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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.
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  • 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.
Tom Fleming

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hey guys! just had a quick question. looking to add 5 more controllers next year and not looking to spend $1500 in controllers. I was looking at 2 options. I was looking at either building the controller myself (I need to learn to solder) or buying the pre-built controller without anything. I was thinking to take the controller and use a Rubbermaid case to waterproof it. I was also thinking instead of spending $30 on the cord set I could use SPT2 out of the controller and use female vamps at the end. has anyone gone this route with controllers? im not intentionally trying to be cheap but I can save $100-$150 a controller which adds up when your buying 5 of them. I want to spend more money on finishing converting to 100% LED and add 10,000 more LEDs. thanks.

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Hi Tom, just my $0.02 but if you order during the LOR sale you can probably get five PC controllers, with cord sets and cases for around $200 each if I remember correctly. I have used SPT wire or of PC LOR car and controller before but really prefer the actual cord sets more. Your other option is used... last year I moved to RGB lights and sold half of my 12 PC LOR controllers here and on the LOR forums, for between $150 to $175 each and they worked perfectly... just some thoughts... coming to you live from Tapatalk

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Check I used 5 gal bucket enclosures with spt 1 wire and female plugs.  Mine were the commercial ones, not the PCs but same principle.  Only difference is you would have to use quick-connects instead of the screw clamps on the wires.  I soldered mine too. It is a good money saver.  No experience previously, but once you do the first one it gets a lot faster and easier.

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