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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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  1. Ok, here is my question. I would like to have the option to sit across the street with my laptop that is running vista and be able to tweak and fix sequences and control the show computer that will be inside the house which is running windows xp. What would everyone say the easiest way to do something like this would be. Yes the computers are both on the same network but kinda confused as to how I could control the LOR software on the show computer via the laptop. If this is possible would appreciate any assistance in figuring out how to do so. Thanks

    Oh I forgot, I assume you are looking for something Free.??


  2. Ok, here is my question. I would like to have the option to sit across the street with my laptop that is running vista and be able to tweak and fix sequences and control the show computer that will be inside the house which is running windows xp. What would everyone say the easiest way to do something like this would be. Yes the computers are both on the same network but kinda confused as to how I could control the LOR software on the show computer via the laptop. If this is possible would appreciate any assistance in figuring out how to do so. Thanks

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  3. Does any one have any good ways for fixing light strings that are half burned out. They are 100 count and I would like to not have to buy anything but bulbs.

    Thanks

    Joe

    A light keeper pro work well fixing burnt out bulbs. But often times it's not the bulb burnt out, but a bad connection at the bulb or a rusted out wire lead on the bulb.. I am assuming you have muliples of them. Like many of us we put half working strings aside, and replace them with new ones, then wonder what to do with the old.

    Couple of things I do. First, if you don't want to fix them, take the half that are working and cut the 50 bulbs that are not out. Find the spot where the three wires turn into two and just cut the wire (unpluged of course) Now you have a 50 light string. Take two and solder them together and now you have a 100 light string again.

    Or take your digital multi-meter, set it to AC 200 volts, put one test pin into the back of one side of the plug in, take the other test lead and put it into the first socket in the string and see if you get voltage. If not, switch the test pin in the plug to the other side. One or the other will have 110 volts. Now start up the sting, testing each one for 110 volts. When you hit the socket without voltage, the bulb just before that one is the one that is out.

    I have fixed hundreds of strings people have thrown out this way. I don't know why I ever buy new strings, but I do cuz I'm lazy and want them all to match. I do have around 10,000 mini bulbs I have pulled out of old strings while watching reruns of Gilligans Island.

    And don't buy bulbs, at 3 for $1.00 you spend more than the strings are worth. Just take one string and rob the bulbs for spares.


  4. I have all my templates for work contracts and such on there. I want to try to save it.

    But you also have them backed up to your flash drive, right?

    If not, when you go buy your virus software, buy a 16 or 32 gig flash drive, and keep all your data backed up on that.


  5. Does anyone have an easy "one man" way to twist light strands together?

    Ray

    I don't twist multiple strings of lights, but take the four colors of mi mega tree and zip tie them together, then I slice 10-20 feet of hook up wire on the puug in ends so I don't need extension cords to the controlers.

    Those I do twist. I put the far end of the wire in a clamp or vice and clamp the other end into my cordless drill. I spin them just enough so they start to pull. That is tight enough.


  6. Thanks for posting the pics. I never thought to take pictures. It was a lot of fun. Small but fun. I would host another one if the interest was there. Of course I will make sure I sleep the night before:eek:

    Shaun

    Yeah, were all crazy, you up all night before, me driveing 250 miles.................and the list goes on.


  7. I am very sorry to hear PLUS is cancelled like everyone else. I was looking forward to going now that the price was dropped. But the silver lining is that there are plenty of minis going on. If you don't live near Wisconsin, there might be one near you, or start one. Otherwise if you are near Wisconsin or in the area on June 6th, please come! Yes it is only one week away but let me know if you want to come. There are several things planned but I would like a couple more presenters if you wanted to. The cost is only $10 for an adult or $15 for a couple. If enough people sign up, I will either drop the price or buy several more door prizes, whichever everyone wants.

    Shaun

    How many you got Shaun?

    Any from Chicago?


  8. I just found out I passed my certification exam for medical coding. Chuck was sitting on the other end of the couch on his laptop when I checked the website for my results. I squealed so loud that he almost jumped out of his skin. I just had to share it with my PC family. :D

    Congratulations. It's nice to be certified.

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