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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 Aproct

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  • Birthday 07/31/1973

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  • Location
    Cinnaminson, NJ
  • Biography
    I am an accountant to way too much time on his hands
  • Interests
    Lights, Lights and more lights
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    approximate 50,000 lights, 80 channels ran off Aurora Software with D-light controllers as of 2008

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  1. Not a problem, they look great! It is really neat to see something that I created being used on some one else's display....Merry Christmas!
  2. I am hoping to be up and running this weekend. I incurred storm damage so hopefully will have that taken care of tomorrow...might be lit by Saturday...located in Cinnaminson...
  3. I know this is an old thread, but does anyone know where to locate 3/16" "green" wre frame clips? Need them for a new project I just made over the weeeknd. Andy
  4. Dano just told me you were looking for me....I went through some old emails and found her link... http://www.lorislighteddlites.com/
  5. Ed, In my experince as Gary pointed out, the key to any good weld is clean metal and getting it to melt. The short fall of any welder is can it pentrate the metal to the proper temp to "weld" or fuse the metal together. If I feel the metal is thicker than the capabilities of my welder, I wil tack weld the peices together, fire up my torches and get the metal glowing hot. Then apply my bead of weld to the hot spot. works everytime. Andy
  6. Now i am using an existing Mega tree set up, but in all including setting up the pole, header, stringing guide wires, attaching to ground, attaching lights to header, raising, and individualliy wrapping each strand of lights, 88 in total it took me 12 hours...from start to finish...
  7. Dan, Isn't there a town around you that you need to go trash picking something?
  8. There are 16 1/16" cables running from the header down. You bring up a point there Frank about the wires that would fall in between the "guide" cables...I may still go with the pvc just sitting on the ground so the extra wires could be zip tied to that for the continuing flow of the strands. still thing though of the anchors for the guides..That's the way Weber did his tree.... As for the tree...no still standing! As for the video...that's what happens to you after 10 hours of building it followed by too may margaritas! not sure if it was me that was side ways or the tree?hmmmm
  9. Oh by the way we had 70 mph winds yesterday and I got no movement! Still stands and hardly any slack in the cables or movement in the strands of lights.
  10. You Piney! You have way too much time on your hands!
  11. The tree is actually 18 1/2 feet tall. The diameter of the pvc ring is just 8 feet. I may change up the pvc rings to homemade anchors that I can twist into the ground. I had problems keeping the ring attached to the ground. it kept wanting to lift up. I thought about the super strings too Ed. The past week I have be changing a lot to the tree....I bagged the idea of taking it down as a net...I want to redo it anyway...I wasn't really quite happy with the way it looked...my OCD coming out in me..The trick to this tree is to make it slender...I wrapped the tree with one string of lights from top and came around just about 1 1/2 revolutions. Here is a bad video but this is what it looks like...
  12. Dam Tim you did take some copious notes there at the mini!!!I am impressed or wasn't that time at 2 in the morning on Sunday that you were drilling me on how it was constructed???Can't remember....too many lemonades........
  13. you didn't....we have already been around that....
  14. Me and another individual have been tesing the voltage dropping in the sprinkler wire, and as of right now 100' run, there was no voltage droppage...We are playing with LEDS too....Just food for thought!
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