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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.

wjgiles50

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About wjgiles50

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  • Birthday 06/28/1950

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  • Location
    Memphis
  • Biography
    I have 3 grown children and 3 grand children. All girls
  • Interests
    Boatbuilding, making light
  • Occupation
    computerist
  • About my display
    Starting small with 16 chanels this year but look out 2009
  1. This question of shortening a srting of minis has come up many times and after much talk the same answer usually comes out. Don't do it, or resistors are not a good answer. I am going to tell you that I am not in any way qualified to answer this or any other question about electricity but perhaps there is an answer. What would be the simpliest way to dro the voltage from 110 to what ever would match the number of bulbs you want to use? Resistors in only one way. What about a stepdown transformer? I would think you could wind one yourself with a little research. There are probably other ways to reduce voltage that I never even heard of. There are way to many brains on this fourm to not come up with an answer.
  2. Guitar strings make good foam cutters too.
  3. If you built it with the concentric rings with lights on them and also vertical you could do some great sequences. Being able to run the lights up and down as well as around would look wild. I think the concentric rings would also be a good idea even with a center pole. You need to come up with a good way to attach the rings to the cable so that they can be easily removed and stored individually. If you used steel cable you should be able to attach some kind of hooks that the rings would lock on.
  4. The ad does not say if the mini leds are compitable either. Anyone know?
  5. It is possible that I missed this along the way somewhere while reading all of these posts but lets say we used 3 channels to declare the color (red, green, clear) then 8 channels to control on, off, shimmer. You should be able to do that with relays? That si a question as much as a statement but it seem posible to me. If I had the means I would try to draw a diagram for that. Input?
  6. It seems that with the price of DMX products comming down there should be a controller out there that would be less that $260. I am also looking at wash lights like this and these cans look to be much better than traditional spot lights. Is there someone on this board that is a DMX expert?
  7. I have 2 of the 3 channel strings that do many functions. What I am wondering is has anyone tried to hack the controller so that you could change the functions through an LOR? The ones I have have about 12 different settings that are changed by a press of a button. Perhaps it would be possible to select the functions through different channels? Any ideas?
  8. Looks like everyone agrees it is a good idea but need someone to take the lead.
  9. wjgiles50

    First

    I am new. I have 16 channels and just learning. I am in Cordova on the east side of Memphis.
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