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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.

jtf107

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About jtf107

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  • Birthday 05/24/1996

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    My favorite memory has always been decorating my grandma with Christmas Lights every year that she came over after Thanksgiving.
  • Location
    Pittsburgh PA
  • Biography
    love computers, Christmas, and ALOT of LIGHTS
  • Interests
    computers, small video production, Christmas lights, constructing stuff
  • Occupation
    STUDENT 14 years old
  • About my display
    32 channels controlled by Light-O-Rama, 16 D-light channels, 2 Firefly arches, 2 Firefly slave strings, 12 channel Sprial Mega Tree (hopefuly), ALL LED

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  1. I built the controllers, and instead of having the (dangly plugs), I mounted the controller to the wall with 4 dual gang boxes beneath it (4 channels each). I was going to connect the resistors across the screw terminals on the back, covered side of the plugs. Thanks!!
  2. All of my LOR dimmers don't seem to have a problem dimming my LED lights, but the one I bought from D-Light a few years back has never been able to do it and sometimes will not even turn them all the way off. Previously, I just used the controller for things that I didn't care dimmed smothly, but this year I absolutly need that controller so... I was wondering if by adding a resistor in parallel to the output would be help the smoothness of the fade. If so, what resistance, wattage, etc. Are any of you electricians going to yell at me for wiring them right across the backside of the plugs I have connected my controller, because I'm not going to buy dummy plugs to terminate the strings with? Best Regards, Joe
  3. Just get some 1" bullet proof glass, raise it off the ground a little and put the lights under it. Quit over thinking it.
  4. jtf107

    Help?

    I have 4 sets of multi led icicle lights running across the roof of my house. Tonight at the same time 2sets half burn out. They are set up like this (arrow point to the plug on the string) >>>>>>>>>>>>>X>>>>>>>>>>>>>>X<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<X<<<<<<<<<<<<<< The lights arent completly off if you cover them they are glowing slightly. I find it weird that only this much burn out in the same spot at the same time. >>>>>>>>>>>>>X>>>>>>>>>>>>>>X<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<X<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Any idea on what happened or how to fix it? Personaly I think it looks like crap when you have a set of icicle lights burn out. Sorry this is so confusing. Thanks
  5. I need a new transmitter for this year. What are your expirences with the MOBILE BLACKBOX V6000. How far can away can you still hear it. Any comments welcome.
  6. Cool. Glad It worked. I think im going to finaly make one. I need a reason for buying some Solid State Relays.
  7. Glad to hear it worked for you. When you test it with your controller make sure you only use 100% intensity. I may have made a mistake with the wiring. Nothing that will hurt the controller or fog machine, but I think I have it set up so the fog machine stops fogging when you turn the LOR control channel on. Instead of fogging when you turn the channel on. If this happens just move the white wire (from fog machine) to the tab below it. Sorry about that. Post a pic or vid if you get a chance Good Luck, Joe
  8. Assuming that you are using the correct relay. I believe the wires go as followed... [ATTACH=CONFIG]37911[/ATTACH] If you want to leave out the red wire you should be able to it will just turn the indicator light on and off when its warmed up. If you were to connect multiple fog machines there is room to connect 3 more. Just connect it the same way, on the next column over, going down. I am not an electrican. Would someone please verify this.
  9. Any idea of how tall you want to make it? How many trees inside of the big one?
  10. I really need some cheap LEDs for this years display. Anything blue, white, or multicolor. 50-100 lights per string. I care if they are quality or from HD. Just need options. Send me a Pm.
  11. Could you supply the model or at least brand. Not sure if yours does but for my fog machine the remote connects with the same connection as a power cord for a computer. So if you dont want to cut your remote up you can just cut up a old computer power cord.
  12. jtf107

    3D Hoilday Specs

    No sure of the price, but you could just buy them in stores. walmarts and garden ridges have them.
  13. jtf107

    3D Hoilday Specs

    Yah I have seen them by the registers at walmart. They show whatever picture you chose over every light bulb you see.
  14. Sorry my origional post was wrong. I gave you info for the wrong cable. Just search terminal block connections on google. http://tinyurl.com/36mvvnw
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