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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
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    Sydney, Australia
  • Biography
    I have been serving the Christmas needs of Sydney for over 20 years now!
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    Love Christmas holidays, reading, and so many other things!
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    I run a Christmas Store
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    We provide anything and everything you need for Christmas
  1. Fires, shocks, cuts, and falls- that’s not how you want to spend your Christmas! This year, hang your lights and trim your tree without the trip to the emergency room. Follow these simple safety tips and have a happy, hospital-free Christmas. LIGHTS Christmas lights that are improperly hung or connected carry high risk of causing electrical shock or electrical fires How to Avoid: · Do not use damaged or broken power points, plugs, switches, or leads. · Do not overload a single switchboard. Do not piggy-back double adaptors. · Use a proper transformer: IP 20, IP44, or IP64. These generate low heat output and help keep you from getting shocked by cutting down the amount of power flooding your lights. · Keep all electrical connections away from areas where they could get wet. If outside, enclose the connection in a DriBox, Lead Cable Safety Box, or other water-tight capsule. Go on www.christmasworld.com.au/Christmas-Light-Accessories/ to view Christmas World’s selection of DriBoxes and other light accessories. · Do not hide or cover transformers with presents or decorations. This is a common cause of fires each year. · Do not mix lights with metallic foil tinsel (some older tinsels are still made of this). The metal in the foil can conduct electricity and shock you or set your tree on fire. Use PVC tinsel instead. Go on www.christmasworld.com.au/Christmas-Lights/to check out Christmas World’s vast selection of colourful PVC-based tinsel. LADDERS Using unsteady or improperly set-up ladders to hang Christmas decorations can cause falls, resulting in injury. How to Avoid: · Make sure the ladder is propped up against a sturdy, flat surface. If it’s an A-frame stepladder, make sure the brace is firmly locked. · Follow the 1:4 rule. Prop the base of the ladder 1 foot away from the wall for every 4 feet of height up to the point where it connects at the top. · Secure tall ladders to something sturdy with lashes or cables to prevent movement. · When climbing onto a platform, make sure the top of the ladder extends three feet above the surface you’re climbing onto. · Always face towards the ladder when ascending or descending · A fibreglass ladder is best for working with electrical products (like Christmas lights), because it will not conduct electricity. · Have a partner present to spot you or hold the ladder. This is the best way to ensure ladder safety. Christmas Trees Christmas tree fires can engulf a room in minutes. Dry trees or non-fire resistant artificial trees carry the biggest risk. How to Avoid: · Make sure your artificial trees are labelled “fire-resistant” · If buying a fresh tree, make sure it really is fresh. The needles should be green and shouldn’t break when you bend them with your fingers. Go on www.christmasworld.com.au/Real-Christmas-Trees-Sydney.html to to check out Christmas World’s fresh cut USA-style trees, available at our Moore Park and Terrey Hills stores. · Keep your fresh tree’s stand full of water. This will prevent it from drying out and make it last longer. · Whether artificial or fresh, never place a Christmas tree near a radiator or fireplace. CANDLES Unattended candles cause hundreds of fires each year. How to Avoid: · Keep burning candles in sight. · Always extinguish candles in an empty room or before going to sleep. · If you don’t trust yourself to remember to blow out the candles, consider using battery operated ones instead. A little less ambiance is worth a lot more safety. PLANTS Some common Christmas plants-holly and mistletoe- are actually poisonous if ingested, especially by pets or small children. How to Avoid: · Holly and mistletoe should not be ingested under any circumstances. Buy artificial instead of fresh, especially if you have pets or small children. Go on www.christmasworld.com.au/Christmas-Tree-Decorations to view Christmas World’s selection of artificial Christmas plants and picks. · If you have to have real mistletoe, hang it in a piece of netting to keep the leaves and berries from falling to the ground where your toddler or labrador can eat them. PARTIES Incidents of drunk driving climb during the holiday season. Overindulgence at holiday parties is a major cause of this. How to Avoid: · Choose a designated driver beforehand · Keep an eye on your friends at parties, especially if you’re the host. Don’t be afraid to take someone’s keys, if necessary. · Use public transport.
