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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. 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.
  • 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.

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Christmas Tree Ver2.0.mp4

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Updated Christmas tree using 96 sections of lights, run on an Allen Bradley SLC5/03. I updated from a 7 slot rack to a 10 slot rack & added outputs to control the 12 volt power supply, tree-top and the white lights that came on the tree. The colored lights are cut into 12 volt sections & powered by a 12 volt 30 amp power supply (with all lights on it pulls just under 16 amps with the voltage reduced to 11 volts to be gentler on the light bulbs). The PLC is controlled by 2 PC's and a Windows 10 tablet running AdvancedHMI, through a WiFi access point and a Ethernet COM port. I'm hoping this video shows, as the previous version I uploaded twice wouldn't play. If not I'll attach a link to the YouTube video.


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