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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.
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RichardH

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Apperently Im not the best judge I just got IE 7 Beta 3 tonight and its having a problem with your cam. Sorry to be of no help :P

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I'm using IE 6.02 and all I get is the white box with red X in the middle.

Unless that what you look like, I'd say its not working yet.

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The web cam is definitely working. Since I've got warnings turned on in my browser, it asked to install an ActiveX control from Axis. But once that was installed, I saw the live picture this morning. You had your daughter on your lap, with the Christmas trees blinking in the background...

How much did the web cam cost? Where did you get it?

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It is an Axis 2120 and I bought it off ebay. They are a few years old and cost $800 when new and usually you can buy them between $200$300 on ebay. I have been watching them the past few weeks on ebay and saw one that was listed for $99 for buy it now so I snagged it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130012916819

This one even came with an outdoor case so I can put it out in the yard.

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The still images should work for everybody. To view the video you need to use IE and accept the Active X control.

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Was able to get the webcam link working. Just had to install Active X and allow it to run from your site.

I am on IE 7 beta

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Not sure how much I would want people watching me sitting here working on the lights. That could be strange :-)

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Image is there, your sitting at desk[computor sp?] The shading is going from light to dark and back.

Mike E

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neworder wrote:

I just got a new dedicated web cam (does not require a computer) and trying it out. Let me know if you can see an image above.

There must be something wrong. All it shows is some weirdo who thinks it's time to put up Christmas trees. :shock:

TED

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It was pretty easy to get working. Since it has a built in web server and everything you just plug it into your network so you don't have to have it hooked up to your computer.

Once I configured the camera and it had it's own IP address on the inside of my network, I set up my router to forward port 81 to the network camera. I plan on having it up for Christmas this year so everybody can see the show from the internet. There is an audio module that you can buy for it so there will be sound also.

I do have another Camera that I bought new for $90 that is a dedicated Web Cam but it uses a cmos sensor so the image quality is not the best (this one is normal CCD) and direct sunlight can ruin it. I left it at work so I will bring it home on monday and hook them both up so people see the difference in quality. The nice thing about it though is sound is built in. Almost all of the new dedicated web cams have sound though.

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TED wrote:

neworder wrote:

There must be something wrong. All it shows is some weirdo who thinks it's time to put up Christmas trees. :shock:

TED

LOL - That is what my wife is thinking right now. My little daughter is loving it. She comes in here and starts dancing around.

Just doing some testing with these trees I bought at home depot during their after christmas sale. I bought 10 of them and what is cool is they are lit in 3 different sections per tree so I am able going to be able to control each section for some cool effects and I am seeing what looks good.

Also in front of each of these white trees I am going to have a Red and Green Flood so I can do some more effects with colors on the trees. It is going to take 45 channels just for these trees and flood lights. Looks like I will have to get 2 more controllers.

Here is the layout so far that I have been working on

Light-Layout-01.jpg

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Very cool. Can it work thou if you already host your own website? For instance I host 2 web sites already, so if you type in my IP address 71.92.111.109 then you go to my bussiness site v3dd.com, but I also host lights4christ.com on the same computer and IP address. So I wonder if there is a way to set one of those up also, but I think it would have to a sublink from one of my websites already. Any ideas?

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Start the show again! Now it is dark so now we can get a **** look at it! I just love watching it!

--Daniel L

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