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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.
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  • 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. Visit www.highcountrylights.com for more information.
  2. Visit www.highcountrylights.com for more information.
  3. Time Left: 2 days and 11 hours

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    Offers are accepted and I am also open to trades as well. Preferably Blow Molds but don’t hesitate to offer anything else. Gemmy 8.5’ Animated Santa’s Snack Wagon Inflatable (Broke)- MAKE OFFER Napco 17” Santa w/ List Figurine- $35 Gemmy Sax Playin’ Santa (Broke)- MAKE OFFER Rare Cool Things Corp. Sing & Swing Santa (Broke)- $50 Mr. Christmas Wooden Advent Tree (Broke)- MAKE OFFER If you have any questions about the items or any offers please let me know.


    Grand Blanc , Michigan - US


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    I have two LOR1602W controllers. $150 each plus shipping. One of the controllers has a loose cat5 cable jack connection, but if you use this one in the last of your series, it doesnt matter about the outgoing jack. The other controller has 3 channels that stick sometimes, so that gives you 13 channels instead of 16. Price has already been reduced to account for these issues.


    Peachtree City, GA

  5. Hello folks, this is my first post here (hope I'm posting in the right thread!) Anyway, when I was a kid (about 20 years or so ago.) My family would always drive around during the holidays to seek out the best light displays! That was always fun. Maybe that's why I love holiday lights so much now as an adult! Back to the topic. One of the houses in particular had an awesome set of icicle style lights hanging from the roof. They were blue, and they flashed in a pattern I'd never seen before! They didn't flash all-together at once, nor did they have a chasing effect. It's kind of hard to describe, but I'll do my best. The middle portion of the lights would flash very quickly, then the outer part would flash afterwards, then back to the middle once more very quickly before repeating from the start again! It was almost like the lights were "dancing!" Here's an alternate way of describing the sequence. More or less, the order in which I saw them flashing: Portion 1 | Portion 2 | Portion 1 This has never left my brain since seeing it as a child. It blew my mind! And I've never come across another house that had lights flash this way! Also, all the other light strings besides the blue ones described either flashed normally, or were just steady burning. My question is, is there a special type of chasing control system required for this? Or can light sets like this be bought in store? (I've never seen them in all my years of searching!) I'm also curious how much power lights like these would consume? I'm assuming quite a lot. I know I'm not imagining what I saw. It just boggles me that I can't find lights with that exact flashing pattern. I figured the best place to ask is right here, since there seem to be some very knowledgeable folks around here, who know more than a thing or two about lights! ^^ I would really love to get my hands on a few sets if these do exist! I'd even like to get some orange or green ones for Halloween if possible. If a chasing system is what is needed, then how would I set up a custom flash pattern? Rather than a simple chasing effect. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!! -Cory
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    Christmas Cheer

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    All we need is a bit of Christmas cheer any time of the year!


  7. Over 35,000 lights and Setup begins in October. Enjoy the lights! https://eurekamochristmaslights.weebly.com/

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    I have 3 former municipal street pole decorations for sale at $100 each. There are 2 trees with lights and ornaments and 1 star. They are all on heavy duty steel pole attachments and have normal heavy duty plug in cords. You will need to replace some of the regular size lightbulbs on the trees. Each tree is approx 76" tall. The star is approx 76" across. Buy 1 or all 3!


