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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    It's a Wonderful Life
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    O'Fallon, Missouri, USA
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    CHRISTMAS - gadgets - muisc
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    Instructional Designer and E-Learning Development - Clarity Consultants

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  1. Can you program the special effects I see in dumb RGB strings with the lastest version of LOR's software?
  2. Does everyone leave the power to the controllers on all the time or do you turn it off after the show? Thanks
  3. Glen: I suppose you have already considered the inflatable version of this project that is available?
  4. Bill: Thanks so much for providing the pictures. It definitely helps me to move closer to a solution on my Christmas display issue. I appreciate the time you took to do this. Best wishes for your display this year and my I be the first to wish you a... MERRY CHRISTMAS
  5. Bill: OK, I understand. What would be helpful to me is to learn how you attach the motor to create the motion. Thanks,
  6. Thanks Bill: I will look into this. If you have any pics that you could share it would greatly appreciated.
  7. I have a wire frame Santa Copter that I would like to fly vertically about 10 feet. I built a prototype using a fulcrum and lever approach. The idea was to achieve near balance and then control the movement with an electric linear actuator I purchased. The design proved to be less than practical. To get the desired lift height the lever was 18' and crossed the fulcrum with two feet on one side and 16 feet on the other with a counter balance on the short side of about 80 lbs. There has got to be a simpler way of doing this. Anyone with some suggestions on a better way to approach this? Thanks everyone
  8. Bill, Do you think these Skycraft fiberglass outdoor enclosures (14"x12"x8 1/4")would accommodate two CTB-16D? Thanks
  9. I have about a dozen controllers and I would like to consolidate many of them into a single panel inside where I can run connections to duplex connectors within the panel for standard plug-ins instead of the cables (see picture) I am currently using. Does anyone have any suggestions on the panels that would work well for this project and where they can be located? Thanks in advance to all,
  10. If you are currently an Animated Lighting user like myself who, for whatever reason, is thinking about changing to LOR but, has hesitated because of the cost and effort of selling your current controllers and losing money on your investment there is another option for you. Have your AL controller converted to LOR controllers. I just had that procedure performed on 10 of my AL controllers. The work was done quickly but professional by experts in computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering. This team invented the music-synchronized holiday industry when they created a software program called Dasher
  11. Thanks for the information on DYCs. I will definitely look into this.
  12. Right - Trans - Siberian Orchestra http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001235F5Y/ref=dm_sp_alb?ie=UTF8&qid=1237650117&sr=8-1 It is based on a composition by Johann Pachelbel (b. 1653 – d. 1706) who was a German Baroque composer, organist and teacher. Pachelbel's work enjoyed enormous popularity during his lifetime. Today, he is best known for the Canon in D, the only canon he wrote. You frequently hear it at weddings. bth: Canons in his day are like today’s rounds, such as "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and "Fr
  13. I was disappointed in the performance of a mini tree matrix I recently built. The idea was to apply a ground to a group of mini trees (each with four strings of light - blue, green, red, and white) and control the on and off of the tree as well as the color by controlling the hot sides of the circuit. I accepted the working characteristics that would preclude different color combinations on different trees. With this circuit all lights would be one or a combination of colors but I did have total control over which ones lite. The purpose of this was to control a total of 24 minitrees each with 4 colors using only two sixteen channel controllers (4 channels for the ground of each color and 12 channels for the hot side of each mini - per controller) Is there a better way to do this other than a dedicated channel for each color on each mini?
  14. Does anyone know where you can purchase the corkscrew anchors that come with inflatables. I know you can get larger ones at Lowes or Home Dept. However, I am looking for several that are the same size as the originals. Thanks for your assistance,
  15. Thanks David! You saved me a lot of wasted time.
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