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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.

Jim Looker

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    Independence, Missouri, USA
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    Facilities Mechanic

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    I'm selling all my Christmas lights and controllers because we are going to retire and do some traveling. 10 ft Pixel Tree with 2ft star. 15 string with 46 node each. 50 node star. AlphaPix 16 V2 Case, Power Supply, Pigtails AlphaPix 4 V2 Case, Power Supply, Pigtails AlphaPix 4 V3 Board only. New Found another Controller Advatek Pixlite 4 Controller, Case, Power supply and 4 port switch LOR DIO 32 Channel Board LOR Protocol DMX Protocol In case with two 8 Channel SSR boards 16 110v Channels LOR CMB-16D QC V1 16 Channel DC Board LOR - RS 485 Adapter with Booster Holiday Coro Actidongle #53 Enttec Pro Compatible Holiday Coro ActiDongle #53 V2 Enttec Pro Compatible 16 X 64 Pixel Programmable LED "Tune To" sign. Assortment of LED products. The more I hunt, The more I find. $700.00 or best offer for everything. Need to pick up. No Shipping


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  3. I haven't heard who the other two winners are yet. As soon as it posted in the paper I'll go see them.
  4. I received a phone call today informing me that I won 2nd place in the local lighting contest. I won a $100 give certificate to a large hardware chain here. I'll be paying them a visit right after Christmas when there lights go on sell to stock up for next year. Then I received a letter yesterday from Missouri State Representative Assistant Minority Leader.... "I want to thank you for yourChristmas light show at your home. It must take a tremendous amount of time and energy to put it together. My family and I enjoy the light display very much. I appreciate your creativity and holiday cheer. Thank you for providing your display for the entire community to enjoy." It makes it all worth wild.
  5. I found a 100 pin cable in a computer surplus store for $10.00. I cut it in half and soldered it to a breakout board. Saving the other half for the other PCDIO96 card I have. Do a search on ebay for DAQ, or 100 pin. There's always one on there somewhere. Jim
  6. The first year I did a display sequenced to music, I sequenced everything to the beats of the music. If you can hear the music, it looked great. But for the neighbors out of hearing range, it looked like a mess. Now, I divide mydisplay into three sections. One section that dances to the music. One sectionof animated lights such as my house lights, my mega tree, andmy five 3 color mini trees. That havepreset patterns. And one section that comes on and stays on during most of the song, such as my border lights. I haven't had any complant since changing. And I must admit, I think it looks better. Jim
  7. I put a camera on the front of the house, soi don't have to get up any more to see if anyones out there. There's two car out there as I'm typing. Now that's obsessive. Jim
  8. No pictures, But I'm working on a video. jim
  9. Years ago I had a neighbor who did the same thing. If I had blacklights and strobes out for Holloween, she'd put them out also. At Christmas time she try to put up the same thing I did. So I fixed her, I automated my display, put up a 40 foot tower with a star on top. And about 4000 more lights then her. Not a problem. Just smile and wish them a Merry Christmas. Jim
  10. Well another lighting ceremony has come and gone. We lit them up on Thanksgiving night. Had about 50 guests for the lighting. The weather was great, about 58 degrees. Lots of cookies and hot chocolate for everone....... That was the easy part. The hard partlike a dummy was,I waited until the weekend before to start putting up my lights. About 15,000. Give or take a hundred or two. We decided to add nine raindeers to the display this year. So I was up the night before till midnight soldering up another control box for the eight more channels I needed. Then up till about 2:00am sequencing two new songs for the show. But it all worked out, the show went off without a hitch. Can't wait till next year. I have a few new ideas. But I think I'll start a little earlier. As soon as I can get my brother-in-law over here to film this, i'll try and geta movie upto see. Jim
  11. Comicemp, I run the line out of my computer to the line in on a $2.00 garage sale boom box. Then I plug a weatherproof speaker to the ext. speaker jack of the boom box. That way I have plenty of power to drive the speaker. Jim
  12. Mine is aScrolling LED Sign. About 6 inch tall letters. That say's ' Tune Your Radio91.1 To Enjoy The Audio Portion Of The Show'
  13. Kamahilights....You've got mail. Jim
  14. First off, Let me start out by aplogizing to Warbirdmedia and Kamahilight. Apparently you both PM'ed me with a question about my PCI DIO card, and i didn't see your emails or answer your questions. I recieved a new PM today from Synnie with the same question. I saw that I miss the other PM's. Sorry! When I installed my card, I also installed the Measurment Computing's Universal Library andThe Cyber Research Universal Library. Both have Instacal on them. It's been almost a year since doing so, so Idon't remember which oneLORdoesn't see the card through. I thinkit was the ResearchLibrarythat worked correctly. Instacal will see the card in both programs, but only one will work with LOR. I ran a cable from the card to a breakout board in a enclosure in the house. then I builtthree 16 channel boxes that went outside by the display. I connected them together withthree 50 ft DB25 to DB25 cables.(room for expansion)Then I have 12 SSR's also in theenclosure to run the lights attached to the house. If you need to know anything else, let me know. I'll try to answer in a more timely manner. Jim
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