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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 meman

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  • Birthday 09/25/1961

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  • Location
    Holiday, FL
  • Biography
    I like shiny flashy objects
  • Interests
    Lighting & lasers
  • Occupation
    Cube Farmer
  • About my display
    3000 LEDs with some animation
  1. Had some users on another forum ask for details on this skeleton, so I threw together a rough "how to" guide". Thought I'd share it here as well. http://www.mejeme.com/animated_skeleton.pdf Enjoy, Mike E.
  2. This kids love this song, so I hastily threw together some PVC and LED rope light from Costco. Cutting and splicing LED is an art in itself...learned a lot; like next time plan ahead of time and use LED strips that were meant to be cut every 3 inches instead of rope that has breaks every 36 inches. Enjoy Mike E.
  3. Awesome news...thanks again Jacob!
  4. I can appreciate the enthusiasm for possible "bad container" deals, but I'd be happier with a quick confirmation that this new container had what was expected when they popped open the doors the other day. Silence is not golden. And yes, I have emailed Jacob directly since my order contained items I need for Halloween. Hope to hear back from him today.
  5. This is my first year up and running with sequences to music, so late to the party as usual. 6pm - 11pm each night through 1/8/2011 5426 Oceanic Rd Holiday, FL Have a look if you can't make it over this way. http://www.vimeo.com/user5566795/albums Happy New Year to all, Mike E. Holiday , FL
  6. Duh...posted in wrong "showing off" forum...sorry to my blow mold brethren.
  7. My son Anthony and I have always put up a large static display, but thanks to the lighting forums like this one and RJ's over at DLA we have been able put everything to music this year. It has been quite an adventure; we have developed many new skills and overcome numerous obstacles, but I think we are at the point where can actually call it a "show" now. So time to share..have a look! http://www.vimeo.com/user5566795/albums Show details: - ancient Toshiba laptop /w Win XP - Vixen for sequencing and running show. - 96 channels DMX via Lynx Express controllers - 10,000 LED lights, 20 snowfall tubes (96 LEDs each), - RGY dual port laser & fog machine - EDM-LCD FM transmitter Happy New Year to all, Mike E. Holiday , FL
  8. Hope that was only a $1 bet According to the pro lighting bloggers it was 3200+ Barco Mistrips controlled by a Hippotizer video server. Relatively old news in the "money is no object" world of mega productions...but still pretty impressive for us DIY light guys.
  9. I have a cheap laser that I picked up off ebay for $175 shipped. Total of 260mW RGY, dual port scanners and it's DMX controllable. I put it out for a few nights when I'm tending the show (so it doesn't get ripped off) and everyone loves it. I point it towards the road and let it run in it's "demo" mode most of the time since it seems to have hundreds of built in pattern combination's. Here's a video where you can see some of the laser bouncing around the driveway and punching through the smoke of some fireworks. I have lot of fun with it and hope to use the DMX interface to create some sequences for next years Christmas show. Mike E.
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