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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.
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Steveott

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  1. You may be in trouble! The description for these say they are common cathode, and from what I understand you must use common anode with LOR.
  2. If you received a copy of "Everybody's Happy" and you have video up on the web, would you send me the URL for the video? I would like to send the URL's to Tessa to thank her for sending the song and allowing me to share it with you. If you would like to see what I did with the song:
  3. As far as I know, it is only on youtube. PM me your email, and I'll send you a copy of it.
  4. Tallan, I have no idea if you can add a resistor to the string to shorten it, or not. I just tape them up, you can not see them at night anyway.
  5. This is from a singer in the Netherlands. The song is not available in the US, but after many emails back and forth, they sent me a copy of the song and gave me permission to share with whoever wants a copy. Yes, I know you can rip the music from the video, but if you want a legal copy of the song, send me your email by either posting here, or by PM. I'll send you a copy of it in MP3 format. Have a listen:
  6. Matt, Home Depot should have these on hand. Back in the wood aisles, ask them for a bun foot. However, they will only be around 6" in dia. Good luck!
  7. You could also use something like these: http://www.firefold.com/4-Marker-Tie-100pk-P786C465.aspx
  8. Last year, (my first doing an animated display), I used a total of 10 channels in my tree. 3 for white, 3 for red, 3 for green, and 1 for the star. Each channel had 4 strings of lights on it, so I had 3600 lights on the tree and 200 in the star. You can see it in action at http://www.vimeo.com/steveott It did not turn out too bad. You might want to use black pipe from Lowes or Home Depot. You can get a union to join pieces together into any length you want. For my center pole, I used (from top) 2 six foot pieces of 1" pipe joined to a 5' piece of 1 1/2" at the bottom.
  9. I just wanted to say thank you to all the members of PC. You have provided tremendous help to myself in getting this coming Christmas season off and running! This will be my first year animating lights, and using LOR. Therefore, I have had a crash course in everything by reading posts, visiting members websites, looking at your tutorials, etc. You have shown me how to build a mega tree, how to make mini-trees, how to build arches, how to use FM transmitters, how to make a Tune To sign, and so many more items. Your willingness to share with others truly make this a one-of-a-kind community. Thank you again.
  10. Thanks for your replies guys. The problem is that only some of the gold bulbs are dim, not all of them. I would say out of 30 gold bulbs about 15 -20 are dim on one angel, and about 10 - 15 on the other angel. I think that I did get the gold strings from Target. I'll try swapping in some red or blue and see what that does. I'll let everyone know what happens.
  11. I have put lights onto two different angel wireframes. I removed some of the white bulbs and put in some gold ones around the horn and halo. Now, some of the gold bulbs are dim and some are bright. All the bulbs are lighting up, just some are really dim. I took all the gold bulbs from the same strand of lights so I know they are all the same voltage. Does anyone have any idea of why this is happening?
  12. As 2008 will be my first year with LOR, and also with a mega tree, I decided that I would put the tree up in my backyard as a practice run. Yesterday, (Saturday) I put up the center pole, guyed it down, and installed about 1/3 of the lights. Last night I turned it on as a static display, and one ofmy neighbors were in their backyardwatching as well. ( I did not know that he was watching me put it up). Today, I was putting the rest of the lights on the tree, and hooking up my LOR controller, when he asked me what I was doing. I explained that this was a dry run, I had never done this before, etc., etc.,. I told him that tonight a mini show was going to run with just the tree going. He said that he was having some friends over tonight, and that they would watch the show. I mentioned that I thought the tree might be too big for my front yard, and he told me that I could put it up in his if I needed to. Now isn't that a great neighbor? Now I cannot wait for darkness to fall tonight!:waycool: As a side note, putting all the lights on a mega tree and getting them hoisted up is a lot of work!!! I'm glad I did a dry run.
  13. Lightzilla Another good song (I think) is "Christmas with a Capital C" by Go Fish. This is on their album 'Snow' which has a bunch of good songs. Keep Christ in Christmas
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