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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 MikeKrebs

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    Sauk City, WI
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    Born. Will die someday.
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    Running for health (physical and mental). Lights!!
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    I write programs mostly in RPGLE.
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  1. They might be nice for some RGB illumination. Mix them in with the rest of the show. At one time I wanted to add a flock of snomingos with pixels inside. Thought it would look interesting having a bunch of multicolor birds in the yard.
  2. is the garland uv protected? if used outside, can i expect several years seasonal use?
  3. other sources of pixel products include crockett fantasy of lights, diyledexpress, holiday coro, ray wu and scottled. and there are starting to be many choices on amazon and ebay. I have pixels from holiday coro, diyledexpress, and ray wu. all work fine. two other considerations... if you buy pigtails/ extensions from one vendor, do not expect them to work with other vendors pigtails / extensions. a 3 conductor pigtail is not a standard thing. second thing is to look out for what order the pixel is in. we refer to them as rgb generically but some come in other order (brg, grb, etc). you can adjust in software or in some controllers but you should be aware of the differences so you are not perplexed when you hook them up and things are "off". one more thought... if you are starting over and going with smart pixels and not looking at lor, do look into vixen and/or xlights for sequencing. both are good at sequencing and support is excellent on their forums.
  4. Sorry to hear of the unexpected damage to your house. I don't have a suggestion on specific clips. I do applaud your thinking and suggest you add a couple of permanent anchors so you can be safe up there. If nothing else pops up, I would think some large diameter eye hooks might work. I was envisioning running pieces of 1/2" pvc through them to create a base to connect everything else to.
  5. From your video, I have the impression you might enjoy building props. you went farther with the mega tree, the star yup on the roof was great, the mini trees at the various angles, the globes out front. very nice. your new house looks very nice for displaying elements. here is my thought... you should go pixels and start by building something to hang on the walls (I saw snowflakes whenI looked at your house but angels, stars, bells, holly, mini trees, wreaths all would work great) . use standard ws2811 pixels so that they work with any 2811 pixel controller. as to sequencing software, i understand lor has a new version that includes a version of xlights integrated or use xlights for free. after you get your feet on the ground, do a house outline next year. after that add some yard art (a dozen wire frames would look great) and finish up year four with window and door outlines and wall washers.
  6. love how you created scenes. very nice. Nice thing about blow molds is how they are "something" even during the day. In this case, even better than at night probably.
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