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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.

Bob V

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About Bob V

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  • Birthday 08/21/1964

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    Ossian, Indiana, USA
  • Occupation
    Electrical Engineer
  • About my display
    128 Channels of LOR with 35,000+ lights
  1. And rectifier power cords?
  2. Bob V

    Wireframe stars

    Your lights look perfectly straight. What clips do you use for the C6 LEDs?
  3. OK, let's assume you want the tree to be 8 feet across and 16 to 18 feet tall. You will need 48 strings of lights to get 6 inch spacing, so 24 of each color. You want to keep it under 16 channels, so do 6 channels for each color. Two strands next to each other plus the two strands on the opposite side of the tree on one channel - 4 strands per channel. Alternate the colors so that if all one color is used the tree wil look full. The height will be dictated by the length of the strings. I'm not sure if this helps. I have a PDF drawing that might explain, just to big to post here. PM me with an e-mail address and I will be happy to send it to you
  4. I've been looking for the "perfect" version of Little Drummer Boy myself. Stumbled upon a version by New Song from the Christmas Hope CD. Needs edited down, but has some possibilities. Here is a link to a not so good live version, but might give you an idea of what it is like. Amazon has it for 99 cents.
  5. Bob V

    Anyone home?

    I'm pretty sure 80% of the state's population has temporarily relocated to Florida or a beach in Mexico. 10% are at some other beach. The remaining 10% have been too busy covering for those that are gone that we have not been able to keep up on PC.
  6. I bought the kids an off-lease P4 with XP Pro loaded for $140 at Tigerdirect. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4099410&Sku=L278-SFF001 Not bad considering it has XP with it. You can get the same thing with no OS for $99. I took the old P3 running 98SE and used it as a dedicated show computer. NO network, no nothing - just the show. Worked fine.
  7. Anybody notice the "No Whining" sign in RiscIt's original post? Is that you Paul?
  8. Bob V

    Get together

    Yeah, I know. Just funnin' with the invite up north. Although you are all more than welcome. I would love to get together with you all, just don't know how to work it in the schedule.
  9. Bob V

    Get together

    If I provided a man large man space up north (just south of Fort Wayne), would you all consider coming up this way? I'd love to come down and meet you all but the darn kids keep me pretty busy.
  10. I use a cross in the display at church and will probably add one at home next year. Here is a link to a sampler of the church show recorded by another church member - The cross is used for the Go Fish song "It's About The Cross" and has been very well received.
  11. Bob V

    Poof goes my show

    I guess I fit in to catagory 1, and a bit in catagory 2 but I am not telling any horror stories. I purchased a large quantity of LED's from CDI for a fairly large display in a public venue. It only took a few days before I shipped them back and replaced them with Diogen brand LED's. CDI was caught in a bad situation this year and is working to provide a better product in 2009. In no way should the reputation of LED's as a whole hinge on one manufacturers well publicized issues. I have had no problems with the non-CDI LED's I am using. Not one string failure in the field. My display at home uses incandecents and I have to replace strings daily. If I had the financial resources I would switch to 100% LED's at home in a heartbeat. Crisp vibrant colors. Blues that can't be beat. Low failure rate (use quality LED's). Robust plastic globes do not shatter during set-up and wind storms. Low power consumption - 26,000 LED display pulls 6.5 Amps max - lights are never all on, but would pull less that 20 Amps. Somebody make a case for incandecents besides low cost. OK, you can take me out of catagory 1. I said something. Merry Christmas
  12. What type of controller are you using. Did you possibly have a stand alone program loaded for some other display. Try resetting the controller.
  13. What type of controller are you using? Make sure the unit number is set properly on the controller. Maybe reset it and try again. Is it possible you refreshed in the hardware utility and the unit found was unit 6 or some other unit number besides 2 and not used in your sequence? One other thing - make sure the processor IC is fully seated in the socket. I had one where it had a steady LED but did not control anything. A little push down on the chip and all was good.
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