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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 mrclaus1001

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  • Birthday 09/16/1981

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    staffordshire ,uk
  • Biography
    im an electrician and security engineer
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    christmas lights
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  • About my display
    64 channels 10000 led lights, 2 leaping arch and mega tree, sleigh santa and 9 reindeer, bells, holly and loads of others in rope light silouettes
  1. im in the middle of getting the display ready prograsmming the computer, sorting cables, out, building graveyard and lighted pumpkins, and also have built well in thr process of building a coffin awaiting for the skeletoin and skelelton lighting to arrive now
  2. thanks for thr reply, its a shame they wont work on uks voltage then, unless i use a 110v transformer to power everything now theres a thought
  3. can i ask what voltage are these lights plase as im very interested in rdering a couple of cases for my 3rd show thanks colin.
  4. sorry david i put a visitors message instead of pm as i had a phone number on here pm d you instead :)

  5. many thanks to the person who posted this its been of big help to me locating what type of steel / metal is used to make chrimbo type lights and haloween lights, so a big thumbs up for this thread. :D:D:D
  6. hi guys, i live in uk, and am into christmas lighting animation for the last couple of years now, i was wondering does any one know which importers to uk i could go to to get different types oif christmas lights. cheers
  7. so what ideas have folks been thinking of using then?
  8. Now that another year is over, and no-one could be more pleased to get rid of this year more than me :121_reindeer: but who has now started working on their next display for this years christmas? i did 32 channels, with just a little over 3000 lights, snowflake, lanterns, shooting stars and stockings, leaping arches, rope lights, santas, snowmen, and a star display i am thinking a getting a megatree, 9 reindeer and sleigh, another leaping arch, plus more lights in white red and blue taking this christmas to 64 channels. So whos started looking round and looking for ideas for next year?
  9. And a very happy new year from me as welll to you all, i hope 2010 brings you all the luck and piece and happiness that it possibly can do!
  10. just to explain a bit more, i use the trees in the garden the greenhouse and shed roof and the arch as well as a lighted banner our house is behind the camera not lite up
  11. me tooo, i think the punishment for these people should be to hang the christmas lights in the trees in the gardens displays in -1 temperatures with no gloves allowed and no coats either, thats deffo punishment
  12. 2 things to note is id only use one rcd/mcb in the supply same as an rcbo in uk is a gfci and another thing is i will be roping barriering off areas where people should not be walking.
  13. to be fair the motor home vehicle/driver should have waited his turn at the back of the que like everyone else!
  14. just wondered where you buy all you displays from rope light and blow mould decs, need them to be 240v not 110v
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