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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.

Mike Sigmond

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About Mike Sigmond

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  • Birthday 09/28/1978

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    Costa Mesa, CA
  • Biography
    Ummm, yea
  • Interests
    finding out how everything works
  • Occupation
    MR. MOM
  • About my display
    Started in 2006 with 32 channels of LOR

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  1. We got this thing in mexico once, forget what it was called but we called it a "M-dont-F with-me" it was about 18" long and as round as a quarter. didnt try to blow up a blomold but it did leave a 2 foot deep crater in the sand on the beach, the federali's came by after that and hasseled us for a but too. I was like 18 so that explains why I did that.:121_reindeer:
  2. Is it a 30 or 40 amp controller?
  3. I just saw the Flag go up, must be close to done I take it.
  4. Thats a touching story, I am a proud doner myself. Heck, when I go, cut me up and put me on ebay if needed.
  5. I wonder if blue machine dye would work( I'm not talking about washing machine dye) Its used to assemble metal parts and finds the uneven surfaces for like a head on a engine. I guess no matter what works, it will still be alot of work. Here is a pic of the dye...
  6. Once you get your image you can use this freeware program to print it 6' tall to work with. http://www.snapfiles.com/get/rasterbator.html
  7. Well there you go Steve, now you know where the football is.
  8. Then everyone would have them and they would be washed out. I'm sure someone would build you some for a small fee.
  9. So you are the original arch guy,cool. Its amazing how the neatest things are so simple to create sometimes. Well, there is some labor involved but the concepts are so simple. I havent used them yet but have made a few with some friends.
  10. I just finished building my new wireframe with these new free white LEDs I got in the mail.
  11. Welcome to PC! have fun, I'm sure any questions you have can be answered here.
  12. I think you did a great job for your first year, I like the solid colors, that is a good base display to add to, just add what you can chew in the years to come;)
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