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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.
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  • 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.
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  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
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  • 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.
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EWTalley

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  1. Yes as above HLE, I have used his lights for years and they stand behind them as well.
  2. Best advice I can give you, if you want to learn about Light-O-Rama controllers go to their forum web site: http://forums.lightorama.com/
  3. I think the connectors that you are talking about are on the commercial strings, try looking for vendors that also sell a commercial line of lights. Winterland is one that does. http://store.winterlandinc.com/Comm-Grade-LED-Holiday-Lights_c_2501.html
  4. Well the weather is turning bad this weekend (50's), but it will warm up some next week. Slankard sorry you have the bad weather , but some of my best days were spent in Minnesota (64-66) when they had their worst winter in history and in the Great Lakes area (Glenview, Ill. 66-73) 1st year, their worst winter in history. Moved to New Orleans area in 1973, was out mowing my yard on New Years Day. Earle
  5. About 5 years ago ,in the first week on November I had just finished putting c6 red lights on my Pindo Plams, when a lady stopped by and ask me " what kind of palms are those?" I said "those are Pindo Palms" her remark was " well, I have Pindo Palms in my yard and they don't have the little red berries on them like yours" I said " I know, mine are special" as I turned and walked into the house.
  6. I have not seen SPT-1W used for SPT wire, but I checked and The "W" in the SPT-1W indicates that this wire has been engineered for outdoor use and can be used in all weather conditions. In Canada that may be what you need due to the weather conditions, most people just use plain SPT-1 or SPT-2.
  7. HoosierSteve, can you give me a cost for 10 strings of the c6 red led sent to Ocala, Fl. 

    P.S. my home town is Greencastle, In.

    Earle

  8. Does anyone know what happened to the Member Map???
  9. This might help, 8' tree, 6' base, 16 strings of 50 count c6 lights, 1 1/2 times around tree, run the strings around the tree 1 1/2 times (not tight - the supporting cables must be tight), don't worry about the spacing untill you get done then space the strings even and wiretie where needed.
  10. I ask the question some years ago, about using c9s for a mega tree and had no response. I went ahead and used c9s and found out why people don't use c9s for mega trees - THE AMOUNT THAT THEY WEIGH you better have one strong pole and an easy way to get them up the pole. I now use c6 strings for my mega trees.
  11. Try here http://www.magicintheskylighting.com/category-s/1817.htm
  12. Led strobes are that way, it takes a couple of seconds for them to go random.
  13. I use a silver sharpie, they have lasted for 4 years.
  14. This is the caption I found about these deer. Across a vast expanse of country land, lofty electrical towers always seem somewhat out of place. They clash with the natural aesthetic of the environment, yet they are needed in this high-functioning world we live in. Moscow-based design studio Design Depot has realized a design concept that has the potential to remedy this visual dilemma—deer-shaped transmission towers. The towering animal structures remind us of Jin Choi and Thomas Shine's Land of Giants from a couple of years ago, but unlike the human-shaped electricity pylons, the animal towers appear more natural. They don't seem to visually disrupt their surroundings. In fact, I think that they add more character.
  15. Also, if you buy LED retrofit bulbs check to see if they can be dimmed or not.
  16. I have used both 5mm and m6 for an arch, both look good , but I like m6 the best. Earle
  17. JHolmes, I use 1/2' or 5/8' rebar 18'-24' long depending on the type of soil. At one end of the rebar I drill a 1/4' hole and place a 1/4' round steel rod 3" long in the hole, then spot weld it. The picture will show the steel rod in the upper left corner. Drive these at an angle and they will hole just about anything.
  18. EWTalley

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    Right now CDI has a 20% off sale on c7 and c9 retro bulbs, go here: http://www.creativedisplays.com/
  19. lance, last year this was my order for the plugs at Home Depot 1 100652709 764437143302 Green Male Slide-On Plug (case Of 100) 1 A $45.98 $45.98 1 100652717 764437143319 Green Female Slide-On Connectors (Pack of 100) 1 A $45.98 $45.98 They normally have them about this time of the year, have not seen them so far.
  20. I just ran a test on strings of pure white 50ct LEDs using a Kill-A-Watt. 1 string alone will show .11 amps and 07 watts add the second string to the end of the first string will show .14 amps and 10 watts. I hope this makes the above statement in post #6 more clear. Earle
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