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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. I have approxamately 50,000 incandescent mini lights for sale. All but a couple thousand are used but in good working condition. Used lights are 1 cent each. New are 2 cents each. IE: a 50 count string is $.50, 100 count $1.00 I have Red, blue, green and multi colored. I have a complete set for a 10' mega tree. 24 strands, each with 50 bulbs Red, Blue, Green, Clear. They are designed to use with a 10' high pole. (I used 3" PVC) For a total of 96 50 bulb strand. This set I will only sell together. $48 for a complete mega tree. I also have multiple 100 and 150 bulb strings that were on
    2. You'll have to show up and find out.
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      I be there!!!!!!!!!!
    4. I'll be there. Yes. it's me. I'm still alive. I plan to do my entire settup in one day. Last year 12 of us did it in 3 hours. Cost me $65 in pizza though. November 6, 10:30 your all invited to help.
    5. Since the LOR are only 16 channels I would start with 20. You can allways work up from there.
    6. That's right, never throw lights away. In every dead string there is at least 22' of 22 Gauge wire. I have bundles of that wire from old dead strings. I just cut the wire out of the string. Then when I make up my string I solder a 22' extension (or whatever I need) to the end of my string. I had 16 Gauge cords that went to the controller, and all my controllers have 6' to 15' pigtails and all my props have 6' to 22' leads on them. With 320 channels and about 400 plugs, I used less than 2 dozen 18 gauge extension cords other than the controller power. Next year with a little better pla
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      Ice 2010

      Just keep in mind that the July 4th is on a Sunday this year and that may tie a lot of people up the last weekend in June. (9 day vacation) A week before would be better.
    8. I'm still waiting a couple more years. The Box Store LED are crap, look like crap, and fail. The vendor's that sell "top quality" have even had problems with their product. Think back to the early 60's. All our lights were C7 and C9. I remember Mini lights first coming out. They were crap. Dad bought some and half way through the year pulled them off the tree and put the C7's back up. Now we accept them and know how to fix them just the way they are. In a few years LED's will be all we have and we will learn how to fix them and the quality will be up and the price down. Until
    9. http://www.opto22.com/site/pr_details.aspx?cid=4&item=120A25
    10. No LOR here. My controllers are all DIY Renards. Yes, moisture can cause a channel to com on or partially come on. You can cover them with bags and they still may get damp inside. In funky wet weather condensation can form if the board is warmed and cooled. Many times when they dry out everything will be fine. It is possible that a Triac could be fried. I replaced two on one controller tonight. I noticed a couple days ago these would sometimes act up. Finally they were just stuck on at about 50%. Other than the fact that a channel stays on dim, it really should not hurt anything. I
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      I'm Lit!

      Yeah I came home tonight and everything was going as planned.
    12. Thanksgiving night, 4:30 PM Central. Has been that wa for over 40 years.
    13. Why don't you just leave it like that. I've never seen one of those before.
    14. Give him a pint of vodka before you call the cops. Buy the time they get there he will be good for a couple days away and they will be watching a lot closer.
    15. And to think, all this discussion is about colored computer parts strung on wire made up to look like Christmas lights. And they are not even real Christmas lights
    16. The high work is all done The work crew shows at 11:00 tommorow and I hope to be all set up by 3:00
    17. I normally don't start putting lights up until the last full week before Thanksgiving, but with 70degree weather last Saturday I did all the high stuff, roof trees etc, and have done 1-2 hours setup every night after work, mostly withoug a jacket. Am I jinxing all of us Minnesotans come teardown. Will we the payback be we won't get anything up till April Tim, your always on top of these things. What do you think. I'm also nervous how soft the ground is. When this stuff freezes it will be there till spring. __________________
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      LED lifespan

      First you must understand that LED's are not real christmas lights. Second I don't think they are yet up to standards. SOme expensive nes can be good, most big box store ones are not. My endevor into LED was two years ago, and the lights lasted about 2 weeks.
    19. Or take one string off and just slide the otheres out a little wider to cover the entire pipe. Then he will be ready for next year when he has mor channels.
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      Make sure you have a phone in your hand at all times with 91 dialed. Then all you have to do is dial 1 to get 911 and the fire dept on the way.. There is a reason there was a 20 amp breaker on the circut. It is probably 12/2 romex you need at least 10 gauge and I would really go with 8 gauge to run 30 amps.
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      Normally don't start until this weekend, but with the weather we had last weekend I did the trees and the stuff on the roof. Lights went up around the windows last night and I am going to hang the icicles tonignt. Then everything left will be on the ground. Way ahead of usual and the work crew doesn't come until Saturday. I hope they still have stuff to do.
    22. Why didn't you tell me about the wireframe deer when I was there? How many you got, what do you want for them, (the non motorized ones are $9.99 at Menards) I can always use spare parts and the bulbs are different from standard mini bulbs.
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