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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.

TysonHphoto

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    Gardner, Kansas, USA
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    Photographer, guru junkie...yeah that's me.
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    Christmas lights (of course!), Photography, NASCAR, fishing, technology, multimedia design.
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    Photographer
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    2008 was my first year with an animated display.

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  1. The Spiral tree are Cosmic Color Ribbons from LOR (the LED strips), the house are c9 LED from Holiday Technologies, mini trees are incandescent mini's.
  2. Here's video of my Spiral Tree, made of 5 Cosmic Color Ribbons (CCR), a Monkhouse portable hole as center, and steal base & top my dad fashioned up. I'll be posting more pics and details on our blog when time permits. Until then....MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! I'm calling this a HEI Spiral Tree, thanks to my dads base/top design. :-)
  3. Here's my spiral CCR tree, using 5 Cosmic Color Ribbons: http://vimeo.com/18109951
  4. 6yo girl told her mom "Mommy, if you would let me, I'd go up and give that big spiral tree a kiss!"
  5. Tyson, I just let Tim know my wife and I are headed to K.C. on Friday. We'll going to try to get by everyone's light show on Friday evening. Steve McKinney

  6. After/during my first show, one of my CCR's "stuck on" at the halfway point of the ribbon (opposite end from controller). So it's like it's stuck on 100% R, G & B. I've tried everything I can think of: Unplugged power, Reset, Held reset button (it cycles through colors up to that halfway point of ribbon), Unplugged ribbon, Updated firmware, Verified it's on Normal mode in the Config, and set to 50 pixels (sent those commands just to make sure), Hardware utility and sent it commands. Not sure what else to try. I just have the ribbon unplugged for now, so the other CCRs plugged in through that one still work.
  7. Oh DUH! But, yeah it wasn't underlined, highlighted or anything! Thanks Randy! :-)
  8. What happened to the spreadsheet? All that is attached to this thread is a .jpg that I can tell.
  9. It was the first weekend in "bloody hot Aug" last year. :giggle:
  10. We just posted a Poll to determine the best day to have the 2010 HAM-PLUS in KC. Please visit this thread and submit your vote so we can get the snowball rolling and continue to grow that Christmas Spirit here in the Midwest! :santasmileyitty: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=40105
  11. We just posted a Poll to determine the best day to have the 2010 HAM-PLUS in KC. Please visit this thread and submit your vote so we can get the snowball rolling and continue to grow that Christmas Spirit here in the Midwest! :santasmileyitty: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=40105
  12. Posted the Poll for our HAM date! Go get your votes in ya'll :santasmileyitty: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=40105
  13. Just posted a Poll to determine the best day to have the 2010 HAM-PLUS in KC. Please visit this thread and submit your vote so we can get the snowball rolling and grow that Christmas Spirit more in the Midwest! :-) http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=40105
  14. Just posted a Poll to determine the best day to have the 2010 HAM-PLUS in KC. Please visit this thread and submit your vote so we can get the snowball rolling! :-) http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=40105
  15. Hello HAM'ers! With this latest round of snow, it's a great time to figure out a date for our second annual Mini-PLUS! Here are the three dates that we think are the best possible dates. Please vote for the day that works best for you: June 19 July 17 Aug 7
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