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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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About DrHudd

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  • Birthday 07/13/1962

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    New to Christmas Lighting Controllers and displays. Very interested in purchasing a controller and creating my own display.
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  1. I'm not very happy right now. Something just came up at work and I cannot attend the Mini until about 6. I won't be able to bring any pop or Chex Mix. I won't be able to bring my antenna. I won't be having any fun. This is the first time in over a year that I HAVE to work on Saturday and wouldn't you know it...it has to be on the only Saturday I REALLY don't want it to be. Oh well, have fun for me. I'll try to call when I get off to see if anyone is still around before I head to Norman. I'm really going to miss not being able to attend.
  2. That would be great. I would like to hear how your additional items improves the sound of the transmission. Thanks,
  3. Thanks Guys, I've been EXTREMELY busy in my personal life(ALL GOOD), and haven't been able to be as active in the forums or hobby communication as I was last year. I am planning on attending the Mini-Plus and would be happy to help in any way I can. I think the Chex Party Mix was enjoyed last year and I would be happy to bring it again. I might bring another family favorite, if I have time. If there are enough new people who would like to see an antenna that increased my broadcast range to 1 mile with an EDM transmitter, let me know and I'll bring mine or we can just discuss and go over the website where I got the plans. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone and catching up with you and maybe even discuss some display ideas. DrHudd
  4. Despite my username I install Home Electronics for a living. Sunbrite is a great television solution if you are placing your television out in the elements. I mean DIRECTLY in the elements. If your planning on putting the display in the middle of the yard with NO PROTECTION whatsoever, then Sunbrite or the LCDEnclosure solution is a MUST. However, in my experience I have never had a homeowner request a television in the middle of the yard. They are typically installed on porches or patios under the protection of the porch or patio. I tell my homeowners to just buy a typical television (55 inches for less than $2000) and replace it if it ever goes out. Most of the time the homeowners are getting 5-8 years of use on the patio before the television goes out. They will have over 15 years of televisions with continuing improvement in technology for the cost of a single Sunbrite television. I don't like the "if it breaks, throw it out and buy a new one", but it makes sense over spending $6000 for a single 55 inch television that I highly doubt will last over 15 years, and if it does it will be OLD technology that you won't want anyway. Just my opinion, please feel free to disagree or ask clarification questions,
  5. Roger, Check out this thread http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/33772-Tips-for-using-MiniRDS It has a LOT of good information on using the RDS with batch files etc. Hope this helps, DrHudd
  6. I Highly doubt it. The last time he logged onto this forum was April 5, 2010. He was not treated very well during the discovery and discussion of his spiral tree.
  7. I hope everyone is OK. Stillwater was VERY lucky. Storms went North and South of Stillwater, not much came through. We got some pea size hail, about 15 minutes of heavy rain and not much else. We are praying for those who were affected.
  8. Since it is late afternoon on Friday (4:25pm) and I haven't seen anyone reply with a desire or suggestion for a location, I guess the Pre-Mini is not going to happen. Last year was my first OK Mini and I really enjoyed the evening before(Tom was a GREAT host). Everyone was friendly and very talkative. It really made me feel welcome and prepared me to meet everyone the next afternoon. Oh well. I'm still REALLY looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow and spending some quality time with others who are as obsessed as I am. See you all tomorrow.
