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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. Christmas World this is a great topic to discuss but one thing you forgot to factor in is the cost. Most Incad.(incandescent) light strings (at least at the big box store near me) cost $2.70 per box. Each of the boxes contain 100ct lights and are about 23ft long. LED on the other hand are about $7.00 a box. Each box contains 50ct lights and are 13ft long. So for every string of Incad. lights that I replace with LED will cost me about $14.00. Thats an $11.30 difference per single color string. So to replace my 40k lights with LED would cost $5,600 where incad would cost $1,080. Thats a difference of $4,520. Aside from an electrical panel upgrade, It would take a lot of years to recoupe the difference in price for an actual savings by going led. And to be honest I don,t think that the strings would last long enough to actually recoupe the initial investment cost.
  2. You can try a local electrical supply store. If you take them a bulb they might be able to match it up.
  3. Really nice display. I like the cutouts and the manger scene in the mega tree.
  4. I have made the "moving water effect" by hacking a chase light controller and connecting the leads to 3 plugs, then set the controller on chase and plug in each of 3 strings in the controller.http://computerchristmas.com/christmas/link-how_to/HowToId-32/4_channel_8_function_3Amp_animation_controller_for_5 this is a link to the controller I built. Just remember the first 3 wires going to a light each go to a plug the other is the common and you need to split that wire to all 3 plugs. you can get quite a few nice affects with this cheep little controller.
  5. Check out Tackylighttour.com You can view as a guest.
  6. Vk I just bought all the green my local Lowes had in stock. You should check (and I shouldn't post this) the out of the way stores in areas where people don't do large displays. Call the store and see what they have in stock, then talk to the store director. If you explain that you are going to buy a large quantity usually they will give you a nice price break. I bought 18 strings of green and told the director of the store the white were on sale but not the green and if I bought all the green would he drop the price to the sale price and he told me no problem; but call around some stores have a lot of inventory if you are willing to drive to get it.
  7. I have to agree. If you want a nice blue you need led.
  8. Hey Gary, I know you are excited about all the displays but remember most of us started small just like you. I know you want to go animated but start small, or even get the program for the controller that you want to use to practice programming. Programming is the heart of the show. As you have said you have watched a lot of the videos and you can tell the difference in the quality of the programming (smooth fades, and transitions) but programming takes a lot of time (a LOT of time), usually about 10 hrs or more for each min. of song. The last song that I did was Christmas Canon by Trans Siberian Orchestra and I have about 64 hrs in the programming of this 4min song. The next thing is hit the after Christmas sales to get lights for next year. This is when you get the best deals on lights. You might be thinking why go out and buy 32 or more boxes of lights after the holiday? Well if you get a 16 channel controller and connect 2 strings per channel you just used all 32 boxes, also they are great to have around for new display items you build later on, and if one of your display Items develop a short, or half the bulbs on a string go out (Murphy's Law) you can do a quick string replacement. Most of all have fun! There are some great people on here that can help you out of most of the problems that you run into.
  9. Lee thats unreal. I think I see a house in there, but not sure. LOL.
  10. Love the display. How or what are you using to suspend the angels above the manger. I am so jealous of that manger setup.
  11. VK you are correct; I don't want to over do the controller (although I know that it can handle the load)but more the circuit breaker. With all 8 trees lit up in one color with 3 strings it is a current draw of 7.92amps (.99amps per tree). With some of the fades and color runs that I programmed I think I will be maxing about 10-11 amps. With 4 strings lit up in 1 color the current draw is 10.56amps (1.32amps per tree) and with some runs about 12.5-13.5 amps. Its the 13.5 amps on a 15 amp circuit breaker that has me somewhat worried.
  12. I have 8 6ft. trees to wrap. Has anyone done this with 300 lights per color? I get near the top and it looks like I need to add another string, but don't want to go over 1 amp per channel on my controller, any ideas?
  13. I am playing Winter Wonderland, Music Box Dancer (my favorite), Carol of the Bells, Amazing Grace (techno edit), 34th Street Overture, Jingle Bells, and Christmas Canon (TSO). Sort of a mix of the traditional. I wanted to do "I Got A Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas and the song "Christmas Shoes" but I ran out of time to do the programming.
  14. Check out http://www.landolights.com/main/. There are a lot of free sequences for all types of programs. Keep in mind that the sequences do not have the audio file (copyright laws) so you have to have your own music, but on most there is a link where you can purchase the song from Amazon.
  15. Where can I find a download of a 2 min version of miracle on 34th street oveture (Bruce Broughton version). The same length that Holdman uses.
  16. I bought clips very similar to those at Lowes last year.
  17. I talked with one of the board members of my HOA, he didn't see the problem with me putting lights on the house now as long as they are not turned on. He will be checking later today with some of the other board members to make sure its o.k. so I might be starting to put up lights before the end of the week.
  18. Just finished cleaning out the garage and picking up a truck load of decorations that I don't have room to store. I'll post some pics soon.
  19. Pro lawn you should really consider doing a how to .
  20. I am curious about this also. I bought 7 of those trees for this years display. I am thinking about using rebar and just slide the tree on the rebar.
  21. Relxerd, I have been thinking of doing a color wash on the house. Everyone around here does the "typical" decorating. 1 or 2 lighted deer in the yard, and a string of lights across the roof line that's about it. Mabe an inflatable.
  22. The rule here is "no decorations of any kind are allowed in the yard until 30 days prior to the holiday, and they must be removed with-in 30 days after the holiday." To help me with this I am cleaning out my garage and will have most things set up in there. Also this year I am not going to put any lights on the house but put most of my efforts on lighting the yard (ground). One bad thing is that a lot of my inflatables can't go up, they will way over power the yard. The good news for this year is that unlike the last subdivision that I lived in is its not a gated community, so the public can now come look at the display. I will give up a little setup time for letting the general public a chance to see the display.
  23. I can't start until Thanksgiving . HOA rules. I am planning to have my garage cleaned out this weekend, so I can have everything ready for set-up. I also want to program a new song for this year but I don't know if I can do it in 3 weeks.(I love a good challenge)
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