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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.
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  • 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.

gilv58

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I have no story to tell
  • Location
    Helotes, TX
  • Biography
    I was born
  • Interests
    Animated Christmas lights of course
  • Occupation
    Systems Analist
  • About my display
    I have not had one in four years but I am going to put one together
  1. gmac You can contact Fabian at http://www.gordonlights.com/ I stated thinking of a LOR/CCP but did not like the restrictions imposed by the software and lack of lighting options with LOR systems. Fabians system comes plug and play but can be expanded. I am an engineer and I appreciate items and systems that are well designed and are built with some degree of quality. That is why I stay away from the "lets buy the cheapest lights and components we can find" mentality. I love the DIY crowd, they are out there experimenting and trying items and combinations. But sometimes they get too carried away with cutting cost. Going though a lot of work and settling for the cheap lights that have one or two nodes that light up with "funny colors" or not light up at all is not the way to go in my opinion. I ordered a set of lights from an other lights systems provider and a set of StellaScapes greens from Fabian at the same time. The StellaScapes arrived very quickly. Once I saw the quality of the StellaScapes I cancelled my order for the other lights, yes they had not even shipped them. Like I said in my previous post, the StellaScapes are top quality. I must disclose I am not a sales person nor I get any special deals. I am just a regular guy looking to build my first RGB Mega tree. You will get the same service and attention from Fabian as I got and am getting. This and the quality of his products is what convinced me to go with his system. You can't go wrong. Good luck Gil V.
  2. The problem here is that the Christmas side of the RGB/DMX world is still in its infancy. While there are many systems that "Support RGB/DMX" it is pretty much a mish-mush of components being brought together. The people doing the most work are the DIY crowd. Most of which are looking for the least expensive solution thus results are complicated (like controller kits that you must solder) and hard to obtain items. So right now there is a large number of choices and an even greater number of possible combinations in putting together a RGB/DXM System Fabian Gordon has a plug and play system based on StellaScapes, The system is pricy but the quality of the StellaScapes coupled with the excellent support you get from Fabian make this an excellent choice. Fabian will set up the controller before he ships it based on your choices. He will email you a set-up file and will walk you over the phone in setting up the system. Jim at SanDevices also has a controller/power supply/lights combo. Jim's controller is a good one and Jim will also provide with support in helping you set up. There may be others that have complete "Systems" (controllers, power supply, lights and software) but I have not seen them. Otherwise there are choices in controllers, RGB types types, RGB Pixel chips, power supply voltages (which must match the RGBs you chose) , and then software to control it all. There Issues you must resolve like: do I need a DMX bridge, a DMX dongle, what DMX protocol should I go with? Not to mention that there are at least half a dozen different "connectors".that can be found to connect power supplies, lights, controllers etc. And I can assure you that for each one of the above choices and questions there will be a dozen experts who would like to tell you which way is the best. Good luck on your quest, it is not an easy one but then again if it were easy everyone would be doing it. Enjoy the quest Gil V.
  3. Now I'm torn I have just found this rendition I think its much better. I am considering the violin or electric guitar version. http://mattrileymusic.com/carol Go down to the Music (MP3) section and click on the play button for either the electric guitar or the violing version. I should have left well enough alone! Glad its only February Gil V.
  4. Great song, http://thepianoguys.com/portfolio/carol-of-the-bells-for-12-cellos-thepianoguys/ Going to give animating this a try this year Gil V.
  5. +1 on Tim's comments. A refreshing collection of music to do animation to. I bought some songs which I will be incorporating in my show this year Gil V.
  6. Madrix is extremely easy to work with. As joeengle stated it is a bit expensive but well worth the price. Walter is great guy we have been exchanging calls he is very willing to help out. I am starting to build an RGB tree follwing his design. Since I am new to RGB lights I started a deep research and ended buying my lights and controller from Gordon lights. Fabian is a great person to deal with and will treat you right. Not only that, but his products are of high quality. Walter and I have discussed some minor modifications to his design, since I am an engineer I'll be building and testing them. Walter has lots of great ideas and empirical knowledge about his designs. Gil V.
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