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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.

    Santas Helper

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    About Santas Helper

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    • Birthday 09/11/1964

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      Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
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      I enjoy Haunted Houses and Christmas.
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      Christmas and Halloween, TSO, Mannheim Steamroller, Rock-n-roll. Building props for both seasons.
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      FAA Electronic Technician (comm equipment)- and amusement ride owner
    • About my display
      An animated light show in front of my business and runs year round.
      Home display is all LED with 33' mega tree with over 10,000 leds. Over 160 channels thru LOR.

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    1. You mentioned "all different colors" and not blackout caps. DougP who was at the mini, owner of www.wireframedlites.com would know exactly since he's the wizard of supplies for wireframes. Give him a shout.
    2. Do you know "turnemd" from Ponca City, Oklahoma?

    3. Hey greg, I know your daughter took some pics of the event. Any way to post them here?
    4. If it were me, I would hook up directly to my DC board and not use the brain or multicontroller. The three RGB wires to the neg terminals (example channels 1, 2 & 3) and common wire to any pos terminal (example channel 1) all using terminal lugs.
    5. Which controller are you using? Per the web site. Connect these lights to our Rainbow Brain, MultiController or any DC lighting controller and watch the RGB magic come to life!
    6. And A very good point I overlooked. A BIG THANK YOU to Michael of 3G Lighting Creations and Doug of Wireframe D'Lites for supplying the door prizes. I was very impressed with the donation and the great quality of your products. Again, THANK YOU!!!
    7. Well another GREAT mini down in the history books. Just wanted to say THANK YOU Greg and Maggie for hosting it again this year at your house. AND for all the goodies brought from others (Johnnies Sweet Creations, your treats are killer!!!) It was great seeing everyone and meeting new folks. And seeing some projects is always great. Mr. Holland, your LEDs are super powerful. Good grief, a mega 100w LED that could light up a whole town. That is kicking butt my friend. Thank you for bringing your works of art. And then some demos from several members is always a plus to see in action
    8. BTW, can someone use a 12' wooden ladder? How about incan mini lights? All colors (a bunch of them). Or snow flakes, star, helicopter and other wireframes? Lots of rope lights (a bunch of them)? Various Christmas decor stuff? If so, that's some stuff I'm bringing. As mentioned earlier, I really don't want to bring it back home.
    9. Tomorrow!!! I have my trailer loaded up. I hope to pass on some good deals to folks that can use them. See everyone tomorrow!!!
    10. If it's not too much trouble, I would like to see it in action. I would like to see what you did and what you have.
    11. LOL It sure is. I plan to sleep half the time just to make this week go by faster
    12. Welcom Orchidman, Yes, bring that laptop and what ever else you want. I'll probably learn something out of the mix myself.
    13. Dang it Don. Does it count if I thought about it? I woke up yesterday thinking TWO WEEKS, then I got busy and poof, the day was gone. BUT I did manage to break out stuff I'm gettin rid of and bringing to the mini. So now we can say LESS THAN TWO WEEKS!!! BTW, Happy Easter Everyone!!!
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