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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. 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. 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 throug
    6. Oh DUH! But, yeah it wasn't underlined, highlighted or anything! Thanks Randy! :-)
    7. What happened to the spreadsheet? All that is attached to this thread is a .jpg that I can tell.
    8. It was the first weekend in "bloody hot Aug" last year. :giggle:
    9. 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
    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. Posted the Poll for our HAM date! Go get your votes in ya'll :santasmileyitty: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=40105
    12. 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
    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! :-) http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=40105
    14. 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
    15. Hey Chris- We are in the planning stages of coming up with a short list of date possibilities for the 2010 HAM-PLUS. Be on the lookout for a Poll probably later today or Monday. Very glad you "found" us and we look forward to seeing and sharing all your experiences. You've got an aweful lot of channels, where've you been all this time?! HAHAA j/k If you want me to add you to our map (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=115745397958919521187.0004610943562c5d8373f) send me your info (address, name of display, URL, photo).
    16. Trying to decide what would be the best LEDs for our indoor live Christmas Tree. Anyone have any photos of either of them on their tree? I'm thinking 5mm would be easier to work with, and look more like bright stars rather than lights of the M6. The M6's would appear more "bright" I think just because of the surface area of each bulb that is lit. Any thoughts or examples you can provide would be appreciated!
    17. So is there anyone within reasonable driving distance of KC that would be willing to help out with the planning and organizing of this years HAM-PLUS? Tim, myself and Jim will be involved, but Tim has several events that also need his attention so he'll be unable to put as much time in as he did last year....and let me tell ya, he did a huge portion the work last year (and that's outside of all but 3 of the presentations! HA!)
    18. Dave- First of all, welcome! You've come to the right place, on PlanetChristmas, to help out with a display of any size! HAM-PLUS is is just a "local hands-on" extension of PlanetChristmas that Tim Dorr, myself and Jim Wright started last year. You can find out a little more on the website here: http://hamplus.org/ I will be posting a Poll soon to try and narrow down a date that will work best for people and we'll go from there! :-)
    19. I am in again this year...it was really great last year thanks to all the support from you all and our vendors! Especially for our short time and being the first year....really fantastic! As far as a time, I think late August or early September, but I'm open for suggestions too.
    20. As far as I know, and can tell, they are as close to being identical as possible. Same manufacturer I thought, but with different stamps on the base for their dimming, as stated by Gary, maybe not. (although that could just be a different run of bulbs, or the distinguishing factor, but still from same factory) But, I for sure would go with CDI. The warranty, service and convenience, are all better...plus you can pick them up yourself.
    21. I'm really liking the looks of these as well! My only concern is I don't have flat ground where all my mini trees are placed, so how could I adjust these to contour to the ground? (currently I use the easel's and just push the high side in the ground further) I really do like the "real tree" look though!
    22. The first year it is a lot of work, but after that should be super easy. The clips will stay on the lights.
    23. Here's a photo of one of my incandescent (WalMart) mini trees with 300 mini's, next to one with 200 M6 LED's (CDI). As you can see, even with 100 less bulbs, the LEDs are WAY brighter, and the color is so rich and nice. I want to see one now using 5mm, as I really think I will like that look better.
    24. Here's some photos of the strips, with LED Retro C9 bulbs. So every 6" on alternating sides there is a screw (12" between screws on the same side of the strip) in addition to two screws at each end. I made a jig out of a piece of 1x1 that I used to make the predrilling of the strip easier. It's not necessary, but it was much easier installing, and I knew exactly where I "should" have put screws! Plenty of room, and strength to hold up cords for strobes, as well as icicle lights.
    25. Correct, each bulb has a clip on it, that I'll clip on the strip each year.
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