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Featured upload! Animated Holyday Set - UPD 06dec06

by MaryLou & Numenor Posted 3rd Dec 2006 at 5:54 PM - Updated 5th Mar 2012 at 8:39 AM by leesester : fix images
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
by MaryLou and Numenor
(Works in any game, including base-game)

06 DEC 2006 - Added German translation to the whole set (thanks to Khaibit)

It's holiday time! Dress up your house, make it shine and astonish your guest with this lovely Animated Holiday Set!

  • Wall-hanging Wreath with long fabric ribbon and flashing balls
  • Wall-hanging Centered Wreath with short ribbon and flashing balls
  • Electric Garland with flashing stars
  • Electric Garland with flashing balls
  • Table Centerpiece with working candles
  • Wall-mounted flashing "Merry Christmas" Neon Sign

All the items, except the Table Centerpiece, can be found in the Buy Mode catalog, subsection "Decorative/Paintings"; the Centerpiece is in "Decorative/Statue". Their usage is quite intuitive, but here are some "special" features:
  • All the items can be placed over doors, windows and other wall-hanging objects.
  • The two Wreaths and the two Garlands can be placed also on diagonal walls; the Neon Sign does *not* have a diagonal mesh.
  • The Centered Wreath is different from the "normal" wreath because it can be placed in the middle of two tiles: this allows you to put it on top of a double door, double arch or 2-tile window (which can't be done with Maxis decorations).
  • All the items act like lamps, i.e. they can be manually turned on and off, or can be set to "AutoLight". Please keep in mind that the wall-hanging items just act like lamps but they don't cast any actual light! So, don't put them in a black pitch room, or they would look black pitch, too.
    Only the candles in the Centerpiece cast a real light, and can lighten up a dark room.

Most of the set adopts the "Repository technique", i.e. all the textures are contained into one single object (the 1-Tile Wreath).
If you create a recolour for the 1-Tile Wreath, the recolour will apply automatically to the Centered Wreath and the two Garlands.
On the other hand, the Centerpiece and the Neon Sign are autonomusly recolourable, because they use their own textures.
Anyway, a lot of alternative recolours are already included in the mesh packages.

All the items of this set work perfectly with any game, including the base-game alone (tested with the BaseGameStarter).

Download the attached rar archives and unpack them to your Downloads folder (or a subfolder, if you like).
You can also use the Q-Xpress to download and install this set.
To uninstall (sooner or later, Christmas time will be over ) you can delete the packages from the Downloads folder.

You can freely create recolours, and post them on any site, but DON'T INCLUDE THE MESHES IN YOUR RECOLOURS; post a link to this thread, instead.
You can include this set in your lots uploaded to completely free sites (NO EXCHANGE!!!), as long as you grant credits to MaryLou & Numenor and you provide a link to this thread (not just to MTS2!).
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
AnimatedWreaths.rar 280.9 KB 21,870 3rd Dec 2006
AnimatedGarlands.rar 93.0 KB 21,277 3rd Dec 2006
TableCenterpiece.rar 126.3 KB 20,578 3rd Dec 2006
MerryChristmasNeonSign.rar 214.4 KB 18,593 3rd Dec 2006
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\


4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

Need more information?
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Lab Assistant
#51 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 4:58 AM
oh THANK you so much for sharing this! just in time...

True Image Of Happiness

a.k.a. Small Town Sim
Space Pony
#52 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 9:14 AM
Gorgeous set ! *clap* *clap* Thank you both so much ! *smooch*

Forum Resident
#53 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 12:19 PM
Thank You both so very much for these gorgeous objects, I really love them, can't wait to see them in the game. And may I take this opportunity to wish you both:

