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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. Followup to original question - these are parallel circuits so if one LED goes out the rest stay lit. If you sever a circuit, all lights after the break will not work bu the ones before will continue to light. I had a seller send me a 5V set when I ordered 12V but the set used a 12V connector, not the usual USB. When I applied power for a short time about half of the LEDs fried instantly. When I switched to 5V ti check the string, the remaining LEDs lit. The seller replaced the damaged string when I complained.
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  4. Emailed Walter and he is putting together pictures/directions
  5. They are often sold as "fairly lights" online. This is just one use where the manufacturer used them in a different way. They look fragile but are remarkably strong. Yes, they are non-replaceable but since they are LED, not incandescent should last a long time. I bought a few battery operated 20 LEDs for a friend to use as lights in a bottle for less than a dollar each. I have a few sets of 12V lights. They are so flexible that I was able to string them on one of those old circular trees that lie flat when stored and mount on a tent pole in the center. You can buy them in USB 5V DC, 12V DC , or operated from a battery pack. I just looked up current prices and I can find them in 10m 100 light sets for under $2 and 200 light sets for around $5 from China
  6. I'm wondering how durable this type of LED light is? We've not seen much or them or used them. They seem very delicate and look near impossible to replace. We also don't know if it works like other lights, where if one goes out-you lose a strand or portion of a strand. Anyone have more knowledgeable about these kinds of lights? We liked the way the whole tree looked and that it twinkles, but not sure it's worth investing. 20191013_161213.mp4
  7. I was wondering what everyone’s Halloween display are looking like? Mine is still in the works but I have over half done between weather /work/family stuff.
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  9. RickeyRo, they are both Harold Gale figures.
  10. Hey, Big J: if you posted a pic of the book, we cannot see it..... what book? OK, yeah, just found it in your second post. Wow, those prices are too rich for my blood.
  11. Got this book the other day and looked through it... WOW pricey!!! Anyone else receive this?? Cool stuff, way to rich for this guy lol
  12. Seeking drawings/sketches for making the original "JUMP Pole Pin Puller". I know It's made out of 3/4 " aluminum tubing and a 3/16 rod but I need the details. Searched Walter's site and here to no avail.
  13. The wall lantern is below. Also went to Disney store outlet and bought Mickey pumpkin.
  14. Hey Rich ,any pics from Wally world? The big bulbs are 6.97 by us
  15. I checked this morning at the nearest Walmart stupidcenter. The entire garden section was devoted to Christmas items. There were only 5 blow molds in the entire inventory, two 37" Santas, one 36" snowman, and two of the new 36" bears. They had some new ~15" lanterns that have the flickering flame light and some larger faux wood lanterns that were not lighted. I think the Lowe's Home Improvement store right next door had a better selection than this store.
  16. Our Walmart here barely had anything out, I am going to look this Friday or Saturday, I hope to get the green solders.
  17. I've got a grinch just like that as well, the extra arm puts a nice touch on it. I might think about adding that in if I get some extra time this year
  18. Hi Eric, all I use is a good outdoor paint. I also make sure I paint my edges. I live in Canada and my cutouts have been holding up just fine.
  19. I'm desperately looking for 5mm string of white strobes that will ship to Canada !
  20. Give him a little time. He is in North Dakota and buried in snow. I heard from him and he apologized for the slow response.
  21. Any update on these?? Thanks. I'm also interested in 2 Gen 3 controllers, please email me at [email protected] Thanks.
  22. Definitely interested in 2 Gen 3 boxes. Email me @ [email protected]
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  24. I am interested in a controller. Must be a gen 3 controller. You can also contact me at [email protected]
  25. I am interested in a controller. Must be a gen 3 controller. You can also contact me at [email protected]
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