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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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    1. Mothballs work great. Although hardly any body uses them for moths. I buy them in quart or gallon plastic containors. just cut a hole the size of a half dollar and put them in the area. Keeps mice, bats squirrels and rabbits away. I don't like poison either. Just want them to stay away. You can just toss them around too, they just evaporate, but they last longer in a containor.
    2. You can add lights to that 50 ct string. If you have some old ones that quit use them. Just cut the length you need and wire them in. I have added up to 7 to make strings of 57 . Just slightly dimmer. But if you do all your strings and run them off a lor controller nobody will ever notice.
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    4. You need to watch the movie National Lampoon Vacation. You don't need passes to get in.
    5. This is the one I got. They ship from US and got them in 4 days. Says color but works better in B/W. I'ts not extreme high quality but it works pretty good. The longest I have is about 70' from one corner of my house to the corner of the street http://www.asianwolf.com/cctv-packages-eb812dvr.html JUST MAKE SURE THAT YOU FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS TO THE TEE. The only trouble I had was I installed it before reading directions and had to go back and uninstall everything and reinstal per the instruction. It's one page two sides.
    6. If they don't I know someone who would ship for you.
    7. If you get somebody that doesn't want to do it you can send me a tree with mini lites. I will turn it on and off every night and put it on a web cam. Not the same block but it is the best I can do.
    8. Along with the three $11.99 motion sensor lights I am putting up, I wired in those cheap little disco strobes. When the motion sensor get set off, the flood lights come on but also the strobes flash. Maybe they will think it's a camera flash or maybe they will just run becaue with a bunch of flashing strobes coming on it's pretty obvious they just set something off. I have a cheap set of camers and a DVR card also. Not great, but not bad. Less than $200. It records until the hard drive is full on 4 channels and time stamps it.
    9. I have some bulbs that kind of twinkle? is that what you are thinking? Or LOR type controllers? Or the 8 funtion controllers that come on a string of 150 bulbs? You could use them. Or just buy the 150 strings with controllers on them. Each set of 50 would blink together though. I guess you could put a 64 channel grinch on each one. Run the lights off the output power through some uln boards. But that seems like a lot of work and money.
    10. I just made a bunch of these and didn't even know sombody invented them. Menards has a 14" snowflake of some kind of glitter plastic. They are a lot more eleborate that those. I think $1.99. I drilled 54 holes in them and used old mini lights. Cut up old ones into individuale bulb/sockets and tested. Use only good ones HE HE, push them through and solder together. Looks the same from the front, not quite as pretty from the back. I fetch one in a bit and post a picture.
    11. Yes they make them as big as 8x12. In a few weeks you will be able to get all you want free. Just stop at anybody's house that has a McCain or Obama EXTRA large sign and tell them you will stop by and take it off their hands the day after the election.
    12. Do LOR and AL not have watt meters built into them? With Vixen you program the watts/amps each channel draws and the calculator will tell you what the peak draw is for any sequence. There is a lot of overkill done here. In therory my display would draw 84 amps if all on. Even the most intense sequences I have I can just barely draw over 20 amps. I know the electricians love it. But 12 15 amp circuts? Wow.
    13. If there is one thing I love it's change. YOU GO FIRST.
    14. Thanks Julie and Ivan, I believe a good time was had by all. Some interesting discussion and a great assortment of items for show and tell. I got to see a lot of different stuff folks are doing with controllers. And great food. Ivan sure can cook
    15. Nope, but then I'm on a laptop with nan odd keyboard
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