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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.

LENNY RUEL

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About LENNY RUEL

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  • Birthday 12/22/1957

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    Appleton,Wi
  • Biography
    Married 15 yrs, 6 mth old baby girl born 7/27/08
  • Interests
    Model Railroading
    Railroading
    Bowling
    Photography
  • Occupation
    Buyer
  • About my display
    Always have done 20,000+ light static display. this was our first year using Lightorama and added 7500 more lights on 16 channels and plan to expand to 64 for next season and have already bought 30,000 more lights.

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  1. Chuck: The Red and Green icicles are butimus to say the least. I was a little hesitant with them being C6 but Paul insured me they looked great and opted for a couple cases of each plus warm white. Glad I did as they really stand out. Glad we talked him into getting the red and greens last year as he was only going to go with warm whites at first. Lenny
  2. Yep you did Brad, and I thank you again very much for my buddy Corby. But if they are getting that on E-bay it's just crazy and I have trouble believing someone would pay that much for them. But I know a lot of people figure that it's those or the Lights and Sounds that are currently out that we are using to do our displays. I've had people ask me just that if I happen to be outside. Lenny
  3. Best not to worry to much about it. Other than keeping them elevated in a low area don't do anything. Worse thing you can do is tape them up. You COULD use the tupperware or glad disposable containers (sandwich size) and notch them just below the lid. Make your connection and put in the container and snap the lid on with the wires running out of the notches. Even with those though you ARE going to want to elevate so they don't sit in a puddle. Lenny
  4. Fix is awesome!! They have some sort of black louvered shielding inside the light housing itself. My front yard is about 90% dark now and anyone else that had light in their front yard doesn't really seem to have much less than before if at all. Can't wait now to see how the display looks just watching, as well as pictures and video. Noticed right away Friday when I came home the cover seemed blacked out. Once it was dark and the light came on, was great to see. Lenny
  5. This was a good chuckle, has been since I while back when I asked some of you about street lights washing out your display. Got fixes from you from pellet guns to lasers to night lights on a pole. But the most common was check with the city and see if they can't or won't help you out. I did just that and was told WE Energies was in charge of all of the lights except the new ones downtown. Called WE the other day and got steered to customer relations and a girl named Robin. She wasn't sure street lights where there responsibilty at first but in checking found out it was so. I explained to her that I set up a rather large animated display and have a donation box, etc. Asked if there was anything they could do because the light polution from the street light across the street washes out the brilliance of the Christmas lights. Told her others have offered suggestions from what I mentioned above and some mentioned the possibility of having a delay timer on the sensor or maybe a shield to direct the light downward. It's worse once we have snow on the ground (pictures and video both are way to bright to look good). She told me it was an odd request she has never heard before and she would have to check around and get back to me. 15 minutes later she called and said it ended up not being such an odd request after all. Said the first guy she asked said "Oh sure, we've had people call before because they didn't want so much light shining in their house or yard. Never about Christmas lights though but I don't know why we couldn't treat it the same way" Told me we'll have a trouble shooter swing buy and look at your situation and come up with a solution for you, and good luck with your show this year. Wednesday night I was in the garage putting together super strings for my midi trees and up pulls a WE truck. Spent about 10 minutes under the light and left without doing anything. I called her this AM as she left me her number and asked what was up as the truck had been there, and she said that they mentioned they had stopped by to look at the situation and expected to have it taken care of in the next day or two. Said they wanted to scope things out at night but would make the needed adjustments during regular crew hours. For anyone else possibly looking at this I asked this AM if there was any charge for it to me, and was told no charge as it's a service we provide to you as a customer of ours. So hopefully they have a fix that knocks down a good chunk of the light thrown in my front yard and keeps it more to the street. Yes I know the pellet gun would have been quicker for my sometimes cynical jerk friends.... Lenny
