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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 ricksglass

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  1. ricksglass

    JUMP (Jack Up Mega Pole)

    I also used wood on one side to level the base. My solution for removing the threads in the bushing was to use plastic schedule 40 fittings. Threads came right out. This is my second year and no problems with it.
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    Connecting Lor Controllers

    If you have a friend at Best Buy that will get you cables at employee price it is real cheap. 50' for $5.00, 25' for around $2.00. I got lucky and went that way along with making some of my own.
  3. Hello Rick. are you related to Bob Glass a falconer down in your area? I am the Chief Engineer for WTTM 1680 located in Cherryhill,NJ I live up by exit 8a of the turnpike in Monroe Township. Im just rebuilding after a housfire in2007 and starting fresh with 64 channels of LOR. Im also also a member of Planet Christmas. and thought I would send a Seasons greetings from my family to yours.. I probably wont be setup Till July 4th. as I amjust putting together about 40 3 foot trees. with Red and white channels.. so far I have had no luck finding Blue Light strings.... what are you using for extension cords? SPT2 cable? where do you get it. Take care Neal Newman

  4. ricksglass

    3/8 Rope light source?

    http://www.1000bulbs.com/Rope-Lights/ They have 3/8 rope light at a pretty reasonable price.
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    Extension Cords Needed

    If you are going to HD or probably any of the box stores, Talk to the manager if you want to pick up a larger lot. I got 10% a couple of years ago for 50 cords. Not much but it covered the sales tax.
  6. ricksglass

    Thanks to All for Coming to the Philly Mini

    Greg, Thanks for hosting the Philly mini. This was the first mini I have been able to attend. It was well worth the drive. It is nice to put a face to the names on here. I definitely picked up some good tips. Looking forward to the next event. Rick
  7. ricksglass

    90% off at Walmart

    I stopped at another semi local Walmart (about an hour away) to me Fri night just to look. They had a LOT (100 trays) or so of mini's left at $.30/box. Unfortunately I was in the ambulance I work for and could not pick up any. Got up early Sat morning and took 2 carts to the garden center. I realized quickly that they would not be big enough. Spoke to the employee there and he got me a U-boat. Loaded up 15 trays along with some other items and checked out. As I was leaving I spoke to the head cashier who got the supervisor(manager and assistant manager were not in the store). I asked if they wanted to make a deal on the remaining trays. I gave them a low ball offer. They got on the phone with the assistant manager and came back with a counter offer of $.20/box on as many more as I wanted. Unloaded the uboat and went back for 10 more trays. Left my number with them and maybe they will donate whatever is left to my project. Not too hopeful on that but good things do happen to me once every 10 years or so. I'll just have to wait and see.
  8. ricksglass

    Planning to make my own American Flag

    I started my flag last year. Ran out of time to finish it. I used 4x7 coro and had a local sign shop put the flag in vinyl on it for the daytime. Each stripe will have 3 rows of mini's. The short stripes will have 50 per row. Only problem so far is some strings of 100 mini's only have 99. I will have to splice in the last bulb. this is annoying. The longer stripes will have 78 or so. I will just black out the extra. Made a 2x4 frame to support the coro. Now I just need time to finish it.
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    I sent in to them weeks ago with no response as of today.
  10. Has anyone tried to change only the motor in an inflatable? I have an 8' snow globe that the motor was not working great and now won't start. I look at buy inflatables and they didn't have any. It seems they only get them once in a while. Anyone try graingers or similar for the motor only?
  11. ricksglass

    Still Dark?

    Most lights are up. Work keeps getting in the way what with starting a new part time job along with the regular job. Most cords are out. Have to plug into all the controllers and tweak the sequences. Tomorrow I'm off and I'm not leaving the house. I hope to light up tomorrow or Thurs.
  12. ricksglass

    Best way to make holes in coroboard?

    I also use an awl. Works great and the lights are snug and don't fall out.
  13. ricksglass

    How much strech in new strings of mini's

    I attach them to the top of my tree. After the tree is raised, I untwist the strings to stretch them before I wrap one time around my bottom ring and zip tie it. Works well for me with no adjustment needed later.
  14. ricksglass

    What do you use to slide your arches over? Also...

    I have 20' arches. I use 1/2" rebar 48" long. Pound it in at a small angle 18" into the ground. Slide the arch over it and it is very stable even with some high winds. I initially thought I would have to guy it but it wasn't necessary. Have fun.
  15. ricksglass

    Christmas Light Show in Iraq

    Very nice. It's good to see you can celebrate the season there also. Thank all service men and women for what you do.