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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. Hmmm....no lumpie's in my lights, they must be half wave then. I've not been very happy with the brightness (or lack of!) but thought that was the norm! Dangit! I'll have to take a set over to CDI and see them next to theirs.
  2. Hey Steve, welcome! Like Scrubs63, this is my first year with a computerized display. I've been dreaming, planning, purchasing things for almost 2 years! I am also starting this year small with 32 channels of Light-O-Rama. It is awesome though! Start with the small display, and go from there....you will soon do more, trust me! Especially if you keep visiting this site! These people are the greatest! One question, have you been to a computerized show with broadcast music in person yet? If not, find the closest one (let us know if you haven't, I'm sure someone close will reply!) and go watch/listen....you'll never forget it! Welcome....May the Lights (and Spirit) Be With You! :-)
  3. Are you sure you used the correct address? [email protected] He just sent my voiceovers the other day, after just a few days (I think 2!) after I submitted my questionnaire to him. He's always super responsive to e-mails, so I'm guessing you typed something wrong or maybe spam filter caught it? You can also try [email protected] if you still have problems. He's awesome though, I'm super happy with the ones he did for us!!!
  4. How do I know if I have full wave or half wave? I tested them last night for the first time, and was able to go through the full power ranges, fades, and effects. My guess was that means they are full wave?
  5. So are these LED's made by Holiday Creations (forever bright), or what are they? http://www.holidaycreations.com/led.html Just wanting to compare to the ones I got last year. These are my first LEDs so I don't have anything to compare against.
  6. Good thought Joseph, but I'm thinking there's no secret in Pleasant Grove about Holdman Christmas....keeping people OUT would be more of a challenge and traffic problem than it was allowing them in!
  7. I think it depends how many lights you want to use, the number of colors, and how dense you like them. I like mine dense...and went with the tripod wreath stand type and put 600 minis (2 colors) on them. But it's all personal and technical preference. The tripod's this size store better for me in my big tub containers too...tomato cages were too big.
  8. Good move Leigh! And thanks Paul for getting the local Christmas talent in your shop! :-) I bought some LED's after last season from her on my first visit to AL...and I know where any future ones will be bought from! :-)
  9. Depending on when, I would for sure try and make it! Year #1 for me so I'm all for any ideas I can get! :-)
  10. We don't have siding, but those are cool! Thanks for posting...and Deep Surplus. I've usually used MonoPrice.com for cable needs, but always good to have another option! :-)
  11. JD- I've set mine up by color...not saying it's the "right" way, but that's how I've done it. To put a photo of your house in, click on View Animation, then you will see a Select button for Background Image. I found it easiest to use a photo just to get my layouts inplace, then remove that photo. (even with a photo that's dark, or simulated dark...it's kind of distracting to me).
  12. Hmmmm, Keith I'm liking the sounds of these little clips! Can you by chance attach a photo or link online? I'm not certain I know what you're talking about or know enough to go in asking for them. THANKS!
  13. Very true...thanks for pointing this out. There are a lot here that either I can tell are probably junk, or others I install that are not so good so I just uninstall them right away. But of course, checking the comments BEFOREHAND is a good way to eliminate some of those thing and keep your Windows Registry a little cleaner! :-)
  14. Hey all, one of my daily web stops is a website called Give Away of the Day. It's a place that showcases, and reviews software, and in turn is a place where vendors can showcase their products. Well every day, some company will give away registered versions of one of their software programs. The only restriction is that you must download and install the software that particular day. (usually they are 24 hour periods of time) I found this out the hard way when I was downloading some that I thought I might use at some point, and went to install it days later and it wouldn't install because the registration was for the day it was available for download only! Today's Giveaway is one that I have been waiting for...an app that you can schedule certain programs to start and stop at certain times of the day. (I'm wanting to turn on my XM Radio for when my display isn't on.) Here's the link to GoGoStop: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/gogostop/ And here is the main page of the daily site Give Away of the Day: http://www.giveawayoftheday.com
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  16. This is what's I've been wanting too....although they will have to wait until next year for me...but thanks for finding them for me! :-)
  17. So put 20 amp breakers in, and only plug one side of one 1602 controller in each curcuit (2 plugins)??? BTW, I don't plan on doing this...just making sure I have an understanding so when the electrician comes out I am sure everything will work how it should with these controllers.
  18. How do you balance your circuits? I always thought each side of the panel needed to be equal, or that each side had to have the same (roughly) amps running through it, but I've seen several panels that neither or both are not that way. Sorry I'm so confused...this isn't even close to my expertise!
  19. Ok, now I've got questions! This is my first year, and I don't have my controllers yet (TryForFree) but I'm starting out with 32 channels this year...so this is all new to me. :-O We've got 4 - 200A circuits coming into our panel. Currently there's a total of 560A worth of breakers. I assume this means I have 240A available to add more breakers correct? I'm using the LOR1602W controllers, which obviously are 15A each side (30A total) Should I go ahead and put in 20A breaker or just go with 15A breakers? Or do I put in a 30A breaker and I could use both plugs on a dual outlet plugin for each side of the controller? I'm not sure if that's how they work, so please advise. Also, would you recommend I get GCFI breakers, or GCFI outlets (they will be either on the outside of the house or in the garage)? I think the breakers would be much easier to manage/troubleshoot, but is it worth the cost? Here's our panel as it is today.
  20. I've replied to Ryan with instructions.
  21. I like your second option hotrod....I'll have to look at that tonight, thanks!
  22. Jeff, the shingle clips wouldn't work for my case. I'm wanting the lights around the wood trim/frame of the garage door...the roof is about 16' above the garage frame. I think Keith has the same type of thing too, based on his description.
  23. Keith, I have been thinking about a solution to the same problem! Thanks for asking. :-) Hadn't thought of cable tie mounts...that's not a bad idea but with several colors, wouldn't you need one like every 3" or whatever your spacing ended up being for the three colors? I'd like to hear what others are doing too.
  24. I like it! I'm not sure what Javascript you have on the How-To page, but in Firefox it's being treated like the old "blink" tag. All the text blinks.
  25. Yep, I cleaned out a few Target's last year too. Those locking extension cords (I think GE?) at 90% off...couldn't resist either Tim!
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