  6. Last year with the $3 trade in at HD Lowes also honored that. I as where many others going in with strings of incandescents, getting the $3 off and then hitting them with the other $3 GE coupon that was on the Itasca Manhunt website, same one as everyone is using on the $3.33 light sets currently. Since I have no interest in the concave lights in multi or cool white I may try this route again on C6 or M5 reds etc. Of course no greens again in any of the Lowes I've been in. Also last year I was flat out getting asked if I only had tree sets or was going to make another trip as they will take what I had at one time. Some it sounds are being totally cooperative and others are not. Regardless, manufacturers coupons are supposed to be as good as gold pretty much anyplace. I can't remeber where off hand I've seen it, but manufactures have pulled product for not honoring their cuopons. Problem is Lowes scanners won't read a manufacturers coupon so they have to enter it with a manual override. If they just put in the $3 off and a qty with out keying in the sku they won't get the credit from GE. I have rec'ts from last year from two different stores and they did them both ways. The one here in Appleton did it correctly, Milwaukee not. And I had trouble in Milwaukee getting them to do it. I had to show proof to the manager they where honoring them back home in Appleton. Lenny
  7. To make it easy to keep them seperate when I built my arches I cut off the plug wires at 3/4" difference. I'd cut my zip and cut the ends the same way, at 3/4" difference. Then slip a 2" piece or 1/8" shrink tube on each wire, soldered them up accordingly, slip the tube in place and shrink it tight. Took about 5 minutes per and I actually have spade connectors on one end so IF I have a string go bad it doesn't take much more than the time to re-wrap. I have a couple replacement sets done up in the garage just in case.... Lenny
  8. I'd actually use it outside the mega tree just outside the lights. You can also follow the taper of the tree. Use 3/4" EMT cross brackets off your center pole. Clamp the black irrigation tubing to these as you corkscrew your way down. I was going to do that this year but ran out of channels. For a neater effect start one on each opposite side. The guy in California that did a sequence with Guitar Hero last year has this. Lenny
  9. Maybe a little. If you noticed on the sequence I gave you to do for me Lyman my channel configuration shows 8 midi trees of three colors, red, green, white. When I started this year there where four and then the front of my house was divided in to 4 banks of three colors as well. I decided to drop the lights on the house as we painted it and I didn't think it would look as good being tan now with all of the green light cords running vertically every 8 inches. So I have the 8 six foot trees now and floods on the front of the house instead. Sequencing really isn't different since about 75% of the time I had the trees mirror the front of the house. The trees where also down the narrow strip of yard along side the driveway when there was only 4, but now run across the front of the house from my neighbors drive to mine, as do the 4 arch/fan sets. But the arches are closer to the street with about a 20' set back on the trees. How's it coming by the way? Lenny
  10. For plug connections you can get the disposable tuperware/glad containers and do the small notch to get the wire in and out. Put the connection inside and snap on the top. Even with these you will want to keep it off the ground in areas where water can puddle. Worst thing we can have happen in the north is have frost in the ground and snow, then get rain. Snow soaks up the mositure and is like a huge sponge. Since there is frost in the ground it can't soak in. So connections on the ground that I cant keep off of it by fastening it to the element (my arches and fans) I do this to and put a paver brick under the container to elevate it a couple of inches. This also works for connections between extension cords. Anything off the ground isn't a worry as water gets in and drains out. I use the sandwich size and a 12" zip tie around the paver and cord on each side of the container keeps it on top of the brick. Lenny
  11. Faith Hill's, Where Are You Christmas? off the Grinch track is one of my favorites and is sequenced in my show. Also did Taylor Momson's version last year but just stuck with the one for this year. Little Drummer boy is slow for sure. I use Bob Seger's version and have to keep it in the show as it's one my wife wants in there. Santa Baby and Christmas shoes won't happen. So much of the traditional Christmas stuff is slow, especially the church stuff and most of the time at least it needs to be what looks good to lights. I have a couple Pirates of the Caribbean tracks and a printed play list on sight. Believe it or not I heard more people comment on having to be there for Pirates than just about anything else. I'm heavy on TSO and there are a ton of their fans around. But with the variety I have other than them, the Pirates stuff hands down wins. I've been outside and heard peopls clapping their hands for it when it ends. Lenny
  12. Need to know if any of you have bought from solutions.com as far as lights? Any Good? I have friends that asked what I thought of their dripping tubes and I said I'd put a note out here. I have the attachment, let me know what you think gang. Thanks much. Lenny http://www.solutions.com/jump.jsp?itemID=16190&itemType=PRODUCT&path=1%2C2%2C10808&iProductID=16190
  13. I don't know IF I would use the word ACTIVE in discribing Ed ;o) Just kidding my friend..... But yes, he is on here quite a bit actually... Lenny
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