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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.

PsyberTech

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About PsyberTech

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  • Birthday 11/07/1960

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    Sacramento CA USA
  • Biography
    Love playing with electronic toys
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    Computers
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    Telecommunications Systems Engineer
  • About my display
    48 Channels 4x 12-Gemmy, and a Mr Christmas :( until I go Light-o-Rama... :)
  1. LOR is the only way to go, but last year I had Mr. Christmas, and this year I wanted to use my own music and and an FM Transmitter. Because the Gemmy does not handle the same number if lights at the Mr. Christmas, I ended up buying 4 of the Gemmy 12s for this year which I will link to the same music source. If you want to run more lights than the Gemmy can support, you will need to build some solid state 10 to 25 Amp relays. There are instructions here in the forums if interested. But as mentioned, there is not enough time for most of us to start with LOR this late in the season. Unlike Gemmy and Mr. Christmas, the LOR has to be manually sequenced for each of your channels and every song. This year has been an up and down learning experience.
  2. ACK!!!! DO NOT BUY THE ONE I JUST LISTED ABOVE!!! It works great and all.. but it is the MONO version... for $129.00 you can get the Eclipse-4000 which is in (stereo) That is unless someone has a better recommendation for me?
  3. I got better prices at WalMart last night.
  4. Sacramento between Antelope and Elkhorn off I-80
  5. Today I installed a MobileBlackBox V6000 and used an extra computer in the garage for an audio source. I am glad I bought the external antenna because line of sight at 200mW started to fail at about 150'. The external antenna was closer to 1000'. We will see when I get it mounted on the 2nd story roof this weekend. http://www.mobileblackbox.com/content/view/40/75/ OFFER EXTENDED V6000 FM Audio transmitter Original Price $229 Sale price US$99.99
  6. God! I love this site... Everything I need, want to know or should know even if I do not want to know it, is here for the reading... Solid State Relays. As low as $9.00 ea on eBay right now. Instructions by Jason Rose... "Da Man!" http://talk.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=23938 Thank you Jason..
  7. I just bought 2 of the BUY IT NOW units for $90.00 and I have a bid on one for $100.00 and another one I ordered last week for $70.00. If I can not power everything with one unit, might as well get 3 or 4. I was also looking at a Solid State Relay array that I could build that would allow me to run 25Amps per channel. Well actually 1/2 of that if I want to keep the heat down. The SSR was to run the main house lights. Nice thing about the Gemmy is that because I already have dedicated AC power all around the house, I only need to run an audio cable from my computer with the FM Transmiter to each of the Gemmy boxes. This saves me on thousands of feet of extension cords for now... Oh, if you break out and use an external music source, switch to mono before plugging into the Gemmy. If you have two Gemmy boxes, you can run your left channel into one, and the right into the other for some additional lighting fun. Once you get this deep, you need to start looking at Light-O-Rama to handle your needs. I pray for a good year at work to support that dream for next year.
  8. This was an interesting find... No wonder people were smoking the units left and right. Using LED strands will use less power and allow more lights? *praying* Well, I could come out of each outlet off the Gemmy and have them just power a relay that could actually handle all the amps I need. Ack, I would need an electronic rather than a mechanical relay like I was just thinking about. The noise and the RF would be unreal! Off to look at electronic relays...
  9. /BUMP If there is a thermal problem with the Gemmy I would like to know about it. I have no problems ripping it apart, changing the heat sink or even adding a cooling fan to them. I just started last year with animation of my lights. I bought a *cough* Mr. Christmas, but this year I bought 6 of the "GEMMY HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW" sets to handle all my lights. (Next year, I hope I will have built my Light-O-Rama boxes) The Gemmy's should be here any day now, and I would like to upgrade the heat protection before I fire them up if need be. Anyone else have any thermal problems with those units?
  10. Here is my Silent Night of Choice.... Gary Hoey - Ho! Ho! Hoey - 10 - Silent Night It is a 6 string steel electric guitar which does it for me. And no, it is not a heavy metal version. Good enough to play for Grandma if you want. Here is a place to listen to it if you like... http://beemp3.com/download.php?file=2128867&song=Silent+Night
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