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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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  • Birthday 08/08/1974

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    Viera, FL
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    Married no kids.
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    Software Engineer
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    10K lights on 128 Channel DIY controller

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  1. I did my sago last year. Took 9 sets of 60 count LEDs. I went out and then back in on each branch. It was a PITA but it did look good (IMO). I don't have any pics and my videos don't show it up close. But as a warning, I did do some damage to the leaves. But I'm not sure if it was the wrapping action or the extreme cold we experienced last year.
  2. ok, so here is a thought... might be dumb and probably unsafe... but why not use spt and female spade connectors? Insulated of course. I haven't tested it, but are female spades large enough to fit over the male prongs of a light string? You can pick up a pack of 100 for $10. Is it safe to put AC through those connectors?
  3. Can we expect a similar type effect next year???? hmmmm??? hehehe I hope so.
  4. You can to some degree. There is a discussion and a how-to over on another forum about a member who built custom length LED strings by creating a bridge rectifier and using resistors to create the appropriate resistence. Now, I don't know if his procedures are fully "safe" and correct, but he has been running his show for the better part of a month now with no issues. The how-to can be found here: http://www.palombolights.com/documents/LED%20Modifications.doc
  5. House is concrete block stucco (CBS). Typical building material here in Florida. Hence there is nothing to really "hide" the wires behind since I don't have gutters in those areas. I'm gonna hit up the home stores and see what I can find as far as down spouts. I'll let you know how it turns out.
  6. Generator... I like the idea more power!!!! Actually, I'm thinking about the downspout idea. Just run two spouts, one on both sides of my house and run the cords up in the aluminum spout.
  7. Thanks for the info. I unfortunately don't have any downspouts, so any other ideas on how to get cords up from the ground to the roof in a hidden fashion... on the cheap ? My run to the back of the house is a little too long, plus I have dedicated outlets in my garage on the front of the house. The reason why I ask is that I don't have any clean way to hide the cords running to the roof... ie no accents, pillars, features, etc. Maybe one palm tree that I could snake a few cords up and down via a frawn (sp). I do use darker cords just for that purpose so once on the roof, it tends to blend in better. I ran them last year up the side of the house but they definately stood out during the day.
  8. Looking for techniques/ideas how folks are keeping extension cords running to roof elements clean/hidden/organized etc. Thanks
  9. I've been having problems with both the blue and red strings of those type of lights. Everytime I attempt to dim, they work for about 2 minutes and then go dark. It's wierd because I used the same exact brand last year with no problems. I've gone through 4 separate strings testing. Was thinking of adding some sort of load at the end... but now am rethinking.
  10. So does everyone agree... it's for any LED set and we can turn in any incandescent. C9s??? I have tons of those that I have no use for.
  11. It's all gooooooood. My buddy picked up the 6 I needed so no biggy. I was gonna stop tonight glad I didn't. Would have wasted my time.
  12. So you're the one who took the greens at the wal-mart at Palm Bay Rd and the on on Sarno I see who my competition is now... hahaha j/k. Actually, the wal-mart on malabar had 3 and the wal-mart in viera (MY WAL-MART so stay away) had 3 also. I had a buddy of mine up in Deland look at his Wal-Mart and he said they have dozens, i repeat dozens of Greens. Almost as many greens and reds and blues.
  13. Looks good. Question... what is the total length of the four arches when setup?
  14. I was constantly replacing the twinkle bulbs on these trees also. I think about 2 a week. I'm with you... when I run out of replacements, then I'll replace the string. I will probably do that in 2 years as I plan to string LEDs on these trees. In fact, my plan for 2010 (I know... 2010 WTF) is to use 2 at 6ft and 2-3 at 3-4ft. My current plans for 2009 don't involve these trees. Yes, Holdman's sequences are great. Saved me a lot of time due to the fact I got started late (Nov 1) and had issues w/ programming a pic. I was able to quickly use his sequences as a starting point and then adjust to my display. I was able to get a song sequenced in about 2 days. So I thank you Richard
  15. Yeah, the last 2-3 years have been tough. Here are the pics of the box. The brand is Holiday Living. It is a 6ft twinkle tree. I put on ~200-250 of each R,B, and G (I was limited on power consumption so that was about the max I could do on each tree). Like I said, I was going to use a 6ft piece of 1.5" pvc and string the lights up and over and stake into the ground. I then saw this at Lowe's. I think the original price was $20. I hit them on Dec 2nd and got them for $10.
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