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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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  1. This would be a big no no, be safe.
  2. Very nice work SP, I likey ! I hope all is well ! Glenn
  3. I agree, EL is not very bright, but it did work well for small stars in my display. These stars were positioned close to the audience.
  4. I did Celine Dion's version. I like the build and finish of her version.
  5. I hope Mark lands somewhere in the industry. He does wonderful sequencing work and is a nice guy.
  6. Please read and understand the post before commenting the statement is "absurd". I did not say odd looks bad, what I did say is that even, in general, translates better to most music. My challenge stands, I don't think you have shown or proven otherwise.
  7. I agree ernie18. Clyde, I'm glad you are going to start keeping comments to yourself so you can stay in somewhat good standing.
  8. Looks very nice. Lots of straight lines, must be an engineer
  9. This is a tough decision for so many that put work into sequencing this song. The truth has emerged and the artist is sorry for putting the $$$ he makes now at risk. His music does not deserve support from people that support our troops. I am not a fan.
  10. Wouldn't that issue be the same with a mega tree? You need to start a middle effect/chase some where. IMHO the odd arch number cannot work as well as even. A chase does not care if odd or even, but I challenge anyone to show that an odd number translates better to most music than an even number such as 4 or 8.
  11. "example if i had 8 segments per arch, and a 16 channel lor controller I could run 2 arches per controller?" Yes
  12. Why don't people use an odd number for their mega trees?
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