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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.

    Long Lake Lights

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      I took my mother with me to go cut down a Christmas Tree the year before I graduated high school and enlisted in the Air Force. She trudged along through a foot and a half of snow with me for about 45 minutes before we found a really nice tree that she liked. I cut it down and we dragged it back to the car and home. Set it up the next day and decorated it together.
      I really think that it was the best Christmas I ever had being able to do that with her.
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      Long Lake, New York, USA
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      Self employed electrican/plumber/carpenter. Living 2 hours away from the nearest "big city" means that I get to wear a lot of hats to make a living. But it keeps life interesting and there is always something new to learn.
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      Electronics, decorating, computers, and high powered Rocketry
    • Occupation
      self employed electrician/Carpenter
    • About my display
      It will just never be big enough !!!

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    1. Another source is Betty's Christmas House. http://www.bettyschristmashouse.com/index.htm
    2. Outstanding display therBig J! Due to health issues it has been 5 years now that I have not been able to do a display and had to sell my house last December as well. Hard to watch all this magic and not miss being able to do it for others myself though. I still have all my equipment but will probably have to sell it this year. But, have a Merry Christmas and keep that magic alive! Bill
    3. Great write-up, qberg! This should be a "sticky" note for those who use LEDs. I made my own rectifiers for a few strings that had bad rectifiers on them but that GBL06 looks like a great alternative. I built 10 mini trees using LEDs with G12 bulbs and love the darn things. Getting tough to find them as well. I also have some G20 bulb ones that I used for bushes and they too are harder to find so repairing strings is a "big deal" to those of us with a pretty good investment in these things! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all as well.
    4. The short answer is it depends on how the string is wired! There are many different ways and means to how light strings are or can be made. Voltage divider or double circuits, multiple branches, and more all add to the "fun" of just trying to replace a burned out bulb at times for sure. Take a look at Betty's Christmas House light list. There are 2.5, 3.5, 5, 6, and 12-volt bulbs listed on there alone! I have some that take 12-volt bulbs, some with 2.5-volt bulbs, and a few with 6-volt bulbs in them. I think sometimes that there are people who engineer these things that reall
    5. Well, it has been a while since I walked the halls of Planet Christmas for sure! Sadly now, I am in the position that I have to sell my house and probably won't be doing a display anymore due to health issues and not really knowing what is going to happen in the coming future. I have around 160 blow molds now (some are even still in the original bags!). Most all of them are in good to excellent condition as I have always strived to take care of them. My biggest problem is "Where can I go look up some of these and see what they might be worth?". I don't want to give them away b
    6. You might want to go look at the DIY Christmas forum and see if there are some options you might like. http://doityourselfchristmas.com/ There are many people on there who have or are doing just what you want to do. If you want to get into using pixels then you are pretty much going to have to go with some form of sequencing software to make them do what you want. Whether it would be Light_O_rama, Vixen, xLights, or another sequencer, it will pretty much be the way to go for future changes and improvements as you might want to do more later on. Of course, if you are talented i
    7. Sad indeed! I have accumulated around 170 or so molds over the years and this is another reason I want to hang onto mine longer now. I made a large display with them and have many of the same types such as drummers. angels, trumpet angels (have 25 of these in different colors) choir people! I want to replace all the C7 incandescent bulbs in them with dimmable C7 LED bulbs in some and pixels in some others but with my back problems I have not set up my display for the last couple of years. I was thinking of selling some stuff but still have the idea that maybe I can set up some things so
    8. I'm currently in the process of changing mine (160+) molds over to LEDs. With the pricing coming out of China on the C7 size dimmable bulbs, it just made sense to me to change. I am looking at using pixel nodes on some of the bigger ones to get better lighting in them in the head areas.
    9. Here is a shot of the big controller in my 2009 display.
    10. Yes 14 AWG stranded wire from the control boards to each outlet 12 AWG stranded from the power switches at the top to each control board 8 AWG stranded from the power connectors on the bottom up to the switches (each connector feeds 2 boards) I built the darn thing to be able to handle anything that I could think of for lights at the time. I think I could use it as a snow melt machine with enough bulbs plugged in - LOL. Also at the top right of the picture you can just see one of the two weatherproof Cat 5E connectors on the box as well. I did not have the interior Cat cables hook
    11. Sorry couldn't resist it. Here is my enclosure for the 4 LOR controllers for my mega tree. I am proud of it to say the least.
    12. Easiest thing is to go to a dollar or thrift store and buy some storage totes. Then you stick the controller on the cover of the tote, put the tote over the controller and put a weight on it so it won't blow off. Then after the season you use the tote to store lights, cords, and whatever in for the off season. Dual purpose usage and fairly inexpensive! That tote under the arch has 2 controllers under it! Been doing it for 3 years this way with no water or GFI trip problems at all.
    13. I think that most everybody has had some form of trouble in the last year or two it seems. I know that I have been pretty depressed over a lot of things as well as I have artithis, tendonitis, and a bad back that is really getting to be almost unbearable some times. Also the bad economy has taken most of the home building work out of the area I live in so finding jobs is a very tough prospect now. There are quite a few of us (at least those who have not moved away yet) that are fighting for the little jobs that come around not often enough. Seems like we barely make enough to pay even a fe
    14. Make sure that you tell your wife to be careful when she puts in the driveway that she doesn't interfere with the display setup - LOL.
    15. Take care of yourself. Pneumonia is nothing to play around with. Glad you found out what it is and have it in control now. Feel better.
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