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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 ChristmasKitten

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    • Birthday 03/14/2003

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      The night before Christmas...
    • Location
      Marshalltown IA
    • Biography
      I listen to Christmas music all year round
    • Interests
      Christmas, Model Trains, and Lego
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    • About my display
      32 channels and 3rd year going strong

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    1. I'm thinking of getting into the smart RGB world for the 2020 Christmas season and was wondering if Molex connectors such as these would be a good choice. I'm thinking of using the yellow for data, the blacks for 12v, and red for Gnd. (I know that's backwards, but there is 2 black conductors, and only 1 red. I'd relabel them with electrical tape.) I have my entire wanted parts list here if anyone has any other suggestions.
    2. I have been absent from this form for a long while, and the first thing I see is the reminder I need to find time to sequence new stuff. Glad I have a small display, for you it must take ages.
    3. Light-O-Rama software is not available for Macs, I don't use Mac as I don't like the interface and I don't really like apple as a company and this is why.
    4. There isn't much activity most of the year, even when it picks up in November/December it still isn't much.
    5. Here is the link Signatures After generating your code, go to account settings, then signature and paste your code there. Hope this helped!
    6. I learned from John Storms (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf9O-KiysA0) and used that to start programming. I don't use all the things that he uses, but the general idea of breaking apart a song is something that I couldn't sequence without.
    7. Make a simple chase sequence that repeats, that should do well for testing
    8. My laptop that I use to run the show sometimes takes 3 tries to boot up properly! Anything that runs will work.
    9. Future Standard: SongName_Artist YourSequenceTitle.lms LinkToBuyMusic.com P.S. How do I edit the first post so I can redo that to match the new standard?
    10. 32 channel sequences go here. Example \/ Wizards in Winter by TSO Amazon music link Wizards-2017.lms.lcs Wizards-2017.lms.bak Wizards-2017.lms
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