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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.
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  • 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.

drivemewilder

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  • Birthday 03/23/1978

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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?"
  • Location
    Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
  • Biography
    A sports nut, love to decorate for Christmas, and love my guns!
  • Interests
    Sports, my family, and Christmas
  • Occupation
    Rocket Scientist!!!!
  • About my display
    RGB driven by a Falcon controller. Love the mechanical displays including ferris wheels, skating rink, and anything motorized.

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  1. 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?

     

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I need about 10 boxes of each of the 100 ct. Anyone have any in your spare bins or stores?
  8. If your asking me....yes, but it takes forever to upload. I have another clip of the ferris wheel on another post (ferris wheels).
  9. Sorry, forgot to attach...Skating Rink.wmv
  10. Here is a quick clip of the skating rink. It's a little older but gets plenty of interest from the community!
  11. I really like this! I had a skating rink using a turntable and it was a big hit, but i think this is equal or better. Why? Because the carousel made the "pond" turn, which brings the characters around. Therefore it looks like a merry-go-round. Having a stationary "pond" with moving/spinning characters is more realistic i think.
  12. My walmart has the clear, but not the white. I'm looking for 25-30 of these, which are typically sold in 4 packs. They are .98 for the 4 pack and i'll gladly pay full price even if you can get them cheaper. Please let me know if you have access to these and i'll get some money to you including shipping.
  13. I like the "jumping" effect. How close to the icycle and light strings need to be? Do they need to be connected to the same point on the roof or can they be 6" apart?
  14. That's not a bad idea. I only intend on going 3 stringers together, and i really think that going every other bulb (24" instead of 12") i should easily be able to go 3 strings. Does anyone know how many stringers of C7 you can typically go? A friend gave me several strings of C7, but i've never used C7.
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