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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.

Rick Hughes

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About Rick Hughes

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  • Birthday 02/12/1955

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  • Location
    Orlando Area, Florida, USA
  • Biography
    In this house since 1997 and every year the display gets a little more interesting thanks to the extraordinary ideas shared on these forums.
  • Interests
    C7 bulbs
  • Occupation
    Office Worker Extraordinaire!
  • About my display
    256 LOR channels controlling my house plus the houses on both sides.
  1. Thanks ... So if I simply connect them to be sure they will illuminate before I make the connection permanent (solder or shrink wrap) I'm "good to go" ... and if they don't illuminate I likely just need to reverse the pair? Sounds way too easy. Don't take that as a complaint ... I'm actualy quite grateful. Eggnog all around!
  2. Seems like an easy question ... but I'm not LED-savvy, so I thought I should "ask the experts" before doing something stupid. I have a pre-lit tree with LED lights and one of the strings is neatly cut (both wires) mid-way between two bulbs. Is repair as simple as reconnecting the wires securely? (I'm not changing the number of bulbs .... just reconnecting) Thanks for your help in eliminating a little stress in this early holiday :-)
  3. My front porch railing is precisely 21' wide and is divided in four sections (thus 4 sections @ 63" = 21 feet). Currently in each railing section I have a swag hanging and the bottom of the swag is 30" above ground level. I don't want anything to interfere with the visibility of the swags, thus the maximum arch height is 30". I have only about 9 feet between the pedestrian sidewalk in front of my house and the porch railing, so not a lot of acreage to play with. Thanks for all the info. This will be a fun addition for next year.
  4. 9 minutes from Idiot Post to Genius Response. Many thanks ... the compulsive I am will rest easier now.
  5. After years of contemplating and doing a myriad of designs, 2011 will see arches in my display. However, although I'm great with numbers when it comes to accounting and algebra, I'm not so much with geometry. Is there a "simple" formula to determine the length of my arch? I want it to be 63" between the feet, and the top to be 30". Thanks for any hints.
  6. I'm doing a bit of cleaning. Contact me at [email protected] for more info - looking to find new homes for these, so recovering my cost isn't very important. Central Floridians - pick 'em up to save shipping if you wish. C7 LEDs - Warm White - NEW - Pkg of 10. Non-dimmable Strobes with cord/plug attached. These were from Darryl Brown a few years ago when he was closing out this model. NEW. 10 available. C7 Incandescent - Red and Green Ceramic. Some new (still in boxes of 25), others used gently for one season. A few hundred available. Thanks for looking ... Rick
  7. Thanks for posting the additional videos. Every one generates ideas. I'm particularly glad to see the four arch combination as that's probably what I will focus on for this year. Rick (Thousand Oaks resident from long ago ... 1959-1973, sheesh that really was long ago)
  8. Thanks for adding those - somehow I had missed them. Extraordinary talent in both cases. Now ... what to do here for 2009? R-)
  9. I am among the ARCH-less, admitting I am clearly not a trendsetter. So I've been reading the various forum threads and looking at videos as I go. Foolishly, I did not bookmark videos to go back to. Which would be helpful to compare shapes, configurations, sizes, color combinations, and sequencing ideas. I've included below a couple I located again, and if you know of other videos of arches perhaps you'd kindly add them. It could become a helpful "library" for future arch enthusiasts to be inspired by. Amazing Perth Christmas Lights 2008 sponsored by messagesonhold.com.au Seymour (Indiana Christmas) Lights 2008 - Bond - Explosive Jingo Jango (2008) (Light-O-Rama) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKn_9dnpzz8 LOR Vendor Arch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYEI-jIB8Ns My First Project
  10. Yesterday I bought 10' of gray electrical 3/4" PVC conduit for a possible arch. Before I do something really stupid and inflict bodily harm or property damage ... how much curve will it take before it snaps wildly into two pieces? For example, is it possible to have the ends 4' apart? My "vision" was something with relatively vertical sides. Thoughts, suggestions, opinions ... and most of all ... experiences :-)
  11. Rick Hughes

    Florida Mini

    For me, it would be great to learn a bit about editing audio files ... specific items: trimming the dead space at the beginning and ends, normalizing audio levels among WAV files, elegant techniques to cut a 5-minute tune to 1-1/2 minutes. Those kinds of things. Self-taught is fine at home, but the opportunity to have someone experienced demonstrate and explain would be incredible.
  12. Rick Hughes

    Florida Mini

    June is tough to plan this far ahead because of unpredictable work schedules, but *for now* June 6th is good for me too. I've been going through things (early spring cleaning) and consolidating potentials for sell / trade / donate. Rick
  13. This seems to be a very likely solution. I've started a new thread specific to this connector and I will copy some of the above posts into it. AMP CPC Connectors ... for many circuits connecting at one location http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?p=304496#post304496
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