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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.

FireMedic4Christ

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About FireMedic4Christ

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  • Birthday 11/19/1966

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  • Location
    Parker, Colorado, USA
  • Biography
    I have to many expensive hobbies!
  • Interests
    computers, wood turning
  • Occupation
    Firefighter
  • About my display
    Growing every year. I also run my neighbors house on one side and use the other neighbors trees and yard next to mine.

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  1. Nice display! How do you secure your molds to the ground? We always seem to get a fair amount of wind here that moves things around. Brian
  2. Cut just after middle blob. the first 35 will be full wave and the second 35 will be half wave. I do it all the time when I need shorter strings. Side by side there really isn't a discernible difference in the appearance of the two. Thank's Bill. That was the answer I was hoping for. Brian
  3. Can I cut a string of LEDs in half without adding resistors? They are 70 count from CDI and have the large plastic "joint" in the middle and another on one end. Brian
  4. I have a 12' tree that I will be retiring after this season due to an anticipated move. Pre-lit with white incandescent lights and breaks down into 5 sections. There is one section of lights that aren't working this year, but I'm fairly certain the issue is just bad bulbs as they all worked last year. I just didn't take the time to look at them after setup. Brian
  5. We had a pretty good turn out. 10 to 15 If I recall correctly. I would certainly like to have another one or two somewhere in the state next year. There is so much knowledge to share, it makes life a little easier when someone has already been there and done that. I would be up for hosting another, but would certainly drive somewhere if it would get more folks involved. Brian Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  6. If you don't mind sharing, I would love to see your version. Thanks, Brian Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
  7. Looking for "Calling All the Monsters" and "I've Got My Scream On" sequences if anyone is willing to share. These are from Disney Channel's A.N.T. Farm and sung by China McClain. Thanks, Brian
  8. Below are a few links to convert a NOMA controller liked used on the chasing lights set for use on other items like a Santa waving his hand. Due the power draw you will have to be careful if not using a relay switch. I was able to use one a few years ago to make a spiralling tree with LED lights and not overheat the controller too badly. The last link shows how to build a 6 channel relay switch from a 6 outlet power strip. http://www.kindlachristmas.com/HTChaserLight.asp http://computerchristmas.com/index.php?link=how_to&HowToId=50&FullSize=true&LowLimit=0&StepId=1 http://computerchristmas.com/christmas/link-how_to/HowToId-13/LowLimit-0 Good luck and have fun. Brian
  9. Greetings everyone. I hope everyone is still planning on coming to the CO Mini at my home located at 10741 San Juan Court, Parker, CO 80138 this Saturday. Here is a suggested schedule: 900 am - meet and greet 1000 am - Creating a sequence with Vixen by Tim Thompson 1130 am - lunch (order pizza?) 1200 pm - DMX & Pixelnet Universes with Gary 130 pm - Nutcracker with Sean Meighan 300 pm - show off (bring anything you want show off or demo for others) 400 pm - trade show (bring your unwanted items to sell or trade) I will have a couple of laptops for us to use, at least one projector, some LOR controllers with usb dongle, some Lynx controllers with usb dongle, some smart strings with controllers, and lots of extension cords. If someone has an LCD projector, please bring it. I have LOR2 software, downloaded Vixen 2.1 and 3.0 beta (I will try to install before Saturday), and XLights. I will have some coffee and soda available, if you need something special better bring it along with something to snack on. My wife will be making some Christmas Holly. I thought we could order pizza for lunch to make it easy. Things to bring include: a laptop if you want to follow along and build a sequence, a fold up chair as I only have seating for about 14 without using the floor, stuff to barter or sell, your top 2 decorating tips to share with the group. Just some thoughts, nothing too concrete that way we can go where the day leads us. Brian PM or email if you need more info. [email protected]
  10. Just another bump as the time is drawing near. I have heard from about 15 people so far, with the farthest being in Nebraska. We would love to have anyone and hope to have several things to offer. So far we will have a sequencing session with Vixen, a discussion on setting up a DMX and / or Pixelnet universe, a presentation on the Nutcraker software, a time for showing off if you want to bring an item to setup, and a trade show to get rid of all those lights and stuff you aren't using. We plan on starting about 0930 in Parker, CO. PM or email for more details, Brian [email protected]
  11. Bumping this up as I have heard from several that want to come, but only one has mentioned a topic of interest. Brian
  12. Just a heads up to everyone, the 2012 Colorado Christmas Get Together with be held May 5 in the Denver metro. Any and all are welcome to a fun filled day. I am still working on the schedule and topics, but please let me know if you have any request or if you want to present something to the group. More details to follow. Brian
  13. Just a heads up to everyone, the 2012 Colorado Christmas Get Together with be held May 5 in the Denver metro. Any and all are welcome to a fun filled day. I am still working on the schedule and topics, but please let me know if you have any request or if you want to present something to the group. More details to follow. Brian
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