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  • 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.

Scott Rob


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  1. Chuck told me in a class years ago that if your LED lights or sets (any size) do not dim normally. That you can use a short pigtail with C7 incandescent in the middle. The LED after the C7 incandescent will follow the dimming of the C7 incandescent. Hope this helps! Below is a picture of my variable auto transformer (Dimmer) plunged into a pigtail with a blue C7 incandescent bulb.



  2. I have been working on trying to find a C7 LED bulb to change out my incandescent C7 with new C7 LED (SMD). In blow mold sheep,TPI angles, and others that use a C7 bulb. Below is a set up I did to try to get the best idea of brightness and voltage when dimming. The first picture is at 124V and second is at 40V. The list beside each bulb is the information about each type of bulb. All of these seem to dim about the same amount. 



    The top four are C7 LED SMD. The bottom three C7 are incandescent bulbs.

  3. I bought some TPI angles last year that are in good condition with horn. I paid $25 each and missing the horn I paid $15 for in Georgia. Craigslist I think is a good place to sale since its more geared to local folks. 

  4. I would call the power company and let them know you have low voltage. Let them know you want to be there to have all the lights on. I work for power company for over decade and it normal to get those request. You should be getting around 120V with it loaded up. They can check it at the meter box and transformer. Most place have Aluminum going from transformer to the meter box. If the aluminum gets hot it will deform under the lugs in the transformer or meter box. So your connect might act up when you add load to your service.

  5. I have had something like that happen to my LOR controller. I found out that under certain timing issues and phase issues I would get flicker or a humming. I would try to have both plugs put into the same outlet. I ended up moving breakers around so that the outdoor controller and MP3 director are on same phase.

  6. The cable got kink too many times and one of wire inside broke. I have also had a cable end pin that failed. I use a simple CAT-5 tester set. Attached the newer version Home Depot normal has this one in stock.



    If yours stays in an outdoor box the cat-5 end can get corrosion on the pins where is does not make up when plugged into the controller. Some times you can clean the pins other times I just replaced the end.

  7. On 12/29/2017 at 3:57 PM, WLND-DAVID said:

    Mrs Claus,

    I almost passed over this post.  If it wasn't for the word "Municipal"  I probably would have gone right past.   I have never heard of those MISSION BELLS referred to as  being from Empire.  To my knowledge they were always made by General Plastics.    As you can see from this catalog page, from 1963, they were originally in Day Glo Red and Translucent Yellow Gold.  They came in two sizes, 17" and 27" in height.   Over time the gold was dropped in favor of white and eventually the white was dropped from the line as well.  They also offered a smaller 9" "Jingle Bell" that was mostly used as a light cover for street skyline displays.

    Mel may know if they were ever sold under the Empire name or not.    As far a availability,  I just happen to have 6 of the 17" ones for sale.  PM me if you are interested.


    I think this attachment is from 1960s

  8. Working on the Christmas songs and Christmas story that's played through the speakers in the choir stand. I have attached my version of the Charlie Brown Christmas story (Christmas Story Linus).  Were I live there's a lot of people and kids that walk by my house every day going to the big playground and to stores.


    Christmas Story Linus62017short.mp3

  9. 20 hours ago, Douggg said:

    Gald to see if you got what you were looking for.  I wonder if they will be bright enough for a blow mold.  I’ve purached some LEDs where the light output has been very disappointing.  Looks like you will have them in a few days and will be able to tell us.  Hope they meet your needs. 



    I use the LED bulbs C7 the ones I am using are SMD type. The sheep in front has the LED bulb in picture 2. The sheep in the back has a normal clear C7. They have a different color. The regular incandescent C7 has a little more yellow. The LED even though it’s soft white has more of blue tint.   The sheep are close to the same brightness but in picture the incandescent C7 looks brighter?

    Also the color changing bulb for medium base socket. Are at Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Bed Bath-beyond.see picture below. 





  10. We had a lot of trick-or-treaters this year about 400. The best was all the small kids that wanted there picture taken with the blow mold they liked it was fun. And we had about 8 family asked us to take there family photo in front of house.

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  11. Yes I went to GFP for Halloween blow molds since three years ago some guys in white van stole some of the blow molds / inflatables In front yard. Now every thing is security cabled down. I did get a lot more at GFP than I was planning. There a another string on here with my pictures when I went last October.