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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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  1. 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.


  2. 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 -

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    End view-

    |--O--|

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    |____|

    Top View-

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    ==|==[-]==|===

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    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."


  3. 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.


  4. Currently we will have limited items on White wire, were you looking for something in particular?

    I see you've already put it on the list. I was looking for M5 Warm White on White wire. I'm interested in 9-10 strings (or a whole case, if cheaper).

    How about Multi color M5 on White wire? I'm interested in about 9-10 strings (or a case, if cheaper).

    I'm also looking for C9 retro bulbs in Red, Green, and Blue ~ 25 of each.

    The rest that I think I'm looking for would be green wire, and those are already on your list.

    Thanks for all the work in getting the list ready (and still adjusting).


  5. I'll try to get a pic once the rain stops around here. The cable I'm using is coated clothes line cable. If someone gets thru it, I'll get thicker cable....etc....

    The zip tying....Just fold the wire from the light string back along side the extension cord and wrap a zip tie around that. They might be able to unplug something, but to unplug and walk away with an item will require them taking several items and extension cords as well.


  6. I put my lights up on Saturday, and sometime during the night someone took my deer and make them do nasty things. The lights were on all night, and then even unplugged some of the deer to move them around.

    I'm going to use cables and very long stakes and secure them to the ground, as well as zip tie the plugs to the extension cords. I'm researching security cameras.


  7. I don't see why they can't honor it. It's a "PRICE MATCH" to sell them at the $12.97 - $4 (or $5) discount. This would then match HD's price, then apply a MFG Coupon to that.

    Technically, if you read the fine print on HD's light trade-in flyer, it says cannot be combined with other coupons or discounts. But if the store is facing loosing a sale vs. taking a mfg coupon (which they get reimbursed for my GE), they would be wise to TAKE THE DEAL.

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