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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. Time Left: 2 months and 7 days

    • For Sale
    • Used

    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.

    $150.00

    Peachtree City, GA

  2. 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
  3. I was searching on the ebay for other things and saw this Sale. Another display going dark, in the Bonita, California area. Hopefully someone in the area can grab this up and carry on the tradition. Descriptions says you need a 25ft box truck!
  4. Have 8 boxes of universal light stakes, fits c7 & c9 bulbs. Purchased these 3 years ago in bulk (30 boxes) 25 per box 8 boxes. Paid $6.50 per box, selling for 35.00 for all eight including shipping in lower 48 priority mail shipping.. NO splittling all 8 or nothing.
  5. I purchased 4 sets of multi function net lights. The issue I have is they are connected together but I want them steady and when I turn the lights off and back on each set does a different feature it is very annoying how can I keep them all in sync. Thanks
  6. 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.
  7. I ordered 2 sets of 1k rice lights https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07575T8R1/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1&tag=wwwwarriorsof-20 I plan on decorating a tree outside my house but I think it will be a challenge. Any tips on decorating outside tree with 73ft of lights.
  8. I am having some issues with a 60in light up wreath. 7/8 of the thing lights up but half of 1 section is completely out. I have tried replacing bulbs, used the Christmas light tester tool but I am stuck. Today I found what I think is where it is losing power or transfer of power to the next bulb Anybody have any idea what type of bum set up this is? Or how to fix it? I am pretty sure this is where the lights stop from bulb to bulb. I have never seen bulbs like this before and have tried everything except splicing the wires again. How can I fix this so I can use this wreath again?The bulb before this has the same housing and works fine.
  9. Has anyone used Rice lights or as Bed Bath Calls them Griswold Approved lights? Anyone have video of them. Thanks
  10. 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
  11. Hey folks! The holiday parties got someone a little too cheerful and tomorrow that cheer is spreading to you ! Now through January 15th, 2012 we are slashing our already ridiculously low prices by 15%! Be sure to check out store.lightsmusicmagic.com to see the eggnog filled deals available to you! Oh, and we're offering free shipping on all orders over $100! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  12. Visited the Decorator's Warehouse in Arlington, Texas and Wow! They even have a Christmas Tree that snows itself!
  13. I have a window frame that fell out over night last night and when I went to check things this AM- it had fallen out of the window (need to put shims in!).... when I put it back and plugged it in- half of the lights were out.. then I realized that two of the lighting outlets (the place the bulb fits into) had disappeared...obviously in my grass. I "fixed" it by electical taping the wires together to complete the circuit to get me through the night... everything looks fine. Question is- IS THIS SAFE? Am I ok with this fix? Or do I need to replace the strand?
  14. I purchased warm white 100 count 5MM LEDs from Paul at CDI during the pre-sale. I have one strand that has a section of lights out between 2 resistors. Paul is sending a replacement string out (I have always had great service from him!). But if this should happen again, sometime down the road - is there a way to fix these lights? The section that is out is maybe 1/4 of the strand of 100. I looked at all the "obvious things" - no broken bulbs, fuses ok, power ok, etc. Are there ways of fixing these sealed LEDs? Is it unusual that a section goes out? What has likely caused it? I'm thinking about switching my whole display to LEDs next year, and I'd like to know, before I make such a big investment.
  15. Had a question about which lights work best in the blow molds. I know there are different makers and that may make a difference. I am wanting to light up my Empire Reindeer and feel the lights in them now are not bright enough. I have read older posts and haven't seen anyone use these incandescent bulbs I found at Lowes and wanted to see if anyone else used them or if they were safe or better options. They are 15 W Tubular light. I picked up some chandelierbulbs but they were too big to fit in the reindeer and I don't want to modify the hole to get the chandelier bulbs in. The tubular bulbs should fit with no problem. I couldn't find a link on lowes website but here is what I am thinking about using here. Yes/No/Maybe? Something better and more energy efficient? Thanks! Here's a pic of one of my reindeer
  16. I luv Santa ! A number of my larger Santa blow molds are missing light fixtures. They use a standard size bulb. Can I buy the fixtures somewhere or do I have to make them myself ? I guess that the blow molds will need a number of different fixture types, but I have not done an inventory. Any source of lights or advice please ? thanks
  17. ocsurf

    Wow Factor!

    I'm a newbie and I gotta say that this forum and all you vets are AWESOME! There have been many great ideas and help here. Anyways, I'm trying to go for the WOW factor with my lights this year. My displays have always been pretty simple with just some mini-lights and icicle lights. I'm in the process of making some mini arches too! My question is this. I have $100 to spend on my Christmas display and was wondering what to buy to give it a little more WOW! Like I said, I just have mini-lights, icicle lights and I'm building the arches. Thanks guys! Brady
  18. Hello all, since im switching to more and more LED I have some Incandescent lights for sale: Solid Green 100 count (7 strings) 1.00 each Solid Green 50 count (2 strings) 1.00 for both Multicolor steady-twinkle controller 100 count string 1.50 Multicolor 100 count (18 strings) 1.00 each multicolor 50 count (7 strings) 3.00 for all multicolor 20 count (2 strins) 0.50 for both All lights for 30.00 plus shipping Some bulbs may be blown out, all strings work. I will quote you on shipping when I find out what you want, send me a PM on here and I will help you out. Thank-you
  19. just wanted to let everyone know that Boscov's Stores is starting sales on their christmas stuff. 30-50% off ticketed prices - entire stock of trim-a-home department 1.99-859.99 = .99-599.99 life-like christmas trees, lights, outdoor sculptures and inflatables, wreaths, garland, stockings, tree skirts, and more (25 styles of trees) 30-50% off trees, wreaths, swags, garland 6.99-599.99 30-50% off entire stock lights, outdoor lighted decor, and inflatables 1.99-99.99 (lights, sculptures, blow molds, iridescent figures, animated deer, inflatables, outdoor swags) 50% off entire stock boxed cards, wrapping paper, and accessories 1.99-16.00 (gift wrap, ribbon, bows, boxes, bags, tape, traditional, luxury,contemporary cards and more Store locator: http://www.boscovs.com/static/about_boscov/stores_locations.html
  20. Does anyone know where to get this item or anything about it? The item is by Noma, who is owned by Inliten LLc. It's a 6 plug outlet for christmas lights that you can program. I found LOTS of really old posts where people bought them for 19.99. Everyone loved them. One just sold on EBAY for 120.00. I can't find anything else out about them. Help if you know!
  21. This weekend Target stores (So. Calif) stocked the seasonal shelves with holiday lighting. Seems to be a bit more LED's than incandescent. Had some 15" snowflakes(white plastic) with 35 WW LED's for $7.99. Same idea in a snowman shape. Lowe's just started loading the shelves, nothing at Home Depot or Michaels yet. Local Big Lot's has had holiday lights for about 2 weeks. (1/2 wave LED, C6- 60 for $8.50 in WW, Cool W, red, blue) (did somebody loose the formula for green?)
  22. I wasnt able to buy as many lights as I needed at the end of last season. Now I could use more lights (who couldn't?). I usually wait until Wal-mart puts their lights out but I am curious, is there somewhere we can buy them this time of year for about the same price as Wal-Mart? Thank you! Jim
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