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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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About rambler1

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  • Birthday 10/06/1964

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  • Location
    Upton, Massachusetts, USA
  • Interests
    RC Helicopters, Home Machining Anything computer related
  • Occupation
    IT Geek
  1. Hi- Now that the Christmas lighting season has ended I would like some advice from the forum. I light my house right now with 32 channels of lovely light. Due to the placement of my house, passerbys only get a glimpse of what I have going on. My wife suggested moving the display to the street so people could see it. If I move the show to the street I am no longer able to use the house as a major feature in the show. I think that wireframes and other stand up types of lighting are my only choice. I have about 130' of frontage that is only about 3' deep. Any suggestions on what I can put there that would slow the folks down to take a look Thanks Andy
  2. Help- I need to find some small to medium sized sleighs in the greater Boston area. Please help Andy
  3. So let me get this straight. Place the photo transistor right on the monitor and use that to trigger the ssr? Andy
  4. How about some kind of proximity sensor by the road? Like a tripwire but from one side of the road. No idea of what the correct name for that type of sensor is but I'm sure someone makes them. Any help Andy
  5. Thats a great idea! Never crossed my mind, sometimes the simple answers are the hardest to find
  6. For next year I would like to hook up a speed radar device to a segment of lights. I would then like the lights to sequence at the same interval. Example: If a car drives by at 20 mph. I would like the lights to follow at the same speed. So if I had 10 strands spaced equally apart it would chase at 29 ft/sec Example 2 --- 0 0 0 0 car -> 20 mph --- --- X 0 0 0 car -> 20 mph --- --- 0 X 0 0 car -> 20 mph --- --- 0 0 X 0 car -> 20 mph --- --- 0 0 0 x car -> 20 mph --- Hope it makes sense If you understand and can help it would be apreciated Andy
  7. What are the pros and cons of switching to rope from string for hard to get to places?
  8. Little ice, not much damage. A few strings gone, a couple of gfi trips. Made it all better today but boy was it chilly
  9. Will work on it, Isn't it always the string that you can't get at that goes out
  10. Where in Norfolk are you. Finished mine (kind of) yesterday in Upton. Love to see what others around the area are doing Andy
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    Start date

    As soon as I finish my fm30. Hopefully today Rambler
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    Any advice when to start and stop the show? I get about 3000 cars an hour past my house at rush hour and I'm a bit timid to start for fear of causing an acident. If your house is the one I think it is you get great traffic but places for people to pull of the road a bit. Andy
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    Hopkinton Rd right after the Upton Line. Got half of it up today, If thanksgiving is nice I should be all set What type of radio setup do you have? Thats my next purchase Andy
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    Rich- Where in Northbridge are you? I'm in Upton, If you use 495 you have to go right by my house. I plan on finishing up the light installation this weekend would love to see what you have. Andy
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    I get it. I'm just getting started. 2 d-light acx16s. Looking for some sequences to use Andy
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