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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. I used sansdevices, LSP and GE Nodes, they worked so well, I'm doing a 90% conversion for 2011/12. The key is no long fades. I got a ton of these on Clearence from Lowes.
    2. I'm worried about the state of the forum in general. Ever since the upgrade last year, post numbers seem to be WAY down.... I could be wrong.... email notifications don't seem to work anymore, and it isn't a spam filter issue either. I know the software Chuck purchased is NOT cheep, I just wonder if there are issues, and no support contract to fix them
    3. Anyone else Tapatalk can't log into the forums anymore? Broke around August/September I think... I thought it was a password issue, but that isn't the case.
    4. Only some GECE... 30% gets it to be normal priced, They allowed me to stack the GE $2 coupon's and a 10% off entire purchase card, so it does make them a slight deal... GECE's are very hard to find in sale at all.... NOTHING ELSE LEFT though.... not even a single box of Mini's...
    5. Wow... that looks great! I ripped off the controller and are using a DMX converter for them, so now I have direct control over each LED. But yes, I remember they have a quite a delay otherwise!
    6. Just stopped by Lowes in Oaks, PA (Their larger store in the Philadelphia area), and they have NOTHING, and nothing is on discount either! What gives? I don't think they got much in to begin with though. Good news, Home Depot is carrying the GECE this year. I've had such great success with these this year, I'm going to expand with them next year! All I have on my NEED list are the stakes from these: http://www.geholidaylighting.com/holiday-lighting/led/color-effects/pathway-lights I haven't seen the G-90's yet, but they look cool. HD & Lowes only have the G-35's
    7. Looking for one 50 ct C-5 Blue GE Led's sold at Lowes for the last few years, BUT NOT THIS YEAR! Need one strand! These come in the GREEN Boxes, not the blue box Trade or $ I have a bunch of GE Warm White Iceicles Still in the box!
    8. Jim St John (Creator of the E680 & R681) just sent out a bulk email, saying if you need help with his stugg, either email or use DIYChristmas.org's forums
    9. Honestly, for what were doing, not much difference. My main line of business is IT/Networking (I run the company) so I have a ton of these around, as the ones you use we couldn't on a 10/100 network... Where I have seen those phone couplers go bad is also the crimp between the wires and the pins... I think its the combo of all the cheep metal involved As I tell everyone, there is a right way to do things, and then there is the other guys right way to do things! They all work
    10. all coated board.. no wires Just a quick shot with the phone... I can get a higher detailed shot if you want
    11. I live in those cold areas... had one I forgot about until last week! (I lost it under the mulch!) Looks fine, still works! I do only use ones actually labeled "cat5" though... there are some 8con phone couplers out there (As seen in the video above!), I don't think they are as high quality, but should still work! The reason I don't use them is I'm in a cold and sometimes wet environment... no offense intended, but if I put dmoore's setup up here in Philly, the gfi's would trip in 2 seconds!!
    12. Got my Order yesterday, Everything looks a-o-k! Thanks paul!
    13. I have to agree with JHolmes... it kinda sounds like you want to stay out of DIY, and this is from someone who is a DIY'er!
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