  2. Christmas decorating got you down? Not sure where to start? Not to worry- the easiest way to do the Christmas decor is to work with a theme. A theme will help you define your style and narrow down your decorating options. It can be anything you want, but of course, there are a few favourites. Check out these “oldies-but-goodies” and get the inspiration flowing! Colour Play Colour is the easiest theme to work with. In fact, its often the catalyst that leads you to a larger theme. Red, white, and green leads you to traditional; white, silver, and blue leads you to winter. In both of these colour palettes, you have two colours that complement each other, and one that serves as an accent or unifier. White unifies red and green; blue accents white and silver. This is why it’s a good idea to choose three colours to work with instead of two. The third colour sets off the other two. Other common colour combinations include white, green, and brown for a rustic theme or gold, silver, and a neutral (grey, white, black, champagne) for a modern look. For something bold and festive, however, why not go all out with a multicolour theme in bright, rich hues? Nothing says “celebration” like an explosion of colour. Traditional Christmas Traditional Christmas is built around the idea of being warm and snug during the cold winter months. Your palette should reflect the classic Christmas colours: red, green, and white. For lights, stick with simple, white fairy lights (LEDs for an energy efficient option). Avoid the kitschy novelty lights or over-the-top motifs; they’re not really appropriate for this style. What is appropriate is lots of greenery: mistletoe balls, evergreen garlands, and wreaths in every window. Table top trees with candles make great centrepieces, as do frosted pinecones in a hurricane vase. For a nice display, create a Christmas village scene or set up classic train set. Choose bright red and green fabric in a plain, plaid, or floral motif to drape on tables and sofas. And don’t forget the Christmas-themed pillows! As for the tree, go classic with white lights, tinsel, baubles, and Christmas picks. It doesn’t get any more traditional than that! Modern Christmas A modern Christmas theme is all about minimalism and incorporating what you already have. A great modern colour palette revolves around shimmering gold and silver, with a neutral like grey, white, black, or champagne to make the shiny metallic finishes pop! If modern is your style then you have to be careful not to overdo the decorations. A silver candelabra, a few artistic cards, and a Christmas greeting in block letters is all you need for a welcoming display. Try to incorporate furniture and items you already have. A single stocking tied to a bar table will have more effect than if you cover it with greenery. As for the tree, a metallic or iridescent white tree will be perfect for your sophisticated home. Decorate it minimally with gold and silver baubles and you’re good to go! Retro Christmas Retro Christmas is about capturing that great mid-century modern style. And that means tinsel everywhere: the tree, the windows, the banister, etc. It also means you can get out the old kitschy novelty lights or over-sized multicolour globes. (Just make sure you get the modern LED versions- safer and more energy efficient). Retro Christmas can work with many different colour palettes. You can use the traditional red, white, and green or play with something different: pink and green, orange and turquoise, even multicolour. A multicolour bauble wreath has great retro flare. Your retro Christmas tree is definitely metallic, with tinsel, colourful lights, and old fashioned Shiny Brites for decoration. Make sure you shop the flea markets and antique shops for vintage signs, prints, and accessories. Also see if you can track down any old-fashioned tin toys; they make a great retro Christmas display. Winter Wonderland A Winter Wonderland theme brings the spirit of winter into your home- even if its 35o outside. You should go for a white and silver colour palette, with blue for an accent. This is the perfect theme for icicle lights, snowflakes, and arctic displays. A light-up snowman or polar bear with fake snow makes a great yard display. You can also get snow sprays to “frost” your windows or mirrors. For indoors, a tall white candle in a hurricane vase is a perfect, simple centrepiece. Or you could do an arrangement of bare willow branches in a vase. You can leave them au natural or spray paint them white, and hang them with crystal ornaments for a snow drop effect. As for your Christmas tree, go for a snow-trimmed fir hung with white lights, tinsel, and blue and silver baubles. Your guests will think they’ve arrived at the North Pole!
