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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. Michelle, Thank you. I think my wife and I went by your house also. It was years ago though. Once again, Thank you.
  2. Trying to find Mike Glover's house. He lives in Temecula or Murrietta. Animated lighting user. I met him years ago at an AL workshop and have since lost his #. Any help would greatly be appreciated.
  3. Having a hard time finding em. Or a good site that carries them for less than 15.00 a box. Thanks Griz
  4. I've got that Christmas itch to cook something this weekend.
  5. Griz

    Donation Box

    Usually your local Fire Dept. can provide one for you.
  6. As of right now Friday the 28th money still hasn't been recieved. They are still up for grabs.
  7. It's up to 900.00. If anyone really want's the equipment I will sell it now for 1000.00 and I'll pay shipping. First one to PM me gets it.
  8. Loyalty does run deep and seeing as your prospective customers are the very ones whos company you and others have been slapping around the last few days it can only negativly impact a sale. My feelings exactly. I'm not saying they have a bad product. The software and controllers work perfectly. In my line of business, if someone continually doesn't pay me for services and I have to keep making calls to get the money, I won't do work for them anymore. I don't have time to do that. If AL would consider maybe posting on their website when a product is out of stock, that would be a completly different story on my part. I didn't list these controllers to try to get a new AL customer. I listed them for the "hardcore enthusists" who will add to existing hardware to make a larger show. Less headaches that way.
  9. Heres the pics. The only one thats not connected it the one that need firmware installed. The other small board it the RS232 to 485 converter board.
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