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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.

    Greg Young

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    1. Thanks Sammy, that is just the information I was looking for!
    2. Sammy, out of curiosity are you using West systems epoxy when glassing? If so which resin/hardener combination? Are you using standard FG sheets, or carbon/FG sheets? Greg
    3. or use an old grill motor. cheaper and heavier duty..
    4. In addition to the risk of personal injury from falls, etc, you can damage asphalt shingles pretty easily when they are frozen if you aren't careful. I say that because I see your snow in your picture, and living up north we usually have frozen roofs, at least during the time of takedown. Your roof pitch is pretty mild, but if you are not comfortable I would echo the advice of hiring someone who is more comfortable working on roofs, or rent a lift.. Greg
    5. It's interesting to read that folks feel a need to count visitors. The charities I deal with would be much more focused on how much funding you have raised in the past, or in the case of a first time event plan to raise, rather than having any concerns regarding vehicle traffic that may frequent/pass by the event... That being said I am curious Chuck - did you have to get permission to place your pneumatic sensor across the roadway, or are you able to just put it up and taken it down each evening?
    6. I have been running a display since 1977, and I have never waterproofed connections ,as stated above. Living in WNY I get a fair amount of rain and snow, and only very rarely have I had GFCI issues.
    7. They work, but require step down voltage, depending on manufacturer. They also are delicate. Jerry Plak has used them. I use them in model RRing, but not my display.
    8. MC Productions, are you a commercial entity that deals in animations, etc? Do you repair/create them? Thanks!
    9. These young-uns just don't understand the importance of commitments anymore! There is a sequenced home in Kenmore that apparently now includes his neighbor that I will have to check out this year...
    10. Walter and Jackie are artisans in the true sense of the word!
    11. That is a nice find Darlene! I agree that with a few changes here and there it would be a nice prop!
    12. For folks starting out, downloading shared sequences can prove extremely useful! They will usually have the timings well establsihed, and give the person viewing the visualization window a chance to get some very good ideas on how to to sequence various design elements. Most will probably have many more channels than needed, but those can easily be edited/deleted... Greg
    13. I assume most folks know that you can't fade LED strings with caps in the circuitry, without risking early failure... Caps are prone to failure, much more so than diodes/resistors (unless the latter 2 are under valued), so if you have caps, and there are string failures - that should be your first area of investigation. Greg
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