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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.


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  1. Santa brought me an LED Keeper and it's great. Thanks Dennis. I have a couple strands of sealed LED's that the entire strand is out. When I check the strands with the LED Keeper, the entire strand lights up; not even a dim bulb. So I'm guessing the rectifier is bad? If I replace the rectifier, do I have to use one from the same color set of lights? With the LED Keeper I don't foresee having any salvaged sets. Where do you or is there even a place to buy the rectifier? My guess is no. Do I just scrap these 2 strands of LED's? Tks! Joe
  2. Hi Lauren, Welcome to a whole lot of fun, some challenges, an occasional bit of frustration and an exciting adventure you're starting on. As far as where you start, read this forum, as gmac mentions the LOR forum is excellent too. There are a few animated decorators in Columbus; it would be ideal if you spend a little time with them, especially this time of year because our displays are still up. Seeing a set-up would be ideal. I'd be happy to show you our display and set-up. Send me a PM (private message) for address and contact info. I too started with a plug 'n play Mr. Christmas box as many of us start that way. I'd advice you to start small, that advice was given to me, but I ignored it as many did . A word of caution, this adventure can become costly, it can become addictive, and time consuming. It can also be very rewarding. A smile or the bright eyes of a child happy to see your display will make the hours, cash, and time spent well worth it. Welcome to PC. Joe
  3. Welcome Kansas49er. You've found a path filled with enjoyment, pleasure, challenges and an occasional bit of frustration. Be careful of the smiles you'll bring to kids, they'll cause you to buy more items for your display. And if the kids start dancing in front of your display, just call the credit card company and have them raise your limit .
  4. Maybe you can have a little fun and tell them that is really Santa. He hangs out at your house for a liltle break or when Mrs. Claus is looking for him to take care of that "Honey Do" list. I agree that it would lose a little of its uniqueness if there were several on the same street. And it would confuse the little kids seeing Santa in everyone's window; maybe that's the answer, tell 'em there shouldn't be more than one in the same area at the same time.
  5. Just go in from repair and re-supporting some items. 50+ mph gusts of wind are tough with rain softened soil. Wind toppled by choir, risers and all. The wind pulled up four 2x2 wood stakes that anchored the risers down. Fortunately none of the choir peeps or angel were damaged. One lost her head, but it didn't go far. Also toppled over a 10' tree, a simple metal pole and metal base ring held down with "J" shaped hooks; I wasn't too suprised one of them went over, the other 7 doing fine. The star did break off, minor item, but it'll be tough little fix. Thanks to the help of my wife who was freezing and my son, we were able to get everything back in place. Mother Nature can be tough when she gets cranky.
  6. thanks, I'll have to try making snow that way; looks very realistic.
  7. It really depends on the distance the lights are viewed by. Like others, mine are approximately 4" between bulbs, 3 colors. If I have red & blue on at the same time and look at it from a distance, the colors blend and appear purple. They look fine at normal viewing distance, in front of the house. But recently walking the dog I was about the a block or block & a half away when I noticed the purple roof line. It took me minute to realize how that occurred.
