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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. 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. :-)

    2. 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.

    3. It was the first weekend in "bloody hot Aug" last year. :giggle:

      Well, ya, but not bloody hot like Aug. Yes that was a very nice place you had your meet at last year Tim. But we were outside for a bit as I remember it. When was that last year anyway. I remember it was windy and just a tad cool as I remember it.

      Anywhos, looking forward seeing you all again. Was a good show last year and great people to meet.



    4. 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

    5. 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).

      hello !!!

      we would like to attend, never been to one, planning to attend the one in st louis to, can someone let us know when you are having this!!!

      thanks chris


    6. 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!

    7. 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!)

    8. Hi all,

      Not real sure what the ham is but it sounds like a great place to learn some new things. I think I would be interested in coming too. I'm new to this but eager to learn & grow my display larger each year.

      Thanks, Dave

      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! :-)

    9. 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.

    10. Not sure why, but mine is only going back to June 25, 2008...I know I posted in Nov 07 when I joined.

      Anyway, here's mine:

      I've got the Ramsey FM30B...really like it a lot. I discovered a few thing of note though (thankfully before any signs, recordings were created!)

      Double-check in your car the availability of frequencies several blocks around your house. I first used the Vacant channels tool on Radio-Locator (http://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/vacant) and it said 102.7 was the best choice for my zipcode. So I put 102.7 FM in my Ramsey, went and turned on the radio, sounded great...got in my car later that day, tuned to 102.7 FM and it was fine until about 100 yards away, when some Religion station was coming in loud and clear! Turns out, there is a station broadcasting on 102.7FM.

      The next thing I tried was just going up the frequencies on a radio in the house (digital) and made note of any that didn't have stations next to them. One being 100 FM. I thought, "Cool...100 FM sounds really neat...I'll go with that!" Got in my car again later that day, I can't get to 100 FM...only 100.1 FM...and it wasn't very strong of a signal on 100.1 FM.

      So just make sure you do some testing before deciding on a frequency! :-)

    11. OK, So I had everything figured out. I ordered from Christmas-LEDs.com for this season. Wasn't paying attention and was broke during last years pre-orders. Not bad product by any means, great customer service, but the price comes no where close to the pre-order sales. I was going to order from CDI for next year. 100 C9 retros in four colors, weather x-chord, the works. Everything I needed to jump to a four color outline of the entire house for next year. I was happy with the pre-order prices, the fact that CDI is local (to me) and I could split the cost into two disbursements. Then I got an E-mail from Travis this morning about a clearance sale on C9 Retros and the prices are lower than CDI's pre-order. I know both companies have had issues in the past and as this is my first year ordering from either of them so I don't have any pre-conceived ideas. I also don't recall reading about any problems with either company on the retro bulbs. By all accounts the two products look identical. The price difference isn't huge, about 10-15 cents a bulb, but over 400 bulbs that's still 40 bucks. That should be close to the shipping cost, or at least help out towards it. Can anyone offer any advice? Is there a measurable difference between the two? I'm really torn between helping out a guy who sounds like he really needs it right now, and making a safe order with a local company that I know the shipping will be less on. Help?

      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.

    12. That up on the rooftop by Larry Bryant is very different, I loved it.

      You will have to go to Larry Bryant's website to purchase the song ($1.49). I'm putting this song in my display next year for sure.

      Yeah it really is awesome. Thanks to his PC member brother, JR Bryant, for requesting his brother Larry to do this songs specifically for us Light Enthusiasts! They really are top notch!


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