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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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About JoeKinne

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  • Birthday 04/02/1968

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    Renton, WA -- just outside of Seattle
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    IT Manager
  • About my display
    Had a static display for the last few years that has grrew to about 35,000 lights in 2009.....now it's time to make them dance!
  1. What lights are you looking to sell, I am in need and not having luck finding anything.
  2. I am going to miss this one for a company function that I can't miss. Bummer, I was hoping that I would be able to pull off a double booked day. --Joe
  3. Jeff, Hope your tree is doing good today, we live in the Renton highlands area and I have been checking the up in the air items all night.
  4. When I set mine up I used Fred Meyer they have the same length and specs as the Lowe's brand (except for the periodic one that was wound too tight at the factory much like myself by the time thanksgiving gets here). My tree is a 21' tree so I hook them to the mast head and raise them straight up with a winch and they fold under the bottom ring about a foot.
  5. Everything is for the most part staged in the garage and started going out today. Biggest issue I am having is getting the sequencing done. Even with modifying other people sequences, I am still way behind. Oh well, if I wasn't doing this I would just be parked on the couch watching the idiot box.
  6. I use 24 channels, 3 color with eight channels of 3 strands for each color. Works out pretty well and not too hard to program most of the time.
  7. The bigger question....Is it truly ever an option to no be behind? I think if your ahead you must have forgotten something.
  8. My wife it the Halloween Guru at our house and I am trying to keep her at no more than 2 weeks......but I have a feeling that I am going to be overridden,
  9. I like the idea, but I couldn't find the time to teach a class if my life depended on it.
  10. It really depends on how your tree is made. I have a 21' tree and I purchased a top from Christmaslightshow.com and attached it to a hand winch, I attach all of my lights down low and then winch them up to the top then I Tie Wrap them to my hoop and bring the leftover back towards the base. I will see if I have any good pictures of it available to show you. The nice thing about using the winch system was when I had a string go out, I was able to bring down the top and replace that one string in about 5 minutes.
  11. I want to give a big thanks to all of the presenters yesterday and an even bigger one to Bill and his wonderful wife for the great accomodations. We couldn't asked for a better day to have the mini. I was very impressed with the amount of content we were able to cover and the depth we were able to get to. I also enjoyed putting a face to many of the name that I have seen. thanks guys. --Joe
  12. I'm in for both Friday night and Saturday. Looking forward to it.
  13. I'll see what I can find and bring it to the meet
  14. What size, type and color of wire are you looking for, I may be able to snag some scrap from work and bring it to the mini. Can't guarantee but it's worth a try. --Joe
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