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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.

rgroves

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  1. Bringing up an older topic. Extreme Home Makeover is is Knoxville, TN shooting an episode that's supposed to air around Thanksgiving/Christmas. They are doing the reveal tomorrow (Tuesday). They've had to deal with snow, ice, rain, narrow roads, lots of traffic, and well over 2000 volunteers on this build. Paul - Do you know if your lights are being used on this build or not?
  2. My friend asked me today what the name of the show is where they go fishing and catch all the crabs..I said "Jersey Shore"...Was I wrong?

  3. Thank Jacob - I went ahead and submitted my order. after I re-read your post above mine. THANKS for putting this together for us. This is only my second purchase of LED's (the last one was back during Travis' "BAD" year), and this purchase will convert the rest of my static display to LED. THANKS again.
  4. Jacob - On the order page you have on the White Wire listing there is a Multi 70count showing, but on the check out page it does not say it's White wire. Can you confirm you will have a Multi Color on White wire, and if it's 50, 70 or 100 count. I really need to know as I want to get my order in this week. ok, just saw the post above.... it just doesn't say white wire on check out and it scared me.
  5. I'm seriously HATING all the TEBOW-worshiping right now. I don't HATE Tebow, just all the other people doing the "Tebow", or praising him as the best football player of all time. He's NOT!!!! He's good, and like QB's of the past, it's just his time. Don't get me wrong, I hope the Bronco's make the SuperBowl, Just stop the focus on Tebow and start looking at the rest of the team. Tebow is NOT the only Denver Bronco on the field during the game. It takes a T E A M to win the game.

  6. I'm having trouble using the Excelsheet. It says it's corrupted. I've tried several machines and got the same error.
  7. Thanks for the update Jacob. That's the last pricing I need so I can get my list together.
  8. That's Paul AFTER the containers come in and all the orders are filled.
  9. Jacob - I hope you had a wonderful New Year. Any update on the Retro C9's and M5 multi on White wire?
  10. Yummm. Chili and tamales. Perfect for a cold winter afternoon. The Trader Joe's cheese amd green chili tamales are wonderful.

  11. Just finished taking down all the outdoor Christmas decorations. Will work on the indoor ones tomorrow.

  12. So glad to be home after spending the last 3 days replacing/modifying 300+ RapidRun wall plates in the Robertson County Schools.

  13. I completed the Bailey's Irish Cream ice cream and it is in the freezer. Now I can sit back and relax with a glass of the left over Bailey's. Then tomorrow I start wrapping presents. UGH....

  14. Jayson - That's good to know. I have a few neighbors with the Walmart lights and are half out and I've been trying to steer them to the commercial style lights.
  15. Just finished making a batch of Peppermint Bark ice cream for Christmas dinner. Tomorrow night I'm making Bailey's Irish Cream ice cream. The main course will be a Black pepper and espresso crusted beef tenderloin with roasted potatoes and salad.

  16. That "bulb" is probably the rectifier for that half of the string. To get it out would mean just about damaging or destroying the socket. Also the circuit in the bulb is probably encased in silicon and you won't be able to do much to it.... unfortunately. Like mentioned before, the "cheap" lights are just that cheap throw-away type strings. They're designed to run maybe 1 season under normal conditions (little rain, low humidity, no ice/snow, etc... If they make it to the next season, count yourself lucky, but plan to replace them because they WILL go out. The removable bulb type LED's have a very well known issue with the copper from the wiring reacting with the legs of the LED bulbs and corroding and thus loosing contact, and poof, out go the lights. You might try to pull each bulb, gently clean the wires on the LED and check inside the socket to see if there is any corrosion on the copper wire, and try to clean it off. BUT, the amount of time spent to do all this probably isn't worth buying a quality SEALED BULB string from a reputable vendor like CDI, MITS, or HLE.
  17. Next time I see a dead deer on the side of the road I'm going to leave and come back dressed as Santa Clause with a sign that says, "Help, need ride."

  18. Thanks Jacob. That's awesome news.
  19. You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why: you're 11 years old and you have an iPhone, you little brat.

  20. I'm at nearly 6000 lights, mixed LED and incandescent. All static, and probably about 60" LED. All of this runs off 1-15 Amp breaker, with a 15 Amp GFCI duplex outlet. This is my 3rd year using these boxes and I've not had a GFCI issue since using them. I used to have GFCI tripping issues, and i built some simple 1/4" plywood boxes that are about 8" off the ground and around 6" by 8". the ends act as the legs to lift everything off the ground and the sides are off the ground. On the end panels, at the top, I cut a hole so the extension cord can run into or through the box and my plug connect inside the box.. Then I put a simple 1/4" plywood lid on the box, held on my a few magnets. The light strings or power cord for the element enter from the bottom of the open side and they will hang with the open ends facing down. I also spray painted the outsides of them green to blend in with the yard and cords. Side view - |---------| |---------| | | End view- |--O--| | | |____| Top View- |---------| ==|==[-]==|=== |---------| I'll try to get some pics of the in action and post them up. My crude ANSI Art does not do them justice. )ok after posting the ANSI art is awful... And the real pics will not be very pretty either, I wipped these up in a hurry while trying to resolve a GFCI issue a few years ago. It was the only scrap wood I had sitting around too. Every year I always say I'll make something better, but them I forget, and then the old adage come into mind "If it ain't broke, Don't fix it."
  21. I know it's only been a day, but any update on the M5 Multi color on white wire, retro bulbs, and net lights on green wire?
  22. Are the retro C9 bulbs are sold in packs of 25?
  23. I've got 1/2 string of net lights that are out. I'd like to fix them, and I might try the bypass wire method and if it works, I'll have to figure out how to replace the bad part. I do not have any spare LED's (sealed bulbs) or strings. I'm probably going to try and just replace the whole string, as matching the bulb would be difficult. Maybe I could just permanantly by-pass the bad bulb. These are lights I bought from Travis when he had the very bad service year, and there is no way I'm going to try and call him, or Reindeers to try and get them replaced... I'm just not going to put myself through that process with them. I'd rather just junk the strings I got from him and buy new ones from Paul or Jacob.
  24. ♪ ♫ ♩♩ ♬ On the 12th Day of Christmas my Facebook gave to me, 12 dudes I'm blocking, 11 friends just watching, 10 corny topics, 9 busted barbies, 8 friends complaining, 7 stalkers stalking, 6 party invites, Fiiiiiiiiiiiiive Drama Queeeensssss, 4 game requests, 3 photo tags, 2 friends-a-pokin & a creep who won't stop inboxing meeee ♪ ♫ ♩♩ ♬

  25. jacob - what about multi color net lights?
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