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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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  1. What I have done is create an animation sequence, using the lights I want on and made it 15 minutes long. I use it to turn some of my white strings on from the end of the show, til dawn, for security. I then created a show using only the animation sequence, and scheduled it to run from the time the show ends until 5 AM.
  2. I ordered the lenses from Musician's friend (the link above, they have several different options). The lenses arrived today. They are hard plastic lenses that fit over par 36 lights. I am going to apply them with clear silicone over 150w floodlights. They look like they will work nice.
  3. Thanks for your help. I figured it had to be simple, but I didn't want to mess it up.
  4. Thank you!!! The link you added has just what I need!
  5. Thanks for the help. What I want to do is basically eliminate the control box and make the whole net one channel. Can this be done? Does anyone have a diagram for doing this? Thanks for any ideas.
  6. Does anyone know if there are colored lenses that you can put over flood light bulbs? The colored bulbs you buy at the hardware stores fade, scratch off and don't produce true colors. Thanks for any help.
  7. Hello, I think I saw somewhere a thread about converting light strings with multiple-effect control boxes to static light strings. I have some LED net lights I want to use with LOR, but every time you disconnect the power from the string, they default to the first effect. I appreciate all the help I can get. Thanks
  8. Gadget

    LED floodlights

    Hello and Happy Holidays everyone, I'm still looking for LED floodlights that you can dim and screw into standard light sockets. Thanks for the help.
  9. Gadget

    LED floodlights

    I just wanted to freshed this thread. Since my last post, has anyone located LEDs that you can dim and that will screw into a standard lightbulb socket? If so, could you please give me contact info? Thanks alot!
  10. Gadget

    LED floodlights

    Thank you for your replies. Can anyone submit information about availability, pricing etc. I am looking for green, red and blue. Thank you.
  11. Gadget

    LED floodlights

    Is there such a thing as an LED floodlight that will screw into a standard lightbulb socket? If so, can they be faded with LOR? I used halogen floods and wasn't impressed with the results, the colors aren't as true as LED and the paint scratched and flaked off the bulbs. Any input would be appreciated.
  12. I went to my Hobby Lobby today, and they were putting lights and ornaments out.
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