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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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Looking for some ideas or photos based on other peoples "command centers". I personally set up my show laptop and controllers in my garage. Its been.... interesting.... getting everything set up. So this year I have decided to build some dedicated mounting, shelves, outlets, cabinets, etc... so that I can more easily set up the computer part and not have to worry. Anyone else have a similar "command center" type set-up? I would love to see photos or have some people share their set-up lessons learned and what not.

My current plan (no particular order):

  • Install old cabinet (sideways), remove door and drill holes on both sides. Laptop in here, run power in one side and cat5 out the other
  • Install outlets- I need more! and I need them in a move convenient place. I currently have 2 controller boxes with plans for a third next year, so I am installing at least 3 new dedicated outlets...
  • LOR box mounting... place them next to the previously mentioned cabinet so I can easily run cat5

Big picture (left to right) Outlet 1 power-> laptop cabinet -> outlet 2 ->box 1 ->outlet 3 ->box 2 ->outlet 4 -> box 3 -> garage cord exit  (cat5 is running from cabinet to all boxs) (box outs run out the garage ... obviously)

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I use the same PC, that I use for my business.  Stuck an extra NIK card in it and haven't had any issues in the 3 seasons that I've been running it this way.  I had used laptops in the garage for a few years & had nothing but issues with them.

One Cat5 cable runs out into the garage to my LOR machines.  Another Cat5 runs out to the garage to a dumb switch which has several Pixel controllers connected.

The LOR boxes are a combination of hard wired Cat5 and wireless.

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I have my laptop/fm transmitter in an extra bedroom and ran cat 5. From the closet through the attic to the eves 

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