    ROSCOE, Illinois - US

  9. From the album: Aabeck's album

    My house display for 2017 Christmas. The outside lights and living room window lights are controlled by an Allen Bradley SLC5/04 PLC. The door wreath is controlled by a Siemens S2-200 PLC, with the power to it controlled by the living room SLC5/04. Most of the light strings have been cut into 10 bulb sections to run on 24 volts DC provided by separate power supplies. The flickering candles in the kitchen window are 4 volt bulbs wired to a TTL transistor logic card, and each of the 7 is controlled with it's own subroutine. TO get 4 volts I have a 5 volt power supply run through a potentiometer to reduce the voltage to 3.7 volts - it is easier on the bulbs and makes them a little dimmer than full brightness so they appear more like candles. The kitchen window is controlled by a SLC5/03 PLC, and another SLC5/03 controls the tree that I put out in the side yard this year. The PLC's are synced with messaging by a home control SLC5/05 in my home office, through NET-ENI's. A network COM port on the tree PLC is messaged to through a data-subscriber on the HMI. All features (along with the home controls, monitoring and alarms) are controllable and adjustable by a computer and a Windows tablet both running AdvancedHMI.
  10. I'm not sure this is really linked to Christmas lights as such but thought it was a fun video/product. Have a look see what you think x
  11. I found this on Youtube and thought it was a great idea. How to catch Santa on Camera This Christmas....
  12. 2016 Christmas Display. 30,000 lights
  13. This is the inside version of our Christmas Spectacular 2016. We never get snow, but often get rain in the winter and since this was the first season presenting our display, we wanted to protect our investment. So, I created an inside version to entertain party guests in our home. I hope you'll enjoy. This wasn't the exact set up (so I do apologize). This was from the first tech testing in November 2016. I do not own the music to this video. This is for educational purposes only.
  14. From the album: Aabeck's album

    Update of the shooting star in my LR window for Christmas. I added a few more modes. This is run on an Allen Bradley SLC5/05 and controlled by 2 PC's and a Windows10 tablet running AdvancedHMI. Sorry about the focus, but the camera couldn't keep it's focus range on the flashing lights.

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  15. From the album: Aabeck's album

    Here's a .AVI version I had created because neither of the MP4 uploads would play. This runs on an Allen Bradley SLC503 that I upgraded from a 7 slot rack to a 10 slot rack & added a 120V output card to control the 12V power supply, tree top and the white lights on the pre-lit tree. It's controlled by 2 PC's and a Windows10 tablet running AdvancedHMI through a Ethernet serial port through a WiFi access point. Unfortunately the camera had a difficult time focusing on the flashing lights, but even though some is out of focus the patterns still show.

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  16. Florida Christmas Light decorators have a Facebook page. 'Like it 'to keep up-to-date with what is happening in Florida. We welcome all decorators from all over the world. Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Planet-Christmas/233759653343533
  17. The Florida Mini is going to be in the Jacksonville area. We are looking at possibly late April or early May. Stay tuned to find out more info. This is for decorators from any state or skill level. It is a wonderful time to meet, share and learn. Also, like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Planet-Christmas/233759653343533
  18. Here are my House Layouts any suggestions idea's Comments, am i going too big to fast - 64 channel's Expected LOR. and might find other RGB Controllers but as for now i am going with 64 Channel's LOR Halloween Idea Christmas Idea Fourth of July Idea
  19. Here are my shows so far this year - more to come! Wizards in Winter Jingle Bells
  20. Visited the Decorator's Warehouse in Arlington, Texas and Wow! They even have a Christmas Tree that snows itself!
  21. Yesterday at Walgreen's I found a 40" Leg Lamp. I've wanted one of these for years, but the only ones I found were over $250 online.
  22. This weekend at Garden Ridge I saw a 20' Inflatable Snowman, he was awesome. In my mind cme the quote from Wayne's World, "You will be mine, oh yes, you will be mine." My wife's quote came louder and clearer as I stood at the base gazing heavenward at the bohemouth of Christmas decor, "You have absolutely no where to put this." Lucky for me I developed a serious and very painful neck injury. So much so that my wife softened up and suggested that we buy the 20' Christmas yard monument to lift my spirits, which it did. I love my wife. Purchased 20' Inflatable Snowman from Garden Ridge. He is HUGE! Of course we had to blow him up in the driveway just to make sure he is in good shape. It took a while to blow him up since it was 2 minutes before we noticed the hose was twisted shut and then even longer to realize the blower wasn't positioned right.
  23. Megatree made out of big lighted balls at the Gaylord Texan resort in Grapevine, Texas. This is the preshow to their ICE exhibit.
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