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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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  1. Hi Linda, Thanks for the Links. Im not sure that its the right one, but this one is close enough :-) Kim Denmark
  2. Hi, Some time ago i saw a videoclip with a outlined tree made of green rope light and animated eyes and mouth in white rope light. But i forgot to bookmart the clip :-( I think it was made as a wireframe. Can anyone help with a link? Regards Kim Denmark
  3. Video cams is a nice thing to have. We have several network cameras to monitor the garden and some software that also sends email and SMS when motion is detected. That saved us a 150 feet lightrope last year when 3 young men was trying to steal it. They ran when they saw me comming out of the house but i found one of them hiding behind my car. When i asked him what he was doing there he said he was checking my tire pressure because ne noticed that i have very low profile tires and it is very important to have the right pressure. I had a really hard time trying to keep a serious face :-) We ended up with them putting the lightrope nicely back on the poles and i didnt report them to the Police. /Kim
  4. That one crossed my mind too, but woulden't it look strange to have the lights start 3 feet above the ground? /Kim, Denmark
  5. B_Regal, I thought of your idea 1 earlier when trying to place the arches. Just not loud :-) I think it will be to dominant compared to the rest of my setup. I also discarded an idea with putting a 3'rd section on each arch (They are made from 2 pipes with a connector on the top) making them high enough to pass under for the same reason. However, I still think i can make explotions/splashes and spinning with just 4 arches. A vertical pole in the middle could be a nice detail. Thank you for that idea :-) /Kim, Denmark
  6. Joe, Thanks for noticing the tall grass :-) It will be cut when i get my.. Ermm.. "Aluminium stick with a small gas engine in one end and a really fast spinning nylon wire in the other end" (trimmer?) back from repair. The dwarf tree (Willow, i think its called) actually tilted 2 times during hurricanes. Thats why it has 3 support legs. So, if it can survive hurricanes, my wife gets suspicius if something happens to it now :-) I tried to move the arches close to the pathway, went up on the road and stood where the cars park. (The opposite side of the road) No go. At least 1 section on the 2 front arches are not visible. Will put them on the other side of the pathway as suggested. We do get snow, but not much in december and january. But if a snowstorm hits us, the snow will pile up to 3 feet in that part of the yard. JeffL, Thanks for showing. Your setup makes me wish for a Megatree even more :-) But when i move the arches back, it leaves me space for a Megatree next year :-) /Kim, Denmark
  7. Hi, Im going to replace my 2 old 16 feet arches with 4 new 13 feet's (odd length but we use metrics in Denmark) But i have some problems with where in my yard i should put them. As you can see, my yard is 3 feet lower then the road and not very wide. After trying this and that i came up with the idea placing them as on the picture. Has anyone made or seen a similar setup? I can imagine some nice light patters that you cant get with all 4 on a straight line. On the other picture of the whole yard, i found out that even if im 20 feet above the road, i still cant see the start of the 2 arches closest to the road. Guess that i have to move them to the other side of the pathway, or.. I really hate that dwarf tree in the middle, but my wife says she will kill me if i cut it down ;-) Any suggestions? /Kim, Denmark
  8. I just got one of those, Just the 24V 10A version and from a different Ebuyer. http://cgi.ebay.com/12V-10A-DC-Universal-Regulated-Switching-Power-Supply_W0QQitemZ390058326006QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5ad149b7f6&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14 Its even $5 cheaper :-) Did a quick test with the LOR DC controller and it seems to work 100% How many LED's can it supply? Im my case, my LED strings (100ct) uses 8W per string so, with 120W supply you can have 15 strings on at the same time. (30 in my case since i have 240W) I will use it for my homebuild LED elements eg. my Holdman star. I prefer 24V because i can use thinner wires and will use less resistors. /Kim
  9. Anyone else from Europe here? /Kim (Denmark, Copenhagen)
  10. I have no problems with region coding. Both my DVD players dont care :-) I was thinking of the extra paperwork for you to fill out when shipping overseas. Regards Kim
