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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 Annalisa

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  1. Can't wait for another get-together with all my over the Red River friends. Will be doing a show at TMS during the races in April 7-9, but any weekend after that works for me! Just let me know, will park hubby at the casino...;-)
  2. I have a detailed how-to on my site. http://crazylightlady.us/WindowInsertHow-To.html Hope this helps.
  3. Packing things up for tomorrow, see all ya'll soon.
  4. I'll be there, will bring D-Light boards and every type of LED I have. Looking forward to seeing everyone again.
  5. Baymont=don't waste your money, last time I was there it was a dive.
  6. Host hotel link, http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phlml-courtyard-mt-laurel/ I'll be hosting a Red Cup Social Friday night either at the hotel or at Andy's house. I'll also have a suitcase full of controllers and LEDs to demo.
  7. I have a video of the dripping icicles on Vimeo. http://vimeo.com/user1021127/videos
  8. Looks like it's shaping up to be another great OK get-together. Do you have a date yet? Anyone interested in some of the DIY boards? Anyone looking at Vixen vs LSP vs LOR?
  9. I much prefer the original format of the OKC-Mini, the informal brainstorming and camaraderie is what makes it unique. Like the saying goes, if it ain't broke don't fix it. Btw, I will be there this year, just as long as it doesn't fall on the Nascar weekend.
  10. It's a whole lot easier and safer just to find a 12v power supply. I use the wall warts that I have on hand for cordless drill recharging once the batteries no longer charge. You might also want to register at the D-Light forum hosted on the D-Light site, a ton of information is there that should help with your set-up.
  11. The LOR hardware utility will not recognize D-Light boards, that's why you use the D-Light Hardware utility to set the board number. In the LOR software all you need to do is add the board as a LOR board and you're good to go. You can create a short testing sequence in LOR just to make sure everything is working ok.
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