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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.

Ruby60

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Polar Express
  • Location
    SoCal
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    Old guy
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    Motion Control
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    Retired
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    16 going to 32 channel LOR

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  1. Fast shipping too: Ordered 10/22 7:30 PM, Received 10/24 3:00 PM!!! Oh and shipping was free to my home! Ruby
  2. Howdy! Just to let you know, vampire plugs can be ordered at Home Depot. Box of 25 costs $17.00. Home Depot calls them "Male plug with slide on back plate" or "Female socket with slide on back plate". Made by Smart-tech. Part no's: 1002 508 865 (male), 1002 515 7793 (female). Caveat: Home Depot (on line) lists them as SPT-1---- but box says SPT-2, with an amp rating at 8 Amps (SPT-1 rating) so are they SPT-1 or 2? Ruby
  3. HA!! Perfect... I hadn't thought about those things... I think I have a bunch of them laying around the house! Thanks that will be so easy!!
  4. Question for all you electrical brains out there: What kind of circuit can I build to convert 120V AC to 4.5V DC? I picked up this 5ft tall animated Santa from the Rite-Aid today. The animation is a moving mouth which moves in sync to several Christmas songs and a Christmas story. The mouth movement and sounds are powered by 3 AA batteries, so that's about 4.5V DC. I am going to try to animate the arms by installing a deer motor and some linkages. I'd like to power the mouth from this 120V AC deer motor and eliminate the batteries. So can someone please draw me a schematic or explain how to convert 120V AC to 4.5V DC? Thanks,
  5. Now is the time to get your vampire plugs from Home Depot. They are called "slide on connectors" and come in lots of 100 at ~ $45. That's like $0.45 each! Males are model# 14-330, Females are model# 14-331. Order soon as they don't have them all year around.
  6. Ruby60

    How Big?

    I'm planning on 4 birds each using 2 LOR channels. (maybe more??) They won't be very detailed. I'll make one at 4 foot wing span first, then see how they look. Adjust size from there.
  7. Ruby60

    How Big?

    Thanks for the fast response... Thats bigger than I was thinking, but I'm going to plan on a 4 foot windspan as you suggest.
  8. Ruby60

    How Big?

    Hi, I want to make some wire frame birds. I want the wings to appear to be flapping, which I'll do with the lights. My question is: How big does a wire frame need to be to make it "distinguishedable"? They will be flying between 30 to 50 feet from the street. Thanks
  9. 84..turns out that what I was seeing is what was expected...I just didn't know what to expect! So, once you import the instant sequence to the sequence editor, you can then assign your lights colors to the channels... then it looks like you'd expect. That being said, if you only have a few controllers, it's probably worth the time and effort to create a visualization. It makes it a lot easier to evaluate the instant sequence prior to importing it to the sequence editor. Also, there is now a video on the LOR site that gives all the steps to do and what to expect. Take a look there. David
  10. Well, it seems that after I import the instant sequence to the sequence editor, I can then enter the colors for each channel. I thought I had the channels defined as to their location and color, but I guess not. I have not utilized the visualizer because I don't necessarily use the same setup from year to year, so it seemed like an unnecessary step. However, it might be the way to go. Still playing around with SuperStar. David
  11. Hi, The latest Planet Christmas magazine has an article about creating instant sequences using SuperStar, but I can't seem to get it to work properly. My license is Basic Advanced and 2 CCRs. I'm using 32 channels and no CCRs. I updated my LOR software to version 3.8 just to get the "Create Quick Visualization" option in the SuperStar program. I'm trying to use the option that does NOT use the visualizer. So, I go through the steps as described in the article. Then after exporting the sequence to the Sequence Editor, all I see is shades of gray on all of the channels. It is turning the various channels off and on and fades etc, but there are no colors. I'm wondering if I have missed some setup steps somewhere along the way? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, David
  12. I was considering picking up a bunch of 2 foot tall pre-lit tinsel type trees for my OUTDOOR display, but on the box it states "for INDOOR use only". So, what makes them indoor use only and why shouldn't I use them outside? Thanks....
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