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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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TysonHphoto

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  1. Thought I would point out a good use of some half-wave C7's for those that have empty channels (I don't!), and mini trees. With two strands of these C7's and the opposite color of your mini's it adds great dimension, and a classy effect! Oh, did I mention I have new ones of these, and that I just lowered my cost on them...I have one case green and one case red for $90 each! http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=23401
  2. Reducing price! .... $90 for the full case (12 strands) $50 for 6 strands (same color)
  3. Yeah I think it's easier to remove additional sequence info rather than add it. Plus the chances of you figuring some way to get those lights is hiigher than not! :-)
  4. No, don't worry about it, with 600 lights (which is what I did) you won't see much of anything but wires and lights! :-)
  5. Sure, one day after my strobe order shipped from ChristmasLightShow!!!! That figures! I'm checking into it, thanks Jeff! :-)
  6. Do any of you have a cable tie gun? The ones that automatically tighten, and cut off the loose end? I've seen a few online, but curious what works, what doesn't, etc. I don't think I would use it for more than the little 4" 18lb cable ties.
  7. You must be as cool as me Jim! HAHA I ran out of channels, so I am putting each tree's green on it's own channel, but sharing 4 red trees per channel (for 2 channels)
  8. That's pretty much what I did too...started 3" from the bottom, about 2" apart each wrap, then equally filled in the rest. Remember though that the top can be spaced a little further apart since it is so small. As far as color, go with whatever else you have.The clear are either too blue or too bright looking to me, but it's a personal preference you have to dicide. I did 600 lights on my 3' trees (300 red and 300 green) as I like them to be FULL. :-)
  9. I bought these at the end of last year, never used, all but 2 strands of each color are still in the original boxes! These are half-wave C7 Holiday Creations brand LEDs. 25 lights/strand 8" spacing between lights 17' strand length Rated for up to 20 years Crush proof Water Resistant End-to-End connectors According to my Kill-A-Watt they use .01 Amps / strand (01 Watts) All effects (fade, shimmer, twinkle, power level, etc) from controllers will work with these lights. I'm selling because I've decided I want something a little brighter to outline our house, as these will be the only thing outlining it. If you want the full case (12 strings) I'll sell them all for $110. (each color) If you want 6 strings (same color) they are $60. We'll figure out shipping based on cost to your address, whatever that ends up being from Gardner, KS 66030 The last images shows 2 strands of these red LED's on top of the green mini lights (incandescent) of my mini tree just to show comparisson.
  10. I'd love to ****** a few, but can't at this time...my budget is used up! HA! Are you leaving us maniacs or why are you selling all the controllers?
  11. OMG, that's not cool...especially in dark dress slacks! Hopefully all was found and everything went off w/o a hitch?!
  12. Congratulations Steve! Is the wedding inside or outside? Ours was outside, two years ago next month, and YES we had "some" white mini's accenting the shelter, and cake! :-) And it was HER idea! But now that I'm annimating this year, there's a lot of rolling of the eyes going on....but I'm confident they will be wide bright eyes in a few months. HA! Just plan on a few things going "aray" tomorrow, and all will be fine! I hope the best for both of you! Good job man! :-) Be sure to post a pic or two for us.
  13. Mine is accurate as well. I have tested several strings with the posted amp on the box before tossing, and it's right on. Also test some household light bulbs of various kinds and it's right there.
  14. Twinktank-What size are those in the photo? (both red and green) My Guess is the red are LEDs and green is an old incandescent? Thanks for posting the photos!
  15. Good stuff!!! I love this place and all it's people! :-) Thanks Travis, HotRod and Cars8....I'm almost certain I'll be settling on the C7's.
  16. See this is my dilema too...I love bigger bulbs, but also want to give off the most glow. (like c9 incan.)
  17. Ok, I come from the old C9 incandescent days and loved those honkers! But of course we all know the power and maintenance required are not options now days. So, I'm now trying to determine what will give me the best looking brightness glow with full-wave LEDs....C7, C6, C9??? I have some C7s but am wondering if the smaller C6 will actually glow brighter with it's smaller housing. Any thoughts, photos, videos, etc would be most appreciated!
  18. The curiosity got the best of me, so I did a quickie test! We can't embed Flash in here, so I'll give you the link to my blog post. Mini Tree Simulator I didn't take the time to undo my 600 mini lights, and wrap one with only C7 LED's, but hopefully you will get an idea of how it looks. My conclusion is I don't really like it. The one I do like is with 2 strands (50 lights) of red LED with the green mini's on...if I had spare channels that would be cool I think for accent. Please enjoy, and post your thoughts! :-)
  19. I agree...the concave v's (5mm) full wave are REALLY BRIGHT! Especially if you're looking direct at the tip. I only have one string that I got after Christmas last year to test, but I wish I had enough to test out a mini. My only concern is if they disperse enough light. I am planning on putting my one string of clear in a tree, that will have green or red (not sure yet) regular mini's, and do the Shimmer effect for a "flashy snowfall" for parts of some songs. I'll have to black out 2-3 lights in a row though, as they are spaced too close together for this effect to look descent.
  20. Has anyone done their mini trees with LEDs? I built 8 of the wreath stand tripod style last year, with regular mini's not LEDs. Since they take so much power, I'm wondering what they would look like if I used some C7 half wave LEDs I have. Even if I could cram 5 strings of C7s of each color on them(2 colors), I don't think they would still look very full.
  21. Alright, so I stopped by CDI this afternoon, and Paul was gracious enough to show me how unbrilliant my never used half-wave C7 LEDs look compared to his full-wave ones! Now I have to figure out if there's some way to utilize them or if I should just sell them. They are all (but 2 strands of each color, red and green) still in the boxes! (case of each color) Anyone want to make an offer???? :-) Thanks to everyone who gave me the tests and technology differences between the two....now if I only read up on that BEFORE January! HA!
  22. Paul - Awesome...so do you have a set of red and/or green C7's right now that we can see how much brighter they are than the ones I have now? I'll swing by Monday or Tuesday (which is better?) if you do. Tim...you're back! Welcome!
  23. Dangit....99 ends up the first looser, 2nd! What a crapy deal that turned out to be with the tires! Hopefully you made the most of it IndyTycoon, sold your tickets, and all was well?!
  24. Oh man!!! I would be ALL OVER this if I were within distance! DANG! Hopefully someone will be able to take advantage of them, thanks Indy for posting though! GO CARL...#99! :-)
  25. Mnky- This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing all the details, and for learning the hard way for the rest of us to follow! :-O When I first saw the Marty fan a few days ago, I wanted one...but can't be for this year...but next year it's on my list! I love how nice yours looks, everything is perfect, and stays, and it folds up, that was going to be a problem for me too! Very well done! Can't wait to see the final with all those lights! NICE JOB MAN!
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