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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.

Tony Hight

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Luke 2:1-20
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    Surprise, Arizona
  • Biography
    Incredibly crazy about Christmas!
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    Isn't it obvious???
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  • About my display
    Retired in 2011 and coming back in 2015 with an all new display! Not one display element, light or controller will be reused. We will now be 100% LED Pixel lights!

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  1. That's what I thought. My mind just couldn't grasp why more lights wouldn't equal more wattage in some instances. figured LED is just a different animal. I'm ready to place my order now, for first timers we are supposed to call the order in, correct? Is there a special number or anything I need to mention when I call or is it just the number on the site? Thanks
  2. I'm new to LED and want to do some planning for this coming year. Why are the wattages different for the various colors and string size (I"m looking at red, green, white and blue) then some colors are the same for 50 and 70 count strings, etc. Just want to make sure I'm not missing something
  3. Paul I have some spt2 extension cords bought from the store. Can the c9 PP socket for zip cord work with that wire or will it only work with the zip cord you sell? It's only to light a star I'm building so I don't need 1000ft spool of zip cord.
  4. I will be zip tying them through the holes pre-drilled in the strip. The edges of that metal are actual not sharp at all they are somewhat rounded. I just need something similar and am very leery about plastic seeing as I'm in Arizona and my attic will reach 130+ degrees in the summer.
  5. Next year I'm planning on using metal drywall corner bead to secure my LED lights to. Just wondering if anyone can forsee any issues with this such as possibly tripping GFCI? People do wire frames all the time so I'm assuming I'd be okay. I'd just rather use metal than plastic for long term durability.
  6. Which are better, xenon or LED strobes? I've heard LED has a problem not firing as random. I'll have twenty under the first and second floor eves. I'm looking for a fast random firing pattern. Can someone who has seen both let me know please. Thanks.
  7. Are the c9 retro fit better than the c9 strings of LED we can get through other vendors? Just priced out what it would take to do the entire roof line and HOLY COW! And that doesn't include the strings and sockets that I don't already have. I'm ordering c6's to outline the windows, doors and yard but really want the larger bulb for the roof. Will need about 450 bulbs each of red, green and warm white. I don't see any other c9's on Paul's site.
  8. I must have the best wife in the world. I just told her I was going to buy 9 cases of LED lights and 2 cases of strobes for next year (and I told her the price) and all she said was "okay." --I hope she knows I'm serious.
  9. I'm confused. How many actual retro fit bulbs come with the case price for the c9 retrofits? And has anyone used these in the past? I'm trying to find the best way to outline the roof with c9 LED's next year. Thanks for any input.
  10. I could definitely make that work. Any idea on what type of relay and how to do it. That is something I haven't dealt with yet? Or is there another thread about it?
  11. I'll check out the links in the morning. I could easily do the bubbles periodically throughout the show. I had a feeling going non-stop was out of the question. Just so I know how often I could use it do you know approximately how long you can get from one fill? Also can you control the unit with an LOR channel? I want this to be as maintenance free as possible i.e. not waiting to push buttons. Is there a warm up time needed? the few units I started looking at needed some time before the bubbles would actually start to come out and if so, how do you circumvent this? Thanks.
  12. I'm contemplating buying a bubble machine for my display next year. I was wondering what brands people were using and how they performed. My main concern before buying one is how many times a night do I need to refill the bubble solution. I would like to be able to run it for five to six hours a night without refilling. Is this even possible. Don't really want to spend the money only to be disappointed with the results.
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