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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.

GBSCustoms

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About GBSCustoms

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  • Birthday 03/26/1971

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    Sherburne NY
  • Biography
    Just an average joe. Owner of a custom body shop for bikes trucks and cars. BUT LOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEE Light shows.
  • Interests
    Lights Lights Lights
  • Occupation
    Custom Body Shop Owner
  • About my display
    just a 16 channel basic for now.
  1. http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=1284&MainCategory=&Sub= Are these the strobes you guys use?
  2. I got 11 of the standard light socket strobes from the halloween store. is there a way to modify these to get a better random or faster flash time? they seem to take about a flash a second. there has to be a mod to the board that someone has done. thanks in advance.
  3. still like richards the best. Man has some time on his hands i wished i had. but i'm starting small and adding a controler a year.
  4. i got 8 3' trees from walmart this year and have added 600 Red and 600 White to them. Now that is alot of lights for a 3 footer. every brach wrapped tight and close. took about 1.25 hours per tree.
  5. All walmarts use compactors. sorry guys. and even those things are under lock and key.
  6. actually for those who have not seen the LightKeeper pro in action here is a nice video clip from QVC witch by the way is actually cheaper than on ebay. http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.item.H89598.desc.Lightkeeper-PRO-Repair-Tool-and-Bulb-Tester-w-LED-Feature
  7. just got one off ebay. will try that first. 250 strands of 100 count lights is ALOT to go throw. got to get them out of the house before the wife flips. hehehe
  8. so what do you recommend? i have 250 strands to go through from the town and MANY do not work. should i front the 150? is there a cheaper one? what about those little ones that electricians have for house wireing? they just run the wand down the line to see if there is voltage. so many questions i know. but i just don't want to waste money and not be happy. i would rather waste it and be happy but spend as little as possible obviously. Thanks for all the help.
  9. Perfect. that is what i'm talking about. Pictures. hehehe. i have read about light testers. but 150.00 bucks seems like a lot to me. i could almost ad another 16 channels for that. hehe. any tips on where to get a light tester like this one for less? http://www.1000bulbs.com/Christmas-Light-Bulb-Testers/34330/ this one is actually 190.00 but have seen for 150 or so.
  10. what about something like this? http://www.acehardwareoutlet.com/(kmmzfyuvst0zh5bxmu4drl55)/ProductDetails.aspx?SKU=9803560
  11. Shunts? you mean the sockets the bulbs plug into? Oh man bulb managment.... that is what i was afraid of. hehehe.
  12. this is what i have stored so far. the big ball on the kitchen floor i'm actually going through right now. must be 100,000 lights in it. the town i live in just yanks them off the trees and into the dumpster they go. so this year they gave them to me.
  13. i tell you want. i have gone through 1/4 of them in the last 2 hours and only got 600 lights out of that. does anyone know a way to find what is wrong with strings that are out? i see no broken bulbs, they are the 3 wire so if a bulb is out the rest stay lite. i check the fuses by pluging the strand in and pluging a known good strand to the other end so i know the fuses work. i don't see any ripped or stressed wire. could maybe a socket or two be damaged? i hate to waste soooooo many strands. any one got a wireing diagram to boot? i don't want to un wined all that wire just to figure out what goes where. PS these are the good lights to. 3" spacing, 18au wire. this is why i hate to waste them.
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