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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.

Jim L

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    1 ea CTB16PCG3 Green Controller board kit with enclosure, power cord, plug cords, network dangle, tab connectors, 8amps channel, 30amps total, never used $150 ea + shipping 1ea CTB32LD-U7 Blue Controller Board in enclosure, used indoors for 2 seasons for house lights only $150 + shipping 1ea CTB080G3-U4 8 Channel Controller board with heat sink 8amp channel, 15amp total, power cord, 4 channels used indoors only $80 + shipping 1ea USB485B USB to Network Cable Converter $30 + shipping 1ea Whole House FM Transmitter 2.0, minimally used 1 season indoors $80 + shipping


    Lake Forest, California - US

  2. I've got some boxes of G40 25 Satin Light Sets to sell if anyone is looking for them. They are the Target brand and 1.03 amps a string. Multi Color - 28 boxes Red - 4 boxes Blue - 11 boxes
  3. OK, now i'm getting the spirit here. I don't really have room in my display for the big arches so these might just be the ticket to run along the sidewalk where I string lights to keep people out of the yard display area. The interesting thing about these is at only 5 channels each, you have one channel left over on a board to control a relay switch to change from one color to the next. So for 6 arches I can have 2 extra channels or 3 colors. You can't fad from color to color with a rely but you can do everything with one color showing. Now just to save up for 4 more boards! Hey, that will put me into big boy range at 144 channels. :121_reindeer:
  4. We usally start this Sunday but reading how many of you start before that, I might just earlier myself. My roof and house is done, this weekend is all the yard display with the mega tree and new medium mega tree.
  5. I started with the roof after my class this morning. The goal is to have the roof and house done by tomorrow night so I can turn the show on if need be for that part. The goal for next weekend is the yard and mega tree to complete the display. I picked up 2 rolls of snow for the yard on Tuesday and finished a new 8' medium mega tree to blink with the mega tree last weekend but still need to make the 4 power cables. I try to avoid extension cords. I've been working a lot of hours for the last couple of months so I didn't get done the mini mega tree to blink with the big and medium trees, 8 more 3' mini trees for the right side of the yard, and another jeweled tree. Oh well, there's still 5 more weeks to Christmas :santasmileyitty:
  6. OK this sounds good BUT I not keeping up with your math and those pesky things called controller boards that have to be figured in here as they're about $14 a channel. 1 controller board $220 w/16 channels, 2 boards @ $440 w/32 channels, etc., etc., So that's $440 for 5 arches made this way. Larger arches are 8 channels per arch so you get 4 big arches for $440. From all the videos it looks like you need 6 to 8 arches to make it look good. I want to do smaller leaping arches but I still trying to figure out how to make them at an affordable cost. Lights + pvc + rebar + "channels". Could a small leaping arch be made with 4 channels and still look good?
  7. B_Regal, Do you have a web site or a link to a video of your display? 440,000 lights - got to see it. Maybe more interested were do store them all? LOL. Jim

