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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 amcdonald307

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    Powell/Cody, Wyo
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    2010 112 channels, 2 CCRs, 40,000 lights
    2009 80 channels, 30,000 lights
    2008 32 channels 18,000 lights
    2007 0 channels 300 lights (a string of icicles)
  1. And here's yet another. Earlier in the year I bought a cheap aluminum 30' sectional flag pole, just to play around with. I can tell you a mere 35MPH wind would bend it over about 1/3 with a 5X8 flag. I hooked up a wench and hoisted only the weight 24 sets of lights and managed to break it in two this summer (by pulling guy wires tight). Last week, I got a 2", 1-1/2", and 1" pipes and rebuilt it as a 30' jump. Here's a small pic of it below in its glory with Old Glory. [ATTACH=CONFIG]39278[/ATTACH] My personal mods to the design: I wanted to use my handy-man jack instead of buying a crank jack, so I made my push rod 10' instead of just 5'. I thought that meant I could get away with jacking 3' at a time instead of just 1' - didn't realize until it was time to jack it down that I needed to be able to reach high enough to put the pin in! I can still do 2' at a time, with a long enough ladder - and a kid willing to climb it.
  2. The name that comes up on it is: 多位演出者 (not joking, cut and paste that in to google) from the album JAZZ ON X'MAS
  3. Thank you Reg! You just made the forums usable again (to me at least).
  4. ON Topic: of your 16 channels, do you need to save any for things like a star, or strobes? OFF Topic: I couldn't remember myself what Holdman did, so I just opened the 2007 Music Box sequence - in there he uses 8 channels for each of red, green, aqnd white, 24 total on the MegaTree. Maybe it is different for 2006 or 2008.
  5. are you sure you're "logged in" on your desktop (your user name appears at the top?)
  6. http://www.lightorama.com/downloads/CTB16PC_V4-30.lhx Firmware can be found at the above link, from the support page http://www.lightorama.com/w_support.htm
  7. I don't know, this guy would probably part with a pair: http://tinyurl.com/29d3nco
  8. Frost, reading your question more literally... The grounds don't attach to the board itself, it is grounded to the metal strain relief of the case. If you build your own case, you'd have to devise something different. Would it be best just to tie all the grounds together in that case? (anyone?)
  9. I didn't see Williams picture, so I created one. There are 2 threaded posts sticking up where the red arrows point. Put the 8 grounds from dongles on one side on one, and the other 8 on the other. Also put a ground from each of the 2 incoming power cords on a post. Then put a nut on the post to hold it there... Does that answer it?
  10. You mean the ground wires from the two power cords? Yes, they just go on the posts where you hook the grounds from the 16 dongles...
  11. Looking at the picture, I was trying to figure out the base - looks like it may be collapsible (like a tripod?). I'd be interested to learn more about it.
  12. I'm with Chuck on this one. I like my sign to come on with the show and turn off with the show (exactly). And I don't just turn it on. I have it fade in and out, run at half power, do an occasional twinkle... It provides a little life to it and helps draw peoples attention to it.
  13. It's hard to cut back an addiction cold turkey, so I say pick one day a year (say, your Birthday) where you won't "build" anything Christmas related, but posting to Christmas forums would still be okay. (I realize this post doesn't add anything to the seriousness of your post - it was just my way of saying Happy Birthday Scot)
  14. Thanks Glenn (and sorry mwhite!) I did use 2 controllers for all the arches, but in looking at this particular song at least, I could have mirrored 1-3-4-6, and 2-5 and only used 16 channels! Mirroring is great in that respect. On the other side of the coin however... my father-in-law asked why I never leaped them from one side of the yard to the other and back, and seemed genuinely disappointed in me for not doing it! So this year, I am removing arches 2 and 5 and going to run each of the remaining four as stand alones. Go figure. I'm not really ditching arches 2 and 5 - they will be replaced by CCRs. And if that lottery ticket I bought earlier works out, the remaining arches will be replaced next year... For full disclosure, each arch is about 16' of 3/4" PVC (2-8' chunks that come apart in the middle for storage). 8 segments per arch. Each segment is a single 100cnt mini string. I get 22 inches out of a string. Most people put at least double that, but I think this is fine. I ran both controllers off the same breaker, and it comes very close to maxing it out all on (so says my kill-o-watt).
  15. I did a mirroring on my 6 arches as well. From left to right 1-3, 4-6, with arches 2 and 5 stand alone. You can get pretty creative:
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