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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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    • Birthday 05/01/1976

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      Avid Woodworker and Saltwater Reef Tank hobbyist who enjoys Christmas Lights
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      not much right now. Doing research for next year :)

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    1. I think my brother would kill me if I suggested mini lights. 🤣 Some of these wire frames are 35+ years old at this point and they were all minis taped down for probably the first 15 years or so and it was always a pain. The wire frames are on all the first and second story roofs and something always seemed to go out. Rope light also look so much better since it’s a bulb per inch roughly. I just remember the original rope light we used from the local hardware store would last for years and now everything seems like it’s just junk 😔
    2. My parents display had a lot of large wire frame pieces. We bought what we thought was high quality rope light from a US based vendor in 2017 to redo all of the wire frames. Within a week we started having broken segments and by last year nearly every one of them was a hodgepodge of repairs and broken segments. I am looking for recommendations on a high quality rope light vendor. Due to the amount of wire frames we went with incandescent again last time but I am open to LED if there are more reliable but I won’t want to make the mistake again and have 2000’+ of junk rope light to fight ea
    3. Pricing being lowered. I would like to sell these so they can go to good use this year. $110 shipped via USPS to any 50 states. If you are interested in more than one PM me your zip and I can figure out pricing. Thanks [ATTACH=CONFIG]39285[/ATTACH]
    4. Hi, I bought and built a few to many of the boards this year since we are moving a bunch of things to RGB Pixels. I have 8 spare Renard 24 HC 4.0 boards for sale, these are the current version of boards from kostyun.com. These are built and tested with current Renard firmware at 115.2k baud. They include the CG-1000 cases and blanks to make heatsinks. I had the heatsinks cut out of aluminium but ran out of time to drill them. I'll include a pair for each controller. The only thing you need to provide is cords and if you need heatsinks, the screws, nuts & heatsink compound. Asking $1
    5. Bump... two Renard 24 LVs left. The rest is gone. Thanks
    6. My wife and I are expecting our first so I am scaling back the plans this year considerably at my house. I bought a bunch of Creative Display 2010 LEDs during the January Sale and I am selling them off as I might have to skip a few years of doing anything big. These are new in box. Cost is per strand + shipping & paypal. This is about 25% off of CDI's current pricing. Thanks Chris $13 for 100 count Blue C6 Strands (I have 36 strands of these left) $15 for 100 count Pure White C6 Strands (I have 36 strands of these left) $12 for 100 count Blue 5MM Strands (I have 12 strands of the
    7. Hi, I have two of Frank's Renard 24 LV PCBs and Group Buy BOMs from this years DIYC Group Buy for Sale. $46 for one shipped with paypal fees or $85 for two shipped with paypal fees. These are unassembled and are the Low Voltage DC version. I'll toss in the resistor so they can be run at 24v DC as that was not included in the group buy I also have one of the Renard 48 LSD PCBs and Group Buy BOM from this years DIYC Group Buy for Sale. $41 for the one shipped with paypal fees. This is also unassembled are is for 5v DC. It can be run at 12v or 24v DC with the purchase of a DC-DC convert
    8. Sorry missed your post. I would prefer to sell buy the case but PM me what you are looking for and I'll see what I can do. Thanks!
    9. Yellows gone. Just blues and white left. Thanks!
    10. Changing direction this year due to expecting our first child. I have 9 of Franks Strips for Sale (3 orders of 3 strips) + the LEDs to fully populate them from the DIYC group buy and the associated resistors and RJ45s from mouser. These are unassembled. I have enough warm white for 6 strips and enough cool whites for 6 strips as I was planning on going 50/50 with the whites. Looking for $14 per strip + shipping & pp with all the parts per strip including the LEDs to fully populate them. If you want them all, I'll do $125 total including shipping. Thanks Note the RGB LEDs are common a
    11. Bump. Would like to get these shipped soon as they are taking up space. Open to fair offers only as they are new in box. Thanks
    12. No Problem. Glad they found a good home. Bump for the weekend. Would like to sell the rest of the whites and blues off. PM or email me if interested... $180 for 12 x 100 C6 Blues shipped to anywhere in the lower 48 (includes paypal) $200 for 12 x 100 C6 Whites shipped to anywhere in the lower 48 (includes paypal) $360 for 12 Blue and 12 White shipped to anywhere in the lower 48 (includes paypal) $85 for 9 x 100 5MM Yellow shipped to anwhere in the lower 48 (includes paypal)
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