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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.

Weisswelsh

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About Weisswelsh

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  • Birthday 10/15/1962

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    Elk Grove, CA.
  • Biography
    Just starting out with the computerized Christmas display.
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    This is my new hobby!!
  • Occupation
    Student
  • About my display
    It has always been static, but I'm hoping to change that in 2009

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  1. This is the song "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen" synched to our Christmas light display. We are located at 3316 Lake Terrace Drive in Elk Grove, CA. We have over 100,000 lights controlled by 40 computer circuit boards connected to a computer. Be sure to come by and take a look.
  2. Hello, Does anyone know of a good website that lists wire gauge recommendations for 12v runs. I am using the MR16 LED lights purchased from member Wirekat. Each MR16 uses .167 amps. I will be putting 10 lights on each wire from the source. The distance from the source to the lights could be as much as 50 feet. So, I will be putting about 2 amps through that distance. What is the smallest wire gauge I can use safely? Thanks so much. Bob
  3. Thank you so much Kevin. I feel much more confident now. You've always been so helpful to me (and others) in the past and apparently you still are. LOL. Thanks again.
  4. Hello, I purchased 160 MR16 LED bulbs from Kevin (Wirekat) a few years back. I have yet to use them. This year I would like to put them to use instead of letting them gather dust. The problem is that I am completely unfamiliar with how to wire the lights using the DC board I bought from LOR. I figured out how to use a PC power supply to power the board thanks to help from all of you, but now I need help with wiring the lights. I've never wired anything using DC. Here is a hypothetical situation (assume the power requirements are within the proper limits): Let's say that I want to have 5 red LED lights in one area of my yard and 5 red LED lights in a second area that is not close to the first area, but both areas are of equal distance from the DC controller. As such, I want each area to be wired from the location of the DC Controller. Since I have never worked with DC, I have no clue if I'm allowed to wire this as I would with AC. I'm assuming I have a pair of wires going to area #1 and a pair of wires going to area #2. QUESTION #1 ----- Can I just use wire nuts to connect both of those pairs together with a third pair that connects to the DC controller at, say, channel #12? QUESTION #2 ----- How do the 5 MR16 lights in area #1 hook up to the pair of wires that is coming from the DC controller channel? I have a feeling that I'm not allowed to simply split the initial pair into 5 pairs using wire nuts once it gets to area #1 (one pair to each light.) I'm so confused. Bob
  5. I received everything I ordered and in the correct quantities. This is my first order with CDI and I'm very impressed. In previous years I had nothing but trouble from some other vendors. This was a nice change. Thanks Paul. Bob
  6. Quick Question; Are the attach-on plugs for SPT1 or SPT2 wire?
  7. Ignore this question. I found the answer on another topic. For those who still want an answer to the question below ---- These aren't programmable and do not work with LOR. Hi Paul or anyone who knows, For a newbie like me, what does that mean? I use LOR controllers. Do I just plug the string into an LOR controller plug like any other light string and that's all there is to it? That's unlikely since I would need to tell it what color to be. So does that mean it has a controller or something? Bob
  8. Thanks Bill. I don't have any Warm White in my display, so no worries there. I'm glad they all look alike from vendor to vendor. Now I just need to pick a vendor. :-) It's always scary spending a small fortune on lights. Your help is appreciated. Bob
  9. Hi Everyone, This is my last posting tonight.... I hope. :-) I have to purchase a huge amount of lights this year and just found out the preorder deals are almost ending. The last time I bought lights, I bought from a company that had tons of problems and poor product. I don't want to make that same mistake again. I have heard good things about CDI and Magic in the Sky. I know we aren't supposed to say anything about problems we have had with vendors, but that is information I want to know about. As such, if anyone has had any problems with any of these two vendors, please private message me and let me know what they were. I want to make an informed decision. Oh...... and of course feel free to post positive dealings you have had with them. Thanks so much. Bob
