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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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About davef3138

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  1. Our family's in Mankato for part of the weekend, wondering if anyone knows of any animated displays in the area. Thanks
  2. The garage door track crossed my mind....but unless I came across enough of it cheap (or free), I think it might be cost prohibitive. I think the system Rohn makes is for the 25G type towers (the ones where the sections are the same size). If I remember right, it was a trolley-type thing that surrounded the tower. The BXs start wide at the bottom and grow more narrow with each section: http://n4emp.com/CLASSIFIEDS/64ft_BX_tower.jpg I updated my conceptual drawing...I'm thinking a sleeve made from PVC pipe might work for the panel attachments. Hopefully over the winter I can build a prototype and see how it works. I'm not fully sure how to deal with the changing size of the sections, maybe just use long bolts or threaded rods for the track standoffs so that I can compensate...
  3. One of mine ended up at a wedding reception over the summer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davef3138/3959306317/in/photostream
  4. I created mine out of pegboard material. Had to ream to holes out slightly, but I just pushed the bulbs through "Lite-Brite" style to form the characters. It looks somewhat like one of those electronic freeway signs... The wood frame that supports the sign also has three controllers bolted to the backside.
  5. I have a 48 foot Rohn BX tower that I've been mounting "panels" of lights onto for two years now: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davef3138/2987497001/sizes/l/ Currently, I have to physically climb the tower, hoist each lighting section up with rope, then zip tie them to the structure. What I would love to do is create some sort of "track" system, that I would leave in place year-round along with a pulley at the top and UV-stable rope. Then, I would simply feed the sections onto the track from the bottom and hoist them up to the top. The top section would start first, then each successive 6 foot section would be joined to the last to get all 24 feet. One concept that I had would be to take parallel runs of 3/4" or 1" electrical conduit and build what would basically by a steel rollercoaster track. The trick would be coming up with a way for the panels to attach that would allow them to travel freely up and down. Maybe something like this: http://bold98.org/temp/tower-rail-concept.jpg The front (street-facing) face of the tower is completely free of obstructions, all antennas are mounted off of the two remaining faces. Anyone have any good ideas?
  6. Dave Fischer in Hutchinson, MN. Started doing LOR in 2008 with 32 channels, now have 64 channels worth...but have quite a few unused this year [gasp!].
  7. I thought about using one as a stoplight controller with some homemade stoplights. The kids would get a kick out of it... Stagecraft also came to mind, for low wattage loads of course.
  8. I just bought 500' of 16/2 landscaping wire from Lowes. $76 + tax http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=245306-224-L2309.18.01&lpage=none http://www.generalcable.com/NR/rdonlyres/B8A37392-5284-475D-84E2-B61E3F73914A/0/Pg37_LwVltgLndscpLghtgWr.pdf It's rated to 150 volts, the jacket also looks much thicker and is more flexible than normal SPT2 or lamp cord. It's also rated for outdoor use. This will be used for a wiring harness going up my 48' tower in my back yard. I'm going to hang four 6 foot panels of lights, with red, green, and clear on each panel.
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