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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 shiner

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    Frisco, TX
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    new to the hobby
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    home theater
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    project manager
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  1. This is great info! Thanks for sharing and I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the series!!
  2. Can you plug one in and describe what soft white looks like? I can not use cool white (almost blue) but I would like something that is close to an incandescent white/clear. Are they dimable?
  3. Missed the first post. what kind of red and warm white are they? CDI or walmart or something else?
  4. I second the arch sleeves! I made 4 this year that have 8 channels each and one strand of 100 count incadescents worked perfect per segment.
  5. not cost effective, but this was made for what you are looking to do. http://www.monkeyrackproductsllc.com/index.html Originally posted on lonestarholidays.com.
  6. As a follow-up, I have been using the channel lock method and have also broken my fair share as well. I have a similar problem, but with existing C9 socket wire. I find that the wire separates from the prongs over time and the light goes out -- but the base is still securely in. So, I have to zip tie the wire up around the base of the socket to keep the connection. I have been trying to devise a way around this problem, but wonder if you also have this problem and how you solve it? Would it work to compress the socket, wire, and base and hot glue this at the point of connection? Oddly, my current solution is to rip the original socket off and install a retro C9 socket. The retro sockets are not giving me the same problem as the original sockets on the C9 roll. \/ \/ <-prongs ------ <-wire _____ <-base but I get on occation --\/ \/ <-prongs - ------- <-wire -\__/ <-loss of connection at one or both prongs __________<-base
  7. Paul, I, and several others, used lasers from cheaplights this year that were around $200 - and they did fantastic. The same lasers can now be had for less than $80. For me, the 6-900 range is out there. I know it would be commercial grade and weatherproof, but I can risk the $80 model several years before we make up the cost difference.
  8. shiner

    Walmart led's

    I also like the walmart LED's. I picked up a bunch after Christmas before my first animated year, and have to say they have done well. They ramp and fade with the best of them. Yes they are half wave, but I can only tell when I am installing them and am at that close of range. I use full wave strands for most of my stuff and have only purchased full wave from illumimax since the original walmart purchase, but I would say that for the money, they have been great and have not had any failures. The price is pretty much half of what the full wave strands cost, so I think they are a great option.
  9. may be of assistance - but like above, what colors do you need. Depending on color, I have a range of a few to a few cases.
  10. I have at least 100 boxes of clear mini incandescent on green wire from garden ridge. $1.50 a unit + shipping I have around 24 units of the phillips low power consumption green on green wire from target for $2 a unit + shipping.
  11. Can you dim them? -really like your display videos!
  12. Brian came to a local Texas Christmas Lights gathering and showed off the software. QUITE IMPRESSIVE! Since I don't own CCR's I wasn't aware of the challenge sequencers face with toys like this, but watching how Brian's app does it compared to the traditional methods, I can see why there is a need for something like this! Awesome article David, and a nice product Brian! Chris
  13. shiner

    LED C9 Users

    I outlined with sun warm white C9's last year and I really like it. I used the cable you propose with 12" spacing. In future years, I am looking to add red and green into the mix. The videos on my site show the C9's in action. My roof, flower bed and sidewalk, and windows are all outlined with the C9's. Chris
  14. That is great! I could see using it in the summer for movie night on the street as well. Thanks!
  15. I am a bit biased here, but I prefer jingle bass by bass hunter. there is a video on my site.
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