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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. Thanks! That helps alot.

    Hi doncsecz,

    I put more items in attic today and took the pictures for you. The #9 wire is hard to bend but if you have a pair of channel locks it's not to bad. I hope this helps. If anyone is wondering, yes those are C9's on the MEGA TREE, all 3200 of them. (in previous pictures)

    Earle


  2. Hi Earle,

    Could you take a close up of the trees? I can't seem to understand how you did the base.

    Thanks.

    The same way as Danny but I used stranded wire, but at the bottom I drilled holes and used #9 wire to make the circle. They stack as high as you think you can handle, I only stack 4 high, goes in the attic just right. I did paint them green before I put on the lights. The PVC keeps them from being grounded.

    Earle


  3. Hi Why do you prefer SPT2?

    Rocky,

    Let me be the first to welcome you to the insane asylum. LOR has an inventory clearance sale in Feb/March. I suggest you ensure you get on thier mailing list, monitor this forum and the LOR forum.

    Starting now for next year is doing it right. If you have your house decorated outside for the Holidays, I would suggest spending time looking at it. See what would look good blinking and flashing. You will need to determine how many channels you will need to start. I suggest you start a journal. In looking at your channel count on paper, I would immediately add one more controller on top of that if you can afford it. 2 reasons. Everyone underestimates, then tries to add at the last minute, OR, you fill 1-2-3 controllers fully and have no spare channels. Always keep some in reserve in case you lose a channel in a controller.

    If I had to do it all over again, I would not invest so much in premade cords (IMHO). While you get some great deals, they weigh a lot. I make all my cords now using SPT2 and vampire plugs. I still make standard lengths, and mark them with different color tape to designate length. Red = 50ft, yellow = 25ft etc... I do use premade for my power distribution to the controllers.

    Stock up on lights in the after Christmas sales, you will be glad you did. There will be more input, I gotta go tend to the display. Merry Christmas.


  4. Hi Cody,

    I can understand how stressful it can be. People do mean well when they ask about your display. Good luck with your company and church.

    If you can ship the following, this is what I will buy from you.

    4 CTB16PC Fully Assembled ($115 Each)

    USB Serial Adapter ($15)

    10,000 Red Incandescent lights from Walmart Tested and working (50 Cents Each or $40 For everything)

    10,000 Green Incandescent lights from Walmart Tested and working (50 Cents Each or $40 For everything)

    9 Red/Green Mini Trees with 2000 lights on each. ($35 Each or $300 for All)

    4 Mini Arches with Clear lights and 900 Lights On Each ($25 Each or $90 for All)

    10 Rockets with Clear Lights and 1800 Lights On Each (6 Channels $35 Each or 300 for All)

    Belkin FM Trasmitter Modded with extra long antenna. ($10)

    Over 25 Sequences ranging from 16 Channels to 224 Channels (Just ask for one and will send it you for free)

    Thanks,

    John

    610-774-5808

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