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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 hbomb341

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  1. I can't recommend The Academy enough - it is AMAZING and GREAT event. Everyone should try to make it - GREAT even for the beginner to the advance - GREAT bang for the buck and LOT of people to learn with and from. Harrison
  2. I haven't seen anything published yet about an Expo 2012 but there has been publication and an ad in this months PC Magazine for The Academy (http://www.planetchristmas.com/Magazine/November2011/index.html#/32/ --- http://www.theultimateacademy.com/) Harrison Harrison
  3. Another 24 hours ... "Phase 1: Steal Underpants - Phase 2: ????? Phase 3: BIG Profit" Harrison
  4. 2 x 1.0 GB 1333MHz DDR3 PC10600 204 Pin Memory - I removed this from my new Mid 2011 Mac Mini was used for about an hour before replacing it with 8GB. Free all you just pay for postage - $2.00 via PayPal. Please PM Me - if interested. Harrison
  5. Looking through your old posts you are wanting pixels (Just not saying it) - if you want to go big THIS year check out RJ Lynx hardware (http://diylightanimation.com) he is also in Florida, Just FYI. This will require soldering skills (easy to learn) and some time. If you are wanting off the shelf plug and play you may be waiting a while - LOR has a said this year but no clue on cost, and when you will get it in your hands. As most of us admit we spend the YEAR on our displays - if you are wanting to do pixels and want a more commercial of a product start to think for next year. for my July 1 (120 days from setup) is my yearly cut off - if it isn't in my garage / ordered (and vetted product) by today it isn't going into the show this year. Harrison
  6. This is the $1,000 question - I know David (DMoore) with comment on this also - Him and I are some of the earlier adopters of RGB (There are a LOT more also). I am teaching the RGB class at the LSH Acadamay so I have a back ground in this. First off right now there is no GOOD software for RGB / HIGH channel count sequencing. LOR3 and LSP 2.0 both offer HUGE improvements but no release date or price has been released for both of those. Second, the tree you have most likely you won't be able to program directly - it will be cheaper and easier to replace it. Now the BIG thing here RGB is just that 'Red', 'Green', & 'Blue' this isn't NEW people have been doing this for YEARS just n the method of 3 channels and your figure out the level of granularity (1 light or 1 strand). Just channel counts and controllers are getting smaller allowing for that 1 light 1 channel concept in this. The next part people lump in here is pixels this is where each light or item has a individual address and most pixels have RGB - there are MANY protocols (& Voltages & Technology) and not really a standard for these. As of right NOW there are only a handful item in the Christmas area of light (Yes there are a LOT of commercial products) - the Tiger Protocal Bridge (http://auschristmaslighting.com - DIY), the Lynx Smart Strings (http://diylightanimation.com), D-Light FireFli (http://www.d-light.us/ - Commercial), and LOR CCR (http://www.lightorama.com/). LOR has shown and talk about CCB (Bulbs) - no public info yet on release or price (WAG - with summer sale). There is a LOT more but don't want to go to nuts. A GIANT clarification that needs to happen for a LOT of people is RGB is a concept not a technology or item . Me putting a 5050 led strip with a DMX adapter (http://CheapDMX.com), or a Lynx Smart String (ANY of them), or 3 C9 bulbs (1 - Red, 1 - Green, 1 - Blue) OR 3 C9 STRANDS (1 - Red, 1 - Green, 1 - Blue) is ALL RGB. I have a feeling you are thinking about pixel in your head (most people do) but from a commercial side (in this community) this is still a growing area. The hardware is LIGHT YEARS beyond the software - I am going to use RJ's Lynx Smart Strings as the example - I can right NOW (hardware is in my garage) make a 32 strand mega tree with 60 bulbs strands (1,920 bulbs) in my front yard - this is FULL RGB so 5,760 channels - I also have a 30 by 20 (600 Bulbs - 1800 Channels) sigh - also 2 Flex Strips (240 Bulbs - 720 Channels) - for a GRAND total of 8,280 Channels and this is a SMALL setup and only HALF of what the hardware can handle but now tell me an easy way to deal with this is software there isn't a good answer or solution (LOR3 & LSP 2.0 both have potential but we will see). David did a GREAT video series on this (Highly recommend to check it out) - http://www.holidaycoro.com/rgb/default.html Hope that helps Harrison
  7. You can do your own spacing - buy the sockets and wire Socket - http://www.actionlighting.com/Items.asp?Criteria=C9+Socket Wire - http://www.actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=1412&MainCategory=&Sub= Harrison
  8. Just wanted to post a local event that will be going on at the end of this month - Everyone is welcomed and bring a friend. *We are asking everyone to please register to make sure the location and support the group and to have a general headcount for the location a head of time. *The event is absolutely FREE - except for what you want to eat and drink. *All skill levels are welcomed and asked to contribute. Topics will include - How to start an Animated Display, What worked and Didn't in 2010, Software of the old days of 2010, DMX at a non PHD in Electronic Engineering, RGB Lighting Oh My, and New Software and communication standards for 2011. Date: January 29, 2011 Time: 10:00 am to 5:00pm Location: Marshall's BBQ 12895 Josey Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 For more information and to register - http://www.lone-star-holidays.com/shopzone/product.php?id_product=15 Hope everyone can make it. Harrison
  9. I agree David this is AWSOME!!!! You can order the 5050 Modules and DMX units from http://CheapDMX.com - Now in Stock!!!!!! Harrison
  10. I have one (1) of these (http://store.lightorama.com/ctascpa.html) unassembled and unused - $180 including shipping and PayPal fees. PM me if you are interested - It is a spare I don't need and just taking up room figured someone may have a use / need. Harrison
  11. Enclosure is seprate so it the iDMX ($260) needed for LOR. There are also some cheaper DMX modules on the marker for these. Harrison
  12. As someone said in your other post - I think you missed the video http://www.vimeo.com/13632850 Harrison
  13. Here is another option - http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=716 Harrison
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