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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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Mark J.M.

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About Mark J.M.

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  • Birthday 09/14/1962

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    Married, teacher, love gardening and landscaping
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    Cross Stitch
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  • About my display
    208 channel LOR user, whole house, roof lines, eaves, walls, windows, mini-trees, arches, and a 17 foot mega tree
  1. Received my tracking numbers yesterday. Lights are scheduled to arrive next Tuesday. I can't start projects for this year until they arrive, but then my backyard will look like Christmas for the rest of the summer. I hope everyone gets their orders soon. I know Ryan is working solo so it must be a tough job. So far no complaints since this is their first year. If they continue, maybe they will have arranged for some temporary help to get all the orders out next year.
  2. I do not know about others but I do my display primarily for myself. I sequence what I like to see and do not worry if anyone wants to hang around and see the entire show. For years my family could not afford to spend on gifts for Christmas. I could always put up the lights since electricity is not expensive where I live. I am never disappointed like some are when the receive the "wrong" present. I do not even ask for anything anymore even though we can now afford almost anything we could want. So I guess I am very selfish in the way I treat lights, I do it for me and no one else. I will continue to do so until I am no longer physically able.
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    The warranty service from LOR is the best but I would be without an entire arch or have one with a blank spot. Sort of like having a bulb out which I do not know how much people would notice but I would know. Also I am more concerned with no warranty situations. I am not as knowledgeable about the strips to say I could just cut out and replace the bad led. Still that is a more difficult task than wrapping a new string or putting on a replace sleeve. I like the effect but I would not place so much of an element in my display vulnerable to a single failure. My choice only, anyone can use what they want.
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    I think it would be good to go the CCR route if you only wanted one color displayed at a time which is what most of us do. The thing I would be concerned with would be failure of any part of the CCR would make the entire element nearly useless. With independent led strings, I can just replace the single bad string is need be or for arches wrap a new string over the old. One of the biggest concerns I had with switching to LEDs in the first place was the expense in replacing a damaged string. I can not see paying for a CCR when one becomes damaged. Mind you, I would be the person causing the damage through some silly action of mine but the possibility is still too great for me to switch to CCR arches.
  5. So is ernie18 also suspicious? I am not concerned that my order will not arrive on time and complete. My concern is a lack of response at this point in time as there was a deadline involved. As I said other than recently I have had nearly immediate responses. Also, all the light vendors I have used that pre-sale in this forum have been slow or non-responsive at one time or another. I take it as a sign of the satisfaction people have with them that makes them too busy to catch every e-mail, phone message, and such immediately. All of them have responded, sometimes it took another e-mail or phone call but they all did respond. I am not one to get into the debate that occurs around here about one vendor being better, more reliable, etc. I order from those I need to order from not just for price. If I had needed the lights now I would have them since one pre-sale is over and has shipped, even though the prices are higher I would have used them. As for MITS, they are new to this lighting business, but from what I have been able to research, they have been in business supplying fireworks displays for many years and are highly regarded. I doubt they would risk that reputation by not fulfilling their pre-orders. They might not stay in the lighting business finding it is too much trouble or they might learn from their problems and be better prepared going forward. I like the options we have and would hate it if we came down to one supplier no matter how good they are. I would not have a choice and I like to be able to choose by need not be lack of choices.
  6. Yes. I e-mailed both of them since I know they have been having some difficulties in Texas. The lack of quick response is what troubles me. All my other e-mails have been answered within a day, usually sooner. But it has been 6 days now. Normally, I would not have any issue at all but there is a deadline to purchase at the original pre-sale prices, using the bonus. The deadline is today, so the lack of communication is a problem at this moment. I trust people and believe the issue is weather related but a deadline is a deadline.
  7. I am a little concerned. I have e-mailed MITS several times with no response, I had to order my bonus without knowing the prices. I placed a large order and now I have no communication so I wonder what is going on.
  8. Valerie at christmas-leds.com has some white wire leds. They are also having a sale right now.
  9. I like to use the song as presented by the artist. I do not cut any of the songs. If I want a shorter song, I find one that is not so long. I feel the artist is presenting the song as they wanted it and I sequence to the song that way. Their artwork combined with mine is what I am after. I do not have a problem with people not wanting to wait and watch the show. I have about 30 songs sequenced and a different set plays each hour with a static display in-between. People tend to stay for the songs they like and leave when they do not hear one they like. I sequence for myself and if someone wants to stop and watch, that is fine. In the end, I do it for my enjoyment and if others appreciate it that is great. From the comments I have had it seems I am doing okay. But however one does their show, if people enjoy it then it is done correctly.
  10. They are retro fits because they can be screwed into the C9 stringers that you have now. You replace the incandescent bulbs with the LED bulbs just like you were changing a light bulb.
  11. Ryan- I live in Oregon and I was charged a sales tax. The receipt even indicates that the tax is based upon Oregon's rate. Strange if the rate is zero, the tax should be zero but it is about $195. If this can't be fixed, I will need to cancel my order and re-order by mail. I already paid in full so this will be a hassle. I think Google is having some issues that need to be fixed.
  12. I use about 1400 C9s each of four colors on my roof lines. They are all retro fit LEDs from Travis. They work great. I have always pointed them straight up with good effect. Do not know what pointing them straight out or sideways looks like.
  13. I am planning for next year while my lights are running a show now and was thinking about the time spent setting up. I would like to make it quicker by pre-mounting LED lights to a track of some sort. I know Colonnade makes lite strips and have thought of those but they mount the lights pointing out. I use c9s on my roof and have always pointed them straight up, liked the look or tradition I guess. Anyway, I have also seen them mounted sideways, end to end. I also have M6 on the house but don't bother to point them in any particular direction. Any reason to mount them one way or the other?
  14. Ryan, in regards to shipping, if paid in full now how are the shipping charges handled?
  15. Another problem with LEDs is the inability to repair them. At $7-14 per string, on sale, one lost string is costly. Especially since you could buy 10 or so incandescent strings for the cost of one LED string. I have had only a few problems with lost strings 7 in the last three years, the electricity savings does not make up for that loss. Over the long run I am hoping that the LEDs will prove to be more durable but it is a game of wait and see. All of my strings are from commercial vendors, CDI, LED Holiday Lights, and Christmas etc. I believe I have had failures from each of these vendors. I do hope they will look into better quality. A 3% failure rate is not acceptable for a product that cannot be repaired.
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