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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 DrHudd

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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 ov
    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 inch
    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 i
    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
    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 l
    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. Howeve
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