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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 TulsaMidtownLights

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    • Birthday 02/01/1964

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      Tulsa, OK
    • Biography
      Single w/animals (my Family)
      Music enthusiast
      Burgeoning Christmas enthusiast
    • Interests
      Music, Music, Music
      Bowling, movies
      Newly added - CHRISTMAS
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      2008 - Static Display with 4000 LEDs
      2009 - LOR 64 Channel display with 15,000 LEDs
    1. Question for ya... Can I take a multicolored LED set and replace all with the tons of spare GREEN or RED bulbs I have laying around? I realize I will probably need hand surgery once I'm done, but curious if there are any technical limitations. Thanks for the info!
    2. I wonder if these are dimmable? Red Blue Green Yellow Purple Warm White
    3. So, Based on the conversation in this string it is NOT safe to take the multi strings and make them a single color?
    4. Dschultz: Can you give some details on the Light-balls? Did you make the frames (circles) yourself? Thanks.
    5. I'll add my WOW. That was impressive. I'm interested in the how to along with everyone else. Maybe even see a screenshot of your sequence or animation window in LOR. Great job!
    6. I'm on my 3rd year with Wal-Mart 5MM LEDs. Zero failures. I use snubbers to help with fading.
    7. Congrats Slankard!!!! Where are you located? Would love to drive by and see your display.
    8. I'm here! Put the finishing touches on everything this past weekend. May have a little tweaking to do on Thursday before lights on. BRRR of course it's going to be freezing cold on Thursday!!
    9. I added a single controller. That makes me at 4 controllers total.
    10. I went the other direction. I edited out all the talking and vocals making it just an instrumental track.
    11. The CCR idea would be awesome, but I'm not sure I can afford it. I am considering a poor man's version by doing half trees on either side of my garage next year wrapping 10' light poles for each segment of the "tree". Say 5 channels (up & down) for each 10' segment. I thought someone had posted some video of something similar recently, but I can't find it again. thoughts?
    12. I couldn't find the Cosmic Color Ribbon Sequence on youtube. Can you post the link?
    13. I think he is talking about a tree within a tree. Some have done this, but I couldn't tell you how they did it.
    14. They are mostly Walmart 5MM 60 LEDs. I believe they are 4" spacing. Green was hard to come by, so I have some GE M5s. Another thing; I don't "Wrap" the lights around the branches. I attach them with zip ties to the tops of of the branches. This may solve your problem with running out of lights from top to bottom. Because of the difficulty in finding green LEDs last year, not all the trees have all 4 colors. Next year they will. 8 foot had red, green, blue, white 6 foots have red, blue white 4 foots have green, blue white 2 foots just white and blue
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