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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.

Steve Lelinski

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About Steve Lelinski

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  • Birthday 09/05/1980

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    Wilmington, Delaware, USA
  • Biography
    I'm a Mechanical Engineer from the Philly area. I grew up in PA, went to college in Philadelphia, and now live in Delaware. Christmas is in my genes, handed down from my father. Fortunately I didn't get the blow mold gene as bad as he did...
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    Furniture Making and Unnecessary Home Improvement
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    Mechanical Engineer
  • About my display
    My pride and joy is my coroplast Marching Band. 45 Channels, and about 10,000 lights. It's also the bane of my existence. Who knew it'd be so much work to change all those bulbs...

    I added Red, Green, Blue, and White LED arches this year. I think they look pretty neat, but they sure do weigh a ton!

    I use LOR, and I'm slowly switching to LEDs.

    Currently working on a Mega Tree. Will it be 40 feet? Will it be 12 feet? We'll finally find out whether it's my wife or I who call the shots.

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  1. Tory, let me get this straight. You think if I come shake it at his display, it'll finish off those lovers prematurely?
  2. Yeah, they're not really bothering anyone, are they? So they found a way to get away from their parents and have some alone time. Weren't you ever young and in love?
  3. Won't be too big a deal as long as they have a rear windshield wiper.
  4. Decorate the room with Orange and Blue only. When people comment on your odd Christmas decor, tell them you're color blind and start crying.
  5. Orange you glad you didn't paint them Black?
  6. I had a similar problem during setup this year. There was a point in the daisy chain after which all channels on all controllers would shimmer. I tracked it down to the cat5 connector on the LOR board. When I disconnected the cable last year, it had stuck and pulled up the connector. I had simply pushed it back in to place, and thought all was well. As it turns out, the connectors must have bent, and I could only get a good, clean comm signal when the jack was bent out. I solved the problem by pulling the jack forward and using hot glue to make sure it stayed that way.
  7. Sounds like if I swing by your curb on the right evening, they'll be free.
  8. I'll take the non-expectation meeting lights off your hands.
  9. It's not officially supported, but it will work. You need to mount it in a metal housing though. Running at 40 Amp generates too much heat for the plastic cases.
  10. If you wait on Travis for a refund, you'll be waiting a while. If I can give you some advice, give him a deadline. Tell him if you don't have your lights or a refund by XX date, you'll persue a refund through a dispute with your credit card. Give him a reasonable time frame, and don't take any excuses (he'll have plenty).
  11. Tis true. Paul at CDI sells plugs molded in this manner. If you can plan ahead it's a real timesaver.
  12. Depends on what you're ultimately plugging in to it. If you're going to plug in a string of lights, they don't have a ground, so there's no need. If you're plugging in a controller or anything with a three prong plug, you'd need the ground.
  13. I'd tell you, but I don't want Dano to show up and abscond with it... I keep mine in the basement. I put an empty outlet box with a waterproof cover where they (cat5 and audio) come out.
  14. Do you do an animated show? You could put switches in the bottom so that a different show is triggered depending on where the puck lands.
  15. Louie, I don't think Max is talking to you either. I think he's talking to the people who come in here and post, "I've never had any trouble, I'll be ordering from him next year." They seem to have an attitude like we're either making all these problems up, or it's somehow our fault that our orders weren't as perfect as theirs.
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