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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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  1. When creating my extension cord runs I zip tie four cords together about every 18" for the four colors I use. (RGBW) This helps keep a tidy group of cords for the run to a bush. I understand that bundling may reduce the capacity of the cords but I'm using way less power even with the lowered bundling capacity. Each cord is labled with the length in feet at each end with a brother label wraped around the cord near the plug ends. Each cord also has a colored zip tie at each end of the cord attached that corresponds to the color of light being pluged into it. No colored zip tie means white. Jeff
  2. You might want to check with your inspector. Locally here it's reqired to run 12ga wire for 15A circuits. 14ga is not allowed.
  3. Make sure your husband doesn't see this thread or your sinister plan might unravel... :-)
  4. My neighbor had a light installed by the power company for security. She asked my permission and I said OK. Unfortunately it was positioned just wrong and when we sat in our screen house it shined in our eyes. So, as mentioned above I called the power company and they came out and sprayed one half of the shade black. Did the trick. There is still enough spill into our yard to see but not obnoxious. Jeff
  5. Action Lighting is where I purchased mine from recently. I had good service and pricing. Jeff
  6. Twenty THIRTY amp breakers???? Is this a typo? Yeow!
  7. I haven't heard from him yet...
  8. Hello lowinhz. Sent you a PM yesterday as I would like to have one of your alarms. Thanks!
  9. HI Larry. Are your strings one color or multi, I can't tell from the pictures. In the videos sometimes it looks like a white tree. I like the look of your lights. Thanks, Jeff
  10. I might be interested in the Target Minis. YOu have a PM.
  11. I just noticed over the weekend that our local Lowes has 75' green cords for $7.97. The sticker says "new lower price". Interesting as shorter cords are more expensive. I was thinking I may pick some up but not sure I really need them. Also, doing some math, Weather-X zip cord at $110.00/1000' plus ends is more expensive than the 75' cords! But, of course you can make any length you need and avoid cord puddles. Jeff
  12. OK, so if I don't need to I won't bump up to 40A. But, from the horses mouth (sorry Dan): 1602W 40A OK change the input cords, fuses and remove the inside front panel as the fuses have to be directly on the board and you're good to go. CTB16PC 40A OK change the input cords, fuses and change box to metal for heat reasons. OK to run either to the max not counting the 80% rule. But it does seem like good practice to balance the load and obviously 30A. So, from the responses I've seen it doesn't look like anyone burned their house down running 40A. Unless they're still rebuilding and don't have internet service Thanks for all the info! Jeff
  13. Thanks for the replies. I looked at LEDs and couldn't make the numbers work for me. I needed controllers too so I went the incandecent route for now and will slowly start converting to LEDs in the future. In speaking with LOR about this I asked about the 80% rule and if it applied to controllers too. I was told by Dan I could max out the amps on on the controllers no problem. So, LOR must have a safety factor built in. I had been thinking of using additional controllers/channels but started thinking about the 1602W that was listed at 30 or 40A in the comparison sheet. Seems like 30A is the safest route...
  14. Greetings All, Wondering if anyone out there is running LOR boxes at 40A. I've conversed with LOR and this is possible by upgrading the fuses and input cords to 20A each on the 1602W. Same with the CTB16PC but a metal box is recommended to dissipate the heat. I have some roof C9's that are pushing the envelope and am considering the 20A per side 40A total. Any advice or war stories on doing this? Looking for some advice and input... Thanks, Jeff
  15. The PDF's second page says about 200lbs. Concrete is usually calculated at 150lb per cubic ft. Jeff
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