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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 gekuhn

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    Spokane, Washington, USA
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    wood working, computer light shows
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  1. Well, I was going to get there Wednesday but looks like Thursday now but good and early. Looking forward to a fantastic get together as usual.
  2. Looks great - looking forward to the RGB Information. I will be at Bill's and Nancy's early to help clean and set up. Thanks Gary
  3. Hi Alfram! My name is Gary Kuhn - I have a display in Spokane, Washington - I found your post to Mike Coles, who lives about 30 miles from me, post on Planet Christmas regarding his 2010 videos. So, I clicked on your videos - NICE - your display is fantastic and sequencing great. I am curious about your poles??? Do you use LOR? It appears you have 12 poles and possibly 8 chanels per pole? Would you mind giving me a bit of information??? How it is made - poles are ? - height ? - distance between poles ? - what kind of lights you used ? - how it is put together ? - Any pictures ? Etc. Also love the tree where the lights give the swirl effect as in being wrapped around the tree. I would greatly appreciate any information you can give me. My web site is www.christmasnorthwest.com where you can take a look at my videos - and also go to youtube and type in gubbygucks or christmas light show spokane. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks Gary

  4. Harbs - info on rope lite arches. They are made of 1 inch pvc pipe (you can see a picture on www.christmasnorthwest.com in the picture area. The arch is 20 feet long - 2 10 foot pieces joined at the top with a T and each end with a 90 degree. (this next info from memory as the arches are burried in 5 feet of snow) the bottom of the arch is 2 7 foot pcs of pvc attached on each end to the 90 degree and in the middle to another T - the the two T's are attached with I believe about a 6 to 7 foot pvc (what ever made the arch look natural. The arch is 14 channels of rope lite - the rope lite is wrapped side by side with 5/8" rope (so not as much rope lite is need and for spacing) and each section or channel takes up 17 inches of pvc pipe. I can not remember how long the rope lite for each section is. But could figure it out as soon as I can get close to them. The 16 channel LOR controller is attached to the center post and all the electrical cords are zip tied to the back side of the arch and the center post going to the controller. If you need more info email me at [email protected] - www.christmasnorthwest.com Happy New Year Gary
  5. My arches are rope light. You can see them on www.christmasnorthwest.com where there is a still picture and also a link to 2007 videos or youtube for the 2008 video - in search on youtube type in Spokane Christmas Light Show - if you need info on how I built them would be happy to send info. [email protected]
  6. I have gone to all rope light on my wire frames, in fact just about everything. Lasts a long time. Just have a few frames with mini lights. Easy to store away without breackage. No problems with a bulb going out and have the string with it.
  7. My FM sign is very simple: Wood frame with 1/2 " wire mesh framed into it, then rope lite attached in the shape of your FM station. I Added the Pigs for the fun of it.
  8. Hi Greg, I would appreciate being a part of the Video again this year. Bill Foley has sent my video as well as his in to you each year, he is my brother-in-law. This year I am not sure he is sending a video in for himself but is comming over in a couple of weeks to help video mine. Please let me know if you have room. Thanks, and your video's are greatly appreciated...... Gary E Kuhn - [email protected] - www.christmasnorthwest.com
  9. Two weeks ago put front of barn lights up with man lift truck.
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