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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 VonnerNIX

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  1. That's not a bad idea Bill, but I hate to know how long it took you to convert them.... I'm sure your fingers are tired by now
  2. That is a picture taken with the camera. I'm not sure if you can tell how 'grainy' it is, but my baby is sleeping, so I can't go add some light. Bill, for some reason I thought your picture looked much more clear than that.
  3. The camera Bill linked to in one of the original posts does not show any light from the LEDs. My old one I tried illuminted a red color. I guess it depends on which kind you buy.
  4. A few questions for you Bill, or others. In your IR LED matrix that you added on both sides of the camera. Are those wired in series and powered by the same power going to the camera? Do you have any resistors in there as well, as shown in Jeff's picture? Just curious, I am debating on buying some and trying it out. Also I bought that same camera from HF. However mine looks HORRIBLY grainy (Both day and night time shots). I can see what is going on, but sometimes it's a struggle. Your picture looks considerably much more clear than mine. Any thoughts? I will try to get a vid clip out so you can compare to what you are seeing with yours. Thanks.
  5. Wow Carrie. That is quite the ordeal. As Dale said, most people would have folded themselves into a corner by the first sight of problems. I am glad you are healing up and doing better. Keep your head high! Merry Christmas (Even if it is a few days late)
  6. Personally I have 12 minutes of a 'blinky' as you call it show. Then 48 minutes of static display.
  7. Bill I just bought everything, after doing some looking for the logic gate, and I'm ready to build. I hope all is going well for you and you are recovering quickly!
  8. I stop mine at 10:00 each night. However most of my neighbors leave their static displays on all night long. So I don't see it being too much of a problem if I made mine longer. However the wife doesn't want it any longer to take the chance of making a neighbor mad.
  9. You can easily wrap electrical tape around each strand of lights at the top of the tree. Once they are all up you should probably make a couple of wraps to make sure they all stay properly.
  10. Coming together nicely I've got almost all of my lights up now Gotta get LOR ready, got the controllers hooked up, waiting for tonight to troubleshoot. And program a few more songs! Keep it up man Happy Lighting.:tree:
  11. Have you tried a local electical supply store in town? I checked last year at mine and they had TONS of wire available. Forget the price right now, but it was better than HD and Lowes
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  13. It also makes it easier to sequence. Thinking of a clock.
  14. The 2 sequences I've done so far are made this way. I have lots of lights turning on when the big notes hit. I agree it seems more realistic/dramatic that way. I can't wait to see them in action!
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