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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. This is what I use on my RGB & it works great. http://www.safemart.com/Alarm-Wire/4-Conductor-22-Gauge-Alarm-Wire-500-FT-22AWG2C500-Stranded.htm Sorry just checked they changed to a $500 min order Mike
  2. Thanks that is what I nedded. I am trying to figure out what I can afford to change to LED's next year. Mike
  3. Has anyone head of plans for the 2014 pre sale? Also does anyone have a link to or know what the different string lenghts were on this years LED's. Thanks Mike
  4. 1602W WILL NOT WORK that is an AC controller you will need a 12V DC controller to use the spots. Mike
  5. Another reason I stay away from FB. FB found something on your page they did not like or agree with & POOF you are gone. Mike
  6. Yes Ray will combine shipping cost & the 27 CH controller will run 6- 5 meter dumb strips. I do not push mine that close I only run 4 strips per controller. Yes that is a waste of channels but it gives me room for spares in case of a problem & also to add other RGB items that have shorter lengths. Mike
  7. Does anyone have a link to Mouser for the correct resistor to be used in snubbers? Thanks Mike
  8. I am looking for 2 MP3 files for these songs I plan to use next year. 1. Jo-El Sonnier---Joy to The World Cajun 2. Boston Brass---- Jingle Bells Forever. Thanks Mike
  9. I used them for 3 years with no problems. Just have to secure them some way so they do not blow over with the wind. Mike
  10. I can take you back to the five & dime I was a manager for F.W. Woolworth for 13 years. Yes those were the good old days but being in management was not fun. Had to get all the Christmas out & set before Halloween The hours were long at this time of year but I did enjoy seeing all my customers. We would talk & have a good time & yes it was "Merry Christmas" I sure miss Woolworth. Mike
  11. Thanks I know a few years ago this happened on one of the boards & iy was something the member did. Mike
  12. Is anyone else getting a bunch of Chinese lettering when they click on you profile??? Any idea how to correct it?? Thanks Mike
  13. I am looking for a wide angle security camera something in the 120-180 degree range. Any ideas??????? Thanks Mike
  14. One thing to remember RGB runs on 12V so you can not use the current LOR controller that you have on the C9 strings. Mike
  15. If I am not mistaken he only comes around about a month or two before Christmas sells his door covers & is gone till next year. Mike
  16. I vote last Sat. in April. Mike
  17. I have 5 LOR pc controllers 2 Lynx Express 1 Rainbow Brain Total 128Ch Next year I am adding 3 Lynx Epress 3 Lynx MR16 (DC boards) 3 Easy DMX controllers ( 27 CH each from Ray Wu) For a total of 177 more The 3 MR16 & 3 Easy DMX will be for RGB flex strips. That will give me a total of 305 Which is about all I can stand to program Mike
  18. If you go to Smart String strips or nodes this controller will work, but MAX number of nodes or LED for this is 128. Now with that said every node needs 3 Ch. so 128x3=384CH needed. Now that is over 1/2 of a DMX universe which is 512. So now you need to get into a lot of other items to make them work & for me I have enough problems sequencing 304 normal Ch much less each individual light bulb. I am not saying it is not worth it it is but a lot of work, more then I want to do. Mike http://www.diylightanimation.com/wiki/index.php?title=Manual_SSC (Controller Link)
  19. It is the beginning of the Chinese Holiday & you may have problems getting any kind of replies until around 1/31/12. I know I ordered somethings & they stated that shipping would be delayed till the end of the month. Mike
  20. The above video is not mine but good reference. I sent you a PM with my video. Mike
  21. I do not know if this will help but give it a look. What you will need is 16 strings of lights & a controller. When you put the lights on the tree instead of going up & down start at the top & wrap the strings AROUND the tree to the bottom. Mike
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