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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.

jbrad627

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  1. Looked for the 100ct minis with no luck. Was it just me? Did anyone else find them? Cool site by the way.
  2. Yesssss!!! Got it. Chuck, that's exactly what I wanted to do... without the soldering as I didn't have enough slack. Here's what I figured out. The spades have seats and lock into place inside the bulb receptacle. 1. On a scrap strand, with the bulb out, you push one of the wires from the back side through the front. The spade pushes out of it's holder. 2. Do the same with the other wire. 3. On the strand you are repairing, run one wire through the back of the loose receptacle to where the back end of the spade is past it's seat inside the receptacle. 4. Use a ice pick or probe to push the spade against the outside wall and down into the seat. 5. Do the same for the other wire. Voila... fixed
  3. Maybe I am calling it the wrong thing. I am referring to the part you plug the bulb into. I attached a photo with arrows to show a couple of the missing ones. Each pair of metal spades are the contacts that were inside the receptacle where you put the bulb. I am hoping that there is a way to get some off of a scrap stand and put them on this one.
  4. Thanks for the replies... and Bill... I would call them pain the dobbers right about now. Wound up having 2 or 3 that I have to finish up tomorrow. Have to figure out something for the offseason so this doesn't happen again.
  5. I have a couple of the receptacles that got broken off on a strand on a leaping arch. Is there any way of fixing this? It is on the very last strand and the wiring runs under the previous strands to make it a tough fix. Thanks!
  6. A number of my controllers have had dirt dobber nests in them. This one really concerns me. It did not break off clean like others so far. Don't know if it would act as an insulator or a conductor. 1) Will this cause issues since it is over a section of the board? 2) If the answer is... yes, it may fry the board, then how can I get it all off without messing up any of the tracers? Thanks... John
  7. The winch on a 20' mega is bending. Also, when raising, it seems to tilt the hook head and bind to the point that you have to push the other side up with a 2X4 to release the bind. I thought I put it on correctly. Now I am wondering. Is it on right side up or upside down? Anyone have any suggestions?
  8. jbrad627

    Need electrician

    C&G Electric did my work last year. Did a great job and were significantly less than another estimate I had. I would highly recommend them. David Moore is the service manager. Tell him that the christmas light guy in Sanger told you about them. John Bradley
  9. Actually active channels: 2008 - 225 2009 - 460 I have 544 channels so "maybe" I won't have to buy any more for next year.
  10. I don't want to really get into any of the issues or debates, just post my results. And yes, I know all too well the problems with last years product. I got 192 strings of the C6 50 count in red, warm white, blue and green this year. One set arrived with half of the strand out and Paul replaced it asap. I have had no problems with them at all. The 2009 product seems pretty bullet proof to me.
  11. I would love as much detail as possible. This was to be one of my projects for this year. Got as far a measuring all of the roof, designing the flow of the build and purchased all of the materials (all the materials... haven't we all said that before). Time is my enemy again this year. No roof lights until next year I guess. Anyway, your finished product is almost exactly like my plans. Great info would be more pictures, things that worked and problems you ran into. One question that comes to mind: Your peak legs are about the length of my original plan. In taking ouside advice, I was planning on making them longer, maybe 2-3 ft and also adding small sand bags along the way to combat the possibility of the wind taking out part of the structure. Any thoughts and advice on this? Thanks John
  12. Like a number of you, I have been using the Ideal wire marker booklet of numbers to label all of the wires in my display. Just curious, has anyone found a cheaper place to get them other than Lowes or Home Depot? I wouldn't mind getting a case of them, especially if it would save some money. Like everything else, I seem to go through them like water. Thanks John
  13. Increased the service to 320. The house has the existing 200 amp main panel. This panel is also 200 amps and is a seperate main panel. Love this part now. They are totally independant of each other. No worries about the lights effecting the house or vice versa. Had to put in the service breaker. 20 circuits 20 quads with the in use full covers Thought I would just have the quads on the inside of the garage. They threw in the race box and did them on the outside for the same price. I asked about a whole house circuit protector... For an extra $50, they put one on the light panel and one on the house panel. No cords running through any windows this year, except for my transmitter antennae. By the way, the wife hates that too. mmmm, I wonder what I can get out of that?
  14. Last year, I ran out of time to actually come up with a real power solution. I ran everything out of windows from the house. This year, my wife said absolutely not. Well, not a problem this year... Thanks honey!
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