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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.

BMcGeeny

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  1. I got a bunch of old LED's that I used two weeks. Some multicolor Icycles, some multi function 150 bulb clear mini lights, a bunch of brand new rope light green and blue, 30' rolls, probably 30,000 mini light bulbs I have taken out of strings people have given me, two holographic trains, some path cycles, some green walmart candy canes, there's some more stuff but I can't remember what.
  2. If you are running 150 things on 1 breaker be glad you have one. That setup really should be burning the house down. If you are running only 15 watt bulbs in that many fixtures you are drawing 20 amps. You have several solutions. The least expensive would be if you can find 2 more circuts to use. Either in the garage or another side of the house that you can run cords to. If you have what you think are outlets on a different circut, turn the one you have off and try a light in the others. Buying a couple extra cords to reach differnt outlets is the cheapest solution. You could have an electrician come in. He can maybe add a couple circuts with their own outlets for a few hundred dollars. Or you could go to Sam's Club and buy 150 LED lights. You might get buy with CFL's but the LED's are about the same price. A 60 watt incandesant is repaced with a 15 watt CFL which is replaced with a 4 watt LED. CFL's in the cold will not last more than a couple years. LED's will probably outlive all of us. But keep in mind $150 of them at about $3 each will set you back in a hurry. (this is the only place I would use LED's. We all know LED mini lights are not real Christmas Lights)
  3. When did he ever say these were LED's?
  4. This will be fun http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8793
  5. I use a plastic pole. It don't rust.
  6. BMcGeeny

    HELP with LEDS

    It's cheaper to put in a new electrical service than it is to replace all the LED's I will say howerver Tim had some C9's at the Minnesota Mini and we ran them in a test board with Incan C-9's and they were pretty good. But mini lights, well LED's are good for power on lights and that's about it.
  7. They are, but the good stuff is mostly gone. Lots of c7 and c9 lights though. NO LED's
  8. Keep in mind also if you are looking at cutting them to fit, every rope light I have had has the lights at 1" spacing, however the point you can cut them verys. Some are 18". Most of the big box store ones are 36" but I have seen them at 30" also. Check what you are buying if the cut distance makes a difference.
  9. I was in the Menards yesterday. They really do have a bunch. Light selection is way up. Last year 90% LED's this year about 1/2 and 1/2 More trees, more ornaments and they are all ready to go So far all I need right now is more extension cords.
  10. I don't know how I missed this sale. Guy had ton's of stuff http://www.postbulletin.com/newsmanager/templates/localnews_story.asp?z=2&a=422907 Sorry blowmolders, I would have taken the trailer an bought it all.
  11. If a thread title is nothing more than "help" I pass righ by it. All of us need help If it says "Help connetcting my 6 LOR controllers" I would also pass right by because I know nothing about LOR. If it says "Help splicing rope lights" I'm in, because I've done that a lot. There are at least 100 new posts every time I log in. I don't have time to read any but the type I think pertain to my style 2 cents worth.
  12. Bob Cox hits HOME RUN I must admit that I stole from you for my display this year. The songs Holly Hearld and Coco Jambo are both in my display I will take credit for the fact that I did the sequencing myself. I would have stolen yours but it just doesn't work with my display.
  13. I'll be there Tim pretty much right at one. As usual with a 2 hour drive home I may cut out a little early. I'll pick up a plate of snacks too. Ball game type food.
  14. I have never wrapped a connection. How would they dry out? Just make sure nothing is in a puddle. But most of my extension cords lay right on the ground. The last two years most were under 6 inches of ice and 2 feet of snow. I did not get all my cords up until nearly April. I've never had a GFCI or breaker blow. Only thing I had happen at all was a couple SSRoz board got a little condsation on the back side and they would stay on. Swapped them out and dried them out. touched up solder joints and they were as good as new.
  15. Cabnet carpenters have had these for years. It is basicly a socket that has a slot in it. I think I have 4 or 5 sizes. Installers used them like driver bits. They got a little worn and they replaced them. I got a bunch that are "worn" All I can figure wrong with them is the hook wiggles a little in them. http://www.rockler.com/search_results.cfm?filter=hook+drivers&submit.x=18&submit.y=10
  16. BMcGeeny

    wanted

    I thought you were a Renard guy?
  17. I take the week before and the week of Thanksgiving off work for setup. I go live Thanksgiving Eve at 4:30 It's a tradition that cannot be broken.
  18. Count me in Tim. I'll be there at least most of the time.
  19. No Tim, building your own UFO is not nearly as crazy as what we do. We tempt poor little squirells into biting wires and get FRIED But I do hope they get the fuel bill for the Helocopter
  20. I started December 27th 2008. Mostly built items and structure. the stuff has been going up since labor day, but I can't really put any of the ground items down until I get the leaves picked up and I can't do that until they fall. Bought a new leaf blower yesterday so I guess I will get going on leaves over the weekend. I can probably put the tree lights up from the ladder and the deer on the roof. But I have the week before and the week of Thanksgiving off. They fire Thanksgiving evening so I'll be ready.
  21. Lights are out at Fleet Farm
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