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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 gochevy3

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  1. Purchased 10 Led Strobes. Have them all on one channel. When I have them going off, they are all flashing at the same time, probably 1 or 2 flashes per second. The sequence had them on at 100% for maybe 3-4 seconds at a time at most. Is this a strobe issue, or a programming issue?
  2. Hi All! I'm a newbie poster, long time lurker to the site. Last year I had a static display with about 50% of the elements that I am using this year. The difference this year is that I have jumped into LOR. I have read plenty about the waterproofing/protecting at the controller, but what I am not certain about is how/if I need to consider the actual light sockets themselves. For information purposes, I am in Fort Worth, so we don't get frequent rain, and very rarely do we get snow. My display is 100% LED. I will take all precautions that have been well documented for the controller, but do I need to seal the female ends of the plugs for any reason? I get the impression that its not really necessary, but some folks comment that they glue the plug ends, or put the child proof caps on them, etc. I can't decide if its "an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure" thought process or not. If you've got a strong opinion either way, i'd be curious to hear it. It's early enough that I can still do anything necessary to protect my display. Thanks for reading.
  3. I have 2 channels available where I had planned to do 4 mini trees (2x per channel), all multicolors. I pulled my lights down to see what i have available to use today, and here's my dilemna. My intent was all multicolors and seperate 2x2, but I have enough strands of red, green, white, blue x 100 lights to do each tree. Looking for opinions about splitting the colors as 2x each tree is one channel, and the other 2x another channel, or if the motion is more important. I feel that the motion is probably more important, but i know i'm not the first to have this decision to make. thanks..Steve
  4. Thanks for the update Rod
  5. Rod, any updates that you can share with us?
  6. Have you gotten container information yet? Shipments have to be really close to hitting the water.
  7. Your idea is exactly what I used this year.for my 10ft tree. 5 Gallon bucket from Lowes 50lbs concrete 2" PVC sleeve embedded in the concrete 3 guy wires Once I put the pole in the sleeve, I filled the rest of the bucket with about another 10lbs of sand Worked like a champ. Had some heavy winds in Ft. Worth a few times this season, but no issues at all. If I had it all to do over again, i'm not sure I would have done it any differently at all.
  8. Merry Christmas all! My question is about what to do with my mega tree next year. I built a 10ft tree this year with 36 strands total of White, Red and Green lights. Sadly I didn't plan the placement of the plugs well enough to try to hook up my controller, so its just a beautiful static tree Plus star. Next year my wife wants me to make is a spiral, with the Green and Red strands, and just a single channel of white. My question is, have any of you put a 3 color tree up with 2 spirals and one fixed color? Planning to have 26 channels to control. 12 red, 12 green, 1 white, and 1 star. Can someone who has done this post a video so I can see what it would look like? Or if anyone has advice that i shouldn't do this, please speakup. Thanks Steve
  9. I just ordered too. Made a small purchase from CDI last year when I first got the bug. This year, bigger order! Time to buy more controllers I guess.
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