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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.


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About captainron19

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  • Birthday 10/22/1969

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation LOL
  • Location
    Burlington, New Jersey, USA
  • Biography
    LOR User with 120 channels and about 30,000 bulbs
  • Interests
    Disney, oh and Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    Fire Captain
  • About my display
    120 Channels with 35,000 bulbs - 8 arches , 20' Mega Tree, 10 foot pixel tree - columb pulsers (designed and made from scratch)

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  1. Having the hardest time with this. Does anyone know where I can purchase bulk c7 wire with sockets that DO NOT have the clips on each socket? Looking for 12" spacing and approx 600-700 feet and i really do not want to have to take a pair of snips and snap off every clip. I know they exist because I have some left over wire with sockets (only about 8 feet) that do not have clips. So far I have emailed all distributors I previously used and no luck
  2. Even decided to get a little crazy and color code the sections of pvc since my mega tree uses 16 channels i alternate red and green
  3. Finished up the new mega tree hoop this morning..... ended up using (8) 4'6" sections of the gray 3/4" pvc for top and 8 for bottom connected with 3'4" T's and 1' vertical pieces of which I will shorten some to make up for the grade on my ground to have the hoop level. Ended up not gluing any of the T's and it held together nicely and bent easily. Plus experience from past (especially when making a tighter circle the white PVC T's are what will fail first (had them snap on me) so if that happens by not gluing them in place I can easily just insert a new "T" without having to cut more gray PVC. The (8) 4'6" pieces ended up giving me a hoop diameter of just under 12'. I know I was trying to stay close to 10' (half the height of my pole) but based on calculations...... 20' pole (actually 19' because 1' of it is underground) with a 12' diameter will require strands of lights to be just under 20' and my mega tree light strands are 23' so I will just wrap the excess around the pvc ring.
  4. Dave Exactly what I am looking to do but planned on doing 2 rings and not the arms going in to the center of the pole. Question...... looks like you have 8 sections of the gray conduit going in to T's What is the length of each of them and what sort of diameter did it give you? I am looking to do a 10' diameter (half the height of my pole) so my plan is to have (4) 8' sections of the gray conduit based on my calculations that should give me approx a 10' diameter. My question is..... if I cut the gray pvc to 8' sections how well is it going to bend. Right now my current hoop uses (4) 10' sections and it bends nicely but the radius is about 75" a little wider than I would like. Here is a drawing of what I plan to do
  5. Anyone have any plans for a mega tree base? (ring to hold light strands) Right now I am using the gray electrical pvc conduit with cup hooks screwed in every couple of inches or so. I am looking to get it off the ground a few inches. Thought of making 2 rings of pvc with each piece of each ring connected by a "T" then have a small 6" or so vertical leg coming off the "T" to the lower ring.... that way no cup hooks and I can just wrap the excess lights around the PVC. I saw one online where you can buy the kit but didnt like its design because it is way too high off of the ground (see pic below) I thought this would also work out better for me because the ground where my mega tree is grades down so i can make the vertical pieces in the front of the base a little higher to make the stand more even. Dont need anything to hold the pole just something simple for the lights. My pole is (2) 10' sections of steel pipe going into a concrete flag pole base in the ground. Cant remember my exact diameter I am using now as I am at work and all my stuff is home but I am pretty sure i am getting an approx 5' radius right now (10' diameter) for my current ring base. Guess i was just mainly looking for input on sizes of each section of pipe, how many vertical supports to use, best pvc size etc Thanks in advance.
  6. Thanks ...yes I thought of PVC as one of my options
  7. So was looking to make a cascading snowflake setup (or stars) to come down from my roof to ground level on side of house to incorporate into my sequencing. Looking to kind of do something similiar that Holdman had on his house. Anyone ever build something like this and how did you accomplish it. ? Kind of looking to do something similiar to the attached graphic
  8. So this year I want to switch my Mega Tree over to all LEDs Right now Tree is only red/green 16 channels with 3 strands of 100ct incandescent minis per channel of each color. I am using (2) 10' sections of black pipe for my pole. Anyone have a recommendation on the best sort of LEDs to go with (size, length, where to get etc)?
  9. What is everyone using for the spacing between the 2 pieces of rebar for a 10' PVC arch? I cant remember if I used 6' last year or 8' I swear I wrote it down but I cant find it
  10. So I had a small maple tree out in front of my house that had 3 channels committed to it (Red, Green, Multi Color) using LOR - the tree was slowly dying ...most likely due to all of the lights I kept loading on it (at least thats what my wife says) Anyway I replaced it with a small Japanese Maple which obviously no lights will go on. So i was thinking about putting something int he vicinity to take up those 3 channels and still utilize 1 channel for red, 1 fro green and 1 for multicolor I thought of the possibility of a small mega tree or something similiar..... anyone have any suggestions?
  11. Anyone know of any vendors offering discount codes on c9 Dimmable LEDs? I gotta order a ton of them
  12. Currently my mega tree is a 20 sunsetter telescoping flag pole. 3 years ago the pole snapped from a windstorm ...mostly my fault because of not having enough guy wires.....so i replaced with a new pole and doubled my guy wires and all was fine for the next couple of years. Last year the wooden bun I had at the top (with brass hooks around it and a center bolt screwing into top of flagpole) snapped in half. This year my goal is the replace the entire system with something more sturdy and a hand crank/winch to take the lights up. I would like to continue using the collar base that is set into the ground in concrete for the flag pole. Right now it can accomidate up to 2-5/8" diameter (which is the width of the bottom of the flag pole) Anyone have any options or plans they can share to get me started int he right direction?
  13. Just wondering if anyone ever tried using ratchet straps for tightening guy wires? I thought of removing the nylon strapping from the ratchet straps and seeing if the wire itself would be able to travel into the ratchet itself to be tightened sound feasible?
  14. Last year I bought a set of these 52" folding plastic stars (each point was hinged to fold up for easy storage) - the stars had incandescent lights in them. For the life of me I cannot remember where I bought them. Does anyone have an idea of who carries these?
  15. I wanna do a cascade of some large snowflakes coming done my peaked roof on my house this season. Does anyone have any recommendations on where I can get some of these (or possibly even build them) ?
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