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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 weitzeld

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  • Birthday 06/10/1964

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    First year of light
  • Location
  • Biography
    Mid 40's, Male
  • Interests
    Hunting, Fishing
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    New this year. Mostly LED
  1. Thanks!!! It's working. To make it work, I had to go in and create a show. When I started the show it worked. I can live with this. But does anybody know why this is the only way to get it to work. I Just can't pull up a sequence and it will work. I also went back and changed it to multicast for my default setting.
  2. I went in and changed the IP address. Here is a screen shot. It did not work. I also turned off my anti virus. Still not working.
  3. I have the E681 upgraded to the 4.026 firmware. I have my programming done and can not get it to talk to S3. I can make the lights work with the test pattern on the E681, but when I run my sequence it does not work. I have included screen shots of the current set ups. I've tried everything from turning of my enttec pro adapter off and also and changing my com port to (none). I have my computer hooked up directly to the E681 and that's how I want to run my setup. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Dan
  4. Sorry it took so long to get this posted. Here is a pic of the final mod. Thanks again Dan.
  5. Here is how I modded the controller. The colored light work just light I want. The clear lights come on and then go off and have a about a 2 sec pause then stay on after that. Any Ideas?
  6. Are we talking about the 8 black semiconductors at the top? The numbers on them is XL 1225. Thanks Dan
  7. I have a muti function controller that I want to modify to use with my LOR system. Does anybody know how to make it static? Every time I unplug it goes into a pre-programed sequence. The lights are LED that work with this controller. Here are some pics of the controller.
  8. Hello, This is my first post and looking to buy one box of Philips 60 Count LED Dome Blue Lights from Target. I need it to finish out my 16 mini trees. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Dan
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