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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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  1. Buddhascuda wrote: Planning on making a few more this year. You can see on teh far left of one of the photos we had 5 little mine trees. Had 5 of the trees, and a little reindeer over a white sheet to make out snow We also had a star with a 3 foot diamater, however something happened and it just stopped working. Buddhascuda wrote: Yeh, i'm thinking something outlining hte windows or something similar would make it a bit better. Michael B wrote: Thanks! I guess the problem here in Australia is you can't readily buy lights in single colours. Either clear, or multi-coloured. Kristal wrote: No C9s here in Australia either:X Not sure if you guys have ropelights over there, but red a red rope light, or maybe even clear could look good around the ridge of our roofline. I'm not sure what it is, but so many other displays just have something about them that make you go woah! Maybe its just that i'm hard on myself. not sure. Maybe because it's lacking "items" to look at and themes etc? What do you think? Appreciate everyones ideas!
  2. Hey all, Nearly christmas time already! Just after some ideas to make our lights a little more interesting without blowing the bank. Was planning on doing computerized this year, but never got around to it (missed the LOR sale more to the point:X). Below are some pictures of last years, and we pretty much just want it to be more interesting. Appreciate any ideas!! Cheers, Adrian.
  3. txstraitfan4 wrote: I recently bought a LKP off heartodixie (a member here) as these cannot be bought from Australia. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=009&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&viewitem=&item=190058373191&rd=1&rd=1 Send him a PM and he'll be able to sell you one for $16.95 + post. http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/pm.php?send_to=heartodixie
  4. bhays wrote: The input power into the transformers is 240V and the output to the light strings is 24V.
  5. That looks great! Do you have any daytime pics of how the lights are attached to the coro? Thanks
  6. Just give it a go. It won't take too long to do. Just don't zip tie all the strands on to see how it looks first. I reckon it'd look just as good though
  7. GamerLink1 wrote: How high is your tree? Adrian.
  8. All of our lights are clear except for a star (which has coloured sequences) and some fibre optics.
  9. Upload the video to somewhere like youtube or photobucket, then post the link to your video in your thread.
  10. I know how you feel. Just finished putting up some more of my lights, and i look up the street, and my neighbour had pretty much copied last years display. But i guess it's good their lighting up. Better than not having any neighbours light up!
  11. That looks so good. I've been following your progress this year with your lights and they have come out far better than i thought! Well done!
  12. GamerLink1 wrote: You've already been given tonnes of links for trees that look "cool". There's also PLENTY more if you do a search for "mega trees"
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