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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.
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  • 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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Posts posted by erictheump

  1. You can test that theory (and it looks like you may have already done this) by hooking that LC into the network close to an existing LC. Use a couple of short patch cables, plug it in, and run the show.

    With short cables, you shouldn't be adding that much noise. If the show runs correctly then you are correct to assume you need an RS485 hub/repeater.

    Or... Perhaps you can just run 4 extension cords and leave the LC where it's working?

    If I take out any one of the three at the neighbors it works fine. Or if I move the two LCs next to the MB and then hook up the rest it works. See the attached picture.

    The neighbor has 3-4 computers 2 game consoles and about 4 or 5 lcd TVs in the house. Plenty there to make a lot of noise in the electrical.

  2. Here is an update:

    I disconnected the last LC15 at the neighbors house and all is working for now. The only thing on that box was 4 channels for a wreath. For now we can do without. I believe it is a problem with noise in the line. I'll be ordering a isolated repeater for the system. Thanks for all your help.

  3. Have you tried switching LC15 (3 or 4) with New LC15 (7) and see if they work?

    I believe the LC15's want to be closer to the MB. there is a 100' cable between the 2nd LC30 and the two LC15's. When I move a LC15 on the other side of the 100' cable it responds. I have tried a couple of different cables and no luck. I think they don't like the distance from the MB.

  4. I have two LC15 bought last year that can't be located all of the time. I have them at my mega tree outside. When I move them inside they work fine. They are in the middle of a 8 box run.

    LC-30:) to LC-30:) to LC-15:mad: to LC-15:mad: to LC-30:) to New LC-30:) to New LC-15:) to New LC-30:).

    I have one LC-30 on the other side of the MB.

    Any thoughts???

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