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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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BMcGeeny

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  1. There is no break even point with LED's. Never has never will. Static or animated you cannot save enough money to save buying $20 light strings. My electric bill with roughly 30,000 lights goes up about $30 for the main 30 day period. I am at the edge of the power curve without adding electrical upgrads, but I don't have much more room anyway. I guess I see people wanting to put 300 lights on a mini tree (I use 100) 100 lights per channel on an arch (I use 50) 200 per channel color on a mega tree (I use 50) and on and on. I have multiple stars and snowflakes that only use 50 per item. My big draws are wireframe deer, 5 color 100' strings in the trees, and the 150' rope light the borders the property to keep folks out. The point is, you really can do less with more. Unless you want to go Bob Cox's route and get your own transformer, you are never going to be the guy with the most. So instead do the best with what you got. Final thing, I hate the look of LED's plastic electronic glow. When that's all there is, I'll stop putting up lights.
  2. 10' tall sorta-mega tree. I cut 100 light strings in 1/2 and rewire. so each leg is 50 lights times 4 colors. Last year I used 12 section so 12 x 4 = 48 channels. I take the 4 seperate colors and stech them out and zip tie them together. This makes them pretty strong. Use a PVC cap with s hooks on the top and no guy wires. I drive 3 T fenceposts in the ground and set the PVC in the middle with 3 plumbers clamps to hold it in place It sounded kind of thin on lights at first, but the math is 48 X 50 = 2400 lights. Why put 10,000 lights on a tree and have them on 1/10th of a second. Just have them on more. I am doubleing the number of channels this year, but still 50 light strings. If you want to see some very poor video of it just search you-tube for son of a grinch lightshow.
  3. I have never paid for a blowmold. Usually friends have a grage sale and when they can't sell it, they ask me do I want it. Sure. I find some in the trash. Son in law works for Salvation Army, they just toss them in the dumpster. And I have a few garge sale buddies that will pick them up $.50 or $1 but then just give them to me. Now comes the catch, and this may just be the type of activity that drives up prices. I am wanting to put a choir up. A dozen or so little molds. I've not seen may at sales, so if I REALLY want to to that, then I start shopping. May find a couple for $3 each, now I want the ones that match or go with, so I become willing to spend $10, when I'm down to my lat 3 I'll pay $25. So somebody catches me buying just that one and says hmmm, my mold is worth that, I'll list it. I have not yet fallen into this trap, but I can see how it happens. For now blowmold investment $0 average price of blowmolds I own $0 I think there are about 2 dozen in there right now.
  4. I love that thing. I'd be willing to donate 6 more deer to it.
  5. Having worked with city and county governments a great deal, if you can get them to look at this idea at all, they probably would ask you what you want to do and then tell you how to do it. They would start with a traffic engineer, a structural engineer, and electrical engineer, then move on to the impact process, anyone who is effected by this has a right to voice an opinion. If you get all these agency's to agree to do it, they will either require they do it themselves or that who hire an approved contractor to do it up to the municiple specs. You will also be required to serve a bond, probably several million dollars, to cover any liability you might cause. My guess would be if you are talking 2010 you better get moving. It took 4 years to get a strip mall permission to hang a 20' banner between two of their buildings, at a cost of $20,000. And thy owned the buildings. They finally had to get the city to vacate the street they wanted to hang over and accept full responsibility for snow removeal and street maint. Good luck But it is a really neat idea
  6. Yes skarah I do understand. Can you imagine being married to one. I am. That's all they talk about is how much their jobs stink. And to top it all off it is Walmarts fault that their jobs only pay $50k a year. (don't ask me how) I feel your pain. But it keeps me in lights.
  7. I haven't seen any talk about just doing this with lights and electronics. An arch is just 8 strings of lights sequence to "appear" to leap. Why not do the same thing with this. Looks like you want sixteen legs on the megatree. It would take a little drawing and a stout frame, but start out with 16 in the gega tree position and tranform into 16 in the windmill position. This takes 16 X 8 channels but that's only 128 channels or two grinches, 2 ren c's and 32 SSR's. Less than 500. Closet light strings at $1.27 = $162.50. A mechanical design would be neat but think of the things that could go wrong. I would just start with a double frame. One in the tree position, one in the windmill position and then just find 6 points in between for each channel.
  8. I guess I ddin't read it that way. Been wondering which way he was gonna go for years, recover or die. He's at peace now.
  9. I think your going to want more lights than that. Start out with about 320 chanells you can always increase.As for brand, look over at DIYC and you can build your own, or buy the cheapy put them together LOR boards. I've seen relative rookies do a nice job on them. 10' is high enough for a tree. Just make sure you have about 96 strings of 50 lights on them. It takes about that many to make a Full tree. Going this route you should be able to set up 30,000 to 40,000 lights on less than 50 amps, That's three orange extension cords from there sepereate outllets.
  10. BMcGeeny

    Fixing Lights

    A light keeper pro work well fixing burnt out bulbs. But often times it's not the bulb burnt out, but a bad connection at the bulb or a rusted out wire lead on the bulb.. I am assuming you have muliples of them. Like many of us we put half working strings aside, and replace them with new ones, then wonder what to do with the old. Couple of things I do. First, if you don't want to fix them, take the half that are working and cut the 50 bulbs that are not out. Find the spot where the three wires turn into two and just cut the wire (unpluged of course) Now you have a 50 light string. Take two and solder them together and now you have a 100 light string again. Or take your digital multi-meter, set it to AC 200 volts, put one test pin into the back of one side of the plug in, take the other test lead and put it into the first socket in the string and see if you get voltage. If not, switch the test pin in the plug to the other side. One or the other will have 110 volts. Now start up the sting, testing each one for 110 volts. When you hit the socket without voltage, the bulb just before that one is the one that is out. I have fixed hundreds of strings people have thrown out this way. I don't know why I ever buy new strings, but I do cuz I'm lazy and want them all to match. I do have around 10,000 mini bulbs I have pulled out of old strings while watching reruns of Gilligans Island. And don't buy bulbs, at 3 for $1.00 you spend more than the strings are worth. Just take one string and rob the bulbs for spares.
  11. Your problem is Vista. Trash it and go back to XP professional. I did, and everything runs good again.
  12. I don't twist multiple strings of lights, but take the four colors of mi mega tree and zip tie them together, then I slice 10-20 feet of hook up wire on the puug in ends so I don't need extension cords to the controlers. Those I do twist. I put the far end of the wire in a clamp or vice and clamp the other end into my cordless drill. I spin them just enough so they start to pull. That is tight enough.
  13. Yeah, were all crazy, you up all night before, me driveing 250 miles.................and the list goes on.
  14. Well, I was ther and we had a great time. Lots of hardware. More later
  15. I'm on my way.215 miles to go.
  16. Happy Birthday Tim. You don't look nearly as old as you are! :giggle::121_reindeer::eek::121_reindeer::santasmileyitty:
  17. How many you got Shaun? Any from Chicago?
  18. Now that is cool. I'm going to double check, but I think the ratio on a flag is typically 3/5 Ok, from Wikipedea [edit] Specifications The basic design of the current flag is specified by 4 U.S.C. [url="http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/4/1.html"]
  19. I have two of those Gnomes that is behind the penguin.
  20. Don't say "wron?" It will trigger a flag and get you a time out.
  21. Yes sir, Gary and Georgia were great hosts. As usual, food was on the table. At one point I counted 6 Laptops on the table. Here are a few more pictures.
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