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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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  • 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'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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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)

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. I have 25 of Daryl's strobes for sale. I bought them a few weeks ago and decided not to add them to my display. They are brand new, I only took them out of the box to make sure that they all work-they do. I'll only sell them as a set. $4 each, plus shipping. That's a bargain.

    I got dibs

    PM sent

  10. Family restroooms are great, but not that common outside of malls... In a lot of restaurants and small stores, you're lucky to find a diaper changing station in the mens room. I can't tell you how many times I've offered to change baby, then had to hand him back to my wife because the place only put a changing station in the women's restroom... Sexism goes both ways, unfortunately...


    Do it on the table.. Will motivate the resturant to give equal access

    But really, when my kids were in diapers (I'm really old) there were no changing stations. You did it on the bench in the booth or took the kid out to the car.

  11. Does anyone have an approximation of how many lights are in a ropelight per inch or per foot?

    thanks, Darlene

    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.

  12. Menards lol. theres a lot of them there, you can find a few threads with pics. wal mart looks like a no go and kmart is more like flip a coin.

    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.

  13. 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.

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