  9. Not at all. The plywood base is anchored with stakes. 2009 I had 16 channels of 4-100 count strings. I also had the ChristmasLightShow.com 3D star attached to the top and long string of 20 strobes. My mast was 2 - 10 foot sections of 3/4 inch galvanized pipe with a union joining them. I had guy wires at the union and at the top. The union would NOT withstand the weight of the lights as I tried to simply walk the mast upright (starting at the star and walking to the base pushing the mast upright). I felt VERY confident that if I could get it upright and stabilize it with the guy wires it would be secure and very stable. I pushed up on the top of the tree with an extra piece of 10 foot pipe. After it was about 16 feet off the ground (10 foot pipe and me pushing up as high as I could reach), my wife was able to pull it the rest of the way up by herself. She was not having to "lift" the entire weight of the lights and star, she was only applying the force needed to pivot the weight up. As the tree rose, I simply staked the guy wires to keep it from pivoting off center and falling to the left or right. As the "tree" neared vertical, she provided the force to keep it upright. I walked around the tree adjusting the guy wires to obtain a vertical mast. When it was finished, it was EXTREMELY stable and never moved despite about 50 mph winds. I don't plan to go much higher than my 20 feet, but I may go bigger than 3/4 inch galvanized pipe, or at least beef up the union. The union between the two pieces of pipe is DEFINATELY the weakest part of my mega tree. However, once it is guy wired it doesn't matter. I am planning on making the Monkhouse JUMP this year. After I had the tree "up" I realized that there was NO WAY to service the lights. I checked all the lights and strings before we raised the tree, but I had one string that didn't light. When I took the tree down, I realized that somehow it had come unplugged. After talking over my problem with PC Member, Santa's Helper he said that he has ALL his male connections at the bottom of his mega tree. I will make that change also, next year. I'm making plans to have the Weber Spiral Tree inside my mega tree and I may have to raise and lower my tree several times for unforseen problems or issues, and I can't imagine my wife being too excited to do that, therefore the Monkhouse JUMP is probably the best solution. Hope this helps, sorry for the long post,
  10. You are CORRECT, I misspoke. I should have said that if you use guy wires you don't need to bury concrete. But that will also depend on the height of the mast/pole/tower. I firmly believe that any mega pole that is 40 feet tall or less does not need concrete. If you evaluate the physics of "our" mega trees, ALL of the weight is placed at the base of the pole. With all of that weight pressing down on the base of the pole, using guy wires, it is stable. A simple flat plywood base with some holes for some stakes is all that is needed to stabilize the base of a "typical" mega tree and keep it from sinking into the ground. I would clasify "typical as 40 foot or less. In 2009,I had a 23 foot mega tree made out of two pieces of 10 foot, 3/4 inch galvanized pipe. My star topper and light hooks made up the other 3 feet. I had 3 guy wires at the top and at the 10 foot union (total of 6 guy wires). I used a simple 2 foot square of plywood and 4 stakes to stabilize the base of the mast. We experienced 40 - 50 mph winds and my tree didn't move AT ALL. Didn't sway at the top, didn't bend at the middle, didn't slide at the base, NOTHING. In my experience and humble opinion concrete bases for "typical" mega trees using guy wires is unnecessary. I have changed the location of my mega tree every year and can't imagine leaving concrete bases all over the yard for no reason.
  11. The ONLY reason to EVER bury pipes/poles in cement is to not use guy wires. If you use guy wires a cement base is completely unnecessary.
  12. Why? Their prices are good and they have good supplies of black and white coroplast. I purchased a 4X8 sheet last month and my project has changed and I won't be needing the coroplast. I will bring it to the Mini in Norman in April if someone wants it.
  13. The internet is an incredibly invasive source of information. I don't know how comfortable you would be calling him at home or stopping by his house, but if you PM me I can tell you how to find people's home addresses and phone numbers. (F.Y.I. I'm not a stalker, I just know how to use search engines and free information sites.)
  14. The original thread discussing his creation can be found here. Unfortuantely the thread turned ugly and I believe drove Mr. Weber away. He is still a member here and his userid is webbs300. I am VERY disappointed that people's comments drove him away. He joined PC on January 4, 2010 and last logged on January 13, 2010. If you look at his website, you will see that he has created some very original items and would be a FANTASTIC asset to this forum. Maybe you can contact him through his website. If you have questions about his Weber Sprial Tree, you might go ahead and ask here. If you look through past thread titles you will see that other members have created some Weber Sprial Tree calcualtors to aid you in creating your own spiral tree. I have studied his tree and I'm planning on building one myself, so if there is any way I can help, please don't hesitate to ask. Good Luck and hope this helps,
  15. I really like how your design looks in the graphic, but I think the problem will be in creating this for a broad audience or customer base. As the pitch of the roof changes, the angle of the icicles will have to change. My roof does not have as steep a pitch as the one in the graphic. If I tried to use these same icicles on my roof the icicles would be pointed outward and not appear to hang "straight". I think this will be a core problem with ANY coro icicle design. The advantage of "free flowing" icicle strings is that the strings will hang down no matter the pitch of the roof. However, for a "one off" or custom creation, they really chage how the home will look. I just don't think it is something that can have a single design that will apply to all roof pitches.
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