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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 plasmadrive

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    Elk Grove, CA
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    I am a semi retired electrical contractor and controls engineer.
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    144 LOR channels, 24k lights

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  1. Yes.. pretty much... the ones I used actually have a threaded stem out the back. what square pixel did you use? I have not seen any that mount the way.. Unless you mean you used screws and mounted them on the plate.. That would be mechanically sound as opposed to how many others did it.. So I stand corrected.. it is similar if that is the way you did it.. Got pics?
  2. Actually not similar.... it is a "modification" for sure but using the square pixels.. and nothing wrong with doing it that way at all, but a completely different physical mounting scheme. The entire reason I did it the way I did was to avoid having to zip tie loose pixels to the existing post (or pvc pipe) which is how many have done it. Some have even stuffed the rectangle ones in the bottom but there is no real good physical mounting that way that I have seen. I haven't seen the video you said you would post so I am not sure how you did yours but I would be interested to take a look. My way isn't the "only" way, just a "different" way... and for me personally a better way because it is clean and mechanically sound. Show us what you did.. Don't be shy!
  3. I forgot to post this here, sorry. Hopefully this will make it easier for more people to find. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-QYJc3TrEs Modifications to white Really Big Lights to add RGB single pixel WS2811 compatible. This is a really simple way to perform the modification as opposed to zip tying bullet pixels. It also creates no shadows and gives a nice homogeneous light thru out. The source for pixel is http://www.ipixelleds.com/index.php?i... The entire mod costs less than $2.00 for parts not including cable extensions. Fast and easy way to modify your white RBL for RGB. I quickly put this video together to show how easy this mod can be. Advantages of doing it this way (at least for me), 1. Low cost. Only two parts plus connecting cables. (Cost about $2.00 for mod materials) 2 Single electrical pixel but with 6 LEDs 3. Fast and easy to do. 4. No zip ties, no soldering, no glue. The installation is very physically stable and clean. 5. Already connectorized for in and out. Just add dielectric grease to the connector if you need it. Hope you find this helpful. Craig
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