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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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Everything posted by eagle5

  1. My head hurts now. I might have to purchase this one, don't trust myself to make one. Thanks
  2. I purchased a Ramsey 100B without the stock whip antenna. Besides the stock antenna, has anyone used a different one. I'd like to find one that I can put in the attic or possibly on the roof. A link or model # would be appreciated. Thanks Mark
  3. I paid $800.00 10 years ago, the good thing is that your close to me. We met last year at the HAM2012 in Kansas City. I think that's the 1/2 way point. Mark
  4. This guy is a 1/2 century old and virtually flawless. He has alittle dust and issues that dry cleaning won't fix, which is were he's going next. I bought him at a local antique auction 10 yrs ago after I had found out he stood outside one our stores for 50 or so years. I would like to recoop what I paid for him plus shipping.
  5. That's the one. Thanks for finding it for me.
  6. Not the one but still a cool looking tree. Thanks
  7. I read a post from a gentleman who had a formula to bend his tree base with a conduit bender, which was made from chain link fence top rail. If somebody has seen that post or know of a similar way, please let me know. Thanks
  8. Sure it's going to be expensive if you order a piece of 1/4" 4' x 4' steel, but this place specializes in all types of metals, thicknesses, shapes and sizes. I bought a 3" x 3" piece of aluminum and shipping was 3.00.
  9. I'm sorry, it is McMaster-carr.
  10. Go to McMasters.com. You will find everthing you need.
  11. Mike, Do you agree that it's a 9v power supply into a 110v timer? Mark
  12. How did you do the power supply, did you plug it into a timer?
  13. I'm glad to see that my purchase is in good company. I have read the manual that came with it and want to verify that you guys are using a 9v power supply plugged into a timer to start your show. Also, is the majority just changing out the SD cards with new shows instead of using the 1,2,and 3 trigger inputs. Is anybody doing anything different that just plug and play?
  14. I have a few sequences that have choir voices in them and I would like have a group of singers light up at certain times of the song. Let me know if you have extras or maybe those that are hoarding a few hundred that wouldn't know if they were missing a few. Thanks
  15. That will work. thanks I still would like to see a few pictures of trees in the daytime.
  16. I would like to build 2 spiral trees next year and would like to get some feedback, video or pictures of you or others building one. Figuring out the math would be helpful to. Link me up I ready to go. Thanks
  17. Come by Lights on Millwood. 1812 S. Millwood Wichita, Ks We'll trade stories. Welcome to the madness. Mark
  18. If I may ask, were did you get your info? Do you have one?
  19. I have a whole house fm transmitter and I've flipped the secret switch inside and hooked up the extended wire antenna and i still have crappy reception. I've attached the antenna to the roof but no help. Any suggestions.
  20. Take blood meal, you can get it at the better nurseries, and make little bags from cheesecloth. Tear apart the layers of cheese cloth until you have just one layer. Put the blood meal in the middle of the cloth and pull all 4 corners together and tie with a string. Make several and hang them in your trouble spots, the squirrels hate it.
  21. My show runs through my pc, and I would like to see the animation of the show, like I have in the sequence editor. How do I do that or is it possible?
  22. I got it to import into the animation sequence and turned the lights on for 60 min and it worked. Loaded it up into the show builder and we were off and running. Thanks for everybodys help.
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