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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.

JimCanfield

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    Farmington (central Illinois), Illinois, USA
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    Well of course christmas. But also I love playing on the internet, playing with my daughter and dog
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  1. Am doing a 12 foot spiral tree along with a 20 foot spiral tree. The 20 foot will have a steel pole, and the 12 foot will be using the existing flag pole. When I got to the business I found that the pole to the flagpole was 6 inches in diameter!!! Now comes the challenge of getting a topper to hold the lights and a collar to hold the lines. Not sure if I will need guy wires, but am going to plan on it just to be safe. Any good design ideas on making a topper? I am envisioning a 2 piece topper with 8 pegs each that will bolt together around the pole. I am thinking of it looking like this one: http://store.3glightingcreations.com/mega-tree-hook-head-threaded-16-peg/ only 6 inches in diameter. Thoughts, ideas???
  2. This is the smaller of the 2 trees, there is also a 20'spiral so the bucket is already there. I figured might as well use it! What you said makes sense, I just need to go and do it and see what happens.
  3. I am going to put up a 12 foot, 24 channel spiral tree using a flag pole. It will be red, green and clear super strings. I have been reading, searching, and watching videos regarding everything about the spiral tree. I have the spreadsheet and different diagrams downloaded and have a pretty good grasp on this project. My question is this, when I go to the top in the bucket truck and start putting the strings up, what is the best way? Do I just put the first super strand (red green clear channel 1, 9, 17), spiral those, then go 1/8 spacing around then put the next super strand (red green clear channel 2, 10, 18) and spiral those, then go 1/4 the way, 3/8 of the way, 1/2 the way ect? I have also read that going 1.5 revolutions seemed the way to go, is this still holding true?
  4. I cannot bring up the pricing, it says the website will not show it, anyone else having this problem?
  5. Wow, here I was thinking that everybody did all new songs every year! Now I don't feel as bad keeping the same set up and songs.
  6. I think I may have burnt myself out with my Christmas display by working on it constantly for 3 and a half years. I have found no reason or motivation to do anything with my display until today. I'm thinking i will not have enough time to get all new songs and sequence them. I'm seriously thinking of running the same exact show as last year in the back yard and in the front yard add a bunch to the static display. What does everyone think of my lazy idea?
  7. JimCanfield

    Ice 2010

    Hmmm, the day before my vacation. Why not take a day extra and attend ICE? Good idea!
  8. For my mini trees I use 36" tomato cages, 1 cage per tree. I use 2 colors, 300 lights per color for a total of 600 lights (6 100 ct strings). I had no problems last year, then this year after a few days up 2 of my trees on the end were laying flat. At first look I thought someone ran into/over them. Then my wife asked if maybe there were to many lights and the weight collapsed tham. Anyone ever had their trees collapse due to just 6 100 ct strands on them??
  9. I am only going to run 1 or 2 strands from it, and I will be "stacking" it from the first male end from the extention cord. Therefore I will be following the rules of 3s.
  10. I have a place on my garage where I put a roof grid and this year I want to out line the front and a window as well. I was thinking of using an old light string that no longer works as an extention cord to go from the beginning of my roof grid to the front and start the outline there without lighting a line from the grid the the front. Would this work alright? Otherwise I would cut the polarity part of an indoor extention cord and run it from one light string to the other and would rather not go this route.
  11. I am thinking that I could do that next year and put a sign on it. I will give you credit in 2 foot letters underneath the plywood, will that be ok?
  12. 1. Jim, I am going to assume you mean string to string correct? If so my guess would be a wiring issue. You should have line voltage (120 VAC) at the female plug end of the string, if not there is a wiring or plug issue. Yes, I am stringing end to end. I know the female end has voltage because it lit up Travis' other string of lights. 2. wonder if they convert it to 120V DC? Did you try reversing the plug (assuming it's not polarized?) I unplugged and re plugged it but am not sure if I reversed the plug (no they were not polarized.) Therefore since it is up on the roof now I have no idea if it had worked. I have some extra of Paul's so I will try that tomorrow. 3. Have you tried going the other way.....Travis's into Pauls? No, because the strands were already zip tied to my grid and no way I was going to cut and re string lol. SOLUTION: I just put a 3 way going from my main extention cord then ran 2 indoor (I hate to do it, but was not going to waste outdoor cords for this) cords, 1 to each end of the grid to light the full grid. Of course I finally got it up and when I lit it up this evening of course 1 of the strands I replaced was out!!! I am just hoping the connection is lose. I am thankful it is near the ridge (since I cannot walk my roof) and that the string is the first one and is near the eve so if need be I can use an extention ladder and fix it. Thank you for all your ideas!
  13. Ok, here is my dilemma/problem. I have a roof grid that I made out of 5MM LEDs from Paul. I had a few go out (due to last years problems) so I was going to fix the grid by replacing lights from Travis. The problem is when I plug Paul's lights into Travis' lights Paul's lights do not light up (therefore 1/2 of my grid is not lit up). When I plug Travis' string into the other Travis string it lights. Why do they not work together? As far as I read, the lights work good together. Is it because I am plugging a M5 into a 5MM? This really SUCKS. Just another problem with lights AGAIN.
  14. Mini Mega is up, all 6 artificial trees are wrapped and set, mini trees are set with only 1 more to build, most of the molds are drug out to the lawn. Still have to drag out the rest of the molds and set them up, then all the menial things that needs to be done (run cords, set up controllers, check ampage, ect). So I think (hope) I am din ok.
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