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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 ElectricCraft1

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  • Birthday 06/28/1974

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    Gainesville, FL
  • Biography
    Electrical contractor just getting into computer controlled christmas lighting
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    Electrical, residential lighting control
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    Electrical Contractor
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    Will be small next year
  1. How do I get my discount at Creative Displays. Any help is appreciated. Branden
  2. Thanks. I went to your site and found the Freestyle which I think I would prefer to use. I noticed you are testing wireless with it. Is there any way to build an SSR that has more than 4 channels for it. I plan on having at least 64 channels to start with next year. You can send me a post at my DIY account. The name is the same. Can I buy the stuff from you when it comes time, or how does that work. I appreciate your help. Thanks
  3. Is it possible to add wireless communication to the lynx set up? I will be running it via DMX. Also, I went to Mouser to price the parts on the lynx list and found that the RS485 COMM CHIP 8 PIN, the LED DRIVER DIP28 CHIP, and the TO220AB MOSFET 18AMPS were either obsolete or not found. What are the replacement parts, or what are the digi key part #'s. While searching, they ask for a lot of extra information I do not know how to answer. Thanks.
  4. Is it possible to set up a lynx for wireless communication? I will be running the entec dmx dongle. Also, how much will it cost to build the lynx? w/ w/o coop buys? Thnx
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