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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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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Tucking my young son in at night and caught him looking out the window. He says "dad, that ferris wheel is so cool. Will you build me one when I'm older?"
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      Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
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      A sports nut, love to decorate for Christmas, and love my guns!
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      Sports, my family, and Christmas
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      Rocket Scientist!!!!
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      RGB driven by a Falcon controller. Love the mechanical displays including ferris wheels, skating rink, and anything motorized.

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    1. Got it put together and up on the wooden A-frame.
    2. You can make them out of plywood, but I used steel. Went to a metal shop in town and had them fabricate round hubs out of their scrap metal on the cheap. I’ll get pics later if the motor but you want a gear motor, as low of RPM as you can find, duty continuous.
    3. Here is what I’ve done next. I used an existing metal hub from my previous Ferris wheel. Whatever material and diameter you use is completely up to you. Keep the end of the spokes at least an inch away from the hole in the center where the axle will be. Otherwise they get bunched up together and it’s hard to align the spoke with the holes. Normally I would do this on my driveway where it’s flat and a hard surface. But I was too lazy to walk this to the front yard! So the red circle you see under the metal hub is just there for support. It is not attached to the Ferris wheel. I used 1/4” carria
    4. The picture on the left is the octagon folded in half at the joints NOT glued together. Imagine the pieces standing instead of laying flat on the ground. The top Hal would fold down and zip tie to the bottom half. This will make a 10 foot Ferris wheel only 5 feet tall so I can store it in my shop. The picture on the right is the 8 spokes on each side connected by a support that strengthens the wheel. If you look at the picture of the completed wheel in the previous post, you can see these spokes coming from the hub out towards the seat.
    5. This is the old wheel. It will be very similar.
    6. I think it’s just shy of 10’ high. As I said, it is glued except for 2 joints opposite each other. I can take more pics tomorrow for you if that doesn’t make sense. I use a mercotac slip ring.
    7. Yes the joints are glued. However on each octagon I leave 2 joints unglued opposite each other. This way I can pop it out and fold it over, basically folding it in half. Make sense? So I can store a half octagon instead of a full height octagon.
    8. Accomplished building the octagon and the spokes today with 3/4” pvc. Using an online octagon calculator I figured out all the lengths. Each spoke is around 5’ and that includes the tee in the center that will be used to connect the 2 octagons for support. Each leg of the octagon is 4’ from the center of each 45 degree fitting. I paint the pipe with white paint to help keep it from getting brittle as it sits outside in the heat and cold.
    9. I've been out of the game for a couple of years now. For maybe 20 years i had a Christmas display that i was proud of. It went from a ferris wheel, to skating rinks, see-saws, gingerbread houses, and eventually i moved into the synchronized lights. After 2017 i was tired, fed up, and ready for a break. During this time i realized that i am fond...very fond of the motorized stuff! The synchronized stuff is amazing and they have a place and purpose, but for me a Christmas display is more serene and magical when there is no music blasting and flashing lights. I have too much experience and love f
    10. Hi - I'm a relatively new member, and I came across the instructions you posted for a PVC Ferris Wheel -- I think they're great!  However, the video doesn't seem to be there any more, and it's no wonder--I think you posted it in 2009!  Is there any chance that you moved the video -- to YouTube, for instance?


    11. Ok, so i've decided on the dumb rgb rectangle modules. I've seen them on several sites and being sold in pre-sales, but i would like to compare the prices to those of Ray Wu. I've never bought anything from him and his website has alot of stuff, some of it seems no different than the item above or below the listing. Anyways, i was hoping someone could provide a link to the dumb modules i'm referring to so i have a point of reference. Thanks for your help.
    12. I'm replacing some dumb strips I got off eBay. They've already been taken to the dump. They worked fine for 2 years but then started acting up. Several sections were a different color or not lit up at all. I would be looking at outlining my roofline and garage so I think I would need 3 of what LOR has. I'm also tempted to use my CCR's that are currently used as a tree to outline my roofline, but I hate how fragile they are.
    13. Yea I get that, but since I will be starting over by replacing all my dumb strips it seems like buying a controller with lights attached isn't a bad idea. Just not sure if there is a better alternative.
    14. Now I'm leaning towards getting smart pixels. I already have a power supply for my dumb strips, and I've been using LOR for about 5 years. I know more or less which pixels i want, but I don't understand which controller I would need. Does it HAVE to be dmx, cause I'm not at all familiar with it. I'm tempted to just buy the 50ct and controller that LOR sells for $300 cause I know it's LOR and no learning curve and already comes with what I need. But if there is a way of saving some money or getting more for my buck, then I'm interested in that too.
    15. So that I understand: if I want to rebuild my mega tree using dumb pixels, I can buy the 24 channel board for $110 plus all the other items you mention. Then find a vendor for the pixels and start sequencing? I don't need superstar do I? I have sequenced dumb strips on my roof line using LOR but not superstar.
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