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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.

John Pidliskey

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About John Pidliskey

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  • Birthday 01/27/1964

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  • Location
    Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA
  • Interests
    NASCAR, Salt Water Reef Tank, HO Trains, LIGHTS!
  • Occupation
    Tech Support Eng.
  1. I don't post often so I may be out of line on this one. Last year, I decided to start changing out some of my 'old' faded standard lights to LED. I use the latest LOR software and never had a problem with the six sets of LEDS working with my LOR controllers for fading/shimmering, etc. All these LEDS were purchased at Home Depot. Why do some need to use these snubbers?
  2. WOW, I would imagine that has to be a HUGE issue with various states. LOR based in NJ I think would need to reach out and get licensing to allow for that. NJ does not allow for any fireworks. Not even a damn sparkler or party pop! Really..NJ wake up!
  3. I've been involved with this hobby WAY back when Chuck first posted his Basic Programming code. No LOR, D-lights, etc. If you wanted in..you had better know code, which for me I did. I still have that original code I wrote in VB! Then came Dasher, WOW, that was the best at it's time. Drew Hickman was the real original writer of code to make our lives better. He wrote code called Dasher which was basicaly a version of LOR down to the bare minimum. Getting to my point, I may not post much But Iv'e been around that long. I've seen peeps come and go. I've had issues with peeps that come in for a year or two thinking they are the next "expert", then disappear also. The reason I don't post much is because of a few reasons: 1. Most yahoos that join are here for the fun of just posting "stuff" for no reason, this isn't Facebook, twitter, etc. 2. This board has actually for me gotten way too busy to follow anymore, let alone the complications to navigate through. 3. Too many optional forums too track. 4. I totaly understand technology changes(I work for CHOP IS/ Telecom) but they don't run out and make sure all IT/Telecom has all the bells and whistles that come out almost on a daily basis. It is a Hospital, the BEST in the Nation for kids. Thet need too make sure every update we do is extremly tested to be dummy-proof before going to production. Point is, sometimes the latest upgrade isn't necessarily best for the intent. 5. Finnaly, it is very expensive and most are young that don't have the cash to spend. You can buy a 16 channel box, but make the most of it. Spend the time to make sure your lights are sequenced to the perfection you are happy with. I've seen many vidoes of various homes over years here. There are only a few that impress me. Just my opinion, if your gonna spend hundreds of dollers just to blink things, why bother? Just play music outside and make it static, save a buck. When I write a sequence, on average, it will take me more than 12 hours to get it the way I want it. I don't mean NO INSULT to anyone, I'm just making a point. Point is, it is expensive and takes a termendous amount of time to prepare, setup, and teardown. With that , I think with the latest technology getting more complicated, peeps give it a try and realize it's not for them. Good Luck to those who keep trucking along! John
  4. WOW! I like the Polar Plunge...Hmmm
  5. WOW! I like the Polar Plunge...Hmmm
  6. I wish the signatures wrere limited. Too much junk. If you want to post a formal signature about your email, numbers or web ok, no problem. I don't care you use LOR, D-lights, Etc with "millions of lights". That is not a signature to me.
  7. Well,this is the first year I still have lights up on my house. It's been snowing every few days since Christmas and all my lawn lights and wires are still out. Even my lights are on the house. Don't want to mess with a ladder in the snow. Anyone else still have lights out?
  8. I copy too! Marty's Talking Reigndeer is a huge hit... Ohh well. Just a thought, how many Mega Trees are out there??? Hmm is that considered copying too?
  9. I usually have everything down but since New Years, We've been getting snow! Everything is either burried or frozen over. Little by liitle as things loosen up.
  10. The first thing you need to buy is the controller. Start small with just one. You can get sixteen channels from one. If your a DIY'er you can save alot of money buy kits to build yourself. Make sure to research the various vendors. The two biggies are D-Lights and LOR. I use LOR, Dan the owner has been very helpful to me. Their tech support is always there. Make sure to get the cables and software. Once you load the software, the fun begins. Download some songs and start sequencing!
  11. My lights are under a foot or more of snow. If things don't thaw out, my display is done for the year.
  12. I don't know about "falling apart". For What I use the lights for, I cannot justify spending the amount of money to convert to LED. Also, I don't care for the "glow" factor of LEDs. I did start to convert some trees only because it does give a nice contrast with the standard bulbs. I won't probably in my life time totaly convert to LEDs for that reason.
  13. Lights that can be driven over??? Really? You prabably need to consider overhead with some sort of guy wire.
  14. It just takes practice. I spend on average 10 hours per song. These song2 are usually just three to four minutes long. Working with more channels that you can see on your screen can be frustrating. What I do is go through the song with the channels I can see. I have them grouped so it makes it much easier to understand what I'm trying to accomplish. Once that group of channles are done, then I move down to the next set of channles I can see on my screen and so on. This makes sequencing easier for me. Once the whole song is done, then I go back and "polish" areas up where needed.
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