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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 cpnbnanamn

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  • Birthday 07/07/1972

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  • Location
    Angier, North Carolina
  • Biography
    New to the art of Blinky!
  • Interests
    Gadgets, blinky!
  • Occupation
    Network Engineer
  • About my display
    This will be my first year
  1. Thanks for the advise, Jon. I think what I've decided to do it run a DC controller in addition to the AC controllers I have. (Hopefully, by the time blinky season starts, I'll be up to at lease 64 channels.) But allow me to ask a question about the DC controllers. It doesn't appear that most DC controllers incorporate an AC input converted to DC and then switched. (And your picture kinda adds to that theory)... am I thinking correctly? I'm looking at getting a DMX16DCSSR or a MR16 to accomplish my task.... -Roger
  2. Craig, Sorry... I wasn't quite sure where to put this, so I tried here first. Maybe I can get a moderator to move it for me. Mike, You know, that's the same answer I just got on DLA's site. I am using DIY (in the case, RJ's stuff), and he just piped up with the same type of answer. Thank you! -Roger
  3. I've posted this same question over at RJ's forum, and to be honest, I'm stumped.... I'm hoping someone with a far better grip on electronics than I have, can help me out.... My first controlled display this year will be for Halloween. I have already started building controllers and props, etc, and I have one in particular that I want to add a pair of LED 'eyes' to, so that they can be controlled by one of the channels of a controller (You know, so that my character can 'sing' along?) Problem I'm running into: I know that LED's are supposed to be run from DC voltage, and I'm afraid that a wall-wart won't have the reaction time necessary to make this happen (because of capacitor charge/ discharge). Is this true? Am I thinking correctly on this? Does anyone have a circuit in mind that I could use in this respect? Any help you guys could provide would be GREATLY appreciated. It would make my first display ROCK! Thanks! -Roger
  4. Yeah I saw that AFTER I made the thread... LOL -Roger
  5. Ya know.. I was just educated on the fact that they are building again. Last time I looked, the site said they weren't selling anything at that time, and for some reason I got the impression that they were done until Sept. I may just do that. Still gonna weigh my options! Thanks, Eddy! -Roger
  6. Hey all! I'm new to the blinky addiction (Thanks, Jack!), and I'm in need of an FM transmitter. Since it doesn't appear that the EDM group buy is going to happen in time for Halloween, (Not Wes's fault BTW!) I'm going to look for one on my own. I think I've settled on a Ramsey 25 or 30B (preferable). If anyone happens to have one they'd like to part with, I'd like to speak at you. Thanks! -Roger
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