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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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Everything posted by Buckeyelights

  1. Not sure how you could incorporate this into a Christmas display, but my first reaction was they look like a "light house"? All you need is to put a rotating light in the top. Maybe a search light type thing? Maybe a stantion for an walkway entrance? Attached a horizontal structure to the top of each. Probably could get a decent span with them, depending on how you anchored 'em to the ground.
  2. So I found the below for sale ad. The ad doesn't explain how many of each length they have and obviously that'll make a big difference. I've not yet looked into cords, just know I'll need more. How many and what length I'll need I have no idea yet. So is this worth looking into further? TIA!!! Joe Green indoor/outdoor Power cords (30+) - $125 I have 30 plus Green heavy duty power cords. Purchased at Lowes and Home-Depot. These are the Indoor/Outdoor power cords type. Various lengths. 50ft , 20ft, 8, ft and 6 ft. Used only once for outdoor Christmas decorations in 2008.
  3. I emailed Paul this morning and was able to complete my order via email and fax. Great service.
  4. So if I'm planning on a small mega tree, say 10' of tree, 5'-6' diameter base, how many strobes would you recommend within the tree? Minimum number? And what would be the ideal number of strobes in your opinion? Sure I know it's a personal preference, but you've done it, I haven't. Tks!!!!
  5. For $5 its worth the risk. What I wonder about it because says it can enlarge your "transparencies". So do you have to have the original on a transparent film? Most of the art work I use is from greeting cards or coloring books. Am I going to have to copy that onto some transparent paper? I'm tempted to order one, but my expectations aren't too high for $5.
  6. Thanks RiscIt. Well that would be beneficial. Will it also measure the current draw on a circuit? As I try to plan what circuits to spread my display's electric load over, I have no idea how much typical use each circuit is using. Or is there another way to determine that? Tks! Joe
  7. Ok, I'll be the newbie to appear stupid. Why do I need a Kill-A-Watt Meter?
  8. Darin, LOL, that's is exactly the reason for my original post. Just replace My Space with Facebook. Yep I have teenager at home that would whatever it takes to get on Facebook and have it do what they want.
  9. Well that is too pricy, but some of the above comments have potential. Thanks!
  10. I mix a lot of my colors. I buy the about 8 basic colors, kind of like the eight you'd find in a small box of crayons, plus black, white, and gray. Then a lot of trial and error till I get close. Just remember most people will be looking at the item from several feet away....you don't have to be perfect. The only bad part is if you don't mix enough the first time, you'll have a real tough time matching it. There is a lesson there, I should reread my own post as I've shorted myself more times then I'll admit here. Woops, I think I just did.
  11. The garage door opener thread got me thinking that it would be cool to have a stage curtain open. Yes I'm thinking about making a small stage and put a group of carolers or an animal character band on stage. Is there an easy way to make a stage curtain open and close. If it opened in the center and went both left and right that would be really awesome, but I could live with it opening from one side to the other. I'm betting someone has already did this, hoping it's easy and not too costly. I would sure would appreciate your "how to" ideas. Oh, I assume I could control the opening and closing of the curtain with a single channel on a controller. Tks! Joe
  12. Sorry no help, but your good fortunate (obtaining the garage door opener) reminded me of an idea that just maybe a garage door opener would help work for. I'm thinking about making a stage and want a show curtain to open and close. Don't want to steal your thread so I post this question on a new thread, but thanks for the idea of using a garage door opener, that might work.
  13. You'll really need to know the size of your roof. Without getting on your roof you can estimate it pretty close by measuring from the ground. Use a tape measure, yard stick or even pace it off. Estimate the slope of your roof, most typical subdivision houses will have a 5:12 pitch, meaning for every 5' of vertical height the horizontal distance is 12". Yours may be very different, so as others have suggested, post a picture, we can help estimate the slope of the roof. Then sketch it out on paper, using 1" for one foot keeps it pretty simple. Once you know the roof area then you can determine what spacing of lights you want.
  14. Looks good! The outline of the tree is excellent.
  15. Thanks. Well it is unanimous, I'll need to dedicated a PC to my display. Great this hobby -> passion -> obsession, just got a little more expensive. Fortunately a local middle school has a huge garage sale every year in the spring and they usually have lots of PC's. I should be able to pick one up pretty cheaply. Tks! Joe
  16. Are you using a computer solely dedicated for your display? If you're using one that is shared with other family members, how do other programs run when your show is running? And do other programs affect the light show software? I've got a dinosaur here running Windows XP Home, 2002 version with service pack 3; P4 w/ 1.5Ghz & 256 mg ram. Obviously a newbie here, hoping not too many people see this post.
  17. Looks very nice. I thought about putting out my Mickey & Minnie Valentine cut-outs, but the ground is frozen solid. I think I'd need to drive a hole to get them in, so they'll probably stay in the basement this year.
  18. I've been thinking about the same thing as I recently bought the ferris wheel. Just an very rough idea, but I'm thinking about some sort of roof structure over it. Maybe a tent like structure that is used for outdoor parties, open on the sides. Of course, I'd have to get lights on the roof and structure or black it out to hide it. I need to give this some more thought, but I do think that rain, ice and snow will play havoc with it. Let me know if you come up with any good ideas.
  19. If you are making reindeer, since they have small narrow legs and the antlers are small and thin too, you probably should 3/4 plywood on those. Follow Andy's advice above and you have great long lasting decorations.
  20. Stopped into a local Ace Hardware to store to pick-up some fasteners and noticed they had a good supply of holiday decor at 50-80% off. I'd completely forgotten to check them out for bargains. I picked up three 9' twinkling trees w/ 300 lights on 'em for ~$40, saved $160.
  21. The grid method Darlene described works very well. I'm not an artist, but by breaking the picture down into individual squares/grids it is very easy to copy. I've used this method successfully w/ very detailed pictures and it works. Don't worry if it's not perfect copy, only you'll know, and you'll forget once you start painting. This picture will make a really cute cut-out. Good luck!
  22. Newbie here that is curious about what you use the rotating tree stand for? I'm guessing it is not to rotate trees, that would be too obvious. You're doing something pretty cool with 'em I'm sure.
  23. Just make sure you select an exterior plywood. The glues used in exterior plywoods are much more resistant to moisture than interior plywoods. And I agree one smooth side provides the best finish.
  24. What are your thoughts about a dummy security camera? Here is a link to a very inexpensive one: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=94030 They say there for indoor use, but why won't they work outside? Maybe short battery life? Place they under the soffit or build a little shed roof over them. I think they'd need to be visible to a vandal or a prominent sign that says "smile you are being recorded", would help to deter vandalism. An actual exterior video camera system is expensive and from what I can tell, the pictures aren't the best. Think about the security cameras in banks & stores, the pics on TV of robbers typically aren't very good. Another thought about the trip wire, and I really like the trip wire idea, but everytime it goes off, it would have to be manually reset. So if you're away for the evening or at 3 am it goes off, out into the cold you go. Any idea how to overcome that? Tks!
  25. The tripwire alarm is great. I've had problems with vandals and that just might be the first thing I build this year.
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