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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.

    Mike Rosanske

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    About Mike Rosanske

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    • Birthday 07/21/1964

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    • Location
      Port Charlotte, FL
    • Biography
      Grow up in Wisconsin and lived in Florida for the past 3 years. Had a pet boarding kennel in WI for 8 years before moving down here. Now have time on my hands to do more things that I like to do.
    • Interests
      I do little remodle jobs. Looking to make christmas animation my new hobbie.
    • Occupation
      Wal Mart DC
    • About my display
      For the past couple years I have been using a small GE Chrismas anamation controller with 6 channels and think it is time to go a little bigger. I have seen some shows the past couple of years that make me want to make mine better.
    1. My "budget" for being new was $1500 and at this point I'm up to $3500 and still have to buy more lights. I guess the budget for the next 2 years is shot. Hope I don't have any burned out lights to replace for next year. Also, I think I'm on the Crazy Neighbor list. I started to put up lights last weekend and got a lot of strange looks. I'm having fun, so who cares.
    2. Hello, Just would like to said thanks to Patti and Richard for letting us use thier home for the mini and to Bill, Michael and all the rest for putting on the mini. This was my first one and first year for doing LOR. I got a lot of great info and I'm sure that I will be using it. Again thanks, Mike Port Charlotte FL
    3. Hi All, Is it to late to get in on the Friday night dinner. I will be coming back form Tennessee Friday and would love to stop on my way home to eat and watch the lights light up. If it isn't to late, It will be 2 more. I will be coming back to Tampa for the mini on Saturday. Looking forward to it being this is my first year. See you all there. Mike
    4. There is a 3 or 4 inch base on the bottom of the cabnet and it is setback like a kitchen cabnet. I was going to cut a hole in the floor just inside the door and the cords would come out under the door. You can't see it that well in the picture, there is a 60 amp Subpanel mounted on the back of the panel with outlets under the panel, so if I want to take a controller out, all I have to do is pull out the plywood that the controller is mounted on and unplug it and it out. There is a place for storeage on the bottom and on the top. The cabnet is somewhat big and don't think I have to worry about
    5. I like the version of Little Drummer Boy By: Hoot Owl Boys Choir. It a hoot.:giggle:
    6. OK, the video should work now. This is my first time using Vimeo.
    7. Well it has been a fun coulpe of months. Got 2 LOR pc controllers on the sale and have them in the cabnet that will be setup in the front yard. It will have 4 controllers in it and there will be one in the garage. I made 3-8 channel arches,2-5 channel poles and a Holdman star (i think thats what people are calling it). Here is a test video of the star and pictures of the cabnet that I put the controllers in. Water Bill stopped over to check it out and I got a thumbs up. http://vimeo.com/10363217
    8. Welcome, I'm new also and having a good old time building things for my display. I have 2 LOR controllers coming Monday and planing to buy more this summer. Just got my EDM RDS transmitter yesterday and have it up and running. There has been a lot of good help here on PC. There are a lot of wise guys (and gals) willing to help out.
    9. Welcome, I'm also new and waiting for sale. Was going to start with 32 channels, then that changed to 48, then 64 channels and up to 80 now. That should do it for this year. Just ordered an EDM fm trans. yesturday and will start working on a controller cabinet that all but 1 controller will be in and start working on a Holdman star. This is a great hobby. Have fun.
    10. Where can I find the short version of Amazing Grace and the THX intro? I have the full version of Amazing Grace and think it is to long and that people will get tired of it after it repeats itself at the half way point. Thanks Mike
    11. Hi njwatkins, What a great hobby. If your new, it looks like you didn't just jump in with just both feet, but it was a body slam. Wow. Look up WACOM BAMBOO and they have a touch pad (or table),pen pad, touch and pen pad. Sounds like it works very well for retouching pictures, drawing and other things. It plugs in an USB port and will work along with your mouse or touch pad on your laptop. The price range is from $70 to $350
    12. I forgot to ask if any one uses the Bamboo Pen Table by Wacom? It is the best thing to use for the sequencing, I think. I used a mouse and the pad on the laptop and then got the table and WOW. I think it saves alot of time (when you get used to it) and its only $70 at Best Buy or Staples.
    13. Ok. My first sequence is done. I did it to Music box dancer. Had it done in just 2 hours. Opps. just 12 hours. A hour here and a hour there and 3 and 2 and GO. Bill V. that lives in town here was o so kind to invite me over and show me his water works in his pool and gave me some hints and tricks. I showed him what I had done on the sequence at the time and he said it looked good. I think he was saying that to make me feel good and it did. Again thanks Bill. I have to stop by again and show you the end product. Now on to the next one. I think this hobby will fill in all my spare time. I s
    14. Thanks for the welcome. I can see that there is some good humor here. I like that. I tend to think I'm funny, but sometimes people just don't get me. Look forward to getting to know everyone and I'm sure that I will have a good time with this insane hobby. I already have 2- 8 channel arches done and starting on the 3rd tomorrow. Thanks again.
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