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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.

Goldglove106

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    http://www.rubinochristmas.com

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    All year long
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    Powell, OH... Previously Scottsdale, AZ
  • Biography
    I am a 29 year old Christmas enthusiast who loves bringing smiles to faces during the holiday season!
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    Baseball, golf, lights
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    Product Manager
  • About my display
    96 channels, 90% LED and over 60,000Lights! www.rubinochristmas.com

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  1. I'm not sure if I have ever seen better sequencing. That was wonderful! Great job!
  2. Thanks Val Ohhhhhh I like this display!
  3. I think for the most part, the one of the reasons many of us use LEDs is because it gives us the opportunity to expand our display rather effortlessly. The biggest advantage for me however is the brightness and pure clarity of them, IMO they look so much crisper than Incans. Regardless of which side of the fence you're on, in the next few years you're not going to be able to find many incans in stores (already happening now at Walmart), its simply the direction many of them are going, mainly because the profit margin is so much more.
  4. Works like a charm! Do it to all my strands around windows and garages
  5. I had this happen to many GE Brand lights this year... Mine were humming extremely loud and extremely hot at the plug where the rectifier is... I was forced to take them back and go with a different brand... I tried multiple strands of GE having the same result with all of them... I think my Lowes had a faulty stock
  6. Need a little more info... Do you get a certain message saying .MSI can't be found?? Lor just won't open
  7. Holiday Creations LEDs are the way to go
  8. Yes they are the very small 5MM lens... The are very bright... I would think about going with M5 or C6 for your mega tree just because if the 5MM lens isn't pointing in your direction it isn't that bright... They have gotten better with the viewing angle on them... But still something to think about
  9. I completely agree with you, no matter what the circumstance if you want to run a successful business, this has to be something you think of Personally, I feel bad for him, I'm guessing he thought informing us about the lawsuit might mean a loss of customers, afraid of buying from him because he wouldn't be able to ship all of the orders without help. Turns out he had too many orders and it killed his company anyway... I wish the best of luck for him... However he's going to have to "come clean" on these boards before I and probably many people buy from him again.
  10. Hmmm... I have this as well... Even with All LED lights... Its hardly noticeable but if your looking for it you can see it... Maybe I'll take a look into it
  11. I use roughly around 26,000 5MM and about 3,000 C6... I personally have started to like the C6's better because I like the bigger size... They aren't as bright as the 5MM, but IMO they look more traditional... As far as who I buy from, I really like Vals LEDS... Some of my favorite... You can take a look at my video and see some of them go to work! They are the red on the roof, the red icicles, and the red in the big tree on the right... All 5MM http://vimeo.com/7957027
  12. Last year was my first year animating, and we had 26,000 LEDs... It was definitely hectic and a pain, but once you build terminators and figure out how to fade them properly I couldn't be happier... Like others I wouldn't be able to have half my lights without the use of leds... Also if you buy LEDs during online suppliers presale you get better pricing than many stores offer... Personally i'd make the switch... The vibrant colors wow audiences
  13. Well even if they are used indoors rust can still be an issue in high moisture parts of the country... This might be a pain, but check every socket, it just takes one rusted bulb to ruin a strand. I am not familiar with Menards brand lights but have you tried plugging other lights into the socket? What is the outcome? Its not because they are multicolored, but could possibly be a faulty strand. Take them back regardless and see if it happens again.
  14. A couple things... Where did you get the LEDs... Are they store bought? What brand? Are they replaceable bulbs? I'm going to take a guess and say they may have rust in the sockets if they aren't sealed
  15. I had the same problem with them, posted it on here somewhere, but my rectifier in the end of the plugs were HUMMING very very loudly and could not be dimmed at all... I ended up taking them all back cause I thought they were going to start a fire, they were getting extremely hot.
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