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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.
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  • 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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  1. Hi I would try buildalightshow.com very good quality
  2. btlfannz wrote: hi living in the uk sometime we get snow some time not, out of the years i done my display i had snow twice in 8 years so i make my own for the thick snow blanket i use the same material as btflannz used its like a wadding material used to stuff soft toys, and pillows. but my main area's are done witha horticulral fleece used to cover newlysown seeds and to cover tender plants in the winter months. i first lay down some weed control fabric this is for to keep the fleece clean as you can get more than 1 years used out of the material , place and single layer of the fleece over the area and stake down not to many as there more layers to go on top of this layer. in a random pattern place some twinkle mini lights over the fleece the more random the pattern the better this will give the effect of the snow Glistening. stake the lights down every so often along it length, then place 2 layers of the fleece over the mini light make sure that its loose and when the wind blows the snow will move to , as it goes for staking i would do it every 24 inches. i will try and get some picture up of what i looks like so you can get a idea. les m , u.k
  3. has anyone tried to braid or platt ropelight before and what result did you get. i am thinking of doing this year as it would very different as i am going to use white, red and green. it should look like a braided rope that lights up. thanks les m
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    i would like to donate $25. how do i send the payment by pay pals what email address do i send it to. les & bev, bells close. u.k
  5. i was one of the first to get l.o.r in the uk.shipping by airmail can be expensive it can be around $30-40 but it depends how many cards you by ask dan or mary and they will tell you about shipping costs. all i can say about l.o.r its very good had no problems really over 3 years. les m
  6. hi i do have spare a 4 way controller for rope light i think you may be able to run 110 on it, i just used it once over a season and i have not used for a longtime as i have l.o.r and Dasher. let me no if youre interested les m , uk
  7. All i can say all the hard work you put into a display shows in the final display. You may not notice youre self at first but when a little one says is that Santas house to you it make it all worth while. and most of all enjoy it while it last's les m
  8. hi i just starting to get ready to put up my display this year. i am pulling in a 2 new cat 6 cable from the front of the house to back bedroom that wear i keep my pc so i can run my l.o.r and dasher system tomorrow. we moved intoare new home last year so this yearis the first yearof thenew display and is ablank canvas so what canwe do lol. one thing i no, none of my neighbour will of see a display like this. les m . uk
  9. grandad wrote: hi i am sorry to say you cant use the 16 channel lor controllers is made to power 240 volt lights and from what i have found it does not work to well with 240-24 volt transformers it makes them go with a bang. i use dasher for my 24 volt, dasher is a on/off system, i like to explain how dans card will work, but until i get them and try them out i am not to sure my self. just keep a eye on hear and i let you no how its going on. les m
  10. hi mark yes it would be possible this year , i am starting a new display at my new home. i am having to start from the begining , i have nothing totally set upyet but it should give you some new idea for youre display. i am using l.o.r and dasher. i am based in newcastle not far from the metro centre les m
  11. hi i see you have a bit of a problem.There are a few ways you can hang youre ropelight figures the way you have been doing it or the way i used to do it at my mums house until i am moving my display this year my self so i got to start from scratch again. i have about 4 8 foot by 4 foot , 2 inchmesh sheetsthat i hang them on the wall by means of zip tye bases . the zip tye base can be fixed to youre wall by means of a plug and screw and can be left out all year long you , do have to replace them after about 3-5 years as they go brittel and snap byconnecting zip tyes to thebase's you can keep the mesh on the wall and put youre rope light on the mesh most of all the mesh pannels will last you years and keep youre dad happy as well. p.s why dont you paint the front of the house to so it make youre display look great and keep dad happy too. les m u.k
  12. hi yes there are some computer controlled christmas light in the uk i been doing it my self for about 3 years now but last year i did not get the chance as i moved house. i am running a 48 channel l.o.r and about 80 channel dasher+ as it goes for l.o.r its a good system i had one of the original 8 channel controllers as i did some testing for Dan i just hopping dan can get the mcp controller up and running this year so i can dim all my 24 volt lights as well. les m
  13. hi just little note to let everyone no, that my light display will be back this year. its going to a long year as i have to board out the loft so i can have some place to put my display , bring power to the front of house to supply all my dasher and l.o.r and all cat cables as well arrrr. as it goes for my connection boxes i will have to freestand them this year and i found a new way of leaving a rj45 connection outside all year long. i let you no how it getting on duruing the year. les m
  14. hear is the correct link http://www.wdwmagic.com/osborn_lights.htm
  15. hi i found this infor about the Osborne lights at mgm studios. on www.wdwdisneymagic.com Osborne Lights 2006 2 October 2006: New enhancements for this years Osborne lights Spectacle of Lights Transforms Disney-MGM Studios -- The Streets of America backlot area sparkles with millions of twinkling lights beginning Nov. 13 and continuing through Jan. 7, 2007, during the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights, presented by Sylvania. This year, the spectacle has been enhanced to include choreographed “dancing” lights which swirl and soar to an exhilarating medley of holiday music every 15 minutes, thanks to electronic wizardry featuring more than 400 dimmers. Every building façade, all the trees, wreaths, bells and holiday figures dance to classic tunes among “Florida snow” flurries. Also bringing the Disney-MGM Studios backlot to life are three-dimensional and motion-based displays – some originally created at the Osborne home in Arkansas by businessman Jennings Osborne as a holiday display for the delight of his daughter. After the home exhibit grew larger and brighter over the years, the million-light display was transported to Disney-MGM Studios in 1995, where the spectacle continues to grow larger and brighter each year. Some of Osborne's original creations still sparkling brightly at the park today are a giant Mickey Mouse light, dozens of flying angels and Santa Claus light designs. The "Hollywood Holly-Day Parade," a festival of favorite Disney characters dressed in their dazzling holiday best, jingles down Hollywood Boulevard this holiday season as well we from what i can read into it a lot of us allready do this already its a nice feel watch disney catch upto what we are doing. les m , uk
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