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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 aar831

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    1. Another think to keep in mind is power. LED's will be a good route due to low power draw, I doubt most of the locations you will be visiting have 17 dedicated circuits! This sounds like a great idea!
    2. I keep mine outside. Mounted off the ground to keep chords off the ground. Cover with garbage bag. I also have one mounted to the fence just in the LOR case. Stays out all year. No water damage yet.
    3. Where do most of you get your signs printed? Do you design and give them the file, or let them do the design? I am having on printed from FastSigns now, I'll let you know how it turns out.
    4. I'm using the antenna that comes with the kit, its just a little metal telescoping antenna with a BNC connector. I have it sitting behind a couch on the 2nd floor of my house, haven't tried to see how far I can go, but I get a clean signal in-front of my house and the ones next door. I would say at least 300-400 ft. Also, you could easily improve the range with a bigger antenna (maybe something like those ugly antennas we all used to have on top of our houses), would be easy to do with the BNC connector.
    5. If you're crunched for time or are bad at soldering (like me), I bought a Ramsey FM30B off eBay from this user and it has worked great. No more getting out and holding my car antenna to clear up the signal.... http://www.ebay.com/itm/RAMSEY-FM30B-FM-STEREO-TRANSMITTER-NEW-/320811728812?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab1de7fac
    6. I bought a FM30B from this user off eBay about a month ago. Shipped quickly, fully assembled, works great (works 100x better than the Whole House Transmitter) http://www.ebay.com/itm/RAMSEY-FM30B-FM-STEREO-TRANSMITTER-NEW-/320811728812?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab1de7fac
    7. What did you use for power? DC from the vehicle or a generator?
    8. Post your videos of how you pay respect to your Alma Mater during the holidays... Merry Christmas, Go Frogs!
    9. Anyone know if there is a way to sense a GFCI trip from the sortware side? Would like to be able to automatically shutdown the show when one of the controllers goes out. (Only running 32 channels, so when one controller trips it kills half the show) Looks like its going to be a rainy Christmas season...
    10. Anyway to have it sense when part of the show goes down and start the weather sequence automatically?
    11. aar831

      I need lights...

      Needs some lights for a display for the 4th, can anyone help me out? Mini Lights Color Red 3x100 Red 4x50 Clear 5x100 Clear 3x50 Blue 1x300 (3x100 will work too)
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