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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 vtxrider

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    Roseville, CA
  • Biography
    Retired Military, and retired LEO
  • Interests
    Motorcycles, reading, scuba diving, electronics, computers, and any cool gadget that just works.
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  • About my display
    32 channel LOR, new to this and will got to 64 channels after I get past the learning curve.
  1. Sorry to hear about all of the weather related issues. Here in Northern Calif we are getting a lot of rain and some wind, 15-30 MPH, not to bad. 30 miles away up the hill there is 2' of new snow and whiteout conditions. Had to turn off the airblowns but that is all so far, another storm tomorrow. You guy's hold on as this one is coming your way also.
  2. I stopped driving rebar into the ground when I punctured a sprinkler pipe
  3. vtxrider

    My 1St Year

    Well, this is my first year with LOR, started with 32 channels and used my existing 7,000 lights from my static display. Turned it on around the 3rd and have had a few cars stopping, not many. Last night (Friday) I had several at once a few times instead of the one at a time, and it felt good to know people were enjoying it enough to sit through the entire 20 minute show. So today I get my mail and what do I see, but 2 Christmas cards addressed to 'My Neighbor with the cool lights', and the other to 'The Neighbor with the Great Christmas Lights'. Both cards were signed by several kids and said how much they liked the show. This was a great surprise and really made my day, so now I get one of the reasons why we all do this. I have never met these neighbors, must live further away as i do know all of the ones around me, what a nice thing to do, and I hung the cards up right beside all the family and friends cards. Already making pland to double the channels and display for next year. Merry Christmas everyone! Jesse
  4. I do the same with respect to the outdoor speakers. My good neighbors have 2 small children that go to bed at 8:30, so I use a digital timer to turn off the outside speakers, but retain the Xmiter at that time. I use a 50watt 12VDC motorcycle amplifier that I had in the parts drawer.
  5. perhaps a polite note on the windshield asking her to please not block the Christmas display during the holiday season......... before the flat tires
  6. Great idea but won't work for me. We have a couple a BIG dogs that roam the neighborhood at night, along with the odd Opossum, Skunk, Raccoon, wild Turkeys, and coyote. As well as delivery and mail personnel. So I use a dedicated wireless alarm system with sensors staked next to display items as well as cable bundles. If any item is moved, lifted, or otherwise disturbed it sets of a rather loud siren. It works very well, as I found out when I re-positioned an item without first dis-arming the system with the remote.
  7. Congrats, I am glad everything went well. This is my 1st season as well, and my lights have been on for a week without any issues at all (knock on wood). We are supposed to get a storm Wed night with some 20-40 mph wind so I will be checking all of my tie-downs tomorrow, and may not light the display that night just to be on the safe side.
  8. Darn, great job both of you, I am judt going to have to learn to sequence better this summer. Problem is I spend my entire summer either M/C riding all over the country or Scuba diving in Hawaii, so by the time I am free to learn its Christmas already. Bummer
  9. Has anyone had a chance to attempt a sequence for the song 'What Child is This' by Elle Zamudio?. Love this version but haven't learned to sequence well enough to do it justice, even for my 32 channel setup.
  10. Use Audacity to export the file as a 128KB constant bitrate file and it should show up. Waveform cannot show a variable bitrate mp3.
  11. cacoulter has it right, use Audacity to save the mp3 file as a 128bit constant bitrate file. I had the same issue and this fixed it. Audacity is free, just load your mp3, then export as 128CBR and you should be good.
  12. I used to run a 100KW genset in the Army, powering temp forward camps. One of the safety checks was to check the toque on the relay pole nuts. Seems the slight vibration and solid thunk when engaging and disengaging can make the connector nuts work loose over time. So the 100 hour PM check included checking the connectors. You might think about 'star' lock washers to help prevent this.
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