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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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  2. Definitely interested in 2 Gen 3 boxes. Email me @ [email protected]
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  4. I am interested in a controller. Must be a gen 3 controller. You can also contact me at [email protected]
  5. I am interested in a controller. Must be a gen 3 controller. You can also contact me at [email protected]
  6. I am interested in a controller. Must be a gen 3 controller. You can also contact me at [email protected]
  7. Visited my Wal-mart yesterday and saw a large variety of battery-operated mini lights. So ck out your Wal-mart.

  8. I’m having a hard time finding a good string of 100 count warm white battery operated lights on a timer. I would prefer the timer to be 8 hours on 16 hours off and run on C batteries so they last for a while. I found a strand at Home Depot last year but they were so dim! I’m using them to decorate an indoor Christmas tree in my office that isn’t near an outlet. The lights are always on in my office so I need the string lights to be visible with room lights on as well. Can anyone help??
  9. Sadly the lanterns from last year are not back. The snowman head is and they have a penguin head that is new for this year.
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  11. Neat. Thanks. Did you ever get that Santa Conic to complete your conic set?
  12. It’s a bell, an old municipal decoration, thought it was cool with the different color cutouts in it. Not sure who made it.
  13. Lamp in base of pumpkin Remove the three screws that hold the lamp holder. Remove the incandescent light and cord. If using circular G4 lamp (see picture), glue lamp to top of old base. Attach the G4 socket and cord. Requires a 12V DC source. You can use any old 12V DC converter as long as the output is 500 mA or more. If using the 5W 12V corn bulb, take the old lamp socket and remove the wore and base. This will allow you to slide the G4 base into the old lamp holder. Insert it in the base as shown below. Lamp located in back of pumpkin Remove bulb and wire. Glue circular lamp to the old holder. Insert in pumpkin and you are done. For this one I prefer to solder the wire directly to the new circular lamp. The two G4 pins on the lamp will fall away when you solder the wires to the lamp. The hole in the back of the pumpkins is slightly larger than the 9 LED version of this lamp. It is also available with 10 LEDs but that one will not fit through the hole. Be sure to buy 9 LED lamps. You could also use the corn bulb here. Current prices for the parts – top two are from China and the third one from California. '10x G4 Bulb LED Light 5050 9SMD Daytime White Replace 10W Halogen Lamp $6 postpaid https://www.ebay.com/itm/10x-G4-Bulb-LED-Light-5050-12SMD-Warm-Daytime-White-Repalce-10W-15W-Halogen-Lamp/264391377801?hash=item3d8ef44389:m:mGdz3DnGjQq1_vBhYHbSzPg '10pcs G4 Base Holder Wire Adapter Halogen Socket Connector f. Bulb Lamp LED $1.49 postpaid https://www.ebay.com/itm/10x-G4-Bulb-LED-Light-5050-12SMD-Warm-Daytime-White-Repalce-10W-15W-Halogen-Lamp/264391377801?hash=item3d8ef44389:m:mGdz3DnGjQq1_vBhYHbSzPg I spotted a US seller on eBay who is selling ten of the 48 LED corn bulbs for $4.46 postpaid. That's cheaper than ordering them from China. Available in 12V AC or DC or 110V AC. https://www.ebay.com/itm/10X-G4-LED-Corn-Bulbs-Capsule-3W-20W-Halogen-Lamp-Replace-110V-Energy-Warm-White/323891446491?var=512921852639&hash=item4b696f42db:g:IXcAAOSwV-BdXsfv
  14. Shane... what is that lantern on the right hand side of your picture? I'm not sure I've ever seen one of those.
  15. Yeah, I ck’d out that tree.  It’s nice, but I couldn’t pull the trigger due to cost.  Lowe’s had a similar one 2 years ago, it was bigger.  Reviews of people who bought that complained of whole strings not working.  If I remember, Lowe’s was priced at 499.00

  16. I would check out light o Rama tutorials at the bottom of page are power point (pdf) you might find useful. Chuck had a LOR class I went to in 2013 and a lot of the information is in tutorials. I have not made the step to RGB but I know from class you can add on RGB items and keep using older units as well. Also the Light O Rama help desk is supper helpful if you have questions. Good luck!
