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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.

indi

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About indi

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  • Birthday 11/03/1949

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The Night Before Christmas
  • Location
    Jefferson City, MO
  • Biography
    Married with two adult chrildern
  • Interests
    Playing guitar in a country western band
  • Occupation
    Construction estimator
  • About my display
    Newbie. Last year was my first
  1. indi

    Visualizer

    If I'm understanding right, you have drawn you props in the visualizer. Now in the sequence editor you set up your channels as you have them setup in the visualizer. As you work on your sequence you can watch what it does to your props in the visualizer. Your visualizer doesn't import into the sequence editor, or at least not that I know of.
  2. I'm running Windows 7 Acer laptop with 4 gb ram. Good machine, BUT when I would run the visualizer and sequence editor, the visualizer would get sporadic with the motion. I went this weekend and got a desk top HP,windows 8. It has an i5 processor and 8 gb ram (I also got 8 more gb) and installed it. I got it @ Best Buy $549.00, and $80.00 for the other 8 gb stick. Started working on my sequences and don't have anymore sporadic movements in the visualizer as before. I will now use it for just my LOR. Don't know if this helps or hurts.
  3. I've got the same thing going on. It's my first 16 channel controller. I've got lights coming on and going off randomly. I haven't got my controllers in a very good place for easy access, or I would try to reset it. I just put the main power supply on a timer with my sign spot light. When the timer comes on I see the light that are connected to my first controller come on. AT the end of my show I see then turn on and off randomly. I'll wait until after the season when I take the props down to run a check.
  4. indi

    C7 Mounting

    I should have said. I attached the hooks to the gutter. Not the roof. I placed the one end under the drip edge and extend it over the gutter edge and bent it down about 3", bent it back straight, then bent it up. I zip tie the flat part of the hook to the gutter supports.
  5. indi

    C7 Mounting

    I zip tie mine to 1-1/4" PVC. I have two strands, one white and one blue. I made hooks from 1/2" x 12" steel strap and painted them white. I attached the clips to the roof during late summer. I then zip tie the lights and walk out the garage and set the pipe onto the hooks. I use PVC couplings where needed. When I take them down, I leave the clips in place until it warms up.
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