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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.

    Kim-dk

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    1. Hi Linda, Thanks for the Links. Im not sure that its the right one, but this one is close enough :-) Kim Denmark
    2. Hi, Some time ago i saw a videoclip with a outlined tree made of green rope light and animated eyes and mouth in white rope light. But i forgot to bookmart the clip :-( I think it was made as a wireframe. Can anyone help with a link? Regards Kim Denmark
    3. Video cams is a nice thing to have. We have several network cameras to monitor the garden and some software that also sends email and SMS when motion is detected. That saved us a 150 feet lightrope last year when 3 young men was trying to steal it. They ran when they saw me comming out of the house but i found one of them hiding behind my car. When i asked him what he was doing there he said he was checking my tire pressure because ne noticed that i have very low profile tires and it is very important to have the right pressure. I had a really hard time trying to keep a serious face
    4. That one crossed my mind too, but woulden't it look strange to have the lights start 3 feet above the ground? /Kim, Denmark
    5. B_Regal, I thought of your idea 1 earlier when trying to place the arches. Just not loud :-) I think it will be to dominant compared to the rest of my setup. I also discarded an idea with putting a 3'rd section on each arch (They are made from 2 pipes with a connector on the top) making them high enough to pass under for the same reason. However, I still think i can make explotions/splashes and spinning with just 4 arches. A vertical pole in the middle could be a nice detail. Thank you for that idea :-) /Kim, Denmark
    6. Joe, Thanks for noticing the tall grass :-) It will be cut when i get my.. Ermm.. "Aluminium stick with a small gas engine in one end and a really fast spinning nylon wire in the other end" (trimmer?) back from repair. The dwarf tree (Willow, i think its called) actually tilted 2 times during hurricanes. Thats why it has 3 support legs. So, if it can survive hurricanes, my wife gets suspicius if something happens to it now :-) I tried to move the arches close to the pathway, went up on the road and stood where the cars park. (The opposite side of the road) No go. At least 1 section on the 2
    7. Hi, Im going to replace my 2 old 16 feet arches with 4 new 13 feet's (odd length but we use metrics in Denmark) But i have some problems with where in my yard i should put them. As you can see, my yard is 3 feet lower then the road and not very wide. After trying this and that i came up with the idea placing them as on the picture. Has anyone made or seen a similar setup? I can imagine some nice light patters that you cant get with all 4 on a straight line. On the other picture of the whole yard, i found out that even if im 20 feet above the road, i still cant see the sta
    8. I just got one of those, Just the 24V 10A version and from a different Ebuyer. http://cgi.ebay.com/12V-10A-DC-Universal-Regulated-Switching-Power-Supply_W0QQitemZ390058326006QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5ad149b7f6&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14 Its even $5 cheaper :-) Did a quick test with the LOR DC controller and it seems to work 100% How many LED's can it supply? Im my case, my LED strings (100ct) uses 8W per string so, with 120W supply you can have 15 strings on at the same time. (30 in my case since i have 240W) I will use it for my homebuild LED elements eg. m
    9. Anyone else from Europe here? /Kim (Denmark, Copenhagen)
    10. I have no problems with region coding. Both my DVD players dont care :-) I was thinking of the extra paperwork for you to fill out when shipping overseas. Regards Kim
    11. Last year i started constructing/building a 12 channel chasing LED controller. I want to use it to strobe 12 small boxes with 4 pcs. 0.5w 10mm LED's each. I use the construction here http://picprojects.org.uk/projects/ledchaser/ to start with and have added a powertransistor to each output because of the high power used by the LED's I bought 50 LED's here http://cgi.ebay.com/50p-10mm-HP-0-5W-MULTI-Chip-White-LED-280Kmcd-FREE-SHIP_W0QQitemZ350172775199QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item350172775199&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1
    12. I have one or two videos to submit and will buy a dvd if you will send it to Denmark. /Kim
    13. Yes, Its called "Songs from The Julekalder" by De Nattergale This song is called The Stoevle dance" (The boot dance) The other songs on the album is not really for sequencing I have edited the song to keep it short. Dont know if its availble in US stores. Otherwise, PM me. It origins from a Christmas calendar movie in 24 parts. (One part sendt on TV every day in December until christmas (Yes, Danes celebrate christmas at the 24'th) The language of this movie and song is DanGlish :-) Guess that you can understand 2/3 of the words, but its a song about drinking christmas beer
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