  17. I've been doing LOR for about 10 years and am ready to make the move to RBG. Just where do I begin? How do I learn where to start? What I need? What can I reuse from my current LOR equipment? Programing? I've googled with no luck. Are there websites or videos or training somewhere? I realize the show in Florida had training but could not go. I would like to start to learn now and not have to wait till next summer if I can get away to the conference then. Thanks
  18. So I'm debating buying or building a DMX splitter in order to split my yard into 'zones' and avoid so much wire criss-crossing the yard. I understand the reasoning/advantage behind opto-isolation, but the question is, do I really NEED isolation as it substantially increases the complexity and cost. There are some very cheap RS-485 to TTL converters on fleabay, 5 for $5 (US seller, even cheaper from China) and I was thinking of using 1 as the receiver, and connecting it's TTL data output to the TTL data input of the other 4 (as transmitters), and driving them all from the same 5V power supply that runs my controllers and other stuff. All my controllers are grounded and on the same circuit. Any problem with this?
  19. Today's Special Value on QVC is a Santa's Best Pixel Tree in 5ft and 7ft. The 5ft is $250 and the 7ft is $400, s&h on both is $10. It has 15 synchronized patterns, many colors and combinations for 43 different looks. It has a remote, timer and easy set up. Personally I think it's crazy expensive, but many of you guys who do this as a project know how much it costs to build and program something like this.
  20. Yes, I wish a manufacture would have taller ones though
  21. They also have two bulbs in them. Most that size always had one in them.
  22. I wonder if the grinch is lit by LED lights? It looks pretty bright and the colors are more vibrant than some of the older incandescent lit blow molds. If you look at the tag on the power cord it tells what the replacement lamp would be. The prices for used blow molds is really crazy. I got Mary and Joseph at my Goodwill salvage store for a couple of dollars but when I again went looking for Jesus on eBay see high prices that are nearly the cost of an entire set. Shipping is the real killer. The one shown below is nice but with shipping is $35.40 when I can buy a brand new set at my local Walmart for $49.
  23. Yes I was told by my source, Menards got a limited amount of molds, based on years past sales. Some got 4 ,some got as many as 16.. depends on the sales they have had. Mine had I beleive 6, and now they have I beleive 2 or 3. The ones that are left are ratty looking, dented. Why people go in ebay is beyond my comprehension. You are right, go online and order at Menards.com. The shipping is reasonable for sure.
  24. Anyone in the Paris, IL area may be a good sale. I'm busy during the sale and cant get over to it. https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2662164770494783/ Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  25. I just looked at the 'completed' auctions for the grinch blowmold on ebay. Some people have been paying 70-80-90$ for these, sometimes even paying the additional 8-20$ shipping. Why? You can order one on line from menards (39.99) shipped to your house (fees, tax and shipping 12.00) for about 52$. A guy at work claims each menards store is only getting 4-6 of the Grinch blowmolds. The menards near me was sold out of grinches last weekend, yet the Disney mice and snoopy were still available. Is there some sort of shortage, thus a crazy demand for these? Im guessing that since this grinch mold is the first grinch blowmold available, that long time grinch enthusiasts (like myself ) are snapping them up. No doubt gemmy in china will make tens of thousands more in the next few years.
  26. I am adding some more Halloween blow molds I got. But I am very behind:) I hope to have time to get everything prepared to put out in the yard. I have to add and check security cables to each mold. Since 4 years ago I had blow-ups and some blow molds stolen everything is now locked down. On my security cameras and the police said a crew in white van had hit 12 houses in middle of the day. They all had on all white and white hats. The positive was that I had only gotten out 6 items. And it motivated me to go to GFP factory!
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