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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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  • 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.

J.D.

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About J.D.

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  • Birthday 11/30/1955

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  • Location
    Stafford, Virginia, USA
  • Occupation
    NASA Media Relations
  • About my display
    304 LOR Channels
    48,600 lights
    27-Foot mega tree
    2 15-foot mega trees
    8 6-1/2-Foot White trees
    6 leaping arches
    16 mini trees

    www.StaffordLights.com
  1. Hi all, We're continuing to work our garage cleanup project. We're found more Christmas items for sale: -- 85 brand new C9 Strobes (original boxes, never used). Sell $4.50 a piece -- 16 15" stars. Used one year. $12 each. I would prefer to sell these as a set. Send me a note if you're interested. J.D.
  2. Hi folks, I sold most my goodies last November when I had the garage attic insulated and I'm prepping to clean out the lower garage next weekend. Before I begin, I need to clear out the remaining Christmas items first (they take up quite a bit of room). If anyone wants these items, speak up. First come, first serve. I will sell full sets only: -- Eight 6' outside white trees with 1800 lights each (600 R; 600 G; 600 W) $10.00 each -- Six arches with 8-channels (100 white lights each channel) $10.00 each -- Seven splash pools (for the bottom of each arch) $10.00 each Total for all: $175.00 ($35 discount over individual prices). Note: See them in action at www.staffordlights.com/videos.htm. As with all Christmas light minis, some bulbs may need replacement. They leave the garage next Sunday no matter what. I'd prefer they be used for their intended purpose. Must be picked up from Stafford, Va. (North of Fredericksburg area). Finally, you'll need quite a large vehicle (everything would definitely fill up a van). Give me a call... J.D. 540-693-5804
  3. Hi i would be interested in all the used minis, 40 or 50 boxes of the blue minis, and 1 controller thanyou tom 631-736-6746

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    Hi all, I appreciate all the people interested in the controllers, but they're all gone now (still getting PMs). My wife and I are now ready to sell some of the other items. We're pulling down the 16 mini trees from the attic. A couple things about these. We put a little more effort into building them so they'd be a little more sturdy. We didn't want the wind to blow them over or have problems with electrical grounding issues. Here's how we built them. Starting with a 4'x4' section of wire screen (1/4" square - see attachment), we used tin snips to cut it into a 4' circle. Next, we cut the circle into three equal pieces (from edge to center, 120 degrees apart). These sections were then curled into a tree shape and tied together with cable ties. Next, we hung and spray painted the trees with dark green rusnolium paint. Once dry, we cable-tied 600 lights (200 R,G&W), to each tree. Next, we mounted a strobe light halfway up the front edge of the tree. Finally, we built and painted a 16" square base out of 2x4's, and mounted the tree to it. Pros to this design: super solid construction, durable, no grounding issues, looks like an actual tree Cons: a little more expensive, can't be stacked for storage. Because these weigh so much, there's no way we can ship them. Only those within driving distance should consider buying them. We have 16 available. They go for $50 in groups of 4 or $725 for all 16. Send me a PM if you'd like to come over and see them. We'll pull the six arches and seven splash pools down once these are gone. Again, thanks for the interest... J.d. [ATTACH=CONFIG]37678[/ATTACH]
  5. jd, thank you so much for selling me the christmas lights last week. i was reading your posts today and you mentioned that you were going through things in the attic this weekend. i was hoping you could call me (301-674-0684) and let me know if you will be selling the dancing snowflakes, arches and mini trees. as i expressed earlier, i would like to purchase them as well. i could come after church today if that is convenient. looking forward to hearing from you. laura

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    Hi folks, Appreciate all the interest. All the controllers are gone. If you haven't heard from me via PM, there aren't any left. Thanks... J.D.
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    Hi all, I truly appreciate all the well-wishes and support toward my bruised wallet (daughter in college). The sale of my Christmas items has kept me hopping. The minis are, for the most part, gone. I have a few odds and ends left (see below). Also, 10 of the 19 Light-O-Rama CTB16PC light controllers have been sold leaving me with 9 remaining for sale. I'll probably start pulling items from the attic later this weekend to put them up for sale as well. Again, appreciate the support. Send me a PM if you want any of these items... J.D. Light-O-Rama CTB16PC Light Controllers - 9 remaining - $150 & $18 S&H). Minis (all new in original boxes - $1.50 each, plus S&H if necessary) Blue - 114 boxes Red - 40 boxes Purple - 12 boxes Yellow - 37 boxes
  8. BTW do you have a contrller with a director? Miguel

  9. what is the best price for three controllers shipped to miami fl i can send via Paypal miguel

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    [ATTACH=CONFIG]37284[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]37285[/ATTACH] They are the CTB16PC with heavy duty heat sinks, dual AC power cords and 16 dongles for powering your lights... J.D.
  11. do you have photos of the CTB16PC are ther just card or controller with box and dangles?

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    Sorry, they're all 100-count...
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    Hi all, Well, I've reluctantly decided to sell my hobby materials. 2008 was our first year - we went from zero to 304 Light-O-Rama channels and 48,600 lights (www.StaffordLights.com). We also managed to raise $760 for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Last September, some idiot decided to take me off my Honda GoldWing, leaving me with a broken wrist and banged up knees for the rest of the year. I'm better now but I've lost the passion. With our first daughter starting college a few weeks ago, I figured it'd be better to sell everything and help pay for her school than let it all just sit in the garage. I thought I
  14. Woodbridge Virginia's Costco already has C7 LEDs on the shelf but they're multi-colored. The globes are supposedly removable but they're five or six color and I'm not sure I'd want to swap out that many globes to make single color strands... J.D.
  15. Hi everyone, I'm thinking about a grid of lights in the front yard. Was wondering what others have used to anchor the light strings to keep them straight? I assume we're talking about a 8-10 inch spike on each end with the strings tied to them? I checked out the price of spikes this morning at Lowes and knowing that I need approx. 180 of these, spikes will run a tidy sum. I was wondering if 1/4" streel rod cut into 8" segments would work. Let me know what you think... J.D.
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