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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.

canigian1

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About canigian1

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    I love lights
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    Christmas Lights and Fireworks
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    Drug Rep
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    48 Channels, 25.000 lights
  1. Lowes is the only place I've been able to get them reasonably priced. And they always stock at least 2 cases near me.
  2. Yeah, Chuck set it up for June 12th in Jersey. Where in Central PA are you??
  3. I throw mine away too. Drink beer and have a little hacksaw party. The stuff is like .79 cents for a 10 foot section. Not really worth the time to spare it. just my 79 cents
  4. I too am a slacker... but, count me in for this year.
  5. Was it an actual snow machine? Or an artificial snow machine that would use the fluid? I cannot seem to find any plans for a homebrew artificial snow machine. - Adam
  6. do you use them in commercially available machines? or did you build your own machine?
  7. What about those DMX artificial snow machines?? I was thinking about doing something with those, but naturally, I want to build them rather than buy them?? That would eliminate the freezing hassle if you kept the solution inside somehow.anyone have any experience? - Adam
  8. We're bracing for the wind here in Philly. Just spent an hour and a half putting weights on everything, pounding all the stakes down another few inches and tightening the guy wires on the mega tree. We took some serious damage last week with that wind storm. Hopefully we'll do okay tonight. Not expecting anything as bad as what Pittsburgh, or other areas got. Maybe 50mph gusts and 25 - 30mph winds. Good Luck everyone, hopefully mother nature takes it easy on us from now til the end of the season! - Adam
  9. Hi Dennis, Thanks for the reply! Unfortunately, I know just enough to be dangerous with this electronics. It's easy enough to look at the premade products and figure out how they work, but creating circuits like this is a bit beyond me. Would the SSR's be more costly to implement than the CMOS? also, as far as the astable, and other parts, I think I would be able to get by with a parts list and a rough diagram. Maybe we can chat offline? I'd love to expand my knowledge of this stuff. Thanks Dennis! - Adam
  10. I've read several threads and have successfully created my own chasing light sets from the cheapie chaser lights in the store, but they all only yield 3 channels. There has to be a way to build a chasing circuit using CMOS counters, NAND gates, resistors, etc, etc that can go up to chasing 10 circuits. Anyone know how to do it? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! - Adam
  11. Agreed. I work with coro alot as well, and I can definitely attest to coro acting as a sail, that stuff has to be anchored in the ground really well. I do love the idea though. and just out of curiosity, how the heck much does a cnc machine cost?? can't be cheap, also I would think that $4-$8 would be INSANELY cheap. even if you get the lights at a dollar a box, you're already a 5 dollars, and a sheet of 4X8 coro goes for about $10 in my area. How many trees can you get out of a sheet? 4? so that's anothe $2.50. So roughly $7.50 for materials alone. I think you be looking at $14-$16 EASY just to even be worth your time.
  12. Does anyone know what the Forward Voltage and the Forward Current(mA) is on Blue Wal-Mart Mini LED's? Thanks!
  13. speaking from personal experience, Lead can be washed off with soap and water. The problem is that people tend to wash their hands with warm or hot water which opens the pores up and the lead absorbs easily. When you wash with cold water, the pores constrict and don't allow the lead to absorb readily. The soap then can wash off the lead adequately. I shoot pistols in a competetive leauge and did alot of indoor shooting. When I was first tested for Lead, my levels were 34. I switched two things, 1) cold water hand washing, and 2) wearing long clothing to keep the particulates off of me. 6 months later my levels were at 10. When it comes to Christmas lights, I'd say that we just need to take care on what the lights touch, and to wash up with cold water after handling.
  14. This is the best recipe ever! My wife and I make it for all of our get togethers. We don't use the chicken breasts anymore though. We changed the recipe to canned chunk chicken.. This takes an extra few steps out, and saves a ton of time. And tastes pretty much the same. - Adam
  15. With the amount of people looking for Vampire plugs, we ought to be able to scrape up enough dough to get a group buy going. 10,000 is ALOT, and would likely set most of us up for a couple of years. I'd be willing to go in for at least 300. 150 M and 150 F. Anyone feel like persuing this? http://www.youtube.com/canigian
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