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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.

Doirche

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About Doirche

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  • Birthday 03/21/1975

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  • Location
    Lilburn, GA
  • Biography
    I am 34 years old and am married. My wife and I have a daughter.
  • Interests
    Computers, Christmas Lights!
  • Occupation
    Network Engineer
  • About my display
    Approximately 45,000 lights on 128 channels of Light-O-Rama goodness.
  1. All of the controllers have been sold. I thank everyone for their interest.
  2. Thanks Robert for the kind words..... you're not so bad yourself =). I am really happy that the sale turned out to your satisfaction =). I'm counting on you to post video's of your "new" display with my "old" hardware sir! Thanks and God Bless, Clay
  3. Thanks for your kind assesment Robert. I hope you and your family will get as much excitement and enjoyment out of the controllers as my family has. God bless you. -D
  4. Hello PC =) My family has hit hard times and I need to sell some things and I am offering NINE (9) fully soldered LOR CTP16PC controllers. Each controller has been assembeled by me and is proven in operation..... I am looking for LOCAL PICKUP ONLY as I have no money to ship these controllers but any local pickup will get the full satisfaction of complete on site testing of each and every controller before purchase. Yes I will sit here and test every single channel of every single controller before purchase. I am NOT selling the LOR S2 Software as I hope to rebuild by controller package someday and again astound the community with lights. I am in the Atlanta, GA area and I am looking to get $175 per controller. As I said I guarantee my work and I will go through through any reasonable test before purchase to ensure the customer is satisfied. Here is a video of the controllers in action with "Carol Of the Bells".... inspired by Richard Holdman. If anyone has any questions or would like to see photos, please email or phone me at the following... email: [email protected] Phone: 678-576-5886 Facebook ID: 1281658511 (if you want to see pictures of my setup and the controllers themselves)
  5. I use crimp caps personally. You can see them HERE
  6. Do you have an older house? It was my understanding that all outlets in garages, bathrooms, and kitchens needed to have GFCI outlets because of the proximity of water. I know this doesn't answer your question, I'm just curious as to why a garage outlet wouldn't be a GFCI type. EDIT: Nevermind, I missed the part about it being your garage door receptacle.
  7. You could also buy some 6' extension cords (Walmart has them for .94 each) and cut them in half. Solder them to your extension cords and plasti-cote or shrink tube them.
  8. Started late Oct and really am in the swing of things now. I have about 33% of the display set up. Still have the mega tree, arches, and 10 artificial trees to put up..... gonna be a busy November.
  9. 1st year doing animated. 144 channels with 45K+ lights. Beginning (hopefully) Dec 1st, Sun-Thurs 6:30 to 10pm and Fri-Sat 6:30 till 11:30. Christmas With The Cooks 3471 Vista Heights Way Sw Lilburn, GA 30047
  10. There are 210 lights and they are 3.2V super bright incandescents.
  11. I have exactly the same setup as you. Two 10' sections of fence rail and it is guy'd (3 wires) just above the joint in the middle and again at the top. Also am using 96 strands of lights. No issues with wind or the pipe bending.
  12. I have these and the lights inside the boxes are white wire icicle lights (incandescent). Not sure on the bulb count right now but will check when I get home.
  13. What he said except I use 4 tent stakes to secure the ring to the ground.
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