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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.
Carsten

To all Newbies: READ EVERYTHING!

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To all my fellow newbies:

After spending a good portion of the past month reading many of the threads in dozens of sections of this website, I can give you the best piece of advice us newbies could get / give: READ THESE FORUMS! I am completely blown away by the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the people on this forum. Designs for pvc-based trees where there are no trees, wrapping lights around tomato cages (which are on sale right now for about a dollar at my local hardware store), wreaths, arches, it's amazing what all of you have come up with. Whenever I think "wow, they have come up with _everything_", I open a new thread and find something else that makes my eyes light up (pun intended), my mouth water, and my jaw drop.

I now understand why so many of you have hundreds of channels on your lighting automation. You probably started with a few lights on the house (16 channels), then saw the star and falling snowflake on the Holdman house (another 16 channels), then read this forum and discovered the mini-trees (32 more channels), then the mega-trees (another 32 channels), and now (like I, this morning) the PVC trees (yes, another 32 channels). Oh, sorry, I forgot the arches (64 channels), the blow molds (32 channels) and the various animations for another 64 channels!

So my advice as a fellow newb is read, read, read. I'm guessing 99% of what I want to do has been done and possibly covered here, and I will consider myself a mortal among gods if I can come up with something that makes others here want to emulate the design.

- Carsten

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WEll said, i would agree to try and read or search for a thread before you ask the question because sometimes the answer is right there.

Welcome to pc by the way,:D

-Will

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The most challenging part of the forums are when we get off track. Yes... we do, and then we come up with ideas that should be posted in other areas :D I know I'm guilty. Yes, there is a lot of info here. Never stop reading.

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That's the thread! Very, very cool. We live in a newer sub and the only tree on my property is a mock plum that doesn't lose its leaves until March :~((. Now I have a way of having decorated trees in the yard, without having decorated trees in the yard!

Like I said, the more I read, the more I want to add. Maybe that's _not_ such a good thing!

- Carsten

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and I will consider myself a mortal among gods if I can come up with something that makes others here want to emulate the design.

- Carsten

you will....

Welcome to PC.

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Carsten,

Welcome to PC and well stated. It's amazing how many times the same questions get asked all the time. I know we all get in a hurry at times, but the depth and breadth of info on this site is mind boggling if you invest the time to read. This time of year there are no deadlines, so it is a great time to peruse forums and threads.

Somebody started a master thread index at one point, not sure what ever happened to that, but an FAQ would be a great forum to have.

One extra tid bit I will give you. I am not a huge Microsoft fan, but I use Microsoft One Note as one of my planning tools. I love it. I keep a notebook on threads of interest to me, that way I can go look them up pretty quick. There is an add-on that allows you to throw websites right into One Note. Enjoy, and do ask questions too.

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