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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. Even the feel good people have reported on it http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7431198 It's a small amount but any is too much. As for Mercury, I am old enough to remember when dentists used it in fillings. My mother use to bring small amounts home from work. Today the hazmat team would be called.
  2. Just remember, that CFL's contain mercury. Should you happen to break one, your blowmold will become hazardous waste. Also keep in mind that the amount of energy required to make a CFL bulb is aproxamately three times the amount it saves over it's life. But, if you like feely goodies, then go for it. However expect LED's to replace CFL's in just a few years. (and yes, they use a tremendous amount of energy to make, but that is rapidly changeing)
  3. BMcGeeny


    Nope, they are slow too. http://www.kidk.com/news/27789464.html Hits everywhere.
  4. I'm sorry you can't get this to work for you Chuck. Oh wait, I'm sorry, this is the wrong thread.
  5. Larry, You have made the most common sense look at LED's I have seen in all the discussions. I think almost anyone would agree that the cost is at best a wash. The durability is still undertermined. But what Larry brings up is C9's C7's and Floods, things that use lots of power LED's may make sense. Larry you would be able to multiply at least by ten the number of Bulbs/floods you use without having to upgrade power system. The only thing I would caution on is sample before you buy a bunch. I do not like the look of LED mini's and have seen some C9/C7's that look ok, plus some floods are ok. But I sure would not like to be stuck with a bunch of bulbs I did not like. As for mini's on controllers, I can triple the amount I have before I have to worry. My light bill for 30 days went up $33. Not hardly worth worrying about.
  6. Excuse me Tim, but haven't you been commited before?
  7. Are we talking a car wiper motor? Don't know where you got the motor, but if it's off an old car that has intermitant wipers you can use the switch. Not only does it slow it down, it will pause it, which would be cool on a Jack-In-The-Box
  8. Hah Hah, I got all the stakes pulled out of the ground today, even the 6' T Posts. The frost is gone at least 2' down. So that means, officially, EVERYTHING IS DOWN.!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. Although I think I might come any weekend except the 16th of May. Fishing trip you know.
  10. What is the name and artist of the song? Thanks
  11. Might be because they went Belly Up!
  12. So there realy are people who have 800 amps available to run this stuff. Kewl
  13. Easter? This is Planet Christmas!
  14. What's a WWII Guitar/drums/controler? Is it some kind of army surplus deal?
  15. I also believe it is neccessary to distinguish between LED and incandesant. 140,000 mini lights on all at one time would take 462 amps.
  16. Part of it is the fact that more than half the fun is building the electronics. I just built 10 new 24 Ch boards all new for this year. I have just a little work on the wireing, IE: put the female plug extensions on 8 more of the boards. So that means I hav 240 new channels this year. I also have 128 chanells that I had last year that just went blinky blinky and I have converted them to dimy dimy. And then I still have another 182 Chanells on two boards that will never do anything but blinky blinky. That said playing with the DIY hobbie you usually end up with more than you can wire lights to without blowing the power transformer. So self control? No! Just have not reached the maximum capacity yet.
  17. I've met him. Once you do your expectations will be shattered! ROTFLMAO
  18. Glad to see some Minnesotans are alive. Gary has been busy Ernie sorry to hear you took a fall. I have come so close several times this year. I got all my frozen cords and display items pulled loose and piled in the yard during that two days we had the warm/rain/warm that took all the snow. I just took everything loose one day after work in about 1 hour. Then it got cold again but since it was all loose I just had to take it in the shed and warm it before wrapping up cords. Tim All I have left is two strings in the trees I forgot about and a bunch of posts that will not come out until the ground thaws about 6 inches.
  19. An extra 18" would make a difference to me. For most of what I put up on the house, around windows and eves I can do with my 2' Step ladder. That said, having done dryall work and working from drywall stilts I would not ever recomend going outside and working in the lawn with them. It takes very little to go down, even when you are good on them. I got good enough to go up and down stairs with them on and I still would not go on uneven ground without something to lean against should they slip. Steve, if you do decide to use them. Knee pads, elbo pads, hip pads and a helmet. Then go out and practice falling in them on soft grass. The gut reaction is to try and keep steping to recover yourself from a stumble. The best thing to do is just let your self go down and roll as you do. I stepped into the hole for a garden tub one time and nearly split myself in two. I was save from serious injury by a guy working with me who knew enough to grab me and twist me as I fell. Scrapes and bruises but no broke bones.
  20. I started with 320 working channels, and another 48 non working. I have acutally switched a little from all blinky blinky on off channels to 10 24 ch dimming controllers and 2 64 ch dimming controllers and 2 96 ch blinky blinky controllers.
  21. It seems nothing has been going on in Minnesota. Everybody up at the eelpout contest? Tim, got your lights down. Gary any new inventions. Ernie, how is the Ren-24 project going? SOMEBODY SAY SOMETHING
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