 40 WOW that is a LOT of juice on one controller.

    Please remember that you would need to have larger outlets(most are 15 amp, you need 20 amp outlets), wire to the breakers, and breakers. Also do not plug both in to the same outlet as it would be to large a load, again most outlets are rated at 15 amp.

    I run 24 amps (100 strings) on a D-light controller but only for 2-3 seconds at a time, and do not like pushing most levels to that 80% capacity as I prefer 60% for a larger margin of safety.(said running all on peak 240 amps on a 200 amp dedicated service )

    Sorry, did not answer your questions, but I do have a few of my own.

    1) do you have large heat sink installed? You will need it

    2) what is your amp usage per channel?

    3) why do you want to go to 40? Is there another way to get where you want to be?


  9. I liked the way you spaced out everything. You must have a big yard.

    The area I decorate belongs to the camp that my wife and I are members of. They pay the electric, I pay for everything else. It is a large area for a display.

    http://starranchchristmas.net/directions.aspx

    Picture of the area, marked to give reference of size

    Red is 2 moblehomes, 14x80.

    Blue Large size swimming pool

    Small blue circle is the frozen lake,

    white=arches

    Green line = tree line in back

    Mary, Joseph, baby, under the Google thumtack

    Mega tree,located around the purple tree

    the purple square is the building

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  10. Here is the pictures:

    Mega is 18 foot tall (R/G/Clear)

    tree line is 16 2x4x10's planted 1 foot in the ground (R/G)

    Lake is outlines by 1 roll rope light and used the blue from last year mega(faded)

    MC sign is 3 foot tall "M" and "C"(has lights out)

    The last picture showes the electric 7 30 amb brakers on 7 plug boxes

    Stars in the trees are 5 foot tall

    Train is 19 foot long(each car is 2 x 4 + wheels)

    Missing/not lit/not up:

    2 arches

    candles behind lake

    lights on the building behind mega tree

    3 foot tree line

    red/green spot lights

    yard lights

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  11. OMS.

    I CAN NOT BELEAVE YOU PEOPLE!!!!

    SANTA IS REAL!!!!!

    HE IS!!!

    I know Santa is alive every time a child opens his eyes on Christmas and runs to the tree and sees the presents. Yes we may buy, wrap, and place them but that does not mater. He exists in our hearts. A blind man can not see color, that does not mean that red, green, blue and all the colors of a rainbow does not exist, just that he can not see them.

    Perhaps we are the same and just can not SEE the presents that Santa leaves us:

    Joy:

    In the season, in the faces of children

    Love

    of family, friends, and neighbors comming together in this time of year

    Friendship

    I have met and developed friendships with many people due to this time of year. What better way to meet people than starting a light display(hehe)

    What presents has Santa left you?


  12. I clame first in Austin Texas Area.

    Pictures were taken on Sunday night(11-2-08). All hooked up and working. LOTS of issues, and lots more to add. but ran thru some songs and impresed some friends that were helping.

    EDIT: OOPS, looks like error when uploading:

    (Your submission could not be processed because a security token was missing. If this occurred unexpectedly, please inform the administrator and describe the action you performed before you received this error.)

    Will post later if I can

    TC


  13. $2.59 to $2.79 in the Austin Area, went down to SA on Satuarday and filled up for $2.39.

    Who would have thought that the last time that I saw $2.39 I would be happy paying that for a gallon of gas.

    NAY not just happy......... ESTATIC! ! !


  14. Most of the lights on mine are up.

    Mega(15K), Tree Line(19K), lake(3k)(OK, this one is down) reindeer(36), stars, mini trees, wireframes, etc.

    This Thursday and Satuarday I intend to be mounting controlers and running electrical wire(power cords) all over the place. I hope to have it all up by November 1 so that I can start taking the show from the PC and see/correct the errors.

    I started early last year and I do enjoy having the extra time to fine tune the lights.

    TC

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