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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.



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About xmasbobo

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Polar Express
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    NW Lower Michigan
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    Not quite willing to reveal this .
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    Anything with lights or vintage xmas.
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    If I can't see it from inside the house, it doesn't go up.

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  1. xmasbobo


    From what I've read here https://wintergreencorp.com/c/opticore-led-bulbs.htm it looks like OptiCore bulbs use a single, surface mounted diode that emits light up into a lens/crystal to diffuse light evenly to the outer shell. The diode looks like the Cree LED technology that's used in higher end flashlights. Instead of adding more LEDs, the single diode is configured to emit more light to suit the application. I've no experience with OptiCores, but from my experience with flashlights, I'd expect them to be superior to multi leds. Just my opinion.
  2. xmasbobo

    Window material for village houses

    Thanks. The translucent ones might work. Thin plastic sheets seem to be the way I'll be going.
  3. xmasbobo

    Old World X-mas flea market finds

    Holy cow! You likely couldn't buy one of those now for $6.95! The Old World box probably had a dozen of whatever a 'White Angel' is and they sold for $11.50ea. The retailer would have ordered them by the box. Someone might have bought all those orns from the store and they used the empty box to package them. I contacted OWC and they said all their orns have the heart-shaped OWC metal tag on the hanger. From the pics, I only see the clock-face tag on the one in the last pic. The odd one that has "West Germany" on the cap would have to be pre-1990, assuming it hasn't been replaced from another orn.
  4. xmasbobo

    Any information?

    IME they have the style of ornaments that came from Italy in the '60s-70s, if they are light and delicate. If they feel heavier than they look like they should, they're likely newer and Chinese.
  5. When more than a few of the bulbs in a string are out, the remaining bulbs get the extra current and burn brighter, which means they will burn out more quickly. They get hot and will all go out as yours did. It appears they all go at once but actually they go one by one, but it happens in a flash. It's the cascade effect. If you're lucky, a shunt will fail and save the remaining bulbs. I use a dimmer to cut the brightness about half when trouble shooting like you were. That way even if half the bulbs are bad, they still aren't overpowered when you do get them to light and you can continue replacing bulbs without them overheating. IMHO the replacement bulbs you're using are probably fine, since they look ok when only replacing one on a good string. The Lightkeeper is a great tool. Get one after xmas on sale for $5. Saves a lot of time. BTW one reason I resist buying a pre-lit tree is just what you're going through.
  6. xmasbobo

    Window material for village houses

    Never thought of that. I know my wife would worry if they had paper in it though. The brightness of the incan C7's is fine. Don't need them dimmer. Just don't want to see the bulb, socket and wire. I've found that I can get a 25pk of white C7 bulbs at Ace Hardware for about $10, shipped to store. That at least solves the C7 problem.
  7. xmasbobo

    Window material for village houses

    David Thanks, I did come across those in my search, and they would be another option. Living here, there aren't a lot of places to buy them locally though. I'm thinking that replacing the incan C7's with LEDs should be done regardless of what material I end up with. I used to buy white C7 Xmas bulbs when they went on sale, but haven't seen them stocked anywhere around here for a few years and my stash is almost gone. Nightlight bulbs in the household bulb departments cost around $2 ea. nowadays. I tried a couple of the LED nightlight replacement bulbs but didn't like them even as nightlights... too dim and too blue. How do the LED C7 retrofit Xmas bulbs compare to the old incan C7's color and brightness?
  8. xmasbobo

    Window material for village houses

    I spent several hours searching the web this morning and came up with this... https://www.acrylite-shop.com/US/us/acrylite-textures-266mh0bbqta/acrylite-textures-colorless-0a000-ffv-qx70mfupl2e~p.html ... that looks like it would be just the effect I want. A 12"x12" piece would be more than enough at $10, however the shipping is more than twice that... $26.41. I need to find some place local that carries this.
  9. My wife made all the buildings in our village at a ceramics class she used to attend. The windows all have just openings where the window panes would be. The C7 light bulb and the unfinished interior is visible. Every year we try to think of something to line the inside of the windows to obscure that view and still allow light to shine out. It would have to be heatproof in case it fell onto the hot bulb, so that rules out cellophane. We thought of stained glass but it's a bit thick and hard to fit to the uneven interior. Nothing showed up in a search. Anyone have any experience doing this? Your help will be appreciated.