  8. At least Walmart is consistent on their light sales - New Year's day and they're open early so you have time to hit about 12 of them and the Targets before dinner. Costco is another subject as they put there stuff on sale with out warning and usually in a side isle.
  9. Thanks for the lights John. I got them yesterday and they all work fine. Also thanks for packing them out of their boxes to take up a lot less room for shipping. - Another Happy Customer
  10. For those of use who make our own cables using 18/9 sprinkler wire, we just use white or green electrical tape/thin Sharpie marker to identify the cable then always use the same color wire for each plug position (black 1, brown 2, red 3, . . .). Of course we connect right to the LOR controller for a simpler connection. Now we connect right to the relay for some elements.
  11. Yes me too. I checked a couple of your videos out on your site but did not see anything?
  12. For some ideas - See Geoff Harvey's post on how he did medium mega trees on his roof at post http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=29535. Another one from last year talked about Glenn Barber's huge and heavy lighted cross on the top of his house with this custom base he made that stood up to strong winds with out guy wires. See the picture at http://lakeforestchristmas.com/Roof%20monut%202.JPG
  13. Toughest part about Costco lights is to know when they go on sale - and they're great sales. It's never the same time plus they put them on a pallet in some side aisle. If it wasn't for my neighbor's heads up I would have missed it - thanks again Bob.
  14. Great work Scott! I know the time it takes to make this as I started a South Orange County, CA Christmas Display map a couple months ago to have on my Christmas Display website and I've still not got it done. All those houses and I can't find the maps I used last year and the ones I did find it's hard to remember which one was which as I don't want to spend everyone's gas money to see a house with just a couple of light strings. We have great displays here but few animated light displays. My neigbor and I are the only one's in Orange County that blink together. Question: How did you import your own images to use on the map. I've not found that control yet?
  15. Thanks Valerie, I just ordered one even though 90% of my lights connect right to the terminal block on the LORs since I use 9 wire cables w/plugs I made. I can still check the LORs and other items in my house to help keep the electric bill down during December. I liked how the review on Newegg said that the person checked their DVR and found it uses 20 W when in stand-by.
  16. My girls got one or had one to take with them at 12 when they went somewhere so they had a phone if there was a problem or ready to come home. We did not give them one so they could just have one or as personal phone to call and text all day and we limit them. As daughters, I do tell them if they go somewhere and things get out of hand or they are uncomfortable with how there friends are behaving, just call me using the cell phone and we'll come pick them up - no questions asked. They also use them when they want to leave early from a party or a get together with friends and save face. They call us and use the code of "Dad, do I still need to come home early for [this or that]. I say yes and they have an excuse to leave.
  17. PM sent. Have any idea what's wrong with that side of 8? Fuse ok?
  18. I also PM'd for lights. Jeremy, it's just the luck of what colors people need on what color string. Also he's got them at a great price. I needed more greens and almost nobody carried them this last year in Southern California so this was a big help. Thanks John.
  19. Love your signature logo for LOR. Did you make that or find it some where?

  20. Hi Geoff, Thanks for posting the pictures of your intermediate (short mega trees) for us. They were useful in helping me to design 7' trees to blink with my mega tree. Jim

  21. Another idea that combines the yard outlining and circle around your mega tree would be to make a large semi circle around your tree out to the front to frame your mega tree. Also you can have them blink with your mega tree. I do this with spiral trees but it could also be done with mini trees. Or you can line the sides of your yard to frame your display. I did one side last year with 8 mini's I took off my roof (24 was too many up there).
  22. Theres always the top of the roof and hedges. I make my own cabling instead of extension cords everywhere I can. I use 18-10 sprinkler wire from Home Depot, splice in a plug where I need it, and it eliminates almost all the extention cords so my display is faster to set-up, take down, and store. So my 16 mini trees on the roof use just two cables (8 channels = 8 trees = 8 plugs per cable) that connect right into the LOR controller. I've got pictures on my christmas page on how I make them and connect them. LakeForestChristmas.com
  23. For 2009 we're adding pre-scene to our existing Nativity scene. On the left side of our yard we'll now have scene 1 - Mary & Joesph going to Bethlehem with town buildings that have a "No Vacancy" sign. Behind them by the garage, we'll have the 3 wisemen headed toward the star. I'll move my mega tree to the center of the yard to split the scenes and have the scene 2 - Nativity on the right side of the yard. Last year I added a "Camel Parking Only" sign and put the two camels next to it away from the Nativity. This balances off the 6' Cross I added and the "Wise Men Still Seek Him" sign I put up. [url="http://lakeforestchristmas.com/t_camelparkingsign.jpg"]
  24. An alternative for those of use who do not have the set up to build/weld our own wireframes but stores flat and take up less room is to just wrap one side of the wreath stand. I only requires 200 lights to cover them so less on the amps and easier to build, store, and carry (I have 16 on my roof and 8 in the yard). Here's a picture plus you can see the construction pictures at LakeForestChristmas.com.
  25. Jim L

    Red or Green?

    I thought that this would be one for your summer display. You know, the summer displays we put up to test fit a new display item we build or test a design before Christmas. It helps us figure out if it's 2 reds or 4 reds between greens that look the best or all green looks better on my house the red. It gives the neighbors something to talk about and my kids somthing to be embarised about. You know your neighbors love saying "You're either very early or very late on your Christmas display"
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