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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. here's the link: http://houston2008.texaschristmaslights.com/
  2. Just woundering if anyone out of state is coming to to my home town, Houston (Conroe), to the TCL workshop?
  3. Darn I thought it would be good for a few free strings next week at the TLC workshop when i see him. No really my review is true love his lights....
  4. I bought two stings of C-9's LED's today at Hobby Lobby for $10.00 a box. And they did have red, green and "warm white". The strings are 16' with 25 lights per string. Of course they are half wave, so the blink or flash in your periferial vision. I don't hate them their not bad. But....when you light up some Creative Display LED's next to them ummmm night and day difference. The C.D. LED's are twice as bright and way prettier in color. And I used C.D. LED M5's or minis next to the HL C-9's. As for the price comparison the Hobby Lobby lights run .62 cents a foot and C.D.s run .98 cents a foot. I need 250'. So it will cost me $87.00 dollars more for the Creative Display lights for my roof. Now of course I am doing three colors so it will be $267.00 more. In closing for a little more money I believe my house will be three times prettier with Creative Dispay lights. If you have never seen any buy some you will be amazed.
  5. cool, maybe i should grabe one or two more for spares.
  6. I just bought 180 strings of Paul's lights used from a guy here in Houston, but still in their boxes new, this week. And WOW WOW WOW those bad boys are gorgeous, best looking LED's I have ever seen. I cant stop going out into my garage and turning them on every night. Creative Displays lights are worth the wait.
  7. I did paypal the first time and checkout the second time
  8. No it worked good both times I ordered. Make sure you not missing some info. How many are you getting?
  9. I've been searching and searching for a long time and found them. I bought 1 to see if I like it and WOW. When those 900 white minis lite up in my garage I was in love. I bought the 7 foot tree with 900 white minis. Today the other eight arrived. So I have 9 now. I am recreating his display here in Houston. Here is my link. http://www.acehardwareoutlet.com/(hj0ypgnrknnhaznmoxm5ms45)/ProductDetails.aspx?SKU=9500869 These tree's look way better in real life.
  10. Very 4th of July. Looks good. I like the area below the flag that fades from whit to red to blue...nice.
  11. I am going to leave them assembled and use pulleys to pull them to the ceiling in my garage. Otherwise I would have to un-wrap the middle section.
  12. I finished my four 20' arches. A total of 80' of arches. Eighteen 100ct strings per arch or total of 72 strings for four arches. For days wrap wrap wrap wrap. It took me an average of five hours per arch. I ran the arches tonight for the fourth and they did great. I kinda start dobting myself sometimes while I am in the pain of building that they will even work or turn out. But it sure feels good when your done and it all works out and you see those arches dance across the yard. Now each year I will just use a couple pulleys and store them on the ceiling of my garage.
  13. Your very much welcome. Everyone at Planet Christmas helps me so I am glade to give back..
  14. slow here in Houston too....speed her up! We are going to all have to pay more once it comes to donation time to get faster upload speeds.
  15. I made a mistake with the subject this is for 41 contollers or 656 channels. I couldn't find a way to edit the subject to make the correction.
  16. Eiffel Tower I thought this was pretty cool
  17. I had a request for a spreadsheet that would support up to 40 LOR controllers so here it is. Click the link to download it. Let me know if you found it helpfull. http://www.rocklinconstruction.com/LOR41_Christmas%20Display%20v.1.xls
  18. My wife is a nurse and works nights. So when she's gone I sneak inside to get out of the heat and humidity.
  19. Took to L brakets and screwed them together. Drilled a hole in the middle and put a 3" bolt through it and bolted it at the end. Put the hex head into the drill and clamped the drill to my ladder. Took a peice of wire and twisted it around the drills triger until the drill was at the right speed. Then I took my electrical foot pedal off my Christmas tree and used it to stop and start the drill. Working pretty good.
  20. I was going to buy the white plumbing pvc. I did not think of using the electrical conduite. Do they have 1" in elect. conduite. Also went to home depot and habor freight for a foot padel to start and stop the drill but they did not have any. You all doing by hand or getting a buddy to help out at one end?
  21. I am going to place the 10' apart so I would think they would be around ten feet tall, thats my guess.
  22. Making my arches this weekend. For 20' arches should I use 3/4" or 1" pvc?
  23. Bulking up on lights! Here in Houston, TX we have a store called Hobby Lobby and they had patio lights, "100ct white mini's" on sale for 66% off or $1.33 a box so I bought 124 boxes. That should cover my 4 arches and 20' mega tree. I am going to try and build the arches this weekend and put them out for the fourth of July week. Good pre Christmas test too. Really crazy by they way to see the store putting out Christmas decorations in June...
  24. Just made some changes to the inventory sheet...updated June 15th at 10:00pm, so if you downloaded it before that time you may want to download again to get the changes.
  25. Hello you all. I created a spreadsheet to help organize my display. I thought I would share it and so I have created it in a template format for anyone to use. Hope it helps. Here is the link to download it from my server. http://www.rocklinconstruction.com/Template_Christmas%20Display%20v.1.xls
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