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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 hobby1

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  • Birthday 02/28/1970

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    High Point, North Carolina, USA
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    Home Brewing, Golf and Christmas Lights
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  1. The tv/living room is on a seperate breaker from the Christmas Lights. The lights stay on but the TV/Living room breaker trips.
  2. Hey Everyone, I am having a strange problem that I can't figure out. We bought a new home this past year and just so I could get some lights up, I am using my old Mr. Christmas instead of my LOR controllers. I have to redesign my display for next year. Anyway.... Since the house is about a year old, I have arc breakers in my main panel. I have a breaker that is tripping when the Christmas lights are on. The problem it's a breaker that the Christmas lights are not even on. It's the breaker that my plasma tv is on and outlets in my living room. It doesn't trip during the day, just at night when the Christmas lights are on. Does this make sense??? I had the electrician come out since it is still under warranty and they tried swapping out the breaker and it is still doing it. The maddening part is that I can't get it to trip when the electrician is here during the day. ughhhhh! Anyone have any ideas? Thanks, Dan
  3. I just bought a bunch of artificial 3ft trees at wal-mart. I was thinking I could use these for minitrees. Has anyone had any experience doing this? Thanks, Dan
  4. hobby1

    New Arches

    Thank you everyone for all the input. I went and bought a single 1" grey sch 40 and wrapped a single strand on it to try it out. The light spacing was a lot better and looks like I can get 6 channels on one arch. Each strand is wrapped is 18". My only concern is that the 1" compared to the 3/4" is not as flexable. For those of you that use 1" grey pvc, any issues to bend it to make the arch? Thanks, Dan
  5. This will be my first year with LOR and have not looked at sequencing for arches yet. I take it you need to use fades? I guess I better plug in a set and test them.
  6. I am trying to start early and make my arches now for next year. I bought a bunch of 100 ct LED mini's from Costco this year. Is there some calculation I can use to figure out what size pvc pipe I should use? I triad wrapping a string on 3/4 yesterday and it seem the lights don't wrap randomly around the pvc. They seem to be in a sort of a straight line. Also, since these strigs are 34 ft long, one string ends up being around 20 to 21 inches long on the pvc. I was trying to put 8 channels on one stick of pvc but looks like I will only be able to fit 6 which is ok, but I wonder if I should try 1" pvc to get the lights to wrap a little more random. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks, Dan
  7. I bought a bunch of the Costco 100 ct white LED to use for arches that I am building for next year. One thing that was disappointing was that the actual bulbs kept falling out. Is their something I can do to hold these in? Will hot glue work on the outside? Thanks, Dan
  8. We are in High Point, NC and have been running Mr. Christmas for the past two years. I bought LOR with 32 channels this past year durring the LOR sales and EMD FM transmitter. I was feeling a little overwelmed trying to get everything ready for this year and ran out of time and decided to just scrap it and just hook up the Mr. Christmas and Belkin FM transmitter again. That's what I get for not working on sequencing durring the summer. Thanks, Dan
  9. lkcubsrule wrote: The link you provided for Creative Displays is for SPT1. SPT2 is 16 guage correct? Dan
  10. 94-302-vert wrote: Do you have a sku by chance? Thanks, Dan
  11. Looking for16 short SPT2 extension cords. I seemed to have missed out on all the after Christmas sales. Our Targets have been cleaned out. These can be short becuase I am going to use them as pig tails on my controler. Thanks, Dan
  12. J Morgan wrote: These are LED nets so it will be different, right? How do I determine the watt of each bulb?
  13. J Morgan wrote: These are LED nets so it will be different, right? How do I determine the watt of each bulb?
  14. Maybe I am overlooking something but when I change Power Type column to AMPs, it is looking for AMPs per bulb. All I have is AMPs per string. Does that make sense? Dan
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