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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.

JeffL

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    Brandon, South Dakota, USA
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    Database administrator by day. Light addict in my free time.
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    Lights and computers.
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    Almost 500 channels of LOR and over 100K lights.

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  1. JeffL

    Troubleshooting LEDs

    After many attempts to correct it I added a resistor between the input and output wire of the first LED in the string. This LED would light from one side but not the other (different from the others) The only thing I can think of is that there is a resistor in the LED that was toast. They are sealed so I have no idea.
  2. JeffL

    Troubleshooting LEDs

    Driving me nuts. I can't get any reading on any of the blobs. About ready to start hacking it apart. All the LEDs will light but not all from the same direction. So far it makes no sense to me.
  3. I have a star that half the string works (second half not fed directly by power). Depending on which side of the bulb I try the LED keeper on I am able to get all the bulbs to light. The only thing I know is that it appears the power goes all the way to the end and then back feeds the first half. Any help troubleshooting would be much appreciated.
  4. Mine is about 21' with 2' star and 10' base. It has 108 strings of minis. 36 red 36 clear and 36 green. 36 channels for lights, 6 channel start and 1 channel for strobes. If I was to do the same with LED's I would do the same. I'm just having a hard time with the budget thing. I think I could get just as much wow with a 16' tree using 100cnt LED's up and down and save on the budget. Sometimes bigger isn't always better but my wife likes having the tall tree even though I think it's a PITA to put together.
  5. Thanks for the idea of the CCTV cams. I just might run some cable stubs next year and then put more cams out in the middle of the yard. Not like I don't have enough now but few more probably wouldn't hurt.
  6. You will know if you use the wrong one. It will either be dim or very bright for a very short time.
  7. Where do you get the PVC connector at the bottom of the pole? I use a lot of rebar but these would be good additional support at the bottom.
  8. 32 restrung this year. 12 strings per tree. Bottom to top. Zip tie the first two strings so things stay uniform. Check that of my bucket list. What a PIT...
  9. This is the one I have and it works great. I won't mention how far it will broadcast to avoid avoid any negativity but it will do as little or as much as you need. http://www.fmdxantenna.com/proddetail.php?prod=14tun
  10. Looks nice. Now it needs a star for the top.
  11. I have seen some use painted PVC for structure to mount different things. Just an idea.
  12. If somebody else is buying then I'll take 900 per twig tree. But.............. beings their not I'll take your advice.
  13. I have some of the twig trees from target a few years ago that have 600 of each color. I know Kevin, "Wirekat" did them with 300 nodes and they looked good. I think we will all have to try and see. For me, more is always better except for setup and tear down.
  14. After the 17th I need to get a test order together. No need to bother them until they go back to work. For now I'm dreaming about props that are easy to setup/tear down and easy to store.
  15. The Chinese new year looks to run through 1/17 so I have a few days to relax and dream about something non Christmas related.
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