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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 dpitts

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    1. First off, I had great transactions with MITS last year. I ordered quite a few strands of lights. All were of excellent quality. That being said i am hoping that the case pricing is less expensive than the listed single stand pricing. If not I am seriously looking into buying all RGB nodes and controllers.
    2. My lights came in today. Lights look good. Have not tested them all but i am very happy so far. Thanks Ryan.
    3. I also sent in FedEx account number over a month ago and have not received lights yet. So the Fedex account is not the only factor. Size of order may be the biggest factor. I am still patient though. I think Ryan's communication has been awesome and with all the positive responses from those that have received their lights I have no doubt that I will get mine and soon. Looking forward to buying more lights from MITS in the future.
    4. Ryan, Sent account number via PM. Can you confirm. Also I sent first email by clicking the "send email" link on your "planetchristmas.com" profile. Is this a bad email address?
    5. Just sent Fedex account to your email. Please confirm.
    6. How many lights did you have? Was that using Fed-Ex ground?
    7. John I believe all of us that paid in full during the pre-sale were given %5 percent extra product in the form of "Magic Money". Is this the rebate you are speaking of. I was unaware of a rebate on shipping costs.
    8. Ryan, Do you have an update? I know you are probably really busy with the sorting.
    9. Bill, Do you have a picture of the jig you used to build concentric stars. I'm about to build at least four and it would be great to hear how you actually built them. As i look at the pictures you provide closely it seems you bent some of the metal and welded others. To bend can I use a torch similar to what you would use for soldering copper pipe(small propane tank and torch kit). Again if you have time to explain the process it would be extremely helpful. Thanks.
    10. zman, I bought a Chauvet Splash 200B from Ebay for $109 free shipping to try out. Thanks for the info. Great enclosure idea. I can just tell my wife I am not working on Christmas lights, I'm planting flowers for the spring. As far as the dimming, the manual states do not plug it into power that has been dimmed, but your right it has dimming capability via DMX commands.
    11. zman, I read the chauvets do not have ability to be dimmed. Does this cause a problem? How many linear feet of wall can you wash with them? What enclosure do you place them in to seal them from the elements?
    12. From what i have read on forums if you are using LOR software you need to have LOR idmx. If using LSP or Vixen you can control with DMX dongle.
    13. Bob. I have just purchased 8 Renard 24SS boards after researching LOR, Renard and others on several different boards. Mainly for the cost per channel advantage. Why are you switching to Renard?
    14. I have looked ar Vflood, rainbow flood but some are using just conventional ac flood lights. What are the pros and cons of led vs. AC floods? What specific floods are you using?
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