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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 digdeepfundraising

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  • Location
    southampton united kingdom
  • Biography
    36 year old father of 2 girls
  • Interests
    lights
  • Occupation
    engineer
  • About my display
    96 lor channels
  1. so who feels like sending some to the Uk for me then ???? As we cant get them here
  2. I have a friend in the UK looking for a blow mold in the like this can anyone give me more info about it and if he can still get it is it a hard one to come buy??? whats the rough cost to get ??? he has the back half but needs the front half any advice would be helpful cheers dan
  3. here is my tester with fire machines controlled with LOR these are canister run flame machines from china and they are so much fun check my video out here
  4. hi Chris and welcome im in Southampton UK and i use LOR for my Halloween and Christmas displays ive heard of syncolights and my first advice would be if your going to do synced christmas lights go for LOR as the after support and the people using are great there are forums with 100`s of members and the quailty is a lt better syncolights only do dc boards and only in 3 or 8 channels if you want anymore info drop me a PM you can see my videos of my display here>> https://www.youtube.com/user/dan75buck/videos?view=0 i also run a group on facebook were all the uk users share info and we do mass bulk buying of led lighst/rgb lights and controllers together to save on postage etc etc dan
  5. i used 64 AC and 64 DC channles and 3 ccr`s and this is how it came out thanks to everyone that helped me with ideas and info dan i hope you enjoy
  6. i just did it with S3 created some rgb channels and fillled them in like you would a normal channel and thanks all for your kind words dan
  7. cheers gmac yep first year and first time even using any kind of lighting system and believe me it took me long enough to make and set up that im now bold as i pulled my hair out so many times and thanks for the compliment dan
  8. so guys after many many hours of reading and learning about this hobby i managed to pull of my first charity Halloween evening and it went perfect well flawless i should say and raised a amazing amount of cash .we raised 500 pounds in 1 hour (our first show first night)and we have the week end to go yet and we have more still coming in through paypal through my videos posted on facebook and you tube and i also made the local paper for the biggest halloween house in my area and maybe in the south-coast the links of my mug shot in the paper and the videos follow http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/10017360.Dad_s_spooktacular___4_000_lights_fest/?action=success http://www.youtube.com/user/dan75buck?feature=guide this show really wouldn't of happened without this forum of info and help and a thank you to all that shared there sequences that made my first show happen many thanks to all dan digdeepfundraising
  9. that's fantastic and looks better than the singing faces i best improve my carpentry skills for next year
  10. great show how many channels ??? would you care to share doctor who and x files seq and mp3 please if so can you email to [email protected] thanks dan
  11. welcome Dave to the world of no return this is the most addictive hobby i have ever found before you go buying lights shop around on-line you can find some right bargains and some good sale prices after Christmas Dan
  12. hi all dan here from southampton 2012 will be my first display 128 channels 64dc and 64 ac 110v and 240v 15,000 leds 45 m rgb 5050 dumbstrips mega tree and leaping arches will hopefully be my highlight of my show also im looking for 25 c9 110v bulbs if anyone has any spare they could sell me orange or purple would be best but ill take any
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