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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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  1. These are DIY tubes that require soldering, but everything is thru hole construction. The group buy runs thru 8/13. Basically this is a 5V DC design based on a PIC that can be built in 6" increments up to 4Ft long. Each 4ft tube requires a controller PCB ($0.73), a Controller BOM ($1.70), Led Segment PCB package(8x 6" units) ($3.30), 60 White Piranha LEDS ($3.75). Housings are available from either Home Depot/Lowes using a fluorescent Tube Protector ($2.97) or from McMaster Carr ($2.11) and hanging end caps are available thru the group buy ($1.14). So it basically cost about $13.60 per tube plus shipping for a programable 4ft snow tube with 56 leds. Given the modular design you could also just buy another controller pcb and bom and endcaps to make 2x 2ft tubes for about $16.02 plus shipping. There are also Red ($6.75), Green ($8.50) and Blue ($7.00) LEDS available if you want the snowfall tubes to be a different color. If you are still looking for more to solder then, they are also running a DIY 12vdc RGBW floodlight group buy. It is a constant current design that uses piranha leds. Each floodlight requires a floodlight PCB ($4.24), led Set (15 each of Red, Green, Blue and White)($6.55), constant current floodlight BOM($6.70) and a connector kit ($3.60) if you don't want to solder the power wires to the board. You need to come up with your own housing for these boards. The boards are just under 5"x3". The parts (not including the housing) would cost $21.09 plus shipping. The design uses CL2N3-G constant current chips to increase the LED life, but they could be substituted with a resistor for those looking to save some money and take a chance on the leds. Happy soldering!
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    There is an interest thread about a potential group buy on SPT2 wire and vampire plugs going on now at another site.
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