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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.

Dave H

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  1. you were right Dave my mouse must have wandered, dont really pay attention to the left side menu much Thanks
  2. Is it just me or is everyone else getting the same message when the "view new content" tab is hit NO NEW CONTENT ????
  3. It would help if you had a site plan of your lot and house arrangement. Are you planning on any berms or planting beds in the yard area? Are there any existing trees on the lot? at a minimum, run 3/4" conduit to each proposed area. Also run some sleeves under your driveway and sidewalks (and of course keeps record of where they are) I have used 4" DWV or septice pipe. Put 2 under the driveway, one for electric and the other for irrigation piping
  4. Maybe I'm being a little overly cautious with the jump to pixels, especially hearing others failures with water ingress and was wonder if anyone has used the 5050 modules in a "direct exposed" setup. Many of these modules are driving the colors in coro related elements. Was thinking of using these around the windows and garage door. Cost wise they are comparable to the Technicolor pixels and appear to have a stronger track record and sealed very well. Have anyone used them as part of a matrix or mega tree?? http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/LED-digital-module-WS2811IC-5050-3LEDS-DC12V-input-waterproof-20pcs-a-string-256-gray-scale/701799_578798417.html
  5. Did anyone have any water ingress isssues with the square pixels or Technicolor ones?? If so, were you able to correct the problem??
  6. Go back and get them!!! I have been using "indoor" artificial trees for 3-4 years and they are all doing well.
  7. Now that the lights are off for 2013 and the planning begins for 2014, some of us are wanting to take the next step into rgb pixels. I was wondering how all the “early adopter’s that used pixels and strips in this year’s show held up??? Do you mind sharing the good and the bad (and hopefully no “bashing of vendors”) What worked?? What didn’t work?? What was the environment that your pixels operated in (snow, rain, ice…?) What would you/will you change?? Did you experience a “high failure rate”?? (like there is an acceptable standard) How did the Technicolor Pixels survive?? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
  8. I believe that DaveMai is inferring that the 2x4 are not enough of a "balast" to hold the deer down in place against the wind. You'd be surprised the affect of the winds on the ridge of a roof
  9. Will it work?? - Yes Is it your best option - Probably not The wire that you selected is a solid core wire not stranded. It will have a limited amount of bending and flexing before it breaks
  10. Bowen, Looks great!! Where did you get those snowflakes?? What size are they?? LED or incand??
  11. are you looking for incandescents or LEDs?
  12. and will they come down as easy as they go up???
  13. GMAC, looks awesome.... just want I have been wanting... Did all of the lights come with the kit? How much?? How do I / we get a hold of Dennis??
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