I'm not much of a fan of bright, gaudy Christmas lights but I was very pleased to receive some lighting gear of my own on Christmas day. Still working it all out and have already run through the batteries on one bit of equipment but am very impressed with how easy it is to use and set up.
The kit has two speedlights (with the all-important manual settings for control), two light stands, two white umbrellas, two silver umbrellas and all the wireless triggers/receivers etc that I could possibly want. Although the results are still quite mixed, I've come up with a few early shots in which I managed to achieve the effect I was aiming for. I figure there's no point trying to reinvent the wheel so I'm also working through parts of Strobist to get some fantastic information from an expert.
Merry Christmas - to me!