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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 gigogig

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    1. just open it in ie in privet session , you dont need a google account to look at it
    2. This is a site agnostic comparison of controllers available currently to run pixels. This is a draft so for atlest the next week there will be changes and updates, and if you see something wrong please add a comment to the spreadsheet so it can be fixed for all to see. If this is successful and useful to all I will be adding a list of ac controllers and a list of dc controllers to this. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AniFrVDuq3jtdE1WVGNxaEhuYVd3Vm9OMDFYTWJOOXc&usp=sharing
    3. ( AZ Mini was a huge success! Everyone had a great time Thanks to Bobby for facilitating the event. It does take a lot of effort to coordinate the presentors was well as run live stream video. Special thanks to John and Caroline for their generous hospitality. Great food Angie and Caroline! To commemorate the event I compiled this 10 min collage of video and photos. Take a look. Hope to see you there next year.. Regards, Lightman ) First lots of thanks, Thank you Lightman for your video of the event, thank you to the Slades for hosting us once agen, and making everything perfect, including
    4. Mystery Mini broadcast 4-20-13, one day warning Just under 1 day away from a mini being broadcast at http://abcholidays.serveblog.net/ in the mini room. Here are the particulars.... What: Mystery Mini When: April 20, 2013 Time: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Mystery+Mini+broadcast+&iso=20130420T08&p1=197&ah=9 Where: http://abcholidays.serveblog.net/ in the mini room. Agenda: This is the agenda but it may get moved around a little. 8:00 am break time (open chat) 9:00 am 30 min Reindeer Headsets by lightman 30 min solder
    5. AZ Mini participants and agenda, one day warning Just under 1 day away and so far we have ~22 participants Here are the particulars.... What: Arizona Mini When: April 20, 2013 8 am to 5 pm Where: Slades Residence (Near 101 and Thomas) Link address link http://freetexthost.com/yox03stedr Link address link Agenda: below Optional Dinner plans: (To be arranged during mini) Donation: $7/person to cover food and drinks; Will collect at event Door Prizes: Fantastic gifts from several notable vendors (have to be present to win) Actions Required by You: 1. Please respond to this thread to confi
    6. We have now have a presenter for the soldering presentation, AZDan has graciously offered to share his knowledge! Sounds great Your Friendly Facilitator.... Gigogig (Bobby)
    7. AZ Mini participants and agenda, one week warning Just under 1 week away and so far we have ~22 participants! If you have any additional or corrections to your attendance likelihood please let us know, headcount helps us know how many chairs and how much food we are going to need, Thanks. Also it’s not too late to let anyone you know is from AZ or a neighboring state that may be interested about this mini, the more the merrier. And there will be a great selection of prizes from venders too, nothing wrong with winning something : ) . Here are the particulars.... What: Arizona Mini When:
    8. AZ Mini participants and agenda so far Just under 2 weeks away and so far we have 21 participants!, and a great selection of prizes from venders, also please let anyone you know is from AZ or a neighboring states that may be interested, the more the merrier. List of Participants as of 4-7-13 1 2 100% slades 3 4 100% Gigogig (bobby) and Angikins (angie) 5 99% Halstaff 6 99% Lightman 7 100% scuba steve 8 90% mlkren 9 90% FrankAZ 10 ??% timon 11 100% einstein2883 12 13 90% raplass and son 14 30% olingerjccj 15 90% circus4u 16
    9. So far we have 13 participants!, and a great selection of prizes from venders, were just missing what everyone would like to get out of it? also please let anyone you know is from AZ or a neighboring states that may be interested about this, as we don't want to exclude anyone that can make it. List of Participants as of 3-31-13 1 2 100% slades 3 4 100% Gigogig (bobby) and Angikins (angie) 5 99% Halstaff 6 99% Lightman 7 100% scuba steve 8 90% mlkren 9 90% FrankAZ 10 ??% timon 11 100% einstein2883 12 13 90% raplass and son Also raplass has offered
    10. Please refer all comments and repsonses to the newly opened thread here... Thanks, Gigogig
    11. 2013 agenda I am working on the agenda for the Arizona Mini to he held on Saturday, 4/20/13. The agenda is tentative and we are still looking for other presenters. Here is what we have so far... If anyone has a topic they would like to share to fill the open slots, let me know either here or through a PM. 8:00 am Meet and Greet (Continential Breakfast) 9:00 am 1 hour or 2 half hours 10:00 am 1 hour or 2 half hours 11:00 am 1 hour or 2 half hours 12 Noon Lunch (Caroline Specialty) 1:00 pm 1 hour or 2 h
    12. On behalf of Caroline and John Slade, I would like to invite you to the 2013 Arizona Mini to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 20th. (also Thank you to the Slades) We look forward to meeting you all and discussing blinky flashy including all the elements that make up this fascinating hobby. The presentations are geared for both the novice and experienced.... you will find something to take home and improve your show. Please pay attention to the Actions below. You must respond to this thread for obtaining the final headcount for food, drink, chairs, and etc. Here are the parti
    13. After a small communication error, the Slades have graciously offered their phoenix home again on April 20. So with the location and date set, now we can put together an agenda. Anyone willing and able to present please post, we are hoping to have a good framework by 3-22-13. We are moving forward, fast for 4-20-13
    14. Its late notice but if we can pull a 2013 az mini together this is the interest thread to do it in. I’m offering up my home as a possible location (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=prescott+valley+az) but we are totally willing to relocate if someone in the greater PHX area is willing to host. I’d like to get everyone’s % likely hood of being able to make it on ‘4-20-13’ or ‘5-18-13’. Something like: ‘gigogig %99 on both dates’ Also we will need some volunteers to do presentations so please also express anything your willing to teach, and anything you’re looking to learn. Somethi
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      Online Mini Conference # 6 is about 3 hours away! time http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=industry+overview&iso=20120713T18&p1=1956&ah=4 this Online Mini Conference will be a industry overview of nearly everything! by AussiePhil Reminder the server is here http://abcholidays.serveblog.net/ and all youl need is a name to join but it wont be open untill about 15 min prior to the start
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