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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 craigmarshall

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    • Birthday 11/10/1956

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    • Location
      Tucson, Arizona, USA
    • Biography
      I like to make things
    • Interests
      Making things
    • Occupation
      Senior Test Systems Software Engineer Raytheon Missile Systems (retired)
    • About my display
      Not as much as I want. I haven't made enough things yet.

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    1. What's wrong with a little lead in your diet - LOL !!
    2. Those look really good Randy!! Welding is something I always wanted to mess with but now that I have this computer in my chest, I have to stay away from electrical discharges - haha
    3. I was checking into storage places till my oldest got an apartment. Now I use his old bedroom to store all the stuff (I don't have much but I have lots of room)!!
    4. I would contact LOR directly or post the question on their Forum. I have little experience with their software, most on this board know 100 times more than I do about sequencing. Sorry, but I hope that helps by geting you to the answers. Craig

    5. Thanks Mark!! I am looking forward to shaking your hand and buying you that beer(s) that I owe you!! Chris, new friends are the best and I am looking forward to making a few. Our hobby is for joy and happiness which I want to share with everyone. Well off to bed, have to get up at 4am but I'm all packed and ready!!
    6. Snow, WOW!! I don't get to see much of that. Now I know it will be a neat trip!! I don't drink because of my health but I would make an exception to taste one of Gary's fine homemade brews. In fact, I would consider it an honor!!
    7. I've got a 7am out of Tucson thru DFW which get to Chicago around 3pm. It will be good to meet all of you and to say hi to others that I met at PLUS last year. I am so excited to be able to attend!! See you all there!!
    8. Hi Roger and welcome to PC!! May I suggest a more appropriate place to post this question - that would be in the Computerized Displays, Do-It-Yourself or Lights sub forums. Dashers Diner is fairly general and you might get a better answer in a sub forum more particular to your question. Have fun and hope you find what you are looking for.
    9. There is also this option available, The Spiral String Length Calculator or SSLC. A free and useful program that doesn't require a spreadsheet. Download Spiral String Length Calculator
    10. I agree!! If he wants to stick with Renard he will be ok with the Rainbow Flood. It does use smaller 20ma LEDs that will work well with current limiting. The thread you referenced, in my opinion has been calm, intelligent and informative - hardly what I would call 'rubbish'
    11. Everything is looking good Chuck!! Thanks for all the hard work and dedication. And something I like is back, the members currently online feature!! PC is looking like home away from home again, Thank you!!
    12. We are doing our best, once a day is all we can do, but we will do it, and I hope that it is enough to help you win!!
    13. I am glad to see that there is some very good information in this thread and no bashing. That is exactly what I only ever wanted for the community, the best of what was available. Many times I acknowledged that if you needed a flood now, to buy the best of what is available now. There are no hurt feelings on my part no matter what decision someone makes for their flood purchase, everyone has different needs and I have no horse in this race. My major point was to explain the significance of properly powering the LEDs and what that means to the operation of such a device. Now that I see other op
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