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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 jtownsend

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  • Birthday 09/19/1966

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    Hurst, Texas
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    Currently have a roughly 13 foot ferris wheel and wish to build a carousel next. Using Mr Christmas Lights and Sound.
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  1. Well I'm leaning towards the LOR setup. So what are the drawbacks to it? As for what I;m wanting to do...would like to be able to fade and shimmer the lights for starters. We have already taken over the neighbors yard, so I have 2 houses worth of decorating now.
  2. Hi all, For the last 4 or 5 years I have been using a Mr. Christmas box to control my lights. Next year I want to have a different setup, starting with 16 channels. Possibly more if I can afford it. Question is, which software is the best and most compatible for controlling lights? I have been looking at the LOR starter kit, but I have also been peeking at Vixen. Are there others out there? Which one is best and why? Thank for any info you can give me. Jesse in DFW, TX
  3. That doesn't sound too hard to setup. Always like to verify when playing with electricity. Has anyone here used a heat sink with this configuration? Would like to see how they set it up. Here is a quick picture of the heat sink I'll be using. ~jesse [ATTACH=CONFIG]36628[/ATTACH]
  4. Does anyone have a simple layout of how the relays are wired for this? I would like to build one so I can add more lights to my display. I know I'll have a heat problem here in DFW, Tx so I picked up a aluminum heat sink (10"x7"x1 3/4") that I'll mount the SSR's to. Any advice on setting this up would be welcomed. ~jesse
  5. I'm using the rebar and zip-tie thing currently on the broken ones. I would like to replace all stakes and keep costs down by not using 200+ zip-ties every season.
  6. It looks like I'll be going the DIY route. I have to keep costs down and I don't mind the work. Was thinking of starting with the Renard16 and see how it goes. What are the pros and cons of this? I have both incandescent and led lights. I know I'll need more channels than 16, but figure it would be a good start. I read something about group ordering, how do you get on that list? Any help would be greatly appreciated. ~jesse
  7. Ahh yes! Now I should have thought of that as I have pipe laying around. ~jesse
  8. I would like to find a way to control my lights, currently I'm using the Mr Christmas Lights & Sound. LOR is way out of my price range as I have been unemployed the last four months and other family issues. I saw Vixen mentioned here and would like to get some info on it, pros and cons. Also how are the hardware setup between the computer and lights? That's the main fog I'm having, I think. ~jesse
  9. I have about 45 pre-lit candy caned that I picked up at wally world last year. Some of these the plastic stake has broke on. What do ya'll use to fix these?? ~jesse
  10. You sell these things? Wow! I thought they made a 60 degree tee, but anyway...how did you connect the spokes to the octagon corners?

  11. Oh, one more question...the 60 degree tees, where did you find them? I looked online at Home Depot and Lowes and didn't see them. Jesse

  12. Okay that pretty much makes sence. I'm making my list now of parts to get and have not started this project. I want to make sure I have this planned out so I know what to buy. What type of pipe did you use for the axle? I was thinking about mounting an outlet on each wooden hub and attach the lights using zip ties to each spoke. Then the lights for the outside ring being plugged into one of the spoke strans. The slip ring I was looking at is one from mercotac, was looking at the Model 230. It's more than I need, but didn't see much of an option for a two conducter slip ring. Let me know your thoughts and thank you for your input on this. Jesse

  13. I am wanting to build a christmas ferris wheel and was looking at the pictures you have of your 12Ft one. Can you please tell or show me how you did the hub portion? I'm thinking of using plywood with pipe clamps for the support legs of the octagons along with galvanized pipe for the axle, but wasn't sure how to work the slip ring/electrical into that also. Any information you could give me would be greatfull. Thank you, Jesse

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