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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. Same problem here. Mounting lights outside my windows is not easy because the stucco comes right up to the metal part of the windows and I didn't want to damage it with fasteners screwed into the stucco. You can mount lights inside rather than outside. I used wooden furring strips painted white for the four sides and attached RGB strip lights. It makes things simpler because the lights do not have to be waterproof and the power source and controller are inside as well. These are currently disassembled for storage: This year I will add corner brackets at each corner to make assembling them easier. Previously they were friction fit but adding 2" corner brackets should make installing them more secure. The lights are SMD 5050 RGB operating on 12V DC and the small object just above the second strip from the left is an inexpensive controller that allows you to do elementary programs such as flash and color sequences. It has a couple of selections built in. I bought all of the components from China . This set has been up for several years and had some rough handling so there are repairs like the one on the strip second from the right. If I made them today I would use the terminal blocks shown next to the repair at each end and connect them with 4 pin RGB wire. The usual 4-pin connector shown at the end of the third strip from the left is simple to wire in but difficult to separate once the strips are in place and you have to do that to remove the strips from the window at the end of the season. My largest window 6 feet across by 4' 6" high takes 20 feet of strip with one standard strip being 16 feet long. You can get a complete kit with strip, a fancier IR controller, and power supply for around $16. Unfortunately it is getting late for ordering from China and guaranteeing it will get here much before Christmas. The same items can be bought from US sellers on eBay but cost more. If you are interested, I can put together a list of parts and US sources.
  3. I recently moved into a house that has one window surrounded by stucco/mortar. It doesn't have a shelf at the bottom, like a brick surround does. I'm not sure how attach the lights on this window. I want to make a pvc frame for easy install and removal...dont know. Any ideas would be appreciated!
  4. I looked up the size and the minimum size is 1.5m X 1.5m (58.5" square) for 96 LED. It looks like this would be a much easier way to light a tree trunk compared to spiraling a conventional LED string. That I have done and it gets difficult once I needed to get on a ladder to reach higher on the trunk. I may have to try it myself. A 96 red LED net costs as little as $6 from China to as little as $9 for RGB and other colors. That's pretty inexpensive and the power requirement is 110V and 4W. Be sure if ordering from China to make sure they are sending 110V and a US plug. Much of the world is 220 and uses the EU plug. I doubt you will be able to split one lengthwise. There is no way to follow the wire so that you don't cut the circuit. I've separated a severely tangled regular LED net light into 3 separate sets and while successful was not worth the time. Depends upon how high on the trunk you wish to light. Just double wrap it with the mesh for brighter lights.
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  6. I have seen fairy net lights that are huge 12x5 Are they worth it? What about Tree trunk lights where they say they are 15" wide and cut net lights in half? I am looking to cover 3 big tree trunks and the 12x5 net fairy lights for the ground.
  7. I finally got two of the green solders, so I am happy about that. My wife wants blue ones but they are 90 bucks online, no way for that price.
  8. Here is my house, had it done back in the end of September. Not all blowmolds, but I like how it turned out Here are the back sections, closer to the house more close up 🙂
  9. 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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  11. Emailed Walter and he is putting together pictures/directions
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. RickeyRo, they are both Harold Gale figures.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. The wall lantern is below. Also went to Disney store outlet and bought Mickey pumpkin.
  20. Hey Rich ,any pics from Wally world? The big bulbs are 6.97 by us
  21. 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.
  22. Our Walmart here barely had anything out, I am going to look this Friday or Saturday, I hope to get the green solders.
  23. The finished product looks awesome. Good job.
  24. 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
  25. That's awesome. Looks great
  26. 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.
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