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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.

    Duct Tape

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      A Christmas Story
    • Location
      Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
    • Biography
      Grew up in Wisconsin, now reside in South Jersey. Always been into decorating for the holidays.
    • Interests
      Karaoke, Vball, LARPing, Ren Faires
    • Occupation
      Marine Electronics
    • About my display
      48 channels of LOR, about 150 channels of DMX. Adding more every year.

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    1. Thanks, the tree is probably the most difficult thing to set up each year, but it's totally worth the extra hassle for the spiral effect :)
    2. This is 48 Channels of Light-O-Rama and 60 channels of DMX. The sequence was purchased from WowLights.com and modified for my use. The video was taken by my friend Sean with a DJI Phantom 4 and edited by me.
    3. http://www.xmultiple.com/xwebsite-sealant.htm or other similar product lightly coat the connector, and work it in and out of the jack a few times. that should clean it up if the jack isn't completely corroded.
    4. Are these premade Cat5 cables or are you making them yourself? If you are making them yourself, avoid using EZRJ45 connectors. If you don't have a sharp crimp/cut off tool, the ends of the cat5 can poke through the connector and cause pins in the RJ45 jack to short out. I would check for corrosion in the RJ45 jack. Maybe replacing the cable is cleaning off these connections just enough to make it work until the corrosion creeps back in.
    5. it's funny. the bare bones, minimal performance pc that runs my show, runs them just fine. If I plug the USB/RS485 adapter into my super high performance laptop and try to run a sequence, it blue screens. it is probably a driver issue, but it made me laugh when it happened.
    6. Hi, I Just joined the forum and wanted to introduce myself by sharing last year's display. This year has a few new additions. I'm about 80% complete. I can't wait to borrow some of your ideas to add to my display. - DT
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