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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.



ccrowder last won the day on September 2 2017

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    First Christmas with my daughter
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    Someone who likes Christmas
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  1. I used to put a fake tree outside and decorate it with my own lights. Keep in mind these are not made for outdoors. While mine is still green there was plenty of rust on the trunk and feet and several rust stains on the concrete below the tree.
  2. So since having two kids and the front room becoming their play room for the last two years I have not been able to really put out the village. Well decided this year to make a department store window style display with the third car garage. Finally was able to finish it (hard with only a few hours each weekend while girls nap). Now I just have to get the train tunnel finished and put the village out once it gets past Halloween. Basically the table can fold up when not in use and when it is down all I have to do is roll up the garage door each evening to display the village and then close it each night before bed.
  3. I guess I have been lucky. The old folks in the neighborhood like more decorations being out as they have gone downhill in the past. And with new families moving into the neighborhood with um.. old folks downsizing.. nothing brightens up the holidays like getting competitive dads to decorate.
  4. ccrowder

    GFP Closing

    They do it to try and get around the fees for selling the item. Ebay takes nothing from the 'shipping' costs.
  5. So trying to finalize plans and shopping list for my tree this year. It is going to be ~14ft tall 180 tree with 16 strips of 50 pixels. The part I am trying to decide is which topper do I go with? I have heard good things about the holidaycoro QT2 but I do like the fact the Boscoyo topper can be adjusted up or down the fence top pipe since it uses a clamp style fit. The holidaycoro one just fits the tapered end. Is this not much of a real concern? I just wonder how often do you need to 'adjust' the height of the tree topper since with the holidaycoro one that means either cutting more rail off or adding another rail (and cutting).
  6. Yeah.. Was thinking of the strips with nodes in them but 1in spacing would be way to much cost wise and power wise for what I can do. Since the strips and nodes (at 3in) take about the same power it was do I do single node every 3 in or strip (with 3 leds per 3in). Think I am leaning towards nodes just due to what I have been seeing folks say about strips failing.
  7. So I want to add to my house outline this year. Last year I put C9 style pixels on the roofline but want to add something more this year. I was thinking of supplementing them with strips beneath and doing windows. I like the large bulb look of the c9 style pixels but at 8-in spacing there is a fair amount of dead zone between and as I don't have as many pixels per foot less you can do with effects (although helps the budget when trying to convince wife for first year).My question is would strips be better or nodes in the long run. Strips are cheaper and give a more continuous 'ribbon' effect since in essence each pixel is 3in wide. But bullet nodes tend to hold up better but then it is only a single pixel every 3in. Or should I leave the roof line alone and just do windows with bullet nodes? Below is a picture so you can see what I am working with from last year. Main changes is this year will do a mega-tree (well 14ft) with pixels where inflatables are roughly and bulding a department store window face to the single car garage so folks can see Christmas village. Will probably also ditch the white led icicle lights along the wall since they are really bright and wash out the pixels a bit. Any other suggestions?
  8. Did you have a secondary panel installed? That is like 125 amps. Don't most houses only have about 200 going in from street?
  9. Very impressive. Mind if I ask just how many total watts of power all those pixels take? My biggest issue with growing to much more is lack of circuits to plug into and convincing the wife to have a whole new circuit added.
  10. ccrowder

    What is this?!

    Cannot see the base of your tree.. how many pixels per setup you end up with? (and looking great!)
  11. Judging from the density and and the fact they controlled singly I would say 60/60 strings or 30/30.. hard to say. But basically each led in strip has it's own ws2811. Glad someone can afford this =p Then again those spot lights cannot be that cheap. Very impressive display. If I tried that my wife would shoot me.. after beating me with a baseball bat.. after skinning me alive.
  12. Big J. If you have one of the older school style projectors that shine through you can get transparency film for either a laser printer or inkjet printer at any office store. Just print off what you want and slap it on.
  13. ccrowder

    What is this?!

    Looking good. I cannot imagine the time it will take to setup and sequence it =p
  14. Thinking I want to do a few spinners for 2017 but trying to decide between node vs strip. Any comments?
  15. Well no guy wires outside the 6.5ft tree diameter if possible. No problem with them inside. This weekend maybe I will dig down some along the edge to see how much concrete is below the brick ring. Current thoughts are sink some concrete bolts into them as anchor points for guy lines. The other option would be a rigid frame from PVC or EMT conduit that could be disassembled so I can store it off season. Oh. missed question before on turf.. Home inspector said it was likely Easy Turf when we moved in 4 years ago but no idea. But being it has been there 7+ years has had time to weather and most folks don't know it is fake. Really wish they would start making artificial turf that does not look so 'perfect'. Who the hell (outside golf courses) has a completely green lawn..
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