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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.
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  1. I would just use 2 1/2" Pvc in the ground, then slide pole in & wedge in place. That way all you need to do is wiggle the pole & pull out your wedge. I use this method on my 14' mega tree but I only go down 2'. Mike
  2. This one is easy. They are behind the cabinet they are standing on. There is a mirror between the back legs of the cabinet to reflect the concrete driveway. Jump up Then back down. Mike
  3. Use this one I know it works & is $25 cheaper. A suggestion order the 36" antenna it will give you a little more distance. http://www.mobileblackbox.com/content/view/40/75/ Yes it is not stereo but 99% of people will not know or care. They just enjoy the show & music in their cars. Mike
  4. Just save your money it is not worth it. Mike
  5. The problem is that you have to show a Drivers License or other type of photo ID to even use the tickets at Disney. They will ask for it at the gate. Sorry Mike
  6. I all ready have on order with Greg 1 flood & 2 spots to give them a try. Mike
  7. Has anyone tried or used these floods or spots in there Christmas display. http://www.phenoptix.co.uk/shop/floodlight-leds-p-220.html?osCsid=ltgprbgdtsekm61rg3l2tata57 http://www.phenoptix.co.uk/shop/superflux-mr16-p-158.html?osCsid=ltgprbgdtsekm61rg3l2tata57 I am looking for videos of there use or any reviews of these products. I am thinking about using them as landscape lights. Thanks for any & all help Mike
  8. I have used this transmitter 6000 for 2 years now & had no problems. I would suggest ordering the 36" antenna it will give you a little more range. http://www.mobileblackbox.com/ The 4000 which is out of stock I have heard is a little better & transmits in stereo. Mike
  9. If I buy lets say 25 of these: http://www.aliexpress.com/fm-store/701799/209915969-307297826/DMX-512-Module-decoder-DC12V-input-P-N-LN-DMXMODEL-3CH-12V.html They will all come with the same DMX address? If they do that means all will run the same colors at any given time? If this is so lets say I use them on Coro stars I can daisy chain all or hook all to the same channels on the controller. New to DMX so questions maybe hard to understand. Mike
  10. I just purchased a Rainbow Brain http://seasonalentertainmentllc.com/store/product.php?id_product=21 2 Rainbow Spot Lights http://seasonalentertainmentllc.com/store/product.php?id_product=38 & 1 Rainbow Flood Light http://seasonalentertainmentllc.com/store/product.php?id_product=14. I am going to use these as Landscape lights programing them with Vixen. They are going to go through a cycle of color changes over about 10-15 Min. At that time they will repeat the program. What I need to know is how to program them with vixen, Do I assign channel 1 to a spot & then Channel 2 to another spot or do I assign second spot to Channel 4. Because to get the RGB they need 3 channels. Then Flood 1 would be Channel 7. This is the first time using Vixen so this probably will not be my last questions. Thanks Mike
  11. I would be glad to share when I get them done later this year. If you want the test let me know. Mike
  12. I vote for Macon, GA or further south in GA for those that live in FL. Mike
  13. It is 16' tall 6' across the bottom 1,600 lights 16-100 strings 16 Ch mike
  14. I increased the speed of the tree & it looks better. Now just pack it away till Nov. & paint the base & center pole flat black. Mike
  15. If you will type in your complete mailing address it will locate you on the map where you live. Otherwise you are going to the center of town. Mike
  16. The spacing around the bottom ring is about 14 3/16" give or take a fraction to make them fit.What you need to do is measure in 5" from one seam & make this your first screw eye location then use the14 3/16" from ther on around. The last one maybe a little less but not much No I used safety pins to hold the lights in place on the nylon rope. I had to change the spacing way to many times to use zip ties, also zip ties could slide down. The safety pins went right through the nylon rope. Where are all the directions http://diylightanimation.com/index.php?topic=3837.15 go to the second post read it then click the link in the post for all the directions. Mike
  17. Just 16 CH. I am using LOR to program What makes it look so full is that it is only 6' across the bottom & light strings are spaced close enough together. Mike
  18. I completed my spiral tree this week & had to give it a test. I know the timing is to slow but that can be changed. The tree is 6' across the base & 16' tall, with 16 strings of 100ct lights. Thanks Mike
  19. Where is the new post page that was on the other board. When I click on the right side that says View New Content I only get a few posts. I would like to see what has been posted lets say in the last 12-18 hrs. Any help???????? Mike
  20. I am in the process of building mine now & I am using braided rope. I do not think you need the cable as there is not going to be much weight from 16 strings of lights. Also when you wrap the tree you will make MANY location adjustments with spacing so if zip tied on cable that is a waste. I used large safety pins right through the rope & held great. Mike
  21. Has anyone heard from this person. I sent an email & PM the first day & followed up 2 days later & still have not heard a word. Mike
  22. mscollectibles

    Led spot lights

    What about this one off the Aliexpress web site. It is 110. I am looking for something to use as landscape lights. Mike http://www.aliexpress.com/product-fm/337279844-Freeshipping-High-Power-LED-spot-light-for-outdoor-lighting-DJ-party--wholesalers.html
  23. I second Shindigz. I bought one on the 1 cent sale & figured you get what you pay for, BOY WAS I SURPRISED. High quality & very clean printing. If you are in no hurry wait for the sale. Mike
  24. I could also use them & replace the 7' artificial trees I am using. Mike
  25. I did the samething when I was young back in the early 60's. We made a dummy & back then in Wis. we had so many kids running around we had to set it uo at the back doors & ring that bell. We got the same results as the video. Oh it was nice to be young. Mike
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