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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 my display
    Up until 2008, it was a completely static display - maybe 1000 lights or so. In 2008 I purchased two LOR 1602W units for 32 channels with about 6000 lights. In 2009 I am going more DIY with a Heilx controller which supports 128 channels - this added with my existing LOR controllers.
  1. You will find that the boards are quite easy to build/solder and the build instructions are very clear. You would not be the first to say they think it's too complicated/hard to build these yet 99% of the time things go without a hitch. There are many variations of the Renard boards as well with different channel counts, AC or DC control and wireless as well. A decent soldering iron and small diameter 60/40 or 63/37 leaded solder will get you good results.
  2. Those are pretty nice - especially for the price - might have to make a run to BL today!
  3. I don't have the EP model but I think they are the same as mine. It has L/R RCA/phono jacks for the audio out. This will get you from your PC to the transmitter (you can find longer ones as well): 6-Inch Gold-Plated Y-Adapter Cable, 1/8" Plug to Phono Plugs I also suggest you get the headphone control - it allows fine control of the audio into the transmitter since the PC control can be a bit coarse: Gold-Plated Volume Control Cable for Stereo Headphones Lastly, you may want to look into an isolation transformer if you have any hum which can happen: Ground Loop Isolator You'll need adaptors for these to go from male to female phono jacks. This is what I use for my setup and it's crystal clear.
  4. I just came across this thread - great tool! I was planning to redo my Mega-Midi-Tree this year and these look so much cooler.
  5. budude

    Rgb led tree

    btw - each of the lights (or "nodes" as they call them) in mrpackethead's tree are individually addressable so it's more flexible than CCR. Read more here...
  6. budude

    Rgb led tree

    That would be 'mrpackethead's setup in NZ - you can follow him at DIYC - no cost estimates yet but it's one of those things that "If you have to ask..."
  7. I have separate Red, Green and White CDI LED arches this year - I'd say they are equal brightness and look great!
  8. I hear ya brother! I went from 32 channels (2x1602W) to 224 channels (2x1602W, 1xLynxFreeStyle, 4xRenard16) this year and added several new elements, not just additional colors so it's been... fun... But the end result will hopefully be worth it!
  9. You could cut strands down and control them via a DC controller with the appropriate voltage. Or you could cut portions out but wire them back in the same position via some zip cord back to the "mother" cord with the rectifier "blobs". I'm guessing though that neither are the option you were looking for...
  10. Mine are a slight variation - - I will have a single color arch each of Red, Green and White - so not multi-colored as you were asking but halfway there!
  11. Instead of running a "Y" from my music source (the PC) I bought a cheap clock radio and hide that in a tree protected from the elements. This serves a couple purposes - first - it allows folks walking by to hear your show (whole point of the "Y" concept) but it also verifies that your transmitter is running! Unless you have a separate radio somewhere you might not have any idea that your transmitter blew up or the output is bad in other ways.
  12. ditto - - I had two 1602Ws (32ch) with about 6000 lights - about 95% LED all off a single 15A GFCI outlet. Won't get away with it this year (224 channels) probably but you should be fine.
  13. Or you could go DIY and get a controller for around a $100 and the software (Vixen) is free... just saying... I use both LOR and DIY - the end result is exactly the same...
  14. My folks still live in Moline - we hit Frank's every time we come out to visit - good stuff! I used to get the Strombolli sandwiches a lot too. I was born in Silvis so we hit that a lot when I was a small one...
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