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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.

nucmanofbr

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About nucmanofbr

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  • Birthday 08/25/1967

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A Christmas Story
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    Denham Springs, Louisiana, USA
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    Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  1. Wow! Thanks for all the help! I definitely need to cut back on the number of led strings and get a couple more controllers. It's always great to have help when diving into unchartered waters. The Nucman
  2. Merry Christmas all, I am totally submerged into creating this 20foot mega tree. I have the base all ready to go. I've been working on sequencing (it's going pretty good for a newbie). I even have a 6ft prototype mega tree built in my home office so that I can see the effects as I do the sequencing. The thing I'm having trouble with now is how many lights to put on the 20 foot tree. I have been bitten by the bug of using multiple color "super strings". I'd like to use red, green, and clear 5mm leds. I calculated that I need 120 strings of each color if I use 3inch spacing between the strings. Thats 360 strings of 5mm leds. Wow! that's a hefty check to write. I'm ok with that but do you think that since this is my first year of doing animations I should try to use the incans that I have and try to get the leds on sale after the holidays and use them next year or is the sale price difference not that great? Or Im I not figuring out how many light I really need to have on this tree to have the three different colors. I would really love to use RGB pixels but that is WAY over my head right now. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks in advance for your help, :-) Jamie O (a.k.a. The Nucman)
  3. I'm pretty excited about this mega tree. Trying to decide where to get LEDs from. Working on sequencing but I don't know if I know what I'm doing. Trying hard to make progress. Need to get back to work tot a little while before I go to bed. Thanks for the response.
  4. Hi All! I have been decorating with a static display for years! This will be my first year to have something animated in my display. I am being brave and starting with a megatree! I have been planning it for a while It's now time for me to get the led lights. I'm trying to decide between the m5 conicals or the mini led lights. Can someone offer any advice on these lights for the megatree? Thanks in advance, Jamie O.
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    Mega Tree

    Hello Everyone :smilingelf: I am a newbieto this site and I want to say WOW! This place is awesome! My family and I love decorating @ Christmas time. Our display is always a static display with a lot of lights. I had no idea that Christmas lights could beanimated to the beat of music via a computer. I have a lot to learn. I'll probably do a lot of planning to have a better display next year because I don't know if I will have the time to learn everything I need to know for this year. I am so looking forward to building a mega tree. Reading through the site, I've noticed that most use telescoping flagpoles for their mega tree's center pole. I happen to have a 20' tall flagpole that is all one piece. Is it possible to do something with it or is it betterto invest in the telescoping flagpole? Any advice would be more than welcomed. Thanks in advance, The Nucman :happytree:
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