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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.
  • 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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dclark6623

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  1. Bill V, You were right on. I put 20 strobes in the mega tree spaced 4' and I love it. I have had the mege tree for three years and the strobes this year really make it pop. Thanks
  2. I agree with Jim. Forgot to mentin that. Sometimes I cover the whole thing with plywood.
  3. I might be wrong about 10' being to long. I found this calculation that I had forgot about: Divide 11811 by the FM station you want to transmit on. Example: For station 93.9 Mhz divide 11811 by the station frequency of 93.9 = 125.78 inches. That's how long the antenna should be.
  4. Try this: open the battery compartment, remove the white sticker, you'll find a slide switch - slide it to the other side Turn volume down on the computer that are using (Helped with the static on mine) I do remember some recommendations on the antenna length. I think 10' may be too much.
  5. That's awesome! I would love to visit this.
  6. How far do you need to transmit? I live on 5 acres and used the Whole House transmitter for years. I would put the transmitter in a weatherproof junction box near the street and run a cable back to the computer in the house. I used splitters and extension cables from radio shack and wrapped them with electrical tape so that I could extend the cable. It worked great and was not expensive. I have changed to an EDM this year, but my above recommendation worked fine for years.
  7. 2x4's is how I do it. I am an electrical contractor and I do it all the time in job sites. I you use long enough 2x4's to go across the driveway, you can anchor them with stakes and not harm the driveway. 2x4 protection is pretty effective for temp power at construction sites. Hope that makes sense.
  8. dclark6623

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    Welcome to PC. When I first started buying lights in bulk I found a lot in the classified section of PC. I haven't purchased a lot of light strands in bulk but I have purchased reels of rope light, SPT wire, vampire plugs, strobes etc from the following: www.allthingschristmasandmore.com www.wowlights.com www.christmaslightshow.com (Great site for mega tree) www.3glightingcreations.com I have had good luck with all of these sites.
  9. These are the first strobes. Thanks.
  10. I am adding 50 strobe lights to my display this year. I was thinking about putting 25 on my 20' mega tree and 25 in another area (house or tree). What is the standard spacing for strobes on spt wire? I'm sure it depends on personal taste, but I just don't want to put them to close together. Thanks
  11. I ran out of vampire plugs and only needed a few more. I cut the male and female plugs off old Christmas lights and did exactly what you said. I have had no problems.
  12. Great idea. I finished mine today and tested it tonight. My wife said her fingers hurt from using so many ty-raps. I think I will try the velcro next year.
  13. You are correct. I can't change occupation, bio, etc....
  14. How do I change past info on my profile? When I go to edit my profile I can't see occupation, bio, etc.
  15. I have 2 of them They were gifts from my mother in law. I got a lot of comments on them last christmas. You can really see them good between sequences when the lights go out. I am going to use them again this year. I have them on a timer. They run constantly throughout my show (not connected to LOR).
  16. Hey everyone, I need red & green (100 count minis, green wire) incandescent lights. I added 16 channels to my mega tree this year and 10 new mini trees that are 400 red and 400 green lights each. I am waiting for walmart, Home Depot, etc, to put christmas lights out, but would really like to get an early start on the mini trees if I can find lights for a decent price.. Thanks
  17. I keep an excel spreadsheet. Columns in the spreadsheet include Controller #, Channel #, Description (ie mega tree, mini tree, roof), # of lights, color, calculated amperage, actual amperage from amp meter, installed yes/no. I also keep a list of projects and the % complete I am with each and how much it approximately cost me. I keep the spreadsheet on a jump drive in my briefcase so that it's always with me.
  18. Do you know what each of your channels will represent? When you set up your visualizer did you use the channels that you planned? If so, when you play the sequence you can watch what each channel is doing on the visualizer. You can import that channel configuration into every sequence that you build so you don't have to create the visualizer eveytime. The best way for me to learn was from using sequences that were already done and copy / pasting to my channel configuration and watching what it was doing. It takes some getting used to but when you get it you will get a lot of enjoyment out of your sequences. I have some 48 channel sequences that I could send you. I think I might have some 32 channel also. I know how frustrating it can be b/c I have been there.
  19. Here is a before and after that I did today. I used a regular spray paint from Home Depot.
  20. See the video in my first post if that one didn't work. I am out of town and attached this one from my ipad so i am not sure if it worked. I think they look much smoother than my incandescent mini's did.
  21. I purchased the floor flanges from Home Depot for $9.50 each. I purchased rope light for $85 / 150' spool. I used 2 pieces of 1" aluminum conduit for the arches (approx $40). I would say that each arch cost me about $120. I made the power supplies with spt1 wire and connectors (much cheaper than buying the ones made for the rope light. Video: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?app=core&module=attach&section=attach&attach_id=26923
  22. I couldn't find a picture, but with the lights on it you definately can't tell it is spray painted. I am not sure how it would look without lights.
  23. I painted my white coro with cheap black spray paint from Home Depot. It held up just fine last year. I didn't paint it until after I drilled all the holes in it. I made a "tune to" sign with it.
  24. Hi Jamie - I am in Baton Rouge. We are neighbors. Glad to see someone so close to me starting this hobby. Get ready, it's addicting. I have had an 8 channel mega tree with 5 strands of incandescents per channel for three years. This year my tree will be 32 channels. I like the incandescents because of the price but if you can afford the led's that is probably the way to go. I like the m6 and will probably change to those as well this year. Good luck!
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