  8. I have a dozen angels that I made using coro for their wings, they're likely to blow up right back to heaven.
  9. Rains that trip GFI's are a nuisance, but from the sound of this storm, it could severly damage some displays, especially the high winds. This is cut 'n pasted from AccuWeather: A powerful storm heads toward the Midwest, and threatens to disrupt travel. Updated: 12/17/2012. AccuWeather A powerful storm will take aim on the Midwest during the second half of the week and threatens to bring travel disruptions, damage and power outages. Cities in the path of one or more aspects of the storm include Kansas City, Omaha, St. Louis, Des Moines, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Louisville, Detroit, Cincinnati and Cleveland. The most widespread aspect of the storm will be high winds sweeping eastward spanning Thursday and Friday. Gusts in the neighborhood of 50 to 60 mph are possible from the eastern Plains to the Appalachians. There is the potential for gusts to near hurricane-force in the vicinity of the Great Lakes later Thursday into Friday. Winds of this strength have can bring downed trees, power outages, truck roll overs and major flight delays. The high winds will accompany a dramatic change to cold weather. While this change will be brief over part of the central Plains and Tennessee Valley, it can bring a rapid freezeup to part of the Upper Midwest and a major lake-effect snow event. Even a small amount of snow preceded by rain can quickly freeze, making for a commuting nightmare Thursday afternoon and evening around Chicago and Milwaukee and Thursday night around Detroit. The storm will bring blizzard conditions from portions of Kansas to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski has more on the snow in "Denver to Green Bay Snowstorm in the Works." Bands of heavy lake-effect snow and snow squalls accompanied by the high winds will also lead to white-out conditions downwind of the Great Lakes as the storm pulls away Friday into Saturday. The storm will also have dramatic weather effects in the South and the Northeast. A severe weather outbreak is possible in the South in keeping with tradition over recent years during December. The storm will pull warm air northward ahead of a strong cold front and powerful winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere. Violent storms with damaging winds are possible in the South. Thunderstorms can accompany the frontal passage in the Midwest and Northeast as well. Strong south-to-southeasterly winds ahead of the front can bring coastal flooding problems in New England. The storm has the potential to bring flooding downpours and travel delays along the East Coast later Thursday into Friday. Powerful winds in the wake of the front Friday into Saturday can also lead to flight delays and minor power outages along the East Coast. Heavy snow is also a possibility from northern upstate New York to northern Maine. One positive aspect of the storm and others in the recent past and possibly on deck is the moisture aspect for part of the needy upper Mississippi Valley. For example, enough moisture falling over the Illinois River Basin could help to stabilize the Mississippi River at St. Louis in the short term.
  10. What type of lights are they? If incandescent mini's there's a chance you could seperate them, but it would depend on how they're wired. LED's forget, very unlikely. Rope light, maybe. If not too expensive, buy a set now and experiment with it. Good idea if you can get it to work
  11. they look great. What did you use to create the fluffy snow?
  12. Richard, you certainly did pickup several new pieces this year. Great display!!!
  13. Another idea is to email the files to yourself. I email mine to my work email and save them in a folder there.
  14. I tried to use blue cfl's in some spots, but even when the show was off, the cfl's were twinkling. That was really wierd. When on at 100% the cfl's provide a much more vibrant color than incandescant's. So I agree with what others said, if a static display, yes use them; if animated, forget it.
  15. A big tent. Seriously, it a problem that frustrates many of us. I've been shut down 2 of 5 nights so far because of GFI's tripping. Keep your connections off the ground can be a big help.
  16. Are the Walgreen LED floods dimable? I use 15 - 20 incandescant spot lights, all low wattage, most 25 - 40 watt, a couple 60 watts, but these LED floods would help alot to reduce my power usage. Tks!!!
  17. I tie ours together with a plastic coated cable. Since the mini-trees are about 18" from the edge of the sidewalk and the cable between them is about 2" off the grass; if someone runs through the yard they're likely to trip over the cable and land face first on sidewalk. I'll be happy to supply a band-aid while they explain why they were messing with our display.
  18. These are nice. I bought some at Target a couple years ago. Careful with the clips that hold them together, I broke a couple trying to disassemble them. They were cold and probably brittle at the time. Now I leave them assembled and hang them in the basement.
  19. Are you able to share them? if so, I'm sure there would be lots of interest in them. Tks!!!!
  20. Very anxious to see pictures of this, sounds great!!
  21. Maybe you could incorporate the idea and theme from the song, "Where's the line to see Jesus?"
  22. Great display and mention on the news.
  23. Thanks LED Keeper. Darn!! Could I shorten a strand of blue? Does that make a difference? I'm guessing not enough that I can cut the strand in half? Thanks!
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