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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.
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  1. I can answer the second one: you can use hot glue to hold lights, but it takes a lot of glue, and is only semi-permanent. We do this on a couple displays and every year I have to reglue the bulbs that have popped off (fortunately it's a small fraction of them).

    Hot glue works, but in Minnesota it gets cold, and the glue gets very brittle. Will pop off in wind sometimes

    It takes a little more time, but I went with silicone this year and it seems to work better. You can get it apart pretty easy to if you need to, unlike using constrution adhesive or something else.

  2. My first arch is history I am trying to make a 20 foot arch out of gray PVC, 1 inch, using two 10 foot sections to cross my sidewalk. I cut a few notches in one end so it would be easy to remove and drilled a 1/4 inch hole for a bolt. My first placement of the re bar had the center too low. I moved the re bar closer and POW, it broke as I tried to bend it. Any idea how close I can place the re bar on a 20 foot arch? Rather than start over I am think of using a gray 3/4 inch pipe and place on the inside were the two 10 foot pieces meet?

    Why don't you just leave it like that. I've never seen one of those before.

  3. I was just in the garage,with the door shut,putting out the trash when I heard the next-door neighbor's dog barking. She always barks so I didn't think of it. Then I go outside to the backyard and see my other next-door neighbor looking out of her window,waving at me. I told her to come outside,since I didn't know what she was saying through the glass. She told me that the guy across the street was drunk again,but now he's out in his yard and behind my house falling down drunk and talking to my neighbor's dog. That's why the dog was barking. So I look and he's definitely drunk in his driveway,spilling his beer all over the place. He's always drunk but he's never gotten this out of hand. Does anyone have a drunk neighbor like this? Should we call the cops? He's starting to creep me out.

    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.

  4. 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.


  5. So far, the LED strings I've boughten from local retailers are averaging less lifespan than my cheap old incancesdents. I'm a little grumpy right now-- I just had another string go half-dead. Why? It's rusted silly. This would have been season #3 for it. I wonder if I made up the difference for using a $11 string of lights instead of a 80-cent one I already owned? :rolleyes: Meanwhile my mega-tree lights are going on season #7 (although I've recolored some of them, and probably will more of them this year), and some of my other lights are even older...

    I like the look of LED's, but I'm sure not convinced there's any savings. In fact, I'm convinced they're costing me a magnitude more...

    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.

  6. I would just unwind the last string, leaving 7 on the pipe. Then cut the arch a little bit shorter and perhaps move the stakes a little closer together to make up for it.

    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.

  7. Also,removed 20amp breaker and replaced wiyh 30amp. We are back in business.


    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.

  8. I'm not real familiar with I-phone but since you can surf the internet with them why don't you just use Logmein.

    One you set it up on the show computer you can access it from anywhere you can get an internet connection.

    I have a aircard in the work computer and I could log into my show computer to see if it is running okay.

    That said, why shut down your show because it's raining?

    Unless you disconnect all the cords from your house your no better off

    Let the GFCI's do their job.

  9. 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.

  10. I have a few wireframe deer that I was planning on putting on Craigslist.

    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.

  11. I am open to whatever really.. prefer strands of lights though

    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.

  12. I am done with my decorations. Christmas has exploded on my lawn...but, I need help.I am tripping my breaker. Someone told me that they did not think I had them even,I don't know what that means. I have 3 outside plugs and over 150 things running to them.Can someone help me? Do I need to have an even amount of extension cords going to each outlet or do I need to plug half of them into a whole other breaker. Please help!!!

    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)

  13. Dont listen to the nae sayers. Anything is possible, well almost anything. But it is going to require you to some research.

    First, is this a full wave or half wave? What color are these LED? What wire warts do you see if any.

    Anyway we can keep this in the open or your welcome to IM me. But I will need answers to my above questions answered.

    When did he ever say these were LED's?

  14. Wow.....can I say Hyjack a thread. Since it was just a more a rant than anything beneficial. I'll let it slip this time, but next time I put the hammer down!!! :giggle:

    SOKS...I have to agree with Tim and the other guys. The cash for clunkers program was created to work on replacing older higher emission vehicle with lower emission vehicle. The list of applicable replacement vehicles was strictly higher fuel efficient vehicles. If it wasn't, I'd be driving a new 4 door Jeep Wrangler right now.

    Hijack isn't even close. Suicide bomber is more like it. How did we go from a Menards flier to cash for clunkers?

    That said, the last year I used a static lite display with about 8,000 mini's my 'lectric bill went up about $45

    Last year with 320 channels, none of which dimmed and 28,000 mini's my 'lectric bill went up $30

    Then the month after it went up $40 (after the lights were down) running the two heaters in the shed to thaw everything out and make the cords so I could wrap them up again.

    No amount of LED's is going to save me from that.

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