  11. Last year i started constructing/building a 12 channel chasing LED controller. I want to use it to strobe 12 small boxes with 4 pcs. 0.5w 10mm LED's each. I use the construction here http://picprojects.org.uk/projects/ledchaser/ to start with and have added a powertransistor to each output because of the high power used by the LED's I bought 50 LED's here http://cgi.ebay.com/50p-10mm-HP-0-5W-MULTI-Chip-White-LED-280Kmcd-FREE-SHIP_W0QQitemZ350172775199QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item350172775199&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50 Guess it would be simple to modify the code for the pic for your needs. /Kim
  12. One for me if you can mail it to Denmark :-) /Kim
  13. I have one or two videos to submit and will buy a dvd if you will send it to Denmark. /Kim
  14. Yes, Its called "Songs from The Julekalder" by De Nattergale This song is called The Stoevle dance" (The boot dance) The other songs on the album is not really for sequencing I have edited the song to keep it short. Dont know if its availble in US stores. Otherwise, PM me. It origins from a Christmas calendar movie in 24 parts. (One part sendt on TV every day in December until christmas (Yes, Danes celebrate christmas at the 24'th) The language of this movie and song is DanGlish :-) Guess that you can understand 2/3 of the words, but its a song about drinking christmas beer. (A very dark, sweet and allmost nonalcoholic beer) The story of the movie is that the oldest Elf's lifetimeclock is running out and the key to wind it up again is hidden in a cave. The old Elf (Oldenough) then sends his best 3 Elfes out to get the key but they run into a lot of problems. Its from 1991 but its rerun again this year :-) /Kim
  15. Hi, I have just added a sequence to my 2008 show. Its a music video from 1991 with three very famous Elfes in the Nordic Countries. I have tried to mimic the music and dance into my lights. You can watch the video here Kids love it :-) (And according to my homepage guestbook, so do dogs!!) What do you pro's think? /kim
  16. I have been worried about my show brightness too. But it turned out that it only was my Holdman Betlehem star that is too bright. I had to adjust the angle so it lights more up and away from the viewers. I think i accidently fabricated Denmarks most bright LED construction :-) /Kim
  17. This is our second year with animation and our first year was kinda dissapointing. No one has ever seen a animated display before. This was brand new in Denmark. The first week of this year was also kinda slow, but then we hit national TV in prime time:-) WOW, Now we get 60-70 cars a day. People are leaving their cars and videotapes/photographs like crazy :-) And our city population is only 1800 souls! But there is 1.2 mill. people in 45 minuttes range. Tonight we tried to shoot some fresh video, but wasnt able to because of cars blocking! We had a chat with 6 young people in 2 cars who told us the had driven 25 miles just to see our lights. They where really amazed :-) On tuesday we will hit local newspaper and later an even bigger newspaper and WebTV. Think this will be the year animated christmas lights will be known in Denmark for sure :-) The National tv channel have a contest on their webpage and show a christmas light every night. So far ours has been the only animated shown and we lead the contest (Crossing fingers for a win) You can help us win with a 3 star vote on http://1234.tv2.dk/article.php/id-18764537.html We are contestant number 6 (Kim Lund, Ganlose) Votes goes from 1 star (bad) to 3 stars (best) Our display is inspired by Richard Holdman (Thanks again Richard) and we use a mix of some of his and our own sequences. (12 minuttes total) We dont / cant collect because of stupid Danish laws :-( /Kim
  18. Midnite on weekdays, 01AM in weekends. I have no neighbours :-) /Kim
  19. Nice job :-) I started with 16 ch. last year. Are you using relays? (because 7 minitrees in 3 colours is 21 ch.) /Kim
  20. Mine did turn on automatically when it recieves audio again. Used it for a month and didnt have to turn it on. I used an external powersupply. /Kim
  21. Got 85% of the lights up and running today. Had some minor setbacks. Eg. Two 10m (33ft) brand new LED Ropelight burned out after 5 minuttes :-( Still need to wrap 3 trees and put my Holdman Bethlehem star on the roof. /Kim
  22. Roofline is done (ropelights and icicles) The rest goes in the garden today and hopefully all is ready at 4PM (CET) (Thats 6 hours from now) Yesterday we had showers of rain and snow most of the day, but today should be dry :-) Temp. is still just above the freezing point though :-( Cant wait to see what the last months of building looks like in real life :-) /Kim
  23. I made 9 4ft with 200 red, 200 green and 200 white LED's each. They have silver and white wires. i'm satisfied with the result :-) And i do believe that the wires make the trees brighter. /Kim
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