  3. Is the rising cost of electricity lowering your holiday spirit? Don’t let it! There are plenty of alternative energy sources out there that are less costly and just as effective as traditional electricity. Fortunately, living in Australia, we have direct access to an excellent source of power, SOLAR POWER! Solar power sounds fancy, but its actually very simple. A solar panel is attached to a light- a strand of LED Christmas lights, for example- and exposed to sunlight. The sunlight charges the electrons in the panel, which produces an electric current, lighting up your Christmas lights. Compared to the process of burning fossil fuels to power an electrical generator, solar power is quick, simple, clean and FREE. Solar power is ideal for our Aussie Christmas. The bright sunshine burns all day (and solar power still works even when the day is overcast) and in turn it allows your lights to burn all night. So why not take advantage of this fabulous resource this year? Take a look at these facts about solar power and find out how you can help yourself and our planet. · Solar power lights do not require electricity and therefore have no impact on your electricity bill. You pay only for the initial cost of the lights, not for the cost of running them. And this cost can be quite minimal – you can purchase 50 LED solar lights from Christmas World for as little as $12 · Solar powered Christmas lights can last for season after season after season. The solar powered LED lights at Christmas World have rechargeable batteries within the solar panel, which means that should they start dimming, you can replace the battery inside the panel rather than replacing the entire set! · Sunlight is a free, abundant, easily accessible power source. 173,000 terrawatts of sunlight strike our planet continuously. It costs nothing to harvest this energy, and it won’t run out when we start to capture it. Sunlight is completely renewable, unlike the fossil fuels that power the creation of traditional electricity. · Harvesting solar power has a minimal impact on the surrounding environment. It requires one small solar panel stake, placed in a sunny spot in your garden, sitting on your window sill, or even placed in a naturally sunlit area inside your house. What is the environmental impact? Almost nothing. · Solar power is self-sustaining. The equipment requires little maintenance or human interference. The process of harvesting sunlight for use in Christmas lighting is ongoing and does not require any human or mechanical labour. · Solar power does not produce any carbon dioxide, byproducts, air pollutants, or emissions of any kind at any stage in its arrival, harvesting, or use. It doesn’t even produce noise! · Solar powered Christmas lights are easy to set up and are perfect for outdoor use without having to worry about electrical cords and connections, transformers, or extension cords running into the house and out across the backyard. · Solar power combines perfectly with LED technology, giving you a Christmas light product that uses clean, sustainable energy in the most efficient way possible. Go on http://www.christmas...u/Solar-Lights/ to check out Christmas World’s wide selection of Solar Powered LED lights. Solar power is the new alternate energy source that’s saving the planet and saving you money. For a more in-depth look at this emerging technology and its use in Christmas lights, go on www.christmasworld.com.au
  4. Decorating your Christmas tree is not a shoot-first-aim-later process. To get the classic, symmetrical look you see in stores, you have to have a plan. Plus, a few decorating tricks to help trick the eye. Fortunately for you, we've got all sorts of tricks, tips, and ideas and we're happy to share... Tip #1: Choose a Colour Theme Choose a color theme for your décor before you pick out your tree; it may affect which kind of tree you want. For example, if you're going with a traditional colour scheme, you'll probably want a fresh, verdant tree to make your red, white, and green ornaments stand out. A multicolour theme, on the other hand, might look best on a metallic tree or an artificial white tree which allows those bright colours to pop. Going for that winter wonderland look in white, blue, and silver? A snow-tipped artificial green fir is the tree for you. Tip #2: Prune Your Branches Once you get your tree set up, take a step back and have a good look at it. Sometimes trees get a little bent up during transport. First, rotate the tree to find the best side. Then check the symmetry. If its artificial, you might have to rearrange some branches for a better look. If its a fresh tree, you might have to prune back the odd branch with a pair secateurs, cutting at an angle to disguise the fresh cuts. These few simple alterations will turn your tree into the perfect blank canvas to let your decorative imagination run wild! Tip #3: Light's Up First Always put your lights up first. These are the brightest spots on your tree, the thing people will see first, so choose lights that flatter your colour theme. We always recommend LED lights- they're brighter and very energy efficient. When putting up your lights, remember to weave the wire through the branches, tucking it in but allowing the bulbs to show. Secure with garden wire, if necessary. You