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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.

ernie18

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About ernie18

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  • Birthday 10/15/1983

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    northern va
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    home owner
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    xmas
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    educate
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    hopefully will get me hoa viloations
  1. first off amazing job with the skrillex, 2nd, this is the problem with LOR, they need to adress the issue of RGB and file sizes...either that or change the way the program runs because at this point im probably going to need a bigger machine next year too...
  2. you have to go to the bottom of the page after it finishes loading...it does take sometime..
  3. i got an email from jim over at sandevices thats what im going to purchase and he says this "The E682 can control up to a maximum of 16 total strings, or 1,020 total pixels." just to give u something else to think about.
  4. how long did it take to use lsp with the mega tree?
  5. yea ive been trying to wrap my head around nutcracker as it seems to be the cheaper choice than madrix...though it is a little difficult at first ...but it seems to be OK.
  6. just a word on mits leds, ran them on my arches this year and they were the brightest lights ive seen. great quality.
  7. what software would be best to use?
  8. ok so obvious starting planning for next year im going with a 10 foot RGB full LED pixel module (WS 2801 IC) ;DC5V input with 32 strands of 25 nodes each strand. i was thinking of using this controller http://sandevices.com/E681info.html but will need to figure out how to power it, i can use cat5 cable? but how?...can you guys help?
  9. first paypal has a cool feature called bill me later, you can buy anything over 99 $ and finance it over 6+ months (depending on the price ...so thats something to think about when purchasing controllers... 2nd thing do yourself a favor and download the LOR software, play with it, learn it...if you do it now with no pressure you'll have more fun with it...its not really that complicated, just tell the lights to turn on then off at certain times...pretty easy....only when it gets difficult is when you start getting really intricate.
  10. my own opinion doesnt have to be formed, it was formed in the form of the singer/song writer himself singing like that about our troops.. clearly you support him in his decision to disrespect those who serve and die for our country and our freedom so you can claim your 15 seconds of fame on the internet by defending him......good work chief
  11. agree they just take the songs, sequence and use them for 15 seconds of fame.
  12. basically people are saying the gfi's are designed to keep you safe, something is tripping them that is not safe, so by bypassing the gfi's your letting whatever is tripping it get to the house.
  13. doenst he rap about killing our soldiers in his music? least thats how i hear it when i pull the song up on youtube....
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