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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 tboyce

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    • Birthday 10/02/1970

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      Oak Forest, IL
    • Biography
      I am a computer geek.
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      Home Automation, Computer Programming
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      IT Manager
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      Currently a static display. Had to scale back the past few years, but looking to grow the display and possibly go to computer controlled.
    1. I had that happen with one of the spools. I had it set up in a milk crate on a length of conduit to spool out. Same way I do it when running electrical and speaker wires. Well, the ends on the cheap spool came off. Somehow it got major tangles in it as well.
    2. Any idea on pricing and whether this will be available for testing soon?
    3. I purchased this last year. Works with Vixen great, had a few issues with LSP with it. I have gone with the Pro for LSP. $30 shipped.
    4. If you are really looking for a pole to put up the hooks, home depot had some this year. Not sure how they worked. They did require a special clip that slid on the end of the pole. When those clips break next year, will they be available again? I like Doug's idea, and might do something similar for my icicles this year. My plan is to use PVC or conduit and then have a hook on each end.
    5. I would recommend the waterproof DD-100 available from Ray Wu. Be careful, the wires can pull out if it is cold. Otherwise he sells a smaller DMX module. This of course assumes you are able to run DMX. These small units are cheap and allow you to run a single power to where you want to light and then a DMX signal. The DMX signal can be daisy chained, and you have an option of what to do for power. In my case, I ran them to the gutter and had one signal going up and 2 powers for two separate strips. If they hold up, I am actually contemplating putting a transformer in the attic and runni
    6. They are currently out of stock. You can send an e-mail and they will let you know when they become available again. I don't think it will be at the discounted price, and in fact it sounds like the price may go up since they are looking at having then made locally. I am debating between these and a Coro Northstar. I do like that these would have reduced wind. I also need to figure out how to mount mine next year. I do not usually do my highest roofs since I am afraid of heights. Also, we have a roof with four sides and they all meet at the top in a point. I am thinking a square that s
    7. What would be wrong with doing them in Coro? Any idea on bulb spacing to achieve effects like the arches? After going back and forth in my head, I decided to sign up for a couple of smart string hubs and controllers. I like the idea of doing it all over one wire and not having to reinject power. It seems like you are best reinjecting every 50 nodes on the 5 volt nodes. I may still do the non IC wrapped on my 3 ft walmart clearance trees.
    8. What cases do you use for the V Floods? Any comparisons to the Mighty Mini? I am thinking I could get the Minis in a better position with their smaller size. The rainbow flood in the 550 watt case is fairly large and awkward.
    9. These did not sell on eBay. If anyone is interested, please let me know.
    10. I have 5 sets of 100 trim a home incandescents. They are clear on green wire new in box. Make me an offer and I will get a quote on shipping. I may have some used clear on white wire that are a mix of primarily GE commercial and a few other brands mixed in. I do not have a total count, but it was enough to light a very large pear tree and a couple of Hawthornes. Probable about 2400 or so bulbs. If you are interested, let me know roughly how much you would pay and I will weigh them for a shipping quote.
    11. These are currently on eBay with starting bid of $100. I looked closer at the box and they are soft white and have sealed bulbs. This is a good value if you can get away with the white wires. Seller ID is thomaspboyce.
    12. It is hard to tell, but are his mini trees flat similar to coro or are they a wrapped tree? I know you intend to introduce more products come march. Will you have mini trees designed for pixel based lights taking into account lower bulb counts? Do your coro holes fit the pixels?
    13. Using the ECH-DR4, an you have 4 separate hyperDMX outputs, ie equivelant of 16 universes? Does the ECG-RenDMX8 also support hyperDMX for use with the TP3244?
    14. What is the approximate cost of the TP3244 when they are available? Does the TP3244 run off of 5volts like the LEDs?
    15. You are not able to receive PMs in response. I am over by the horse farm on Judy Court.
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