A Very Merry Christmas.
Forum Resident
#54 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 1:19 PM
very nice
thanks a lot
Field Researcher
#55 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 1:39 PM
Beautiful set! Thanks for sharing.
Lab Assistant
#56 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 2:24 PM
Lab Assistant
#57 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 2:37 PM
This is amazing! Love it!
Lab Assistant
#58 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 4:22 PM
I'm so happy you guys made these! They are georgious!!!!!!!!!
Test Subject
#59 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 8:18 PM
Thanks, Marylou & Numenor. The light effect is exellent. Great effort. and Happy Christmas!
Lab Assistant
#60 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 8:31 PM
Thanks, this is so fun !!
Field Researcher
#61 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 10:28 PM
Di solito non decoro le mie sim-case per Natale, ma stavolta... queste non possono assolutamente mancare!
Siete semplicemente straordinari!!!
Thank you so much, Mary Lou and Numenor!
#62 Old 4th Dec 2006 at 11:00 PM
You two are fantastic. I can't wait to use these!!
Lab Assistant
#63 Old 5th Dec 2006 at 12:10 AM
Beautiful work MaryLou & Numenor. Thanks for sharing.
Lab Assistant
#64 Old 5th Dec 2006 at 1:37 AM
Sooo cute! Thanks for all your efforts and for sharing with us, you both are truly amazing.
Buone feste!

~:: Check out my creations at Casa Sims and at Simnuts Creations ::~
Test Subject
#65 Old 5th Dec 2006 at 6:35 AM
Although I don't celebrate X-mas, this is very cute.
The ModFather
retired moderator
#66 Old 5th Dec 2006 at 8:15 AM
Ancient Romans, on Dec 25th, celebrated the "Dies Natalis Solis Invicti", i.e. the Birth Day of the Undefeated Sun (which in turn was a celebration of the winter solstice, probably the most ancient celebration in the world).
It's not an accident, if in Italian "Christmas" is called "Natale"...

Perhaps your sims want to celebrate the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti: even in this case, a set of flashing decoration is definitely needed! :D

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)

I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Field Researcher
#67 Old 5th Dec 2006 at 8:33 AM
Wow I love the animation, this is Excellent. Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#68 Old 5th Dec 2006 at 5:56 PM
Thanks to allow ours Sims to taste the magic spirit of Christmas.

If grey matter were more pink, the world would have less dark ideas...
Si la matière grise était plus rose, le monde aurait moins les idées noires ...
Field Researcher
#69 Old 5th Dec 2006 at 9:02 PM
Hm, I must be the only one with problems. I downloaded the animated lights and when I look at them in the Catolog and in the game, they're all blue. I ran the hack detection utility and nothing came up, however I've had a few other items that were made with the Pets EP turn out like this. I think it could just be a glitch or problem in my game. The only EP I have (in case it's relevant) is Nightlife.

Regardless of my issues, I absolutely love these! Thanks for sharing them and I hope you never stop making awesome items for our games!

...they call us walking corpses;
unholy living dead...


Leather, Spikes, Studs and Patches - Corinne's Creations
Test Subject
#70 Old 5th Dec 2006 at 10:03 PM
Wonderful! Thank you!
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#71 Old 5th Dec 2006 at 11:39 PM
ohfetishano - Blue objects usually means that the main wreath (i.e. the piece of the set that contains all the textures) wasn't installed correctly.

Can you see in the catalog the wreath with the long ribbon? I mean this one:

If you can't see it, then you are missing an important piece of the set; if you *can* see it, but it is blue, even when placed in the game... well I don't know what to say -

If you need to contact us, PM directly to "Numenor" or "MaryLou".

Please visit our sites: www.marylousims2.it and www.numenor-moddings.com
Field Researcher
#72 Old 6th Dec 2006 at 1:13 AM
I'll check it out in-game. It's not truly that big of a deal, it's not the end of the world, but I really love your set! I'll definately see if it shows up. Thank you!

...they call us walking corpses;
unholy living dead...


Leather, Spikes, Studs and Patches - Corinne's Creations
#73 Old 6th Dec 2006 at 2:39 AM
Awesome set, excellent work by you two
But, the Table Centerpiece just has 2 candles too much to be used as an Advent wreath so could you maybe add one to the set? Already explained to Numenor and this would top an already awesome set

Yes, I am serious though I'm not serious at all. I'm serious about this!
Even the joker can be deadly serious...
Wichtig ist, was hinten raus kommt!
Entscheidend daran ist, wie?
Lab Assistant
#74 Old 6th Dec 2006 at 8:01 AM
Amazing Christmas gift, thank you both for your great ideas!

Dont' forget to press the Thanks button. Thanks!

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Test Subject
#75 Old 6th Dec 2006 at 9:53 AM
Thank you Very Very much!!!
This set is perfect
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