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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.

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About chuckiii

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  • Birthday 12/27/1977

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    Orlando, FL
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    Extreme
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    Web Consultant
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    Big!!!
  1. They claim to be IP68 which is suitable for continuous immersion in water. We'll see how they hold up. I'm going to test them for some time before I go out and buy a ton for my roof line. I'm also worried about how they will handle the UV rays since I live in Florida. The amplifier seems like the best bet for my roof line, however I want to get these on the boat for a trip this week and don't have time to order those. Do you know of any other ways to have them all work off the same remote? I was thinking about just cutting the IR cable and running some cat 5 and tying them all to the same IR receiver. Any idea if that will work?
  2. I just checked and it's working off of IR not RF; however, I ask this question not just for use on my boat which is a shorter distance, but I'm also thinking of using these on my house where the distance would be much greater.
  3. I purchased 6 - 5m RGB LED 5050 strip lights. I want to add them to my boat which obviously has a 12v system. The controller they came with has a remote with an IR input. Can anyone tell me how I could most easily use a single remote to control all 6 strips of lights. The strip lights have 4 inputs 12V+, R,G,B. Thank You for any help!!!
  4. I purchased 6 - 5m RGB LED 5050 strip lights. I want to add them to my boat which obviously has a 12v system. The controller they came with has a remote with an IR input. Can anyone tell me how I could most easily use a single remote to control all 6 strips of lights. The strip lights have 4 inputs 12V+, R,G,B. Thank You for any help!!!
  5. Thank You! Switching over to LED is going to be an expensive ordeal!
  6. Sure, I've been looking into also getting some RGB strip lights. Ideally I want to run the strips along my gutters and then just leave them up year round. Any suggestions? A few things that seem to be a problem is that most manufactures say they will get destroyed by the sunlight within a year. I found a couple that say they can hold up, but not sure I trust it. I was also thinking about using some tape to cover up each light, and then paint the rest with the same white I just had my house/gutters painted in to make them harder to notice the rest of the year. I still haven't finished taking down lights from this past Christmas and think it would be cool to have different colors going for all the different holidays.
  7. Ideally each bulb individually controlled, but other wise a net that has RGB led bulbs. I'm not looking for 3 plugs. Something like what you see on this page: http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/531112539/Hot_Item_Chrismas_decoration_RGB_led.html
  8. Can anyone tell me where I can find a good source for RGB Net lights?
  9. I just ran them around the trees with 100 ct string lights. The key is to not pull the strings tight, you want to leave slack and place them up and down as you work your way around the tree so the lights don't just look like a line. Some times I also just throw the lights up and over the trees. I'm not stingy with the lights so it may take more lights the way I do it.
  10. No snow... private road in HOA... I want people to be able to see the lights going across the street. It's for a river effect. For the past few years we have done it on one side of the road across three yards. This year I'm trying to get some neighbors across the road to join in on the river.
  11. Does anyone have any ideas for how to run lights on the ground across a street so they won't break? A couple of Ideas I have are: Acrylic Sheets: Run sheets of acrylic with channels cut into it. Seems like this will be very expensive Acrylic tubes: I think these will get knocked around and might not be as strong as just cutting channels. Sheets of plywood: Similar to the acrylic idea but flipped so that the channel is exposed to the cars. Would Need to make sure the channel is deep enough so that when the cars drive over it the tires do not impact the lights. The problem with this is that the light would be very directional and not spread out. Any other ideas?!?!
  12. I'm sure they would say something... but it takes a couple of notices before anything happens
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