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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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  1. I messed this thread up and confused everyone. Thanks for trying everyone. Disregard. I'll figure it out somehow
  2. I'm sorry. I wasnt clear. I guess I really dont know how to write it and also forgot to say strips for the 2812's. Can I remotely control them somehow? Like through wifi if I buy something? If you were to start over, to do a basic show, no music, what would you buy different from what I did? I have a lot to learn and feel I've spent a month on YouTube lol. Thanks guys
  3. Rich. About the meteor lights. Looks like 12v I can hook 5 together end to end. Since it only has 2 wires (each icicle has it's own random control) I'm under the impression I would have to control them with some sort of power on and off switch. Am I wrong? Is there such a thing?
  4. So I decided to jump into this and could use some help with options. First let me say I ordered 3 5M lengths of 2812, a 60 amp power supply (so I can expand sometime) 3 NodeMCUs, and some power wire for injection. My plan was to wrap my porch and one window eve and hang some meteror icicle lights along with them for my first year. I guess I have 2 questions. Do I need a raspberry pi? Or are the nodes good for now.... I believe I remember a couple ppl not using them on shows so small. And I am away a lot. And 2. How do you guys control your icicle lights? They're not individually controlled so I believe it just power on or off like the old fashioned lights we used to use (back in the ol days). Yet they are LED. So whole sections can be on or off. I imagine I'll be getting into this more and more each year but until I get something up and started where I can get some sort of portion or pattern and go through the sequence of doing it once I'm a little more lost than I will be. Thanks
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