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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.

Bob Moody

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  1. Cost is going to be a broad question. The candy canes from HolidayCoro are currently on pre-season sale. But say around $40 and they come in pairs. The toughest question is how you will light them up. 1. Nodes (square or rectangular) with a single 3-channel controller - You end up with an RGB cane BUT its always all the same color. 2. Nodes (square or rectangular) with two or more 3-channel controllers - for example you wire all the odd numbered nodes to one controller and the even numbered nodes to the other and you have an RGB cane that you alternate/chase and create a real candy cane look. 3. Pixels (square or rectangular) - This was what I did and you have seen the results. config and programming are almost limitless. When I talk about controllers, once again, there are several options. You can use a LOR DC controller and control up to 5 RGB devices per board with one channel left over if your not up for the DMX move. You can use one of the DMX dongles and DMX controllers (like the 3-channel at HolidayCoro .. or the 27 etc etc). You can move into E1.31 and use a DMX Bridge and the DMX controllers or you can move into pixels and use a pixel controller (J1Sys, SanDevices or ANY of the other DIY... I used the J1.. personal preference ONLY) Cost for nodes/pixels can vary .. shop, shop, shop ... you can buy nodes (and soon pixels) from David and other holiday vendors, or you can jump on the Ray Wu bandwagon, or you can shop AliExpress for as good or better deals... However.. you asked about how much it make them ... I can give you a rough idea (using my Jethro Bodine cypherin techniques... naught, naught, carry the naught..) ... HC Cane with 16 pixels and water proof connectors... runs about $40 per cane ... roughy 20 each for the coro cane from David 19 bucks for the 16 pixels (mine were 1.17 each to my door from China) 2 bucks for the connectors (mine were 1.00pr to my door from China) That is basically it ... but as you can see the costs can vary widely ... Say used single color nodes .. 8 red and 8 white to make a basic candy cane .. Single colors are cheap and would burn 2 channels of a DC controller... so you could build 8 canes, run one DC controller etc etc ... You see where this is going ... Hope this helps.. I will add that when asked to actually sit down and to the math on what they cost.. i know that seems expensive. Now that I have 8 of them and I know how they are built, how sturdy and rigid they are, and the infinite options for programming ... You cant buy what you will get from a box store. Bob
  2. Thank you everyone for the feedback and the kudos. I hope to have the how to completed shortly after the connectors get here from China. In the mean time I have updated the how to's for the controller boxes. Bob Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk HD
  3. After the horrible weather year in 2012, we decided to get started right after the new year, stay focused and plan for a bigger, better display for 2013. First thing we did this year was to update the under the mega-tree train. Got rid of the old Bachmann Annie and now a GREAT little LGB 2017.. Worlds aparts.. Next came the addition of 8 pixel based HolidayCoro CoroCanes. Already ordered and 90% built. A little delay with Chinese New Year, but the waterproof connectors are on the way... Anyway .. wanted to share the How-To I'm working on. Its a 2 part series with a lot of pictures and a short video to give you an idea of what they will do... Take a look the How-To page on our web site and let me know what you think. Since there are SO many ligthing options, I thought I would post this so that others could see what I did right and ... YES... what I did WRONG... lol .. http://moodychristma....rt-series.html Bob
  4. We actually still have one... Always used it... this year, however, we stored 3 of the inflatable ornaments (Walmart..) with the frame and the plastic of the balls attacked the plastic of the frame .. like a fishing work thats not in a worm proof tackle box ... It didnt destroy it .. just made a few soft spots on it ... Still have the frame .. inflatable ornament balls are in the trash ..(didnt hurt em ... just didnt want them anymore ..LOL) Bob
  5. Dave, Thank you. I found Donnie on YouTube and saw the videos. Looks like he has it down ... Now trying to figure out pixels/nodes C7/C9 ... etc etc .. Seems the more I work on this.. the more convoluted it becomes .. LOL .. Apprciate the link .. Bob
  6. I'm in the process of rebuilding the Merry Christmas sign that got destroyed on Christmas day. It was using C9 incans and we are wanting to update. I have two basic options.. 1. Buy the C7/C9 Retro LED's from Jeff at Illumimax 2. Use RGB nodes (no real need for pixels) ... Here is the problem.. I want to put faceted covers over the nodes. Does anyone have a spare faceted clear C7 and C9 cover I could beg, borrow, steal or buy? I just need 1 of each to figure out how this is going to work... What I have discovered is that the C7 covers supposedly have an 8mm hole and the C9 a 12mm hole. I really wanted the C7's but cant find a node that i think would work .. so it will probably have to be the C9 covers... It seems even nodes state to be 8mm are talking about the LED and not the body where the cover would fit.. If anyone else knows differently .. PLEASE SHARE !!! Thanks for looking .. Bob
  7. Looks like that still haven't announced it yet .. They say to come back "on or around" jan 3 .. LOL ...
  8. well my only after Christmas find was 12 candy canes... 6 red/white and 6 green/white... didnt intend to make a pinwheel...but I guess I am now .. Bob
  9. Our season is done. One of the Wunderground weather stations reported a wind gust here today about 3:30 or 4:00 at 74.7MPH ... Took our Merry Christmas sign off the roof and slammed it into the display on the ground ... FORTUNATELY... no one got hurt.. I had just stepped out.. looked and it and walked back under the porch when the sign and all the ballast bricks came flying off... Merry Christmas sign .. gone MegaTree ... Rebuildable Mini-Tree ... Replaceable DMX/RGB mini North Poles .. 2 down .. Repairable Yard Grid .. Only one section damaged (where the sign hit) ... Morale ..questionable at the moment.. Bob
  10. I cant speak for all stores, but the Walmart in Huntsville has put the brakes on for buying almost ANYTHING after Christmas ... I noticed only a very small, very limited selection of incans (I think these were last years left overs) and they were gone after Thanksgiving. The exception being the incan in the 200 count reel ... Only LED's and not even a big section for them ... I was last minute shopping and wandered through the Christmas section and found 90% of all the Christmas items had been replaced with totes.... The only thing remaining is the usual suspects. A few racks of cards, table and tree decorations and stuff I have YET to figure our what your supposed to do with it ... I recall something about incans and 2012 but even the LED's are gone !!! Anyone else seeing slim pickins for after Christmas sales? Bob
  11. Very nice !!! Please post the weathering results ... Bob
  12. EXCELLENT Job Kate ... But I have to wonder .. how did you get your husband to dress in a Santa suit and sit in the sleigh all day ??? :-) hehe
  13. Pondering a question. If dielectric grease is conductive, how do you apply it and not short out injected power and DMX signals? Bob
  14. NAPA store directly across the street from my office.. have tube will travel .. Now .. any tips for putting this stuff on an RJ45 insertion point? Another thing I'm fixing to remedy is my cables. I make my own and as such the end of the cable is basically open (although inserted deep and WELL crimped.. ) I have a line on cables with the boots on them .. will add those as well ... Bob
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