  10. Hello, I have a 35ft redwood tree out front that I want to light. Yes, it will cost me a fortune to light this tree. :-) What do you recommend to light this tree? I want to use LED bulbs. Should I use M5 (or M6), C6, C7, C9 or rope light? Should I consider retrofit bulbs? Please include a cost/performance opinion if possible. Thanks everyone. Bob
  11. Hello, I bought all of my lights in 2009 from "LED Holiday Lighting" (The year people complained about that company.) I will be buying a ton more lights this year and was wondering if anyone has knowledge of how the lights I bought back then compare (in color) to those of CDI or Magic in the Sky. Are the colors pretty much exactly the same when seen side-by-side? Bob
  12. Hi Ernie. Yes, I needed to vent. It felt good. And yes, I'm over it now. :-) The sequencing hasn't been going well, but that's just because of time issues. If we have one more dinner party, I'm going to scream. :-) I did purchase the SandStorm song, but I'm horrible at editing music, so someone said they are going to send me an edited version. I finished two other songs, but I must admit I stole a lot of the sequencing ideas from about 15 people, so there's not a whole lot of my own creativity in there. I'm still trying to find a version of the Nutcracker (Russian dance) that I like before purchasing it. Some are too fast, some lack the oomph where it's supposed to feel powerful, and others just don't feel right. There are so many versions of the song that it's a bit overwhelming. I'm going to try to find a video of a display that has a version I like and find out who conducted it. Anyway............ so far so good. Thanks for asking. Bob
  13. I deliberately didn't respond to any of these messages for a bit because I thought it would be a good idea to pause, let some time pass, and then see if I feel I was out of line with the whole Chuck thing. Well, I decided that I was a bit harsh and should have toned down my response to Chuck's criticism of my song choice. I agree with that. But make no mistake about it; Chuck was criticizing my song choice. He saw that I was asking for help concerning the SandStorm song, and then feels a need to make a negative comment on my thread concerning the use of that song. Had he started his own thread concerning the use of songs he deems inappropriate, then I would have had no problem with it. But he didn't. He chose my thread and my song choice. I didn't ask for any opinions about my song choice, so why leave a negative comment about it? He offered no help to my question and made no relevant comment to what was being asked. He just wanted to say something negative, and so he did. There was no other purpose for his message. Some call it an "opinion" instead of a "criticism," as if that makes it OK. Sorry, that doesn't fly. If I asked for opinions on song choice, then sure, fire away. But, again, I did not. His comment was completely unnecessary. Also, people keep referring to his "status" and length of time here, as if that gives him the right to criticize unprovoked. Likewise, they refer to me as a newbie, implying that I should just "take it" until I put in my time. And let's not forget the ever important post counts. Please!! That attitude is nothing more than a form of elitism. Seniority doesn't give you extra rights or allow someone to treat others badly. It's a poor justification for one's behavior. The truth is that anyone reading this thread from the beginning can see that Chuck, without any relevance to the question posted, jumps into this thread to criticize my song choice (it was my thread after all.) But since Chuck is well known and respected, nobody makes note of his rudeness. You can call me a newbie (though it's not relevant,) but for the last 22 months I've been on this board, I have watched people jump into completely unrelated threads to criticize someone's choice of songs. Is "Wizards In Winter" overused? Maybe yes and maybe no. Either way, if someone has decided to use that song in a show, there's no need to jump into his/her unrelated thread and criticize the song choice. Was Chuck just being "sarcastic" in a humorous way, as some have suggested? I don't know. Perhaps he was. Still, why would I have any reason to know that he is a sarcastic person? I'm not psychic. So, while I agree I was a bit harsh, all this talk about his "status" here is completely irrelevant to his actions. I take blame for reacting too harshly, but he is responsible for jumping into a thread simply to criticize. It matters not how respected he is. It's still rude. Bob
  14. Thanks Dave. I didn't think about that. Perhaps the "good audio" that I've heard on other display videos was due to them using a higher bit rate than what I'm using (128 kbps.) Could that be the problem too? Bob
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