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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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About fordsbyjay

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  1. So what type of lights are best for mega trees and displays? We changed out inside tree to the C6 bulbs last year and I like the look but I'm not sure how they would look on a 23' mega tree.
  2. What software/hardware do you use to control it?
  3. I am following this thread. I would like to build the same thing.
  4. I don't have many LED lights but I have found regular walmart lights to have a high failure rate. Everybody has to start somewhere though and buying them now (after the season) is a very affordable option. I have bins full of spare lights to replace the crappy ones that quit that I bought for 75-90% off. Now that my display has been up for a couple years and the initial cost is behind me I am starting to slowly replace problem lights with better quality lights. This year I replaced almost all my rope lighting with that from Action lighting. Point being you need to do what you can afford and still enjoy christmas. Don't get too wrapped up in light count or quality and forget the main reason you are doing it in the first place. IMHO I would rather have a pretty decent display for 5 years rather then save for 5 years to buy the best lights out there. But other may have different opinions.
  5. My 20' mega tree has 16 "pie" sections as well. I was thinking of using the same number of lights but dividing it into 8 sections next year. I find with 16 sections I can not spin the tree fast enough if that makes sense.
  6. As far as bending 1/4" and 5/16" rod can be bent quite easily. A good vise is your best friend here. I just mark where I want to bend it and put it in the vise. For a tight bend pull close (or hammer) right next to the vise. If you need a gradual bend then grab the rod a foot or two from the vice and slowly pull on it. This way the bend will happen over the distance not at one point.
  7. I just used large sheets of poster board and had my daughter trace out some pictures using a projector at school. That way you can adjust the size to whatever you want.
  8. I brush or spray mine with Rustoleum. The stuff you buy at home depot in the 1 qt cans goes on thick and lasts well. Sometimes I will prime sometimes I don't. Regardless it's cheap and easy.
  9. Here is our show in Lafayette, La.
  10. We have had a wireframe sleigh for many years and I never liked the way it looked. This year I added some expanded metal to the sides to give it some depth and rewired it with rope lighting. I couldn't find a picture from before but this is what it looks like after. It is 100x better. Before it just looked like a mess of lights with no shape.
  11. He works out of town and is gone all the time.
  12. I got my other grinch finished today and mounted it to my sign.
  13. Joules I got lucky for the most part and only had a few inches here and there to block out. I used electrical tape but today I noticed that seems to trap the heat as those sections are warmer then the regular untaped areas. I was thinking of trying some black split wire loom from an auto parts store. That would allow some room for air and cooling. I bought my rope lighting from Action lighting and their stuff has cut marks every 18" so it is easy to find. You have to watch what brand you are using because they can be every 18, 24 or 36" where you cut it. LED rope lighting is 4" from what I looked at.
  14. I will try and get a better picture of the frames installed tomorrow.
  15. It would be tight so I don't know. I think it would work but you might not get the same glow out of the middle color. I like the look of C bulbs but I was concerned that you need to be a lot more delicate with them and I am kind of like a bull in a china shop. ROP lighting I can bang around a bit and not worry about breaking bulbs. Brian I messed with clips for a couple seasons till I decided I needed a much better solution. These are light and easy to work with. You will not regret it.
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