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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.

De Nederlands kerstlichtsh

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About De Nederlands kerstlichtsh

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  • Birthday 06/18/1973

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    http://www.kerstlichtshow.eu

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  • Location
    Asten (the Netherlands)
  • Biography
    Tom from Holland. Work in the security branch.
  • Interests
    Making music, Electronics.
  • Occupation
    Technical Support Engineer
  • About my display
    LOR 48 channel display with 4300 lights and a coca cola chrismastruck with 380 lights.
  1. The dutch Christmas lightshow. http://www.kerstlichtshow.eu To make our website readable for everyone you can select the language on the main page. On our website you can find most information, Video’s en Photo’s about our Christmas lightshow and the designers. About 3 years ago we decided to make our little front garden much brighter during the Christmas time and to do something with the lights that only a few people in Europe do. We purchased 3 Light-O-Rama controllers in the VS to do so. Now 3 years later we got more and more visitors to watch the Christmas lightshow. This year the steel star with the tails and the strobe lights where edited. Unfortunately we ran out of channels so we had to improvise. The temporary solution was to ad relays to 8 channels to make the show complete. Next year we have to ad more Light-O-Rama controllers for the lightshow. In our lightshow we have used about 5500 Christmas lights. 4000 lights are LED and the rest are mini lights. The show is expanded with a beamer in a waterproof casing for outdoor video projection. The whole lightshow with the video and sound is controlled by a small computer. The S2 Light-O-Rama software runs the lights, video projector and the audio very smoothly. Synchronization of the Miracle on 34th street took about 25 hours before it was completely done including the video in the show. The whole lightshow has 20 songs with video and the duration is about one hour. Many people asks us who we make the lights dance to the music and in so may different ways. It’s fabulous they say. Light-O-Rama begins to become well-known in the Netherlands because of our LOR Christmas lightshow and a little few other Light-O-Rama users in our country. We’ll hope that we can go on for years for all those people in those days. Next year a new show and who knows a whole lot more ideas. Everyone a very nice Light-O-Rama year and thanks for all the support from America. Greetings, Tom and Marielle Asten, The Netherlands
  2. About 3 years ago we decided to make our little front garden much brighter during the Christmas time and to do something with the lights that only a few people in Europe do. We purchased 3 Light-O-Rama controllers in the VS to do so. Now 3 years later we got more and more visitors to watch the Christmas lightshow. This year the steel star with the tails and the strobe lights where edited. Unfortunately we ran out of channels so we had to improvise. The temporary solution was to ad relays to 8 channels to make the show complete. Next year we have to ad more Light-O-Rama controllers for the lightshow. In our lightshow we have used about 5500 Christmas lights. 4000 lights are LED and the rest are mini lights. The show is expanded with a beamer in a waterproof casing for outdoor video projection. The whole lightshow with the video and sound is controlled by a small computer. The S2 Light-O-Rama software runs the lights, video projector and the audio very smoothly. Synchronization of the Miracle on 34th street took about 25 hours before it was completely done including the video in the show. The whole lightshow has 20 songs with video and the duration is about one hour. Many people asks us who we make the lights dance to the music and in so may different ways. It’s fabulous they say. Light-O-Rama begins to become well-known in the Netherlands because of our LOR Christmas lightshow and a little few other Light-O-Rama users in our country. We’ll hope that we can go on for years for all those people in those days. Next year a new show and who knows a whole lot more ideas. Everyone a very nice Light-O-Rama year and thanks for all the support from America. Greetings, Tom and Marielle Asten, The Netherlands
  3. More videos and information about my Christmas light display can be found on my website: http://www.kerstlichtshow.eu Greatings Tom van Houts (The Netherlands)
  4. Here is one of my 20 videos of the songs I created for my Christmas lightshow 2010. In my Christmas display I used beside the Christmas lights my home build coca cola Christmas truck and a video screen to show some clips togetter with the dancing lights. More imformation and videos are shown on my website. htp://www.kerstlichtshow.eu Enjoy Greatings Tom van Houts (the Netherlands)
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