will need around 30 lights per foot of vertical height on your tree. For extra sparkle, add tinsel or a beaded garland next to catch that beautiful glow. Tip #4: Keep Size in Mind When choosing your decorations, remember to choose decorations appropriate to the size of your tree. A five foot tree overloaded with commercial sized baubles looks very heavy. Instead, choose smaller, more delicate ornaments and give the tree a chance to breathe. On the other hand, trees seven feet and up can handle ornaments and baubles up to 25cm in diameter. Use commercial baubles, large picks, and giant bows spaced evenly on the tree and fill in the spaces with smaller items. Use too many small ornaments and the tree will look naked. Using a mixture- perfect. Tip #5: Appropriate Placement When you add ornaments to a tree, don't add them randomly. Larger ornaments should be more heavily distributed towards the bottom of the tree, where there's plenty of space to absorb their size. Smaller ornaments should be more concentrated towards the top, where they'll look larger because there's less space to fill. The result is that the ornaments shrink as the tree narrows- making the overall effect balanced and even. Tip # 6: Tricking the Eye Here's another tip for creating a symmetrical tree: you will need physically more decorations at the bottom than you will at the top. If you use the same amount, the tree will look either naked at the bottom or overloaded at the top. For a balanced, even look, add more to the bottom; you'll “trick” the eye into thinking the tree is symmetrical. Here's one final tip. Your tree should be the focal point of your Christmas display. The rest of your décor should revolve around it, leading spectators to that point. To do this, use some of the same décor motifs on your tree throughout the rest of your house. If you're using red baubles in the tree, hang some in the window or on the mantlepiece as well. It will give your décor a cohesive look and draw everybody's eyes back to the important point: your beautiful tree.
  5. LED Christmas lights are all the rage these days- in the stores, on the blogs, on your neighbour’s house. So why the sudden interest? Actually, LEDs have been around awhile. You can find them in a variety of household products, from flashlights to calculators. As Christmas lights, however, they’ve recently come into their own, over the past three or four years. And trust us- they’re here to stay. Based on their environmental and financial benefits, this is the future of holiday lighting. So what are they? LED stands for light emitting diode- a reference to how the light is produced. In an LED, light is created by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor. This is a “cold process”, unlike the reaction which powers traditional fairy lights. Fairy lights produce light by applying power to a filament, enclosed in a bulb. The filament generates heat and, in turn, light. These two processes are completely different, so it’s not surprising they would have different lifespans, produce different light quality, and also utilise completely different amounts of energy. So which is better? The facts don’t lie: in all aspects, and particularly in energy use, LEDs perform better. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Here are a few straight facts about LEDs which outline why you should be switching over this Christmas season: · LED lights use 80% less energy than traditional fairy lights, which means they are cost effective Christmas lights; they cost much less to run! Testing shows that running a single strand of 100 LED Christmas lights from Christmas World costs only $0.00081 per hour. In other words, you’d have to run that strand for 13 hours straight before paying even one cent! · LED lights are energy efficient, which means they require less power. When we use less power, we in turn burn less fossil fuels to power our generators. In other words, we save these dwindling resources for another day. Or another Christmas. · LED lights reduce the CO2 emission output into our environment, by this reduction in burning of fossil fuels (which release CO2 as a byproduct). This cuts down your carbon footprint and contributes to clean air for the whole planet! · LED lights are much longer lasting. They have an expected lifespan of 50,000 hours, as compared to traditional fairy lights, which have a lifespan of 1,200 hours. · LED lights are more durable. They do not have any fragile glass or filament components. They are made as a single unit, so they are more resistant to breaking, bumping, jarring, vibration, and any other bumps and breaks which can commonly occur when you set up, or pack up, your Christmas lights! · LED lights release 80% of their energy as light and 20% as heat. In comparison, fairy lights release 90% as heat and 10% as light. This makes LEDs more efficient and much cooler. It also minimises the risk of Christmas house fires which can occur as a result of overheated traditional fairy light bulbs · LED lights appear brighter than fairy lights and come in a fantastic full colour range. For a more in-depth look at LED Efficiency and cost effective Christmas lights, go on www.christmasworld.com.au This Christmas, go with the flow, go LED!
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