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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 hotrods

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  • Birthday 05/19/1949

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    started decorating my parents house when I was 12 years old and won 3rd place in a local contest
  • Location
    Burbank il
  • Biography
    i am 69 years old
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    machinist/ retired/
  • About my display
    currently running about 90% pixels 4 E6804 1 E682 1 Jousha P12 20 ccr's and 1 falcon

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  1. I won Light O Rama 2016 Christmas contest category 7
  2. Do you still have the C9 sockets, I would be interested.  I live in Curran Ontario Canada postal Code is K0B1C0, let me know how much it would cost.


    1. hotrods


      Mingo sorry I did not see post till today I still have them if you want them I could find shipping costs on Monday 

  3. Dan from lor said today he is working on improvements to software for higher pixel counts so if you know lor programing its probably cheaper to stay with lor I am running 7000 dmx channels now with no problems how many channels are you up to ?
  4. Hi Sean been using your nutcracker program for quite awhile now thanks for that its great . I bought the Quickshow program I have had it for two weeks now and have used it to sequence one song so far actually its pretty easy to use. as for the projector I bought the Laserworld model CS-1000rgb SE 50k being delivered on Thursday 1/23/14 so have not used it yet. I did not know what kind of projector to buy. On ebay they advertise this as a package but I bought both items from two different vendors paid $500.00 for quickshow delivered and $520.00 for projector delivered had to wait on delivery of projector because you have to file your name with the FDA. The need to know who owns lasers not a big deal but takes about a week for the paperwork . i'll let you know how it works Thanks Dennis Laff
  5. Watched the video nice effect I might try that with mine
  6. You might look at Seasonal Entertainments website for smart pixels it's still dmx but he sells everything as a package
  7. The only controller that lor sells for smart rgb's come with lights attached #ccr's $250.00 CCP100D pixels $239.95 CCB-100Bulbs $289.095 they don't have a smart pixel controller by itself
  8. I have both the bliss lights and just got the sparkle magic tested in dark basement last week . looks to me side by side comparison the sparkle magic is brighter and has a couple different effects and also is cheaper I will buy another sparkle light magic light
  9. Well someone is always going to try and copy a product and make it a little better and a little cheaper.
  10. Hello everyone today I did a test of bliss lights green spright landscape light which I have used for 2 years and the new sparkle magic laser that I just received. Tested in dark basement the sparkle magic in my opinon was much brighter and also had adjustable lighting effect and also cheaper in price.
  11. Many people say you only need half the amount of nodes of leds anyway DIY LED express has dumb 50 ct strips on sale now $14.50 per string I use the 24 channel dc controller from LOR and a 12 volt power supply from diy led express pretty simple to setup and program with lor
  12. If he wants dumb strips it would only be 3 channels
  13. Is their a video projector that can turn on and off with a internal timer or by dmx so the fan will stay on in cooldown mode I want to mount the projector outside on my roof next year so it would be impossible to turn off manually Thanks Dennis
  14. Hi Jim I live in Burbank il far south suburb by Midway airport
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