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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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About deleskie

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  • Birthday 07/22/1971

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    Sydney, NS
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    Computer Geek
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    Networking g33k
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  1. If its not to late, I know yesterday was the deadline I'd like to get on the list, jim deleskie 16 Elmbank Sydney, NS Canada B1S1X6 [email protected] deleskie Cheers! -jim
  2. My biggest concern is we get some fair winds here, and this is going to be like a giant sail, I was thinking for quick-setup / tear down, but good point about 1/4 house. -jim
  3. I just finished saying I wasn't going to add any lights this year, this is 4th year and we've grown quite quickly, over 30k LEDS, a CCR mega tree, a CCB mega, etc etc.. so I don't need anything added, but I assume you are all like me and WANT to add all the time. Well growing up, my town had this: And it is probably the reason for my addiction today Last year I started thinking I could recreate it or something similar. Any suggestions, other then to have my head examined by a professional I'm thinking 9 sheets of plywood? Not even a clue on how many lights it would take. Cheers! -jim
  4. We'll be mailing out from last years list as well. Merry Christmas all! -jim
  5. I like doing the full list too, so rare to get regular mail anymore, and Christmas cards are truly the best type of mail
  6. I'm making a big jump this year in number of channels, had 5 controllers last year, this year will have 16 CCR's, 12CCB's 1 CCP and 6 controllers. I have 4 USB to RS485 controllers but think I'm going to order 2 more, ( forgot about the CCB's), should this be enough or should I 3-4 more total giving me 7-8 networks? Also the show PC is 4-5 years old, dual core AMD but only 3G of ram, should that be enough or should I plan on upgrading it, I don't really have time to test it and then upgrade, my new toys just shipped and I'm in Canada, so I won't see them for a week - 10day, and work has me pretty busy so trying to find spare cycles where I can If I should upgrade any suggestions? Also if I upgrade it seems all new computers come with Windows 8, anyone have any issues with 8 and LOR S3? I moved to MAC about 5yrs back and the show PC is the only windows machine in the house so I haven't really kept up. Now to do look for more extension cords, they seems to always disappear between end of one season and start of the next Many Thanks! and Merry Christmas! -jim
  7. This will be my 3rd year doing driveway arches.. first yr 3 arches, 3/4in x 25ft of PVC each, 2 end to end super strings of 70ct red/blue/multi's. Arches 1 and 3 tied together. 6 channels total. Last year, added 4th arch, same construction, 1&3 and 2&4 tied together. 7 strings of mulit each made from 3 50ct multi's end to end each on their own channel. 13 channels today. This year switched to 3/4in EMT, much more solid! Had to use a pipe bender to get the arch 1,3, 5 and 2,4,6 tied together. 2 super strings each made of multi and blue, x 3 long, 50ct each. 20Channels today. Driveway arches rock, if I have the time, channels and lights, have 12 arches, 12 super stings of red/blue/multi going end to end each on a thier own channel. Ahh to dream!
  8. I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but sometimes on the internet... I've worked with many lawyers over time, and this one sounds like he needs to go back to school. Also and I say this as a business owner, the threat to sue people who are not breaking the, that have bought your music is a BAD business idea. Judy some free advice, talk to a different lawyer that has no financial intrest in being rewarded from suing people to get their opinion. You may also want to talk to business manager to get their view on this. Just my 2 cents. -jim
  9. I'm having a smilar issue.. in the last 2 year I've bough close to 600 boxes of LED 70ct and 50ct... I've had probably close to 10% failure rare... really not happy
  10. I use super strings and zip tie them every 12-18inches. Turns my 72 strands ( each 2 stings long) into 24 super strings. When I take them down I coil them, and stack them in large plastic garbage bins on wheels.
  11. I have a similar set up, Im including a picture of my top for the pullet system. I use a 4 to 3 in reducer ( PVC) to attach the lights to and the wire for the pulley system
  12. deleskie

    Canada Eh!

    I was all happy another NSian join, then I realized I already know you! Welcome to addiction.... the upside is the only way to deal with it, is with ligths, maybe blow molds and having fun with it
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