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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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  • 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 carrvale_christmas_lights

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  • Location
    chesterfield, derbyshire (UK)
  • Biography
    my name is wayne, i am 21 years old and live in chesterfield (uk). not sure what else to put here. anything you wanna know ask....
  • Interests
    lighting, electrical, gardening, music, djing....
  • Occupation
    customer assistant
  • About my display
    2009 will be my 2nd year using animated lighting computer controls and i already have big plans! i am only running 16 channels as its a small house but i plan to make good use of the channels this year. i make alot of my own lights by recycling old lighting ect. i like to have something different that i made myself that you wont see anywhere like my star made from a star shaped choc box last yr!! check out my site www.northviewlitez.piczo.com for more info. i have been doing displays since 2002 and they just kept growing. i have always been interested in lighting and the xmas display is a good chance to show people what i can do! my dad helps me put them up and take them down and i do all the planning, programing and wiring ect. i thought i would try something new last year so bought the 16 channel kit from animated lighting and it was a sucess with just a few lights running from it so this year i plan to convert most of my lights to run on the new system for a prettygood 2009 show!!
  1. i have gone into the unknown area of needing to run 484 5v pixels. ray has provided a 5v 60A power supply, pixel control box, 2x 91 pixel string, 2x 70 pixel string, 2x 56 pixel string and a 50 pixel string along with 100m of 4 core rgb cable. i am under the impression that i need to "inject" power every so often along the string as it is so long so today i have ran 7 cables straight from the power supply to the beggining of each string of lights aswell as leaving the 4 core power and data cable linking between each section of pixels. the length of the pixels is about 35 meters. i plan to outline the house and windows ect in them aswell as putting a 70 string inside a huge snowman to control his colours rather than just having him with white striplights in as he has been for the past few years. even though i have the lights set up across my worktop all wired in i darnt test them as i am unsure as to if my wiring is correct as the internet provides very little help on large sections of pixel strings. i have tryed ray but he sent me the "50 string wiring diogram" which clearly isnt right for my set up. also the videos he sends me are all in chinese which being from the UK i am not familiar with. please help, i am very stuck! i have invested a lot of money in something i now darnt use. thanks, wayne (north view christmas display)
  2. hi, i have 484 5v led pixel node strings in various custom lengths and have been sold a 60A power pack to power them. is this ok? and how should i wire them. i know i will need more than one 5v feed at various points down the string due to volt drop ect. as the whole length is about 34metre linked end to end is this ok? i cant seem to find any info on larger scaled pixel string projects... rgb pixel.bmp
  3. Hi, i have bought a 5v RGB pixel system that i have had customised from ray wu's store. i am new to this and it has no instructions and i am very lost. i have: 2x 56 pixel string, 2x 70 pixel string, 2x 91 pixel string and 1x 50 pixel string. also 100m of 4 core pixel cable, 1x 5V 60A power supply, a grey control box with SD card and 4 red buttons and some kind of software i was told to download from a link. the full length of the lights is at least 31m and has about 484 led pixel nodes. what do i need to know? do's and donts? do i need to run more more than one power feed? is that what the bare red and white wires at the start and finish of each string is? how do i program them? is there anything i need to do when i first turn them on? how do i adress each led ect? i am a total newbie to RGB pixel strings and converting is a big project and i am in need of advice please. thankyou, wayne (north view christmas display, bolsover UK) rgb pixel.bmp
  4. love the wreath!!! glad im not the only one who makes stuff. we found a old stop sign in a skip you know the type workers use n they spin it frm stop to go at road works well it was battered so i ripped the sign off it leaving a hexagon shape metal frame on a pole which is in our garage waiting to be made into a xmas light!! the plan is to put lights rnd it and cover it in tincel then hang a big bauble or something in the middle like the traditional street xmas lights used to be!!
  5. the best way i have found for lighting unlit blowmoulds is using the low voltage strip lights used in caravans screwed to a wooden support pushed up a hole in the bottom and screwed in place. not sure if you have anything like that in america. mine are 6 and 12 volt and have little 8 watt tubes in them and i run them off a old computer powerpack which is ideal with its 12 and 5 volt output cables and 150 watt capacity!!! for blowmoulds with holes where rain may enter put the fittings in a bag with the open end faced down, the fittings dont run hot i have lit blowmoulds on our display like this for many years without any issues and the uk weather in winter isnt at its kindest!!
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