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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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2015 Pacific Northest Regional C.l.a.p. Mtg - Reminder / Rsvp

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Just a reminder about our annual gathering on Friday/Saturday, May 1st/2nd.  I have detailed everything below:


Friday May 1st - Set Up at Nancy Foley's 12:00pm  - This is always fun, Bill's shop gets its annual cleaning and the conversation is always riveting. That evening at 5:30 is the Pizza Meet & Greet for those in the area or staying in the area.


Farrelli's Pizza & Pool Co

4870 Yelm Hwy SE

Lacey, WA



Sat May 2nd - Networking, coffee, donuts 7:30am  -  CLAP starts at 8:30am


Nancy Foley

4842 Thompson Lane SE

Olympia, WA 9851


Lowell (thank you!) put together a great agenda for the day:


1.  The Ups and Downs of Ladder Safety                             -  Pete "AC/DC" Peters

2.  Lumens, Lamberts and Lux; Projection Mapping               -  Ken "FMR/FOCUS" Collins (ask him)

3.  The Matrix; Kinetic Excitement                                     -  Chris "Captain Murdoch" Pinkham

4.  You Drive, I'll enjoy the show; Traffic Control                 -  Kevin "Wirekat" Thomas

5.  I've been framed; Wireframes                                     -  Matt "Mr Pixclip" Ross

6.  Go North - Pole Man; North Pole How-To                       -  Craig "Pex Tree" Dye

7.  "Hooked" on Lights: Attachment Methods                       -  Round Table, Lowell "PapaLF" Fuher & Craig Dye

8.  How TGCLF was won                                                   -  Darren "Mr. $50K" Huffty (No Trophy, no proof!)

We have some sponsors as usual for give aways. Thanks to Kevin for working them.


Don't forget the swap meet if you want to reduce that overhead inventory out of your shed, garage, house etc.... bring your wares along.


CLAP is in one of the best venues in the country on the shores of lake St Clair in Olympia. It is a free event to attend.  We only ask that you RSVP with a head count so that we can work with Nancy on the lunch planning. She ever so graciously still wants to put up with us and we appreciate that. Also let us know if you will be there for the Pizza Fest as well!


Last bit of housekeeping. Anyone coming from Oregon or Southern WA that will come up Friday afternoon, we are looking to have someone car pool to CLAP. If interested, let me know.


If there are any questions, fire away! We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks and talking Christmas!

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