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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Bumped into a women in ToysRUs who handed me her phone and asked me to speak to her son because he didn't believe she was with Santa. Got to play Santa and hear how excited he was to talk with Santa.
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  1. Thanks for sending that over! I had someone on another forum send me a link tonT splitters that would pass the entire 3 wires over. Basically I did what your diagrams show. I only pass neutral throughout the entire connection. Positive only passes from the power supply feeding to the strands in powering. Data is passed through all the connections but never to the supplies. Power injection is interesting to plan that’s for sure, but the results are worth it. Have a Merry Christmas! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Hi, I purchased strands of 12mm WS2811 12v Pixels 100 count 4" spacing from Holiday-Light-Express. I also purchased their T Type splitters. I was working on injecting power, but I just realized after getting odd results and finally testing with my meter, that these T Types don't pass all the wires through. https://www.holiday-light-express.com/light_information.php?partnumb=RGB-T-pwrinj&stock_printout=63 in Stock I'm guessing these are 13.5 mm connectors , all I know is the Holiday Coro connectors don't fit with them. The layout of these T Splitters are V+ flows from the Bottom of the T to the Left side of the T V- flows through ALL connectors Left, Right and Bottom. Data flows from the Left and Right. So two questions... 1. Does anyone know where I can find a style that matches this so that V+ and V- flow through the entire T and Data only flows from Left to Right? 2. Is something like this doesn't exit what is the best way to create my own waterproof connections? Do you guys solder and shrink wrap, or do you know of 3 way waterproof connectors? Thanks for any help, Steve
  3. Hello,

    I downloaded a sequence to help me with one of my songs and it had your name in the LOR sequence info. It is Little St Nick from 2009.

    If this wasn't supposed to be shared, please let me know. I believe I found it on a link from this forum. If it was ok to be shared, can I ask if this was the beach boys, because the total time on your sequence is about 1 minute longer than mine 2:45.99 vs 1:58.88. 

    I appreciate any info you could give me on this, like where you got the version of the music from, I could try and figure where I'm different with the one I bought on Amazon.

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