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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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    100% irish. 23 years old
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  1. Oh my - the Jesus is fabulous, BUT the angel is absolutely spectacular!!!
  2. Our nativity display from the most recent Christmas just gone
  3. Good to hear! I've never ordered anything like them before, so it's going to be fun figuring out how to work them! Have all you guys in this forum to thank though - as usual! I'd be lost without Planet Christmas!
  4. Ordered our first patterns two days ago, cant wait for them to arrive and getting started!!! Went for thewinfieldcollection and got Santa and Mrs Claus kissing under mistletoe, and Santa kneeling at baby Jesus manger! Cant wait! Had to share excitement
  5. No matter, ordered from Holiday Coro and have a friend forwarding them to Ireland for me
  6. Thats fantastic idea, I can see kids loving it! Would you mind if I looked into doing someth similar?
  7. The nativity is only fantastic!!
  8. I had intended to buy mini tree coro from HolidayCoro however they wont ship to Ireland. Any suggestions of companies that would? We are making the arches at home so wiuld prefer to just buy the mini trees. Im aware of the tomato cages method, but prefer the look for the coro trees. Thanks in advance for any help!
  9. Thanks all for your responses - much appreciated! I have printed out, and read through the Guide from Aussie Forum, as well as a user guide I stumbled on on the internet, but I always prefer to get verification of exactly how I go about things, so that I don't order the wrong item by accident Jholmes, thank you - especially the advice given re DMX adapters, seems clearer now! And I had a look at your website, and am now intrigued by RGB Floods - I've read on them before of course but watching your videos, saw clearly the effect, something else to look into instead as we already have five of the window frames strung with clear rope light! Thanks again!
  10. Looks great Gunther!! many thanks to be directed to you also - I remember how helpful you were to me when I was starting out here very late! LOVE the Santa in the big window, he looks fantastic!
  11. Before I begin, can I say I have read boatloads of threads on here and LoR but remain semi-confused by the RGB lighting stream. If anyone has the time to answer, please please can you try to use as much "basic english" as possible - as talk of various nodes, or controllers, or CAT57aB whatnot genuinely confuses me and I'm trying so hard to wrap my head around basic RGB so I know what to order! Background knowledge - I'm living / based in Ireland and this is where I do my Christmas decorations so I'm on 240 voltage. Last year I did my first show using a 16 channel controller and plain coloured LEDs. This year I want to get a start on using dumb RGB via LoR controllers, and the LoR software suite. Q1) If I am outlining eight different windows with RGB rope lights, in relation to a LoR controller, this would take up 8 channels. However, from what I've read, every RGB strip needs three channels - am I correct in thinking this means the eight windows would need 24 channels in order to run on RGB via the LoR Showtime PC CTB16PC controller? Q2) I have read that I need a separate DMX controller of sorts to control the RGB via the LoR controller - is this correct? What cable is needed to do this, and what DMX controller is recommended? I have a memory, of an E-something DMX I think, but again I got a little lost and confused at this part of the research. Q3) I am aiming to do some arches this year (probably four) - and some mini trees (probably eight). Preferably all in RGB lighting. Do I need a number of DMX controllers to have various RGB items on the display, or does one control them all? I hope I've given enough information for what I'm seeking to learn - I know the more information the better, so if I'm lacking any information, please do let me know as I would genuienly really appreciate help with all of this!
  12. I genuienly feel almost moved to tears after viewing that ... what a masterpiece you created.
  13. I've been trying to get in touch with lorislighteddlites lately and have had no luck. I first sent an inquiry via their website form at the start of January. Having not heard back, I sent an email from my actual gmail account on the 16th Jan with the same inquiry there. Today, the 21st January I tried ringing them twice only to have it ring out both times. Are they on holidays / no longer active / or just coincidence??
  14. Have been working on the planning aspect of this for a while now - this was our first year with Lor so I want to make sure we go bigger and better next year! Thoughts so far are; :: buy two more controllers - total of 48 channels :: invest in projector, dvd player & virtual santa :: go RGB dumb strips around windows for more colour option :: set up a winter wonderland scene in side garden - fake snow, winter animals, more trees, etc :: bigger nativity scene in front garden :: buying a number of wire frames from Lordelights, and restringing them here :: have a mega tree made and set in place Obviously loads of work to do as you can see - will keep my spare time busy, and my bank account empty
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