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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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Martin UK

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About Martin UK

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  • Birthday 07/04/1965

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  • Location
    5 miles north of Milton Keynes England NN12 7PQ on Google maps
  • Biography
    Getting old and my toys are getting bigger and costing more
  • Interests
    Building Koi ponds and spending money
  • Occupation
    Railway safety manager
  • About my display
  1. Hi In the UK near Milton Keynes, i import the LOR controllers and convert for UK use, the tend to go very quickly when i put them on ebay but keep your eyes open if you are interested, listing number for some of my ebay stuff is 280884695623 can always do a discount for UK LOR users
  2. Hi Paul Sore you on TV, looks good. My name is Martin, I live 5 miles North of Milton Keynes in a village called Potterspry. First year using LOR, Link to a poor quality video I took at Christmas bellow, I am using 64 channels of LOR on 240v, the mega tree has 6000 lights on 16 channels the arches are made of rope lights, no idea of bulb count but a want at least another 32 chanels for this year Happy new year to you all Regards Martin UK
  3. Apologies for the poor filming, this is my first year with Light O Rama, I live about 60 miles north of London, I am currently using 64 channels of LOR for this and hoping to add more next year. Happy New Year Martin UK
  4. Hi Dave

    Martin near MK

  5. It was heavy duty elastic reinforced with cotton from a dress shop, about ¾ of an inch wide, lasted 2 years so far. Regards Martin
  6. Thank you all for your responses, they have been very helpful, i suppose i am a typical bloke; play first and only pick up the manual if i need it. Cheers Martin
  7. Hi I am new user I of the LOR sequence software and am having a few problems, I have watched the tutorials and found that when I try and edit a new sequence to music it plays ok, then when I press the red stop (that
  8. Thinking of a 15 ft tree on a 1 ft high frame, using 16 channels and doubling the rope light (side by side so it’s about an inch wide) for each channel, the rope light should weigh about 36 to 40 KG
  9. I am considering trying to build a Mega Tree from rope lights has anybody tried using rope lights for a mega tree yet? Would it work?
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