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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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  1. I am looking to make a button that the kids can come up and activate that will turn on a set of lights or maybe my snow machine. I have looked at "large push button switches" online but they look like they need to be wired. Is there anything that you can just put in line with your source and item that I can mount on a small pole like a striped candy cane? I see all of these triggers on the light shows for the start of their display, and I know it is probably just for TV sake that they can do that, but is there something anyone can recommend? Thank you, Craig
  2. Anyone have problems losing power after a long run? Is there a distance that the SPT wire starts to lose some power needed? I have a few vampire plugs and wire that for some reason don't work on the end. I plugged directly into a socket and the light works fine. Could the wire be bad?
  3. Thanks Keith. Sadly I think you may be right. I updated my firmware to the latest stuff and while the scrolling is smoother, it didn't solve the top third issue. LOR has been helpful in my ticket so far and just bought them a few months ago so hopefully I can get it sorted. Thanks for the help!
  4. Yes, no go on the top portion which is still frozen. I was able to cycle through the test pattern on the bottom 2/3 but the top stayed the same. Any other thoughts?
  5. OK thank you Steve. I will try this!
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    Ccr Troubles

    Aloha from Hawaii, I recently bought 12 CCRs and a 16 channel controller from LOR. I really like it but am having problems. I set everything up and had it running for 2 nights. Tonight I had one strip that a third of it was stuck on white. It did not respond to any of my sequences. Here s my set-up: Laptop, USB485 adapter (faster red one), 16 channel controller (6 channel star is running out of this) then the 12 CCRs. I also have the power for the controllers in a plastic bin and have them running of 2 power strips and 1 home run of a/c. I have another black USB485 adapter. Should my set-up be laptop, red USB485 adapter, 16 channel box, 6 CCRs, then out of another USB port, USB485 (black) then the other 6 CCRs? Also could my problems be from over-heating or too much power draw on the one home run? I contacted LOR and am waiting on a reply to my ticket and made a similar post on their forum but I can't seem to find a tutorial or direction on what to do or how to troubleshoot my problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated and sorry if this topic has come up before or it is an obvious answer! Mahalo, Craig
  7. I am thinking of trying to make a real snowman in Hawaii. Does anyone what components go into making one that uses freezer coils??
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