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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.
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JackFrost

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About JackFrost

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  • Birthday December 25

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Jack Frost
  • Location
    Hazelton , Iowa
  • Biography
    Like doing the blinky flashy and also building them
  • Interests
    Streetrods
  • Occupation
    Transportation relocation specialist
  • About my display
    249 channels of blinky flashy . Regretfully .. most are still incans . ( but working on it getting changed over to LEDs)<br />Have 5X16 channel boards , 7x24's and one single 8 . Bulb count ? not sure ... lost count
  1. the following is an exact quote from a member on another forum and what he says , seems to hold 100 per cent truth to it :
  2. debtoews Any chance we could get you to post a pic or two of the little house ? ( sounds like a really good idea )
  3. I agree with the REN 24's ... I have 9 arches with 5 channels each and will probably switch over to MORE channels per arch for next year . They flow ... but not as smooth as I would like . Right now I am using 200 incans per channel with 5 channels per arch . Looks ok , but again , not the greatest . As was previously said ... arches suck up the channels FAST . Something you might want to consider instead . Try a FAN .. think of an arch , but instead of having the lights wrapped around a piece of PVC , you can have them hang down to the ground from a semi circle ( same shape as arch , but larger . I went with 3 - 10 foot sections of 1 inch PVC joined together . Have 16 channels on it and each channel is one string of lights doubled up and hanging down to the ground , the lights , although doubled at the bottom , spread out at the top to give the lights more girth on the top section , thus needing less channels .
  4. oh ... hey .... almost forgot to mention ... if you think you are gonna stop here with Christmas .... moooo ha ha ha ... Think again .... because there is ALSO HALLOWEEN These controllers not only control lights .,,, but just about anything utilizing 120 ac ( you can also get ones for DC as well ) So , basically ... the sky is the limit
  5. Oh , yeah .. the software and hardware I know about and my opinions : LOR - good stuff , kinda pricey , and from what I heard - good customer support ( needs a few more add-on controllers though ) AL - animated lighting - only thing I can say is - ( IMO ) stay clear ---- recently have heard nothing but bad comments on customer support from Paul Vixen - also good stuff , but is the hardware is 99.99 per cent DIY items and of course , cheaper than prebuilt items from the above two companies ( also the software which is free and is also simple to use - imo ) Do your checking on the above mentioned ( hope you like reading because there is a LOT to learn about the pro's and cons of each ) , and make your own decision as to which one(s) you think will make your Blinky Flashy the ultimate in the country and go for it . Welcome to the Blinky Flashy World , have fun and again .. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !! !
  6. Sheer genius ... ( so when do I get my donation in the mail ? ) Which ever way you go .. welcome to world of the Blinky Flashy .. I do want to warn about the world of Blinky Flashy ... Once you get hooked , there's no escape . It only gets worse and worse ( or is that bigger and better - ) the only chance you stand is get away now ... while you still can ....
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  8. And if you want an even easier program ... try VIXEN , plus its free . ( and the controllers are cheaper as well and can use a larger number of different controllers as well )
  9. LOL .. thats kinda like asking if the Easter Bunny comes the week after Easter .
  10. not sure about using LOR , but it can be done using Vixen . Just go to the PROGRAMS tab and then scroll down to SCHEDULE and make it so that the countdown runs 24/7 and the rest of your blinky flashy is another scheduled program that would start in and join with the countdown and the blinky would end at whatever time you choose and the countdown will remain running . Of course the PC will need to be running 24/7 along with VIXEN running 24/7 , but it can be done that way .
  11. LED rope light ... just make sure you buy where you can figure out where to make the cuts . I bought some from Menards and seems no one can tell me where the cut spots are .
  12. Just because it has MARTHA STEWART name on the box , does not mean its really not made by Hun Dwan Chong Woo .... in China Seems a LOT of LEDs are actually crapola . They are WAY more expensive and last less time than incans do ! ( even though the bulb is supposed to last MUCH longer . And it ALWAYS turns out NOT to be the bulb , but the wiring connection to the bulb ( LED )
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