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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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Ron Boyd

Tennessee ++ Fall Mini

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Tennessee ++ Fall Mini 


All are invited, not just the folks from TN. In March, we had folks from TN, GA, NC, AL, FL and we also had someone join us from New Zealand, by far winning the most distance traveled. 


WHEN: Saturday, September 20, 2014 


WHERE: Doug Delongs house 3787 Blue Springs Road in Cleveland, TN 


TIME: TBD (usually 9 am – 4 pm) 


We’ll take up $$$ for lunch, usually pizza or Subway.


We will discuss all aspects of putting together a great display from nuts and bolts to finished display. This is a great time for newcomers to ask questions.  


Topics will/can range from: 


Lights to use: Incandescent, LED’s, RGB dumb and smart strings, Matrices, mega trees, and Coro elements. 


Hardware: basic controllers, miniature pixel controllers, E1.31, Sandevices, J1SYS, dumb and smart controllers, etc.


Software: LOR, Vixen, Hls, Superstar, Xlights/Nutcracker and if needed, how to use Vegomatic to easily add RGB channels to LOR S3.


Power Injection: This is something that all can learn when using the low voltage, DC items such as pixels and basic RGB


If the interest is there, several of us can demonstrate good and most likely, different techniques for soldering, ie. connecting pixel strips or strings, adding pigtails, soldering together controller boards and such. 


Been there, done that. We can have one on one instruction if the need arises. Lots of us have been doing this for several years and have the "Been there, done that and I got the t-shirt" mentality. We're all willing to share our experiences, good and bad.


Construction of elements: Need ideas how to construct leaping arches, mega trees, spiral trees, Marty fan, etc. Bring your new, cool element, to show off. It gives others ideas for creating new exciting elements for their display as well as how to build them. 


What’s new: Let’s talk about the new stuff which will hopefully include an update on LOR S3. 


Buy and Sell: There are almost always items for sale.


Mark your calendar for the 20th.


More info to come.

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Darn--I wish I had seen this before 10/5!  I'm right next door in Arkansas.



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