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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 Bryan

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  • Birthday 12/21/1971

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  • Location
    West Linn, Oregon
  • Biography
    WSU grad!
  • Interests
    Jet Skiing, Music, design
  • Occupation
    IT Director - Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods
  • About my display
    Building it now for 2010...
  1. How did you light the funkins? LED? Incan? Did they come with a harness? I love the arch idea!
  2. Bryan...You still plan on doing a Christmas display? Have not seen a post from you in quite awhile. Yell if you need help. John

  3. Where are the details? Where are we meeting? What time? Please advise! Bryan
  4. Who cares what it is called. Mr. Webber is a very talented designer and programmer. His sequencing of the (insert your preferred name)tree was original and the entire display was unique. I am saddened by the fact he is not sharing and learning along side the largest Christmas hobby site on the net. I hope he comes back, and gives this a second try. Everyone here should refocus their communication with him and appreciate the creative talent, time, and effort put into a very original and engaging display. This incident aside, PC is one of the friendliest and informative forums around. We are a very unique group, and should appreciate everyone who wants to put forth the effort to bring joy to others via creative energy.
  5. This is an excellent idea! How about attaching some sequences to the original post to match up (For those who share.)
  6. Joe; This is one of the best displays I have ever seen. I am amazed at the crisp sequencing and clean look of the entire display. Simply outstanding in every regard. Thank you for sharing! Bryan
  7. Bryan

    Anybody here ?

    West Linn and Lake Oswego have great schools, That is the primary reason we moved to West Linn. Lots of kids here!
  8. RichardH; Are you moving the display back to your house this year? Your creations are what got me hooked!
  9. Should we bring our soldering gear?
  10. I will be bringing up a few tubs of lights to trade/sell. Is there a LOR vendor coming?
  11. So, I would use the HS, get a small enclosure (not much heat), and use SPT for the 16 channel connections? Sprinkler cable seems a little scary for AC voltage. Thank you all for the input. It just seems like if you were planning, you could build a few "Low Current" controllers. Heck, I may use some of my LED strings on the arches. The draw would be very, very small on a per channel basis.
  12. All; Given that each channel in an arch draws very little current, how have you ordered/configured your LOR controllers? More specifically, did you get heat sinks, what enclosure did you you use, and did you wire it up with SPT2/Vamires or use the full size plug kit? I am trying to plan my purchase from LOR and this info will help! Pictures? Thank you!
  13. Sorry to overstate the obvious. I did not notice his post count!:121_reindeer: Thank you for the deal on the software. I am looking forward to playing with the X10 features to bring the show inside! Bryan
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