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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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    Kent, Washington, USA
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    Folks call me "The Wire" so naturally I love Christmas lights.
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    Designing/building/fixing anything and everything
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    IT Director - Alpaca Rancher - Basic Geek
  • About my display
    120,000 lights give or take
    500 plus channels
    Three mega trees
    100 mini trees
    Free time until November 1st

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  1. Hey Bob! Your hookup sounds reasonable. It would be good to locate your controller central to where the lights will go if possible. This would cut down on any long runs from the lights to the controller. Channels shouldn't be connected together (if I understand your question). So each channel (of a LOR DC controller) can handle about 2 amps DC (If I remember correctly) but each MR16 only draws .167 amps DC. So you could daisy chain 12 MR16's per channel if you wanted. Of course you would have to control all 12 at once. Also remember there is a 15 amp limit on the total DC controller (remember your power supply too) The MR16's have a circuit board under the LED's that allow them to be connected to 12 volts. That curcuitry also allows you to plug them into a 12 volt source without worring about polarity. Normally LED's are polarity sensitive but these MR16's are not. So just wire them up in parrarell (not series). That means run the positive and negative to each MR16. Here is a simple diagram here. Kevin
  2. I will be bringing lots of free stuff and we will be having a swap meet all day Saturday!
  3. Don't let Bill fool you - He's the best host (Well Nancy's better!)
  4. Joe, there are a couple right in Lacey but I drive back after pizza to Kent (but that's just me). I think this is good cheap lodging here: http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-lacey-washington-WA072 Kevin
  5. The date is official now: Saturday May 14th on Olympia Friday night pizza gather on May 13th Hope to see you there!
  6. The date is official now: Saturday May 14th on Olympia Friday night pizza gather on May 13th Hope to see you there!
  7. New this year will be a more in depth introduction for all attending. We want to allow time for everyone attending to introduce themselves and tell us about their favorite display element. We want to give you a heads so you can prepare to either bring the element or take pictures or videos of and describe the details of how you built it and how it works. This could take most of the morning, but we'll all learn so much more! Other topics we are considering: DIY - Do it yourself RGB pixels - types, usage and controlling them "Sequencing your display to the next level" - techniques and methods to get to WOW! And of course - Your ideas! Giddy Up!
  8. Greetings all. Mark and I have a big change for the Mini this tear. This will involve moving it to May. (shooting for May 14th) We hope this won't inconvenience anyone and that you will able to attend anyway. We are waiting from word from Bill to confirm but we wanted to give everyone a heads up as soon as we knew it wouldn't be in April. I'll start a new thread for topic ideas but I think you'll like what we've come up with so far. Till then, Kevin
  9. I use those colors too from CDI. You will find red puts out the least light which is true for most red LED's. Next is blue, then white (cool) and green being brightest in my perception. I don't worry about the balance of brightness so much as the fullness when it comes my mega trees. I use the same count for each of the colors. I must say that after testing the lights for the pre-order for this year with my 2005 lights (that I still have) the lights are same in brightness and dimmability which is huge for me as I have many thousands of the 2005 issue still.
  10. Is this enough warning? The 2011 Washington State Mini is being organized now. We need your help to decide the date. It will be on either April 16th or April 30th. Please vote for your best date. Oh and before we get all sorts of comments, "Everyone is invited". You don't have to live in Washington (or even like their football teams) to go to the Mini. Of course there will be lots of How-To's, some more hands on stuff, and lots of door prises (must be present to win). So vote for your best date. Same place as last year but Bill has a brand new garage!!!
  11. I have MR16's if you're leaning that way, kevin
  12. Paul, Thanks for the C7 retro bulbs - They are awesome! I will be getting more. They are very bright and dim great!
  13. Here's a link to a map in MyNorthWest were you can post your Christmas display locations on their "Holiday Map": http://www.mynorthwest.com/category/holidaymap
  14. I use these for a number of applications including switching from show mode to static mode: http://www.allelectronics.com/make-a-store/item/4PRLY-120N/4PDT-120-VAC-ICE-CUBE-RELAY/1.html
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