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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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Walter and Jackie Monkhouse

Pixel Tree Class at EXPO

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If you are planning on building a Pixel Tree or improving an existing one , come to the Pixel Tree Design class at the Christmas EXPO in Chicago. The class is Friday , July 15, at 2 PM. There you will learn about the elements of a pixel tree and see how to build the New Proportional Degree Pixel Tree. By attending the class you are eligible to enter a drawing for an exciting and exceptional door prize donated by ADVATEK LIGHTS. See ADVATEK'S Creative Digital Lighting Solutions at www.advateklights.com .

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I'm all over this one Walter. Can't wait!

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The winner of the  Pixel Tree Class door prize at Christmas Expo was Peggy Volpe from Columbus, Ohio.  The door prize was donated by Advatek Lights and valued at $1849.55.  A BIG Thanks to Advatek for donating this exceptional prize. Congratulations Peggy!

See Advateks product line at www.advateklights.com

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Im looking to buy a smart pixel mega tree:  Any suggestion on companies to buy them from?

I have Animated Lighting controller, so Im okay if pixel do not work with Animated Lighting music, but would like to be able to program a message in pixel tree.

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I see no one jumped in, so I will. CDI carries Minleon, as well as Reinders. These would be good plug and play options. There is probably others who sell them, but I have used both these vendors and highly recommend them both. 

A suggestion is to really think about doing a DYI version. They are not difficult, they just require a bit of planning. You can do it more economically this way as well. 

I hope that helps.

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