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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.

Timon

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    Tustin, CA
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    I've been in the computer field for close to 40 years.
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  1. Very cute, where can you get it? John Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. It's not that they don't want your money it's that the have no legal right to it. So unless the law changes all they can do is pound sand. John Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Yes, the only limitation is it does not send out DMX for the first minute then stops sending DMX after 30 minutes. Those limits aren't hard to live with. John Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Come on guys, the just need some cosmetic surgery and they'll look just fine. John Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Nice, very nice. John Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I'm sure this has been stated before but one really nice advantage to using the bridge is the you can drive everything from a show director. John Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Oh my, wow, just beautiful. It's too bad that the blow molds can't bu purchased anymore. I'd love to see some synronized lighting but just how many can one do a year. Super great job John
  8. Nice Job! I've been think about doing much the same. Seeing yours proves that it works well so I'm going to proceed along this route. I've found a local, well in my case 50 miles is local, printer in the Southern California area that has a flat bed printer that can print full 4x8 foot sheets of Coro with a cost between $1 and $2 a SqFt. That's even less than what Build a Sign charges but with them you can't get larger than 24 x 24 or 18 x 30. For the Coro that's not printed there is a CoroPlast Distributor, there listed on the CoroPlast web page, just a few miles away and there prices look really nice for small quantity. The charge around $10 for white and $12 for black for 4 x 8 sheets. So between what I will get from David and what I can build I think I'm covered. Again, I really like what you've done. John
  9. I don't understand why they can't get this fixed and why they don't go back to the previous version till it is.
  10. Let's hope that it's only a small delay but in the mean time did they say what dongles the initial release will support?
  11. I'm surprised that there are no real news or announcements coming out of the expo. Hasn't something new been announced or I'm I just not looking in the right places?
  12. Hi all, new guy here. I was emailing Richard about those trees and he said they are indeed 6' tall and he got them at Home Depot. I tried to find something like it on the Internet but when I couldn't I went over his "How to" video frame by frame along with a picture on his Facebook page to see how they were made. They seem to be quite simple, just a straight trunk with groups of holes around the trunk, looks like 6, spaced up the trunk every few inches. In the holes are steel rods that the light are wrapped around. The rods look to be coated and have a bent tip for safety. I'm going to try building one over the next couple of weeks as time allows and see just how much work it takes. If it comes together well I'll post here. I have to say that I really love what Richard does. He uses a simple concept with no fancy gimmicks, it's well choreographed and most of all it's beautiful. You can't ask for much more and it's something I can only dream to emulate.
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