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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.
SlashDude

Minnesota Mini - Fall 2010

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Heck, I have to ward off numerous "what, Christmas lights already??" comments when I'm setting up in early November the way it is (they don't come from my immediate neighbors, but from people walking down the nearby trail).

To be fair, we also get a fair number of "we're really looking forward to it again" comments...

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I'll be there. Yes. it's me. I'm still alive.

I plan to do my entire settup in one day. Last year 12 of us did it in 3 hours. Cost me $65 in pizza though. November 6, 10:30 your all invited to help.

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I'll be there. Yes. it's me. I'm still alive.

I plan to do my entire settup in one day. Last year 12 of us did it in 3 hours. Cost me $65 in pizza though. November 6, 10:30 your all invited to help.

Nov 6? You're allowing plenty of extra time! Or do you light up on the 7th? :)

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One week to go!

I should have a projector available if you want to bring sequences or videos to show off.

Here is some of the stuff I have:

(Let me know if you are interested in it, and I’ll make sure it is out of the storage area)

Mega tree pole and portable hole

Mega (13’ x 9’) “Bethlehem” star (Still under construction, but should be close to ready)

10’ 5 pointed star

Renard light controllers (24, SS24, 24LV, 64 & 4 ch SSR)

Power (240 volt / 100 amp sub panel)

EDM FM transmitter

15’ 7 channel arch(s)

3 color mini tree(s)

We’ll see you next week!

-Mark

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I am bringing:

Rainbow flood in enclosure

5mm LED mini-tree

Talking coro santa from WOWLights

1602W with WOWLights stand

Still want that Lights and Sounds unit from you.

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How late are you guys hanging out? I won't be avail until 4. Guessing most will be gone by then?

If I remember, last year went long, plus there was a football game to watch. :)

I'll PM you my phone number, and if you want, you can call to see what's going on.

-Mark

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I left the Spring Mini at 10:30pm, so it's possible for people to be there awhile. It depends on what's going on whether people stay or Mark throws us out.

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.....well?

I know that I had a great time. Liked getting the chance to see some old faces and meeting new ones. I would again like to thank Mark for opening his home and hosting the mini.

Hopefully some of the others that attended will post here as well.

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Well, I'd post all the pics I took, but I didn't take any! We had a fun time shooting the Christmas breeze and checking out a few controllers/floods. Thanks Mark for the hospitality!

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I wish that I could have made it!!

I was packed the van lwas oaded with a CCR, 10ft diameter 14 ft tall 32 channel wheel (some of you seen it at the Spring Mini out here) and a wire frame 6 ft tall angel with controllers made to raise up and down a 22 ft vertical slide, then a family emergency came up so I could not make it down there!!

Everybody here is okay now.

I hope some of you that attended took some pictures and will post them??

Garry

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I want to than Mark for hosting a great mini. I think everyone had great time and learned a few more things or it's at least more clear.

Mark showed off his new DC controller and we compared a few LED flood lights and a huge star. I showed some of my controllers and SSR's and shared a bit of history. We had an open round table like discussion that included various dissuasions from display techniques to different ways to fall off a ladder.

I took a camera with the intent to take pictures but I guess I got caught up in the excitement so all I have is my own memories.:o

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I was happy to host, and I had a great time!

I was planning on taking pictures too... But while we were cleaning, the camera got put away, and I forgot to try to find it.

Thank you for bringing stuff to share too!

-Mark

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