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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 mike2tall

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  • Birthday 08/02/1960

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  • Location
    St Joseph MO
  • Biography
    Live in the country, like the outdoors and working outside. Love bbq (eating and cooking), muscle cars, college football and basketball.
    I have 25 years of machinest experience and love to fabricate.
  • Interests
    Drag Racing, Football, working on cars, fabrication
  • Occupation
    Electrical Generation--I make the electricity we use in our displays
  • About my display
    Just a beginner. This year I had one of Darryl's 10 ft PVC Trees(RG color) and 9 tomato cage mini trees with 32 channels of LOR.

    Next year the plans are in works to make several additions.
  1. Here is a place that I have used in the past to buy pvc fittings. http://pvcfittings.com/ I think they sell everything made in pvc. They have both Spears and Dura snap fittings and have pretty decent pricing. I have always had good luck with them.
  2. Here is where I get my PVC parts. http://www.flexpvc.com/ Just about anything in the PVC they have.
  3. I use the metal stakes that are for C-7 or C-9's when placing them on the ground. They are made out of metal that is about 1/8" in diameter. The most important thing is that you need to use at least 3 stakes at 120 degrees apart. My taller tomato cages I have used 4 stakes at 90 degrees apart. Mike
  4. mike2tall

    Thank you HAM

    I also want to say a big "Thank You" to everyone who made this event happen and to the Vendors who supplied the door prizes. I enjoyed meeting, learning, and talking with everyone there. Looking forward to future HAM-PLUS's in the future!! It made me start on the projects for this year instead of waiting to Nov. like last year. I have to realize I can't do everything at once. Need way to many controllers, just like everyone else. Baby steps, one at a time. Mike
  5. Thanks, Tim for the pm. I have not been very active around here lately. You can count me as a yes. Mike
  6. mike2tall

    where can i get??

    I ordered 60 of Paul's LED strobes to try with the color changes in my minitrees. I also might try then in my 10ft PVC tree. Seems like there is alot of experimentation to do in this hobby to get the right effect. Mike
  7. Now I feel like a idiot. That is the same person and item I bought mine from back in Nov. As I said before it works great. It cut my build time with my tomato cage mini trees in half. I used anywhere from 300 to 500 lights depending on the size. I also used it on my 10 ft PVC tree. It took about a week to get it from Germany. Mike
  8. Here is the one I use. I got it off Ebay. New, they are expensive ($150). I love mine, it has been a real time saver. Manufacturer: Hellemann Tyton Name: Hand Tool Type: Mark 9 Adjustable clamping force: YES Material cable ties: Plastic / Nylon HellermannTyton cable ties: T50 to T150, as well as LK5 Width / Thickness of ties: 13.5 mm / 2.2 mm
  9. Plus 9 356 total and growing
  10. I ordered mine on 1-7-09 and I received them on 1-16-09. Mike
  11. I also want to say thanks for the great explanation of how to sequence arches. I have plans for (4) 9 channel arches this year. Mike
  12. Here is a Thread on this subject. http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=27081
  13. I would also like to know where you purchase your supplies. Mike
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