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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.

Dave Edwards

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    Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Biography
    My name is Dave, I'm 18, and I work casually rigging lighting and sound for events :)
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    Christmas Lighting!!
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    Casual Rigging, Lighting and Sound for events
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    Every year something amazing happens in the garden of one small house in Birmingham, a teenage lad sets out on a mission which lasts almost 3 months! Countless trips up and down ladders, miles of cable, thousands of light bulbs and heap loads of time are what make Christmas in Cheltenham Drive, Bromford, so special.

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  1. Hi Dave

    Martin near MK

  2. Paul, this is great news and if I can I will try and visit on the switch on night! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I am using this app on my iPhone 4, just downloaded it and I can see the photos perfectly fine....no settings changed...all default...
  4. Amazing! Just watched on Vimeo....very well done Impressive to say the least.
  5. I'm from the UK, and was going to order....got up this morning - not a chance! haha This would of been my leap into LOR too, I will wait for summer and see if I can afford it then. Shame - could of managed it now too! ****!
  6. Hi Guys I am from Birmingham, and I am 18 years old. I am also looking to do and animated display next year using LED lights, and using LOR at 240V.....should be good fun! Glad to hear the Premier Lights work well dimming - the LEDs - that was my main worry, I'd have trouble dimming them with control boxes etc.
  7. Oh how I wish these things existed in the UK! lol Some nice stuff there!
  8. Hi. I'm not sure if this is entirely the right place to post this, but photos of my display this year in the UK can be found at my website, http://www.lights4charity.net/ It's all static, with a few animated effects, e.g. wheels of the train. Next year I hope to use L-O-R....depends on budget. This year we won best lights in Birmingham, in the Birmingham Evening Mail. Hope you like my efforts!
  9. Thanks Jen. I was just concerned because I don't normally use inflatables, but really want one of these. I have really limited space to fit it in. Im just hoping it's OK when I have gone to all the trouble of getting it over the pond!!
  10. http://www.hammacher.com/publish/74451.asp Can anyone confirm that this inflatable is 8ft high and 8ft long? I'm confused as the dimension read... 8' H x 8' W x 8' D meaning it is 8ft high, wide and deep....making it a square which I don't think is right? Can anyone help... Dave
  11. I must look for something similar over here (UK)... Will have to see what I can find...I wonder if Krylon is available here.... EDIT: Like this maybe? http://www.shop-com.co.uk/Plasti_Kote_Forest_Green_Metal_Protekt_Spray_Paint_400ml-45179777-59413458-p!.shtml?sourceid=309 Or this? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/6-BLUE-ACRYLIC-SATIN-MATT-CRAFT-SPRAY-PAINT-CFC-FREE_W0QQitemZ260203649521QQihZ016QQcategoryZ31401QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem?refid=store
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