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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.

Luke Kamp

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About Luke Kamp

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  • Birthday 09/01/1992

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    Grand Rapids, Michigan
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    I don't have a display, but I install for others.

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  1. Walmart used to have ginormous amounts of excess inventory. Mine has none, and neither does my Menards. However, my Target is still fully stocked on almost everything...75% will come at the end of this week/beginning of next!
  2. Mine has been extremely stable. However, my spiral is beginning to unwind, and it doesn't look as perfect as it did over Thanksgiving weekend.
  3. Score! That looks to be a good deal!! Thanks for the heads up. Sent from my SGH-T959 using Tapatalk 2
  4. Luke Kamp

    Ice 2012

    Getting excited! I will be there if work lets me off.
  5. Very cool Speedyken. I just saw this thread for the first time today. A few years back I built some spiral trees because a, I couldn't justify purchasing overpriced trees and b, I needed smaller ones. I took to upside down tomato cages and produced done 3.5' trees. They used the same concept of ziptying to the vertical parts. Fortunately because they have a hollow inside, they stack nicely for storage. How are you planning to store them, or do they break down easily? Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S
  6. Randy, how many vertical steel cables did you have? and I assume they were just attached to the PVC?
  7. Of course rope light counts! Now if you want to get all technical, LEDs actually don't count because they're technically not "lights" (diodes, rather)...but they still produce light But we still count them.
  8. I currently just leave all my controllers sitting on the ground. However, a few years back I snagged a picture off of a forum where someone mounted their controllers to a piece of wood, then stabilized that with a piece of rebar and PVC. I'll let the picture speak for itself...
  9. A year or two back, my mom went to Walmart and purchased like 6 strands of white teardrop LEDs. We've used them on our indoor tree for a few years...so they've not been exposed to the elements. This year, as we plugged them in, random LEDs are really dim; others are completely off. There's no said pattern -- it's completely random. These are half wave...but it just seems bizarre that random LEDs would just shut off like this! I've included a picture for reference. Anyone have an idea of what is happening? I've never seen this before.
  10. I use the "multipurpose clips" that are sold across a number of chain stores -- I've seen them at HD, Menards, etc. The reason I use them instead of roof clips is because I install lights on roof lines and gutters, so a uniform clip that works on both solves my problem. have C9s, but I'm sure my clips would work with C7s. Here's what they look like: Like I said, they work on both shingles and gutters. Here is how I use them: And finally, I use 12" spacing on my C9s (6" between red and green; 12 inches between like colors) and I feel that it produces a good enough effect.
  11. I use SPT-1 because it is cheaper, and the maximum power input to a LOR channel is ~8 amps, so you shouldn't be putting that much through it anyway. I at most have 5 amps to one channel....you don't really need SPT-2 unless you're doing long runs or static stuff. And you shouldn't be using it for main controller lines unless you're running LEDs. Some people prefer the "protection" factor, I prefer the price....and my setup doesn't really call for it.
  12. I personally have not done it, but I would imagine that all you would do is create your video as normal, but put a circular filter of the entire thing. Take a black image the size of your video, and crop out a circle from the center. Overlay that image over your entire video track, render it and you'll have a circular video.
  13. Nice work! I have had multiple friends post this on my wall in the past few days. You've got a nice display -- and just might be the next Carson Williams!
  14. Here's my 2009; the same as 2010. http://